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  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 8 for the Holidays

    While I’d love to say that I’m giving you each a Windows Phone 8 device for the holidays, I can’t. Sorry. But, given that most of us have some time off coming (or perhaps you’ve already started your winter break), I can give you the gift of a Windows Phone 8 developer course – 20+ hours worth of learning...
  • Blog Post: Ask a Trainer: Free resources to help you learn SharePoint

    FAST university has free webcasts on Enterprise Search and other SharePoint topics At the MCT Summit in October, I had a chance to chat with Larry Kaye, a Microsoft Certified Trainer. Larry works with FAST University. I hadn’t heard of that organization before, so I asked Larry to fill me in on what...
  • Blog Post: Conference or Course? Where Should I Spend my Training Budget?

    I started work in the era of Stephen Covey and the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ craze. Heck I was even sent on a 7 Habits course and given a 7 habits daytimer! One of the 7 habits was to ‘Sharpen the Saw’ which amounts to the importance of spending time improving yourself...
  • Blog Post: Premiere Training on Mango – And it’s free!

    If you find you aren’t busy on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24, you may be interested in attending free an online training event that will bring you to speed on how to build Mango apps. If you’re new to building apps on the Windows Phone 7 platform or a veteran looking to understand the new...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Simulcast with Kate Gregory

    Are you building applications for Windows 7? And, more importantly, are they awesome ? If you’re looking to improve your Windows 7 application development skills or you’re looking to get the latest information on building applications for Windows 7 in managed code then I would strongly urge you to REGISTER...
  • Blog Post: Building Awesome Apps for Windows 7 Community Tour

    As a developer, I’ll admit that I have built a number of applications that didn’t integrate as well as they could have with Windows. In these scenarios, the user’s experience was non-optimal because they would be left wanting for particular capabilities or features. For example, integration with the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Firestarter: Thursday, December 2, 2010

    On Thursday, December 2nd , come join developers from around the world for a one-day, live-streamed event focused on lighting up your skills on Silverlight . The Silverlight Firestarter is a FREE online event that brings together some of the top minds on Silverlight to share their insights on Silverlight...
  • 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: Windows Azure Boot Camp in Calgary on October 2nd!

    Creative Commons photo by Oli-Oviyan. Click the photo to see the original. Inspired by the supremely-talented R. Lee Ermey : Listen up Cloud Cadets! On Saturday, October 2nd, Noel Tan from the Calgary PASS Chapter will host a Windows Azure Boot Camp ! The purpose of this FREE boot camp is simple...
  • Blog Post: This Saturday: SharePoint Saturday in Vancouver

    Creative Commons photo by Jason V. Click the photo to see it on its original page. Don’t forget that this Saturday, September 25th, is the first SharePoint Saturday in Vancouver ! It’s a FREE public event, and it’s a chance for people in the Vancouver area to dive into SharePoint. It promises to be an...
  • Blog Post: This Saturday: “Introduction to B.I.” in Montreal (Samedi .NET)

    Don’t forget that a Samedi .NET event is taking place this Saturday, September 25th in Montreal: Introduction au B.I. , or as they say en Anglais , Introduction to B.I.. As in Business Intelligence. For the full details, see my earlier blog entry and the event’s registration page . It won’t cost you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Advanced Training Today!

    I know that this is incredibly short notice, but I just heard about it myself: Join us on September 21 2010 at 8.00 am PDT (11:00 EDT) for the first of two Office Live Meeting broadcasts. The Microsoft Windows Phone 7 marketplace will open in October, and Microsoft wants to help you make your app the...
  • Blog Post: Le 25 Septembre: Samedi .NET– Introduction au B.I.

    If you’re in Montreal on September 25th and want to learn about developing BI applications – that’s BI as in “Business Intelligence” -- La Communauté .NET Montreal’s Samedi.NET event, Introduction au BI , is exactly what you need. Here’s what the event site says: La Communauté .NET vous propose une journée...
  • Blog Post: Free Online Training for Windows Phone 7 Development

    Bob Caswell from Microsoft’s Learning division told me about some free online training that’s available for developers wanting to get a head-start on Windows Phone 7 Development. Here’s the skinny from the Born to Learn blog: Get Trained for FREE – Windows Phone 7 Jump Start Windows Phone 7 Jump Start...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp

    You’ve seen the announcement and perhaps you’ve downloaded the beta of the Windows Phone 7 dev tools (if you haven’t, do it now!) Now that you’ve got the tools, what’s next? Will they just lie there, dormant on your hard drive, or are you going to use them and be a trailblazer on a brand new mobile platform...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp: Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto

    Want some hardcore training from a developer who’s been doing Windows Phone 7 development since the tools were released in March? Then you’ll want to check out DevTeach’s Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp , taking place late this summer in Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa and Toronto. The Windows Phone 7 Bootcamp...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Your Skills – A Handy List of Training Courses

    In the past few weeks alone I have had a number of requests and questions regarding courses and training material available for partners and customers. Is this a sign of the economic turbulence we’re in? Perhaps. In talking with many of you we understand the extra scrutiny organizations are placing on...
  • Blog Post: New Line-Up of .NET Training Courses

    One of our Gold Partners and special VSTS Inner Circle partners , ObjectSharp Consulting , have just released their spring line-up of training courses covering topics from SharePoint, .NET 3.5 technologies (WPF, WCF, WF, LINQ) and Visual Studio Team System for developers and QA testers just to name a...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Training in French

    One of our great partners out of Quebec, RunAtServer Consulting , has just created a great, three-day course on Silverlight 2 and they will be conducting it in various cities in Quebec. The details of the course can be found here and here , but it is a very in-depth course for those of you interested...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Learning Resources

    Qixing on the Canadian User Experience Connection blog created a great post on the various resources available to developers looking to learn Silverlight 2.0. I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking to learn more about Silverlight 2 as the technology continues to draw more and more attention...
  • Blog Post: Free Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Training in Mississauga

    At the request of Mohammad Akif , our Senior Architect Advisor extraordinaire, I am posting a link to some free training on Visual Studio 2008. If you are going to be in the Mississauga, Ontario area on Monday, February 11th and have half-a-day to spare to get more information on Visual Studio and Windows...
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