October, 2011

  • DaveDev

    Get in the game! Announcing a round of free, HTML5 game camps from Microsoft



    Have you been wondering about HTML5?  Have an interest in creating games?  Microsoft is happy to announce a round of free, full day developer training for HTML5 with a specific focus on gaming!

    If you haven’t had the chance to get started yet now is the time.  These HTML5 Game Camps will get you up to speed and

    More details via Chris Bowen here

    Ready to learn HTML5?  Enjoy games, too?

    Join in the HTML5 Game Camps, free events offering a chance to learn about the next wave of web standards including HTML5, CSS3, Canvas, SVG, and more.  And while you gain practical knowledge about HTML5 and JavaScript techniques, it’s all joined together by the fun of creating games!

    Web CampsThese are part of the Microsoft Web Camps series and feature a half day of sessions followed by hands-on game creation time.  Get up to speed with HTML5 and game dev concepts in the sessions, then turn your ideas into reality as we leave the slides behind.  Design and develop creations of your own, with plenty of guidance and help for your questions.

    The Schedule

    Here’s where the HTML5 Game Camps are heading, with links to details and registration:

    • Atlanta, GA – November 10 – Georgia Tech – Registration
    • Cambridge, MA – November 17 – Microsoft NERD – Registration
    • New York, NY – December 9 – Columbia University – Registration
    • University Park, PA – December 14 – Penn State – Registration

    (Note some of these events are morning through afternoon, and others are afternoon to evening.)

    Don’t forget to read the prep steps at the bottom of the event pages.  To get ready for coding, consider installing WebMatrix (it’s free) and other tools via the Web Platform Installer.  Also, consider attending with a friend and tackling the game creation as a team!

    Bonus Points for Rochester, NY

    For those of you in the Rochester, NY area, there’s a special RIT Game Camp the weekend of December 2nd-4th.  It’s all about game development, and features multiple ways to learn about and create games:

    • RIT Game JamHTML5 Camp (Saturday, 12/3)
    • Game Jam (all weekend)
    • XNA in a Day (Saturday)
    • Windows Phone Camp (Saturday)

    It’s free, hosted on the campus of RIT, and open to everyone.  So, choose what you’d like to participate in, and enjoy!

  • DaveDev

    Sold out Windows Phone camps help students and professional developers publish their own apps


    We are now a month into the latest round of Windows Phone Camps on the East Coast, US and the apps keep pouring in! 


    Over 80 new apps got created during the Philly, Reston and Cambridge events I attended.  You all rock!


    If you’ve been thinking of writing an app for Windows Phone now is the time.  With over 30,000+ apps already the opportunities to strike it big continue to grow!  I have seen steady growth in my own apps on the marketplace as we continue to bring new countries and new advertisers online.


    During Cambridge this past week we also had several app developers show up who told their own story and the type of money they were making.


    I had the chance to invite one of those people onto stage with me during my “How to make money with Windows Phone” talkChevon Christie, is a college student who first attended one of our Windows Phone Firestarters in NYC last year.  Since then he has gone on to create several successful apps including NYC Transit that was featured on Gizmodo.


    Tara Walker, one of my teammates, did an interview with Chevon you can also check out:



    There are more Windows Phone Camps planned so if you haven’t signed up yet you may be able to score a seat and a chance at winning some great prizes!



  • DaveDev

    October 2011 Philly.Net Code Camp and Alex's Lemonade Stand



    The second 2011 Philly.Net Code Camp was held at DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA this past Saturday, October 15.  As usual the day included:

    Lots of code!

    8 hours of learning and networking

    70 sessions by 60+ speakers

    13 tracks + Open Spaces Forum

    600 seats with tables

    Breakfast, lunch (two groups), and afternoon snack

    Raffles and prizes after second lunch and closing

    Booster registration option for charity donations, parties, and prizes



    Full Day

    The content at Philly Code Camp has always been top knotch and you can watch some of the prior years sessions here.  This year was no exception! With over 70 sessions from top local speakers the day was packed with content.  Here is a breakdown of the tracks:

    alt.NET - Brian Donahue - 113
    Mitch Ruebush - Designing a REST API for your ______
    Stephen Bohlen - Behavior-Driven Development: Turning User Stories into Executable Specifications
    Dane Morgridge - The Demystification Of The Allure Of Ruby
    John Zablocki - NoSQL and .NET: Relaxing with CouchDB
    Vladimir Gizspenc - Using Mono and Open Source to reach MacOS, iOS, Android and Linux

    Architecture - Mitch Ruebush - 106
    Abraham Sultan - PaaS or Fail: Preparing for Your Changing Role in Software Development and Delivery
    Bryan Deitrich - What's a DBA To Do? Continuous Integration and Automated Deployments of Miguel A. Castro - Advanced MVVM: Engineering the UI, Without the UI
    Michael Montgomery - Modern Software Architecture: The Business of Building Better
    Mike Diiorio - Build Hybrid Applications with the Azure AppFabric Service Bus

    Data - Dane Morgridge - 109
    Alan M. Silverblatt - Data Encryption 101
    David Hoerster - OData and jQuery - Perfect Together
    David Hoerster - Expression Trees - The Missing LINQ
    Ken Lovely - Using Repository and Unit of Work patterns in EF 4.1 with a WCF Domain Model
    Jim Priestley - Real World SQL Azure: Tuning for 27,000 visitors per day searching against a 10,000 row catalog

    Framework - Todd Snyder - 132
    Daniel R. Clark - The Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
    Doug White - Getting started with R
    Chris Gomez - XNA Levels Up: Publish Your Games Now
    Will Robertson - Window Phone MVC
    Anthony Mastrean - Event Sourcing Simplified

    Mobile Apps - Rob Keiser - 108
    Samidip Basu - Let's peel Mangos!
    Rob Keiser - Live Tiles in Mango
    Greg Shackles - Cross Platform Mobile Development with .NET
    Kevin Griffin - jQuery on the Go
    Sachin Deshpande - Mobile Web Apps development using MVC3 and JQuery Mobile

    SharePoint - Michael Mukalian - 111
    David E. Patrick - SharePoint Developer Intro - Building Visual Web Parts
    Chris Keyser - Integrating complex web services with a BCS Assembly Connector
    Michael Mukalian - "Oh sir, it's only wafer thin!" - Managing Large Lists in SharePoint 2010
    David Mann - Instrumentation and Debugging, on-premises and in the Cloud
    Jennifer Kenderdine - InfoPath Forms and Web Parts


    Silverlight - John Baird - 125
    Jason L. van Brackel - Introduction to WPF
    John Baird - Silverlight Data Templating and Styling
    Joel Cochran - An Introduction to Expression Blend
    Andy Schwam - Silverlight - Lessons from the real world
    Matt Van Horn - Advanced XAML Tricks

    SQL & BI - Said Salomon - 110
    Alex Grinberg - Make the system tables work for you.
    Said Salomon - SQL Bouncer Logon Security Without Triggers
    Joshua Lynn - Learn RegEx in T-SQL & kick \
    Mark Kromer - Silverlight in SQL Server BI Reporting Solutions
    Dan Hartshorn - How to get started with BI using SharePoint and Office

    Tools - John Zablocki - The Orchard Project: From Installation to Customization
    Travis Laborde - 134
    Travis Laborde - NoSQL? No Way? Yes way!
    Jeffrey McArthur - Dependency Injection with MVC3 and Unity (Session, we don't need no stinking Session)
    Chris Meadows - Need Some Cache? Redis in Depth.
    Doug Finke - PowerShell for .NET Developers

    v.Next - Ken Lovely - 105
    Tony Verguldi Jr - Building Metro Apps
    Roger Doherty - Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server Code Name "Denali"
    Bill Wolff - A Lap Around Windows 8
    Chris Love - Going Metro Today, Tales from the Trenches
    Dani Diaz - Cool New Things Your Windows Phone Apps Can Do


    Web Dev I - Nick Berardi - 120
    Prasad Bapatla - HTML 5 for ASP.NET Developers
    Adam Tuliper - Hack Proofing your ASP.Net MVC and Web Forms Applications
    JP Toto - Building a Proper REST API with the new WCF WebAPI
    Roberto Hernandez - KnockoutJS and ASP.NET MVC
    Dane Morgridge - Intro to Rails 3 with MongoDB

    Web Dev II - John V. Petersen - 121
    Kevin Griffin - ASP.NET MVC From The Ground Up
    Stephen J . Bodnar - Using jQuery UI and Plugins to Make your Sites Look and Work Better
    John V. Petersen - Building your first jQuery Plugin
    Don Demsak - Not Miguel Castro's WCF - Intro To WCF Made Easy- WCF HTTP Programming Model
    Soe Tun - MVC, T4, Scaffolding, & Architecture

    Web Dev III - Marc Ziss - 122
    Kendall Miller - Massive Scalability for ASP.NET you can Afford
    Kevin Buckley - Build your own JQuery widget
    Joy Chakraborty - WCF Performance Optimization
    Jess Chadwick - Razor: From MVC Views to Maintainable Templating Solutions
    Chuck Sailer - Asynchronous Programming in ASP.NET


    Open Spaces - Jess Chadwick - 102
    An open discussion forum lasting the entire day. The format is deliberately fluid, with the general flow consisting of: participants shout out topics to discuss, vote on a topic, discuss it for 10 minutes (or more... or less), and then pick a new topic. Rinse and repeat for an entire day of lively and intriguing group conversation!

    Giving Back


    The Philly .NET community also donated over $1,000  during the day to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.  If you haven’t heard of this non profit before please click on the link and watch the below video that goes over the story behind who Alex was and her idea for a Lemonade stand.  There is also a heartwarming story from a mom who beat her child’s cancer and takes us through a journey of what Alex’s did for them.  A great reminder for how blessed we truly are in our industry and what we can do to give some of that back.

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