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  • Blog Post: Hello, World!

    Greetings and salutations. I’m Jonathan – the newest member of the Canadian DPE team , writing to introduce myself to you. For as long as I can remember, I have been checking Microsoft Careers to give me something to target my career towards. I’d read through job postings for various...
  • Blog Post: Two New Books for Windows Phone 7 Developers

    Free Ebook: Programming Windows Phone 7 Charles Petzold literally wrote the book on Windows development , and he’s now doing it for Windows Phone 7. Programming Windows Phone 7 is published by Microsoft Press and covers Windows Phone 7 development from many angles: building apps with Silverlight, making...
  • Blog Post: Intel/Microsoft Parallel Programming One-Day Course: September 20th in Montreal

    (If you don’t get the joke, here’s a little explanation .) Moore’s Law isn’t dead; it just ended up taking on a new form. Named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore , it refers to the observation that for the same amount of money, the number of transistors that can be place on a chip would double every...
  • Blog Post: Get “Silverlight 4 in Action” for Half Price!

    Today only (Friday, September 10, 2010), you can get either a PDF or dead-tree edition of Silverlight 4 in Action for half price! Just enter the discount code dotd0910 in the promotional code box when you check out at Manning Publications’ online store. Here’s the publisher’s description of the book...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code TODAY in Edmonton!

    Cue Professor Farnsworth : “Good news everyone! I haven’t invented something, but John Bristowe will be in Edmonton TODAY for a Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code!” That's right. I’m heading north up to Edmonton to visit with some local developers and to chat about Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and how to develop...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Coffee & Code in Calgary!

    An homage to the late Jan Gabriel : Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! Friday! Friday! Friday! Hold on to your hats and prepare to feel “mobilized” as the Windows Phone 7 Coffee and Code visits the Kawa Espresso Bar in downtown Calgary! Prepare to be blown away by the epic-ly awesome developer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone-a-Palooza [Updated]

    Update: Please note the changes to the Toronto-area deployment clinic locations! The "Windows Phone Canada" LinkedIn Group If you’re not a member of LinkedIn , the social networking site for professionals, you should join it now! It’s a great place to keep in touch with your network of working...
  • Blog Post: Discuss C# with the “Head First C#” Author, Save Big Bucks on “Head First C#” Too!

    Want to learn C# or brush up on it? From Wednesday, August 18th through Tuesday, August 24th, you can join Head First C# co-author Andrew Stellman and other techies in a week-long exchange about C# in an O’Reilly “Inner Circle” discussion, where he’ll talk about C#, .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 ....
  • Blog Post: Perspectives on Clojure and F#

    Don't have Silverlight? You can download it here or download the video in MP4 , MP3 , WMA , WMV , WMV (High) and Zune formats. Here’s a Channel 9 video shot at Emerging Languages Camp 2010 , the first conference on up-and-coming programming languages held in Portland on July 21 – 22. It’s a casual conversation...
  • Blog Post: Now in Beta: Windows Phone Developer Tools!

    The announcement went out earlier today : the Windows Phone Developer Tools have moved from the CTP ("Community Technical Preview”) phase to Beta (“Almost There!”). As Brandon Watson wrote in the Windows Phone Developer Blog , “This Beta release represents the near final version of the tools for...
  • Blog Post: The jQuery Online Conference: Monday, July 12th - Everywhere!

    Are you a web developer and want to sharpen your jQuery skills? Would you like to attend a conference featuring some of the brightest lights in jQuery programming? Are you too short on time and travel expenses to hit such a conference? For a mere US$150 and no travel at all, you can attend the jQuery...
  • Blog Post: Uncle Bob: All Our Programming Languages Boil Down to Sequence, Selection and Iteration

    “It's not true that life is one damn thing after another,” wrote the American poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, “it is one damn thing over and over.” Her statement is simply a newer version of the French expression “ Plus ça change, c’est la meme chose ” , which is approximated in the English “The more things...
  • Blog Post: Turning Up Where Least Expected

    A conference devoted to devices that run iOS might be the last place you’d think you’d see a Microsoft developer evangelist, but here I am! I’m at iP3 Forum , “a one-day event that will explore the changing mobile landscape and the business opportunities associated with Apple's Touch Platform (iPhone...
  • Blog Post: Launchlist: A Checklist for Web Developers and Designers

    Checklists To put it into programmer-speak, checklists are unit tests for everyday life. Like unit tests, checklists appear to be additional make-work that take valuable time away from performing the task at hand. However, when done right, checklists save time by helping ensure you’re doing everything...
  • Blog Post: New Programming Jargon

    Every field comes up with its own jargon, and oftentimes subgroups within a field come up with their own specific words or phrases (those of you familiar with Microsoft Canada’s Developer and Platform Evangelism Team know that we have our own term for “broken”, named after one of our teammates who is...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Day 2 Keynote

    Here’s the keynote from Day 2 of the MIX10 conference, featuring: Dean Hachamovitch talking about IE9 , its support for HTML5 and Chakra, its new JavaScript engine, Scott Guthrie talking about Microsoft’s support for jQuery , with special guest jQuery creator John Resig , Doug Purdy on OData, a.k.a....
  • Blog Post: Is Your Code a Candidate for “There, I Fixed It”?

    There, I Fixed It is a hilarious photoblog that catalogs kludges , jury rigs and hastily-improvised duct-tape repairs and modifications to everyday objects. The photos below are a sample of some of the quick fixes shown on the site, each one somewhere on the spectrum spanning “clever and thrifty” to...
  • Blog Post: A Pair Programming Article…in the New York Times?!

    It’s one thing to see an article on pair programming in a a book, magazine or site that concerns itself with software development, but it’s something completely different when you see it covered in the New York Times . Still, that’s exactly the topic of an article in the Sunday, September 20th edition...
  • Blog Post: Do You Code in Visual Basic?

    In my capacity as a developer evangelist for Microsoft, I’ve posted mostly C# code. I find that languages like Python and Ruby are very good not just as languages for production code, but also as great prototyping or “sketching out an idea” languages, and since Microsoft makes IronPython and IronRuby...
  • Blog Post: Ideas from Open Source Programmer Gatherings

    Over at my personal technical blog, Global Nerdy , I’ve got a few posts covering some presentations and goings-on at a few open source programming conferences and gatherings that you might want to check out.: Fighting the Imperial Californian Ideology: A presentation by Jesse Hirsh at the recent FutureRuby...
  • Blog Post: DimeCast.Net’s SOLID Screencasts

    Following up on the previous article about the SOLID principles for object-oriented design , Steve Bohlen pointed me to a series of screencasts on DimeCasts.net covering each SOLID principle: S – Single Responsibility Principle O – Open-Closed Principle L – Liskov Substitution Principle I – Interface...
  • Blog Post: The SOLID Principles, Explained with Motivational Posters

    SOLID Seems to be Everywhere These Days Robert C. “Uncle Bob” Martin first gathered the object-oriented design principles that would eventually go under the acronym SOLID almost fifteen years ago, but the SOLID principles have been making the rounds lately. Before I talk about the SOLID principles, let...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight on the Silver Screen: One Week Away!

    You’ve got to hand it to ObjectSharp : when they do a parody, they pull out all the stops: Next Thursday, June 9th – exactly one week from today -- ObjectSharp will host Silverlight on the Silver Screen , a presentation on the upcoming revision of Silverlight, Silverlight 3, along with Expression Blend...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Silverlight

    31 Days of SIlverlight is a series of blog posts posted through the month of July by Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jeff Blankenburg (yes, the same guy behind the Toughest Developer Puzzle Ever, which was covered in the previous post ). For each day in July 2009, Jeff will post a fairly in-depth article...
  • Blog Post: The Toughest Developer Puzzle Ever

    The Toughest Developer Puzzle Ever is a new puzzle site aimed at programmers in the same vein as web-based puzzle challenges such as notpron , Rankk and Python Challenge . Created by Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jeff Blankenburg , “TDPE” consists of a sequence of 30 web pages, each one with a puzzle...
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