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  • Blog Post: Big Changes Are Coming! Are You Ready For This?

    If you haven’t had the chance to catch up on the recent announcements from Microsoft’s two major conferences, Build and Ignite , I highly recommend that you carve out some time on your calendar to head on over to Channel 9 to watch the keynotes, and any deep dive sessions that are relevant to your role...
  • Blog Post: Windows 10 and the Windows Platform Developer

    Last time around I talked about the advent of Windows 10 and what sorts of the things you should be looking for in your apps that will help you take advantage of this exciting new release coming from Microsoft.  Since then the Technical Preview program has introduced Windows 10 Technical Preview...
  • Blog Post: Get Started With Windows Azure at .NET Saturday

    This October, .NET Saturday ( Samedi .NET ) will connect you with two Canadian industry experts who will help you get started with Windows Azure . If you’re familiar with web development with ASP.NET or MVC and you want to learn how to migrate your applications to Windows Azure, or you’re simply curious...
  • Blog Post: Udi Dahan in Calgary

    Calgary developers! Mark your calendars and call the babysitter because tomorrow night, Udi Dahan will be delivering a presentation at the Calgary .NET User Group . Now, if you don’t know Udi, here’s the bio: Udi Dahan is The Software Simplist, an internationally renowned expert on software architecture...
  • Blog Post: Software Process Shootout: Agile vs Traditional

    I’ve been in conversations we're developers often discuss and argue over "the ultimate" process in software development. It's possible to standardize on one process, but most probably not likely. From my experiences and working with development teams, waterfall methods are useful where there...
  • Blog Post: “Canada’s Next Top Model View Controller” Presentation at Metro Toronto .NET User Group Next Thursday

    If you’re going to be in the area of downtown Toronto next Thursday, May 28th, you might want to check out my presentation, Canada’s Next Top Model View Controller at the next Metro Toronto .NET User Group meeting. I’ll be talking about the ASP.NET MVC Framework, Microsoft’s answer to MVC frameworks...
  • Blog Post: Colin Bowern at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group: Authentication Alternatives for ASP.NET

    Click the photo to see it at full size. (And yes, he’s using the word “pants” in the British English sense, as in “underpants”.) On Thursday evening, I caught Colin Bowern’s presentation, Authentication Alternatives for ASP.NET at the monthly gathering of the Metro Toronto .NET User Group . Here’s the...
  • Blog Post: Bringing UX to Developers - .NET Users Group Presentation

    I had the opportunity to present at the Metro Toronto .NET User Group last Wednesday. Even it was the first snow of the winter in GTA, but there were still more than 40 people showed up to listen to my talk on "Building for People: 5 Practical Tips for Creating Great User Experience." I was very excited...
  • Blog Post: EDMUG, Project Kassandra, and Developers! Oh My!

    On Thursday, I will be driving three hours north to Edmonton to hang out with members of the developer community and to connect with a few folks who are doing some great work on the .NET Framework. First, I will attend a meeting of the Edmonton .NET User Group (EDMUG). This meeting will feature...
  • Blog Post: Toronto Silverlight User Group

    In less than two weeks, the Toronto Silverlight User Group will have it's inaugural meeting. The user group is targeted at both developers and designers who are interested in learning about Silverlight and how the two parties can work together more seamlessly to create rich user experience on the web...
  • Blog Post: Edmonton Speaker Idol - A Call For Speakers!

    The folks at the Edmonton .NET Users Group are looking to do something different for this month's meeting. Earlier today, I received the following e-mail: As you may know, our March meeting is going to be done in a different style than we normally use. What we're planning is a set of 5 to 6 short...
  • 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: Community Links and Resources

    Hands down, I believe one of the best ways of keeping up to date with technology and keeping connected with your peers is through community. In Toronto, we have a very vibrant community of talented individuals and developer "rock stars". I'm often asked by local companies where is the best place to find...
  • Blog Post: Community Team System Workshop in Montreal

    Guy Barrette advised that the Montreal .NET User Group (GUVSM) is running a day long Team Foundation Server training session in French on Saturday, March 24th at the Marriott Château Champlain in Montreal. Guy (Regional Director / ASP.NET MVP) and Etienne Tremblay (Team System MVP) will be presenting...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Launch Tour Statistics

    My colleague Rodney Buike (IT Pro Advisor) just posted some interesting stats for our 2007 Launch Tour including: 21 Events 68 Partners 250 Demos 136 Booths On top of that, we've had over 12229 attendees come out to our events. Thanks to everyone who was able to participate! If you want to read more...
  • Blog Post: [User Group Events] Pictures from the Montreal CodeCamp

    The pictures from the Montreal CodeCamp are now available. Go check them out. Les photos du CodeCamp de Montréal sont maintenant disponible. Allez les voirs.
  • Blog Post: Montreal Code Camp - Introducing Windows Communication Foundation

    Thanks to everyone who participated at the Code Camp Montréal! The event was a big success, in part due to the hard work of Guy Barrette , Jean-René Roy , Mario Cardinal , the speakers and the volunteers. I took a photo of some of the speakers at the event. You can check them out here: http://flickr...
  • Blog Post: [User Group Events] Montreal Code Camp

    Yesterday, I received an e-mail from my good friend, Guy Barrette ( Microsoft Regional Director ). He informed me that the folks from the Montréal Visual Studio User Group are hosting a code camp in Montréal on Saturday, October 14, 2006 . Great news! I have no doubt that this event will rock. If...
  • Blog Post: [User Group Events] Edmonton Code Camp

    Great news! Our good friends from the Edmonton .NET Users Group have decided to host a Code Camp! The Edmonton Code Camp will take place on Saturday, September 30, 2006 and will feature many developers from western Canada . Register today!
  • Blog Post: [User Group Events] Juval Lowy at Calgary .NET User Group Tomorrow

    Juval Lowy will be speaking about Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) at the Calgary .NET User Group tomorrow. This should be an awesome talk. More information is available on the Calgary .NET User Group Website.
  • Blog Post: Vancouver Code Camp Countdown (Rob Chartier)

    Rob Chartier : "So we are under one week left until the first ever Vancouver Code Camp . To tell you the truth, one year ago I would have never imagined that I would be putting on a conference, let alone with 200 guests 10 sponsors and 17 presenters. It is definitely exciting."
  • Blog Post: Stephen Forte at GUVSM

    Groupe d'Usagers Visual Studio Montréal (GUVSM) Microsoft (Montréal Office) Suite 450, 2000 Avenue McGill Collège Montréal, Québec, Canada H3A 3H3 Speaker: Stephen Forte (INETA Speaker, Microsoft Regional Director ) Subject: XML in SQL Server 2005 Date: March 14...
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman at Victoria .NET Developers Association Tonight!

    Scott Hanselman ( HanselMinutes , dasBlog Community Edition , Microsoft Regional Director ) will be speaking at the Victoria .NET Developers Association tonight at 7:00 PM PST. Scott will deliver a presentation entitled, "Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog". More information...
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman at .NET BC Tonight!

    Scott Hanselman ( HanselMinutes , dasBlog Community Edition , Microsoft Regional Director ) will be speaking at the .NET User Group of British Columbia tonight at 7:00 PM PST. His presentation, "Anatomy of a Successful ASP.NET Application: Inside DasBlog" will not disappoint. More information about...
  • Blog Post: Calgary .NET User Group Meeting Tonight

    Later tonight, the Calgary .NET User Group will host a meeting with a presentation entitled, "Building Cutting-Edge Web Solutions with Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0". Tonight's event will feature profiles, data-driven site navigation and Web parts. Very cool stuff. Also, the Calgary .NET User...
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