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  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: RESAAS

    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 RESAAS . Points of Interest...
  • 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: Geek out at DevTeach Vancouver!

    Monday May 28th to June 1st DevTeach comes to Vancouver with sessions on everything from Agile, to web, to SQL, to the cloud! DevTeach visits Vancouver every other year. The event is designed for developers and features lots of familiar names and great speakers! There is nothing quite like a conference...
  • Blog Post: Scott Guthrie on Cloud-Powered Revolutions

    From Episode 6 – Cloud-Powered Revolutions | May 2, 2012 Recorded live on location at Vancouver TechFest 2012 , Scott talks about revolutions that are made possible by the Cloud. Plus: Scott dives deep into how Windows Azure enables developers to drive those revolutions. Questions? Comments? Due to a...
  • Blog Post: <Whats Up:Developers> April Edition

    While we’re all enjoying a well deserved long weekend, take a few minutes to catch up on April’s developer news as seen on this month’s D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE (this past Wednesday). Links D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE podcasts now available: Zune , iTunes, or RSS Vancouver TechFest Web+Cloud and Mobile...
  • Blog Post: If You Like Hands-On…

    Some learn by listening – so they go to conferences, meetups, or watch sessions online (like TechDays Online ). Others learn by doing. For those folks, there are great online hands-on labs that can be done, like those on TechDays Online (did you know TechDays Online had hands-on labs that you can complete...
  • Blog Post: Many Geeks, Many Experts, and a Gu

    Where will you not only see many geeks come together to watch experts talk about the latest and greatest technologies, but also experience that which is “the Gu”? Vancouver TechFest 2012 ! Join me, Jonathan Rozenblit , Thomas Lewis , Paul Laberge , and 18 other Canadian experts for a day full of awesome...
  • 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: Scott Hanselman, TechDays Vancouver, and You

    What a keynote, eh? Whether you were in person or watching live online, surely you felt Scott’s energy and the passion as he walked us through the “Web Stack of Love”. Since he went through so many cool things, I’m going to assume that you have questions. Bring them on! Here’s how you can get your questions...
  • Blog Post: The Story of the TechDays Vancouver Keynote

    You’re probably wondering what the PowerPoint slide is all about. Well let me tell you. This is the story of the TechDays Vancouver keynote. A week from today, I have the distinct pleasure and honour (and stress!) of introducing   the keynote speaker. As you heard from Damir a little while ago,...
  • Blog Post: Awesome resources for Developers Tools, Languages and Framework track at TechDays

    I don’t know for you, but each time I go to a conference, I always want to put my hands into the new technology I just learn. I’m sure that it’s the case for you, so I wanted to give you a one-stop place where you’ll be able to get everything you need to do this with the sessions...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Developer Tools, Languages, Frameworks & awesomeness

    I can’t believe that TechDays is already there. In 3 weeks, we will be in Toronto (October 25-26) to start the tour. After Toronto, we will go in Vancouver (November 15-16) and Montreal (November 29-30) to give you a full two days of awesoness around the technology you love. This week, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Summer DevFest in Vancouver on June 21st!

    Registration is now open! http://html5summerdevfest.eventbrite.com/ (Tickets are limited) Come celebrate the Summer Solstice by joining us for a little something we like to call HTML5 Summer DevFest , a one-day event on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011, at The Waldorf Hotel . This event is designed to showcase...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Developer Deep Dive

    Are you currently evaluating Windows Azure as a means of deploying your solutions at scale? Perhaps your organization has already committed to the Cloud model and now you, the developer and/or architect, need to get up to speed on how to architect and develop solutions for the Cloud. Better yet, are...
  • Blog Post: Imaginet’s “Unlock the Power of Visual Studio 2010” Events in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary

    Our friends at Imaginet are hosting two-hour events in Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary where they’ll show Visual Studio developers how to get up to speed with all the goodies that have packed into Visual Studio 2010 . Here’s what they’ll cover: What’s new in Team Foundation Server 2010 Learn about important...
  • Blog Post: Mark Relph on Windows Development for .NET Rocks!

    Over the past number of years, I’ve listened to quite a number of podcasts. As I’ve said many times before , in terms of “learning on-the-go”, podcasts provide one of the best means of exercising your brain. Got a 45-minute commute? Why not educate yourself at the same time? On...
  • 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: Vancouver Startup Weekend, October 8-10!

    Great news for folks in the greater Vancouver region! In October, Startup Weekend will visit the fine city of Vancouver for the very first time! Now, you might be wondering, “What is Startup Weekend and why should I care?” The basic premise for Startup Weekend is simple: Pitch...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 5: Day 2 and Beyond

    Day 0 (The Day Before) TechDays typically happens on a Tuesday and a Wednesday; we usually arrive on the Sunday or Monday in order to prepare the venue, our speakers and our own presentations. The afternoon of Day 0 is usually spent setting up the computers in each of the track rooms and in the Collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 4: Go DevMENTAL

    What is Go DevMENTAL? Since TechDays – Microsoft Canada’s cross-country developer and IT pro conference visiting 8 cities across Canada this fall – is a two-day event, we’ve got the venues for the entire 48-hour period, including evenings. Rather than have the session rooms (which are already set up...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 3: The Surroundings

    For the past couple of years, we’ve held TechDays Vancouver at Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building, but this year, we got to hold it at the brand new West Building. If you followed the Olympics, you might have caught a glimpse of it in the coverage; it served as the media centre during the event...
  • Blog Post: Quick Updates

    I’m sitting in the airport lounge in Vancouver, waiting to board my flight back to Toronto. Some quick updates: TechDays Vancouver went very well. Over 800 attendees catching over 60 technical sessions on Microsoft’s platforms, tools and technologies, all taking place in the beautiful West Building of...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 2

    One of the hot topics at this year’s TechDays conference is Windows Phone 7. With a new user interface featuring a design that isn’t all “me too”, a “glance and go” approach that doesn’t have you riffling through pages of apps and not one but two programming models that meet specific (and very different...
  • Blog Post: Scenes from TechDays Vancouver, Part 1

    Hello from Vancouver! I’m here at the first stop of TechDays , Microsoft' Canada’s 8-city cross-country conference series for developers and IT pros. It’s a gorgeous, sunny and almost cloudless day, a nice change from the gloomy weather we had this weekend. The sunshine is perfect for our new TechDays...
  • Blog Post: This Week: TechDays Vancouver and Mobile Innovation Week Toronto

    There’s some interesting stuff going on in the Canadian tech world this week, on nearly opposite ends of the country. I’ll be at both, starting in Vancouver from Monday to Thursday, and ending the back back home in Toronto. TechDays 2010, Vancouver (Tuesday and Wednesday) On Tuesday and Wednesday, Microsoft...
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