Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

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    Free software, services, and support for entrepreneurs and independent developers



    Do you have an idea so brilliant, it keeps you up at night? Developers & entrepreneurs, BizSpark can help.

    The Microsoft® BizSpark® program is FREE and helps your app development ideas come to life. You will have access to over 11 terabytes of software development tools, technical support; be provided connections with key industry players, and gain marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. As a BizSpark member, you can also get developer accounts to the Windows Store, as well as the Windows Phone Marketplace, and more.

    Find out more about BizSpark at If you’d like to enroll, drop us a note at and we can help make the signup process even easier. :)

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    Have a great idea for a game? Bring it to life at Game On!



    Join us for this FREE, hands-on event and learn how to build a Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone game in record time. We'll cover everything you need to create, upload and publish an amazing game. Expert developers will outline different game frameworks and give you the tools you need to start building. They'll also explain how to add graphics, levels, and sound to base games, while sharing other cool ways to make the game your own.

    In one jam-packed day of learning and coding, turn your idea into reality – by dinner time! How awesome is that?

    • Where? Microsoft office near you.
    • Who should come? Students, first-time developers, or seasoned pros. Everyone is welcome!
    • What should I bring? Bring your own machine.
    • How do I prepare? Instructions are included in your registration confirmation.



    • Registration: 8:30 AM Local Standard Time
    • Event: 9:00 AM-4:30 PM Local Standard Time


    Dates and locations:



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    Windows Azure Developer Camps 2013Q4



    Join a Microsoft Developer Camp and learn critical skills that all modern developers need to know.

    Roll up your sleeves at this free, one-day, instructor-led workshop where you can learn the critical skills that all modern developers need to know. We will start with basic Microsoft Modern Platform principles and build up to more advanced topics. Instructor-led, hands-on labs will focus on:

    • Updating an App to a Modern Architecture
    • Modern Dev & Test Practices
    • Configuring and Testing a Modern Application


    Throughout the day, you’ll hear from local Windows Azure partner specialists and Microsoft product team members.
    We’ll talk about the best way to take advantage of modern platforms and tools, as well as how to fix the worst sins of testing. Developers of all languages are welcome!

    Be fully prepared for this hands-on day of coding by bringing your laptop and signing up for the free Windows Azure Trial.

    Events are available across 30 cities in the U.S. Visit the event site for more details - Events local to western U.S. are:




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    Windows Store app development for iOS developers in Mountain View on December 13 & 14


    Join the Big Nerd Ranch and Microsoft for this free, two-day training designed to jumpstart your Windows Store app development.
    You will learn the ins-and-outs of the Windows platform from iOS developers who are now building Windows apps. Sessions will follow a low-key, interactive format where iOS terms and concepts will be mapped to Windows alternates. You will also get hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.


    • Thursday Dec 13, 2012 - 9 to 5 PM
    • Friday Dec 14, 2011 - 9 to 5 PM
    • Evening Social Thurs Dec 13, 6 PM


    • Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
    • Galileo Room
      SVC Conference Center
      1065 La Avenida
    • Mountain View, California 94043
      United States


    What’s the agenda?

    Times need to be finalized, but we’ll cover the following topics in sessions that are 30 to 60 minutes long:

    Day 1

    • Introduction to the platform and the Windows Store
    • Design differences between iOS and Windows 8
    • Tooling: Visual Studio and Blend
    • C# for Objective-C developers
    • Asynchronous programming
    • Consuming web services
    • Intro to building Windows Store apps with XAML (controls, layout and styling)
    • Advanced UI development with XAML (data binding, templates, and collections)
    • Contracts and extensions
    • Ask the Experts panel
    • InstallFest

    Day 2

    • Process Lifecycle Management and State Management
    • Notifications and Live tiles
    • Bing Maps, SkyDrive, and Microsoft Account integration
    • C++ for Objective-C developers
    • Reusing code with Windows Phone
    • Hands-on-labs

    How do I register?

    To secure your seat in this event, please register at

    Live Stream

    If you can’t attend in person, watch the live stream of the event at You do not have to register for the live stream; just point your browser to Channel 9 or to our registration site on the day of the event.


    Any iOS developer will benefit from this training, but we will focus more on those apps that are not games. For this event, there will be no deep game/graphics coverage (no OpenGL ES to DirectX deep-dives).


    Email your questions to


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    .NET Rocks road trip in a city near you




    Get ready to become immersed in the power of Visual Studio 2012. The .NET Rocks! Team of Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell are on the road bringing you presentations focused on building modern applications on the Windows platform for both client-side and server-side technology.
    At each stop, they will also record a live .NET Rocks! Show with a guest star that will be flown in for the occasion. Plus, you’ll learn about an exciting initiative to develop a Humanitarian Disaster Response Toolkit.
    Events are FREE, and include food, drink, and geeking out. Come join us!



    11/26 –

    Tempe, AZ

    11/27 –

    San Diego, CA

    11/28 –

    Irvine, CA

    11/29 –

    Irvine, CA

    11/30 -

    Los Angeles, CA

    12/3 –

    San Francisco, CA

    12/4 –

    Sunnyvale, CA

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