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  • Blog Post: To TechDays 2012 and Beyond

    Many of you have been with us since TechDays kicked off in Canada in the fall of 2008.  We’ve been fortunate to have you as a guest or a presenter in the past - many of you several times over.  For those of you that haven’t been a part of TechDays, it was Microsoft Canada’s fall technical readiness...
  • Blog Post: TechDays TV Live Today: CLD280 - Lessons Learned From Building a Digital Asset Management System in the Cloud

    June 19, 2012 | Starting at 12:00 PM ET In today’s TechDays TV session, Jean Lozano from MediaValet discusses various development strategies that he and his team learned while ramping up development on Windows Azure . You’ll learn the lessons they learned from various cloud-related challenges...
  • Blog Post: TOMORROW on TechDays TV: Double Header– Windows Phone and .NET 4.5

    I hope you’ve taken some time out this weekend to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Having said that though, Tuesday is back to work for most of us, but just because you’ve had an extra day off, it doesn’t mean that there isn’t something new to learn. This week it’s a double header, with two back...
  • Blog Post: <What’s Up: Developers> May Edition

    As always, as you’re winding down for the weekend, take a few minutes to catch up on May’s developer news as seen on this month’s D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE (this past Wednesday). Links Canadian Developer Connection Windows Phone App ( Windows Phone Marketplace ) TechDays TV - May 8 - WIN280 - Metro...
  • Blog Post: Coming Up on TechDays TV

    It’s that time of the month again where I get to fill you in on what’s coming up on TechDays TV in May. Don’t forget – these sessions are LIVE and INTERACTIVE, bring the TechDays experience online. Ask questions and get them answered as if the expert was right there in the room with you! If you’re not...
  • Blog Post: TUESDAY on TechDays TV: WIN380 - Push Notifications and Live Tiles in Windows Phone

    TechDays TV brings you live TechDays sessions on the very latest in technical training topics. Developer-focused episodes are featured every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. These sessions are LIVE - watch the session, ask questions, and have them answered by the expert presenters. Sessions will then...
  • Blog Post: Summer Isn’t Summer Without Going to Camp

    For many children, summer is not summer without going to camp – day camp, overnight camp, science camp, etc. Who’s with me when I say that it shouldn’t be any different for us adults? Clear your calendars because camp registration for Windows 8 mini-camps is now open! Choose a date that works best for...
  • Blog Post: TOMORROW on TechDays TV - What They Didn’t Tell You About WP Development (Lessons Learned through Coding and Too Much Soda)

    TechDays TV brings you live TechDays sessions on the very latest in technical training topics. Developer-focused episodes are featured every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. These sessions are LIVE - watch the session, ask questions, and have them answered by the expert presenters. Sessions will then...
  • Blog Post: Coming Up in April on TechDays TV

    Mark your calendars! Below are the sessions airing on TechDays TV in April. Don’t forget – these sessions are LIVE and INTERACTIVE. Ask questions and get them answered right then and there. If you’re not able to tune in on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM ET , the sessions will be available on-demand after the live...
  • Blog Post: What’s going on across Canada? Lots! Check it out!

    There are so many great events coming up in Canada, I wanted to list some of them here, so you don’t miss out! TechDays isn’t your only opportunity to get out and learn about the latest technologies from experts. We hold a number of smaller events throughout the year, and we also sponsor...
  • Blog Post: This Week on TechDays TV: What’s New in Visual Studio 11 Beta

    On the last episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE , MVPs Joel Semeniuk and David Wesst toured through some of the features of the new Visual Studio 11 Beta. This week, on TechDays TV , Visual Studio expert Adam Gallant, will take you through an in-depth tour: DEV380 – What’s New in Visual Studio 11 Beta...
  • Blog Post: Most frequently requested Visual Studio resources

    In this post, I share some of my favourite and most requested links for Visual Studio resources. I taught developer courses for a number of years, and there were certain questions and requests that came up on a regular basis. In this post, I’ve compiled some of the most common requests I received from...
  • Blog Post: You Know You Want To Learn How To Build Windows 8 Apps

    Have you downloaded and installed the consumer preview of Windows 8 yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Download it onto a dev machine and give it a try. Once you do, you’ll see that things are different. As a developer, that’s something to be totally excited about – new app models...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup - 1st Edition

    As you read in Paul’s blog post Why we love our MVPs , Microsoft MVPs write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover MVPs and what they’re writing about. So, moving forward, I’ll be curating top picks and...
  • Blog Post: This Month on TechDays TV

    Not too long ago, in my post Because There’s Always More To Learn… , I introduced TechDays TV – the bi-weekly online show where we’ll be bringing you fresh new sessions exclusively created for TechDays TV by Canadian and international experts. The show will be presented live and will be interactive,...
  • Blog Post: Your FREE Trial is Actually FREE, Now…

    Too often I get asked whether the Windows Azure trial is actually FREE because you have to enter a credit card when signing up. With the introduction of Spending Limits , yes, yes, it is. Here’s the situation – you’ve been following the Canadian Developer Connection , my blog...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: Agile Business Cloud

    I believe that the best way to learn is to learn from each other, so I’m always on the search for stories of Canadian developers who have either built new applications using Windows Azure services or have migrated existing applications to Windows Azure. This is the story of Agile Business Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Because There’s Always More To Learn…

    The title of this post is “Because there’s always more to learn.” Where’s that from? You know it… That’s right – TechDays. But wait… time to talk about TechDays 2012 already? Not quite. But it is time to talk about TechDays Online ! Whether you were able to attend Tech·Days 2011 (or even 2010!) or not...
  • Blog Post: What the heck is Responsive Web Design?

    As a Web developer, we need to think about many devices, screen sizes and orientations. It’s not enough now to build our application or website to target only desktop screens: you need to keep in mind that your visitors will come to your site with their smartphones, their netbooks, their tablets...
  • Blog Post: Security requires a prison not a fortress

    Rob Labbe, Senior Security Program Manager at Microsoft challenges us to think about security in a new way: does it matter if someone gets in to your system if you stop them from taking anything out?   One of the best parts of doing webcasts is people often ask you questions you hadn’t quite thought...
  • Blog Post: The Which, the When, and the How of Windows Azure Services: Social Apps and Games

    Windows Azure is a platform with many different services that you, the developer can piece together to create your solutions. But when do you use which service and how? In this blog series, you’ll discover the answer to that by using different scenarios used by developers working with Windows Azure today...
  • Blog Post: Get to know the author of the TechDays Windows Phone Application: Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault

    As you may know, the Microsoft TechDays Conference took place in Montreal last week and we have landed an interview with Louis-Philippe Pinsonneault, a local Montreal developer.  He is a really nice guy and a great developer.  I was very happy to finally meet him in person after chatting with...
  • Blog Post: Going Metro in your Windows Phone Apps

    I’ve been on the road for the better part of the month of November, meeting with developers and IT Pros across the country and it’s been a blast.  Because I’m the guy on the MS Canada evangelism team most focused on Windows Phone, more often than not those conversations trend towards mobile. ...
  • Blog Post: 31 Days of Mango: #31AwesomeWPDevTutorials

    If you’re looking to start learning Windows Phone 7.5 development, this could be the perfect place for you to start!  Jeff Blankenburg from Microsoft has compiled (or rather, at the time of publication of this post is compiling ) a series of 31 tutorials on how to implement Windows Phone 7.5 Apps...
  • Blog Post: Just another session at TechDays or is it?

    A presenter at the front of the room, a projector, looks like just another session at TechDays doesn’t it? But this session is a hands on lab. If you take a step back you notice a room full of computers and lots of attendees writing code This is the hands on lab area at TechDays Vancouver, something...
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