Firestarter logoAs the summer begins to wind down, we’re gearing up for several series of events focused on the core pillars of client development, web development and cloud computing.  Over the next year, you’ll see Chris and myself, along with our fellow Developer Evangelists from across the East region presenting “Firestarters” on various aspects of those core development pillars.   A Firestarter is a day-long event focused on a single technology starting at the basics and diving deeper throughout the day.  The intention is to provide you an opportunity for focused immersion to spark your own development efforts with the technology that is covered.

Windows Phone logoThe first series we’re announcing is the Windows Phone 7 Firestarter: a full-day series of learning events for developers, taking you behind the scenes with an inside look at the philosophy, design language, and fundamentals of Silverlight and XNA coding for Windows Phone 7.  The two closest stops for the Northeast are in Waltham (August 24th) and Farmington (September 30th).

Firestarter Agenda: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Morning Sessions:

  • Introduction to Windows Phone Development and the WP7 platform
  • Building Windows Phone 7 Applications with Silverlight 
  • Building Windows Phone 7 Applications using XNA

Lunch (included)

Afternoon Sessions: 

  • Monetizing Your Apps with Marketplace
  • Windows Phone 7 Services
  • Light Up Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone Garage: 6 - 9 p.m.

Following the Firestarter, you’re invited to a special hands-on workshop from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. featuring one-on-one proctoring from the Microsoft and community experts. It's the perfect opportunity to design and implement that cool new app you've been dreaming about, so bring your ideas and get ready to code. (Oh yeah, dinner’s on us!)

Registration links are below.  Note: you must register separately for the Firestarter and Garage.

Atlanta

August 24th

Firestarter

Garage

Waltham

August 24th

Firestarter

Garage

Tampa

August 31st

Firestarter

Garage

Ft. Lauderdale

September 2nd

Firestarter

Garage

New York

September 7th

Firestarter

Garage

Raleigh

September 8th

Firestarter

Garage

Chevy Chase

September 21st

Firestarter

Garage

Charlotte

September 21st

Firestarter

Garage

Philadelphia

September 22nd

Firestarter

Garage

Pittsburgh

September 28th

Firestarter

Garage

Farmington

September 30th

Firestarter

Garage

 


So what about the Web and Cloud events? We're still finalizing the agendas and venues, but if you want to pencil-in dates on your calendars, here's the near-final lineup.  Check back on Chris’s and my blogs for more details and registration links when they become available.

Web Development Firestarters

New York, NY September 28th
Iselin, NJ September 30th
Farmington, CT November 2nd
Waltham, MA November 4th
Chevy Chase, MD November 9th
Malvern, PA November 16th
Tampa, FL November 30th
Orlando, FL December 2nd
Alpharetta, GA December 9th
Raleigh, NC December 10th

Cloud Computing Firestarters

Tampa, FL November 8th
Alpharetta, GA November 10th
Charlotte, NC November 11th
Rochester, NY November 16th
Waltham, MA November 30th
New York, NY December 1st
Malvern, PA December 7th
Chevy Chase, MD December 9th