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  • Blog Post: Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto Windows 8 Codapalooza

    For anyone in Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto trying to get those Windows 8 app ready for the excellence labs, come code with company The app excellence labs to get your app into the Windows 8 store first are upon us! Build an application now, go to an App Excellence Lab and you could deploy your application...
  • Blog Post: Calling all Windows 8 developers who DO NOT live in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto

    Great news! You can do the app excellence labs remotely and get your apps into the store early! If you are in Ottawa, added bonus:  stop by Saturday May 26th for a Windows 8 camp to get you rolling! Remote App Excellence Labs I wrote a post earlier this week talking about the app excellence labs...
  • Blog Post: How can a Canadian get a Windows 8 app to the store?

    If you want a token to put your app in the Windows 8 store, you need to attend an app excellence lab. The Windows 8 store is a significant opportunity, getting in early will improve the chance of your app getting noticed. In Canada, your first chance to get a token to put your app in the store is...
  • Blog Post: Great Content in the Nations Capital!

    TechDays is going to rock Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. But we haven’t forgotten the rest of the country! TechDays is sponsoring a number of events across Canada so even if you can’t make it to TechDays this year, you don’t have to miss out! In Ottawa, Microsoft is a proud sponsor and is even providing...
  • Blog Post: Ottawa and Toronto Coffee and Codes on Thursday October 14

    Just a reminder: there are a couple of Coffee and Codes this week… Ottawa: Join developer/trainer Colin Melia and IT Pro Evangelist/destroyer-of-technology Rick Claus as they set up office on Thursday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Bridgehead Coffee House at 109 Bank Street (at Albert...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Hands-On Lab in Ottawa: Saturday, October 2nd

    If you’ve been meaning to take up Windows Phone 7 development but didn’t know where or how to get started and you’re in the Ottawa area, this event is for you! Join Microsoft Developer Advisor Christian Beauclair and DreamDigital’s Colin Melia as they present a hands-on lab this Saturday where they show...
  • Blog Post: This Week’s Coffee and Codes

    This week, we’re having Coffee and Codes in Ottawa and Toronto! Coffee and Code is where we work out of a cafe so that we’re easy to find. Come and talk to us, ask us questions about Microsoft tools and technologies, the industry, career, whatever! We’re also here to help you deploy apps to Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Codes / Deployment Clinics [Updated]

    Update (Sept. 21 @ 6:15 p.m. EDT): Made some corrections to the schedule. We’re out there, and we want to help you with your Windows Phone 7 development by giving you a chance to deploy your apps to an advance-release Windows Phone 7 device for testing! We’ll be in the following cities on the following...
  • Blog Post: DemoCamp in Ottawa: Wednesday, December 9th

    Mark Wednesday, December 9th on your calendars: that’s when Ottawa’s having it’s next DemoCamp! This one’s a special edition, with the space provided by Microsoft (it’s the venue for the Techdays Ottawa conference, which isn’t being used in the evening) and the presentations gathered by both Ottawa IT...
  • Blog Post: OttawaSQL.net’s “Disaster Recovery for DBAs” Night: October 15 at Microsoft Ottawa

    Database disaster recovery is the theme of the night at OttawaSQL.net’s event next Thursday, October 15th . The evening will comprise two sessions: Understanding and communicating business-orientated disaster recovery concepts and objectives (6:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m.) So you have a database maintenance...
  • Blog Post: Ottawa IT Community Meetup Tonight!

    Tech meetups are good for you! Trust me on this one. I’ve seen people make new friends and business contacts, start new projects, decide to learn something new and get funding for their companies, all thanks to a chance encounter at gatherings of technically-minded people, whether they were BarCamps...
  • Blog Post: Ottawa IT Community Awards Night Tonight

    The Ottawa IT Community Awards Night takes place tonight (Tuesday, June 30th), and if you want to attend, you’ve got until 4 p.m. to register! It’s hosted by these four groups: OttawaSQL.net Ottawa .NET Community Ottawa Windows Server User Group Ottawa Code Camp The event will honour the partners and...
  • Blog Post: Developers Night in Canada (DNIC) User Group Tour

    In the next couple of weeks, John Bristowe, Christian Beauclair, and I will start travelling to a city near you for the Developer Night in Canada (DNIC) User Group Tour: The Exciting Adventures of the Microsoft Application Platform Developer . We will be visiting over twenty (20) user groups across Canada...
  • Blog Post: Composite Applications and the 2007 Unify Tour

    Before I joined Microsoft, I was a developer consultant. In that context, when you get hired on to do projects you try to find the easiest and most cost effective way to solve problems. At first, I used to build everything from scratch - if the client wanted a Point of Sale (POS) application, I'd write...
  • Blog Post: Game Camp Ottawa - Mike the 3D Graphic Artist

    Here is a video of Mike, a 3D modeling artist attending the Ottawa Game Camp. In this video, Mike gives his views on some of the 3D frameworks and technologies out there and how XNA measures up. Video: Game Camp Ottawa 2007 - Mike The 3D Artist If you have designed an XNA game, or you are in the...
  • Blog Post: Game Camp Ottawa 2007 - Daniel Deschamps

    Last Saturday, Carleton University hosted a Game Camp for students and faculty. The theme of the Game Camp was XNA and Game Studio Express. Christian Beauclair gave an in-depth presentation on how to create a pong game from scratch. We also took a look at the Creator's Club, games being developed by...
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