Architecture + Strategy

Musings from David Chou - Architect, Microsoft

  • Architecture + Strategy

    More Windows Azure DevCamps in December 2011





    Event Locations

    12/2 - Santa Monica, CA

    12/13 - Redmond, WA

    12/15- Phoenix, AZ
    Events run from
    9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    To register or to view
    the full agenda, select
    a location above.




    Come join us for 1 day of cloud computing!
    Developer Camps (DevCamps for short) are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then get hands-on time to apply what you've learned.
    What am I going to learn at the Windows Azure
    Developer Camp?

    At the Azure DevCamps, you’ll learn what’s new in developing cloud solutions using Windows Azure. Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud computing and services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers. Windows Azure provides an operating system and a set of developer services used to build cloud-based solutions. The Azure DevCamp is a great place to get started with Windows Azure development or to learn what’s new with the latest Windows Azure features.



    Arrival and Registration




    Getting Started with Windows Azure


    Session 2 - Using Windows Azure Storage




    Session 3 – Understanding SQL Azure




    Session 4 – Securing, Connecting, and Scaling




    Session 5 – Azure Application Scenarios


    Session 6 - Launching Your Azure App


  • Architecture + Strategy

    Event – XamlFest on January 14 & 15, 2009 at Irvine, California


    Are you interested about WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) but concerned about the learning curve?  Have you seen Silverlight but don’t know where to get started?  Or are you curious about how tools like Visual Studio and Expression Blend help designers and developers work together to deliver great user experiences? If so, join us at XamlFest!

    XamlFest is a two day interactive event where you’ll learn about the platforms the tools and processes used to deliver differentiated user experiences. It’s a chance for you to mingle with UX minded Microsoft folks as well as industry leading design integrators.  It’s also an opportunity to pick up a free copy of Visual Studio 2008 and Expression Studio 2 for you attendance.

    More details are available at

  • Architecture + Strategy

    Windows 8 App Development Event Series in Santa Monica Starting 7/24


    Come join us at Coloft Santa Monica (920 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401), as we provide in-depth looks at how to design and build apps for Windows 8, from scratch to finish, on Tuesday evenings over the course of four weeks starting 7/24.

    Week 1 (7/24 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Business opportunity for Windows 8
    • Designing apps with Metro principles and the Windows personality


    Week 2 (7/31 6:30-9:30pm):

    • How Metro style apps drive end user impact
    • Building Metro style apps with HTML and JavaScript
    • Creating Windows 8 Metro style user interface (UI)


    Week 3 (8/7 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Bring your app to life with live tiles and push notifications
    • Integrating with key Windows 8 features


    Week 4 (8/14 6:30-9:30pm):

    • Applying the finishing touches
    • The business opportunity continued: Monetizing your app
    • The Windows Store

    Interested to attend? Follow this link to register -

    Oh and did we mention - a grand prize winner will be selected to receive a Samsung Series 7 Slate (approximate retail value $1,299)? Official rules at

  • Architecture + Strategy

    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


  • Architecture + Strategy

    Join us in the biggest launch event in Microsoft history




    The biggest wave of innovation in Microsoft history is creating unprecedented business opportunities for developers. Join me for a free launch event, and you’ll see how the latest developer tools and platforms can help you gain recognition and make money with your apps.

    • Be one of the first to see Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and the new Microsoft Office at work.
    • Participate in hands-on demos, and learn how to design compelling apps for Windows 8 and the new Office.
    • Get tips and tricks from your peers, and connect with Microsoft evangelists for insights and guidance.

    Starting with the first set of events in Hollywood, CA and Waltham, MA on Tuesday 10/30; many more will be held across the U.S. for the follow months. Visit the NEW ERA OF WORK website for more details and specific dates and venue locations, and of course, to register.

    I hope you will be able to join us.

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