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  • Blog Post: Intro to Game Development for Windows - Sep. 21

    Nothing like an amazing time at Boston FIG to get you in the mood to start your game development career! The games there were absolutely amazing – and perhaps daunting to consider building – but everyone started somewhere, and that’s the goal of my workshop this coming Saturday in Cambridge. If you’re...
  • Blog Post: And Then There Were Four

    As many of us are gearing up for the new school year or rebooting various user groups following a summer hiatus, this seems like a good time to introduce the (mostly) new Technical Evangelist Team for the Northeast District. Although our mission remains the same – enable developer and student audiences...
  • Blog Post: Technical Calendar – August 2013

    Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 BackboneConf Boston MA 2 Azure IT Lab Buffalo NY 3 Cantina Game Jam Weekend Burlington Ruby Conference Burlington VT 4 Cantina Game Jam Weekend Burlington Ruby Conference...
  • Blog Post: Beat the Heat – Build a Game

    Join me on Saturday, July 13th , at the newest Microsoft Store in New England (at the Natick Mall).  I’ll be leading a session to show how you can build a game for Windows 8 – programming background NOT required! As in the longer hands-on workshops my colleagues and I held this past Spring, I’ll...
  • Blog Post: Technical Calendar - July 2013

    Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Windows 8 //build review & more 10 11 12 13 Game Development for Beginners Natick MA 14 15 16 Mobile+Web DevCon Boston MA 17 Mobile+Web DevCon...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: June 17th, 2013

    First of all, apologies for not getting my weekly post out last Monday. It was actually written and submitted, but somehow I managed to set the publish date to the 17th and not the 10th! We’ve got another full week coming up with events in the Boston area as well as in Burlington, Vermont, and Portland...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: June 3rd, 2013

    I hope you managed to stay cool this weekend – no better way than building Windows 8 apps, right?!  Here’s what Chris, Michael and I have planned for you this week. And for those of you not in the immediate Boston area, take note of our “Northeast Roadshow” hitting sites around New England and upstate...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 27th, 2013

    Happy Memorial Day! As you head back to work and school on Tuesday, here are a few developer events to put on your calendar. Tuesday, May 28th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 30th Virtual Office Hours with Jim , 11 a.m. – noon Windows Azure Mobile Services...
  • Blog Post: Port Your App to Windows 8 and Win a Trip to BUILD

    As you might know, my Technical Evangelist colleagues and I spend a lot of time on StackOverflow helping out with Windows 8 questions, but somehow I missed this!  This promotion started on May 2nd and has a June 7th submission deadline (at which point the app must be in the Windows Store) , so get...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 20th, 2013

    As we head into Memorial Day, we won’t be running our normal Saturday workshops this coming weekend, but we’ll be back in June (and we’re cooking up some other on-line opportunities too!)   Don’t forget the $100-per-app incentive and several partner promotions end next month, so be sure to...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 13th, 2013

    It’s another great week of events for Windows and Windows 8 developers – and not just in Boston! Note the inaugural meeting of the Windows Phone Group in New Hampshire and the 6th annual Hartford Code Camp just north of the city in Bloomfield.  Tuesday, May 14th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center...
  • Blog Post: SQL Saturday Rochester - May 11th

    It's time for the 2nd Annual SQL Saturday in Rochester , to be held at the Golisano Auditorium on the campus of RIT this coming Saturday, May 11th . Organized by the Rochester PASS group in partnership with the Professional Organization or SQL Server (PASS) , this is the largest free (well, except for...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: May 6th, 2013

    Welcome to May! We’ve just kicked off a series of Saturday workshops at both our Cambridge and Farmington offices, so be sure to take advantage of those opportunities to build your first Windows 8 application!   Tuesday, May 7th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp 2013 - Recap

    Last weekend, an amazing group of about 130 area technologists, designers, project managers, and non-profit representatives convened at the New England Research and Development Center (NERD) for the 4th Annual New England GiveCamp . GiveCamp is a weekend-long hacking event like no other that groups technical...
  • Blog Post: May 2013 Technical Calendar

    Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 App Builder Virtual Summit on-line 3 4 Product Camp Cambridge MA Game Dev for Beginners Farmington CT Imagine RIT Rochester NY 5 6 7 Windows 8 Office Hours Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: 6th Annual Hartford Code Camp – Call for Speakers

    On Saturday, May 18th , the Connecticut .NET Developers Group and New Horizons in Bloomfield, Connecticut , will host the Sixth Annual Hartford Code Camp . Code Camps are free, typically all-day weekend events driven by the technical community for the technical community . At these events you’ll have...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: April 22, 2013

    Here’s this week’s CORRECTED lineup of events for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers ! Tuesday, April 23rd Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.    Windows AzureConf 2013 , on-line, 12 noon – 8:00 p.m. (several sessions quite relevant to mobile application...
  • Blog Post: Two Azure Hands-on Opportunities

    The other day I posted on some of the newest development in Windows Azure , and if that’s spurred you on to learn more, there are two great immersive (hands-on) opportunities coming up in Boston and beyond. Saturday, April 27th is the day of Global Windows Azure Bootcamp , a one-day, deep dive class...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp – Class of 2013

    As many of you know, I am one of the co-organizers of New England GiveCamp , now in it’s fourth year, and I’m excited to announce the roster of 24 New England non-profits that will be benefitting from the services of volunteers - developers, designers, product managers, artists, copywriters, and more...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead: April 15, 2013

    Kudos to Lance McCarthy and the combined efforts of Telerik and Nokia on a wildly successful Boston Hackathon this past weekend. And congratulations not only to the six named winners but also to all the seasoned as well as brand-new Windows Phone developers who demoed THIRTY-FIVE applications produced...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – April 8th, 2013

    Here's what the week looks like for all of you looking to learn more about building applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone. Tuesday, April 9th Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.    Windows 8 Games and Social Apps , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge...
  • Blog Post: The Week Ahead – April 1, 2013

    Be sure to grab your spot at the Boston Hackathon being run by Nokia and Telerik at the Microsoft Office in Cambridge on the weekend of April 13th and 14th! Tuesday, April 2nd Office Hours , 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.    Drinks on Tap , Ned Devine’s, 1 Faneuil...
  • Blog Post: April 2013 Technical Calendar

    Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 Windows 8 Office Hours Cambridge MA 3 4 Agile Games 2013 Cambridge MA 5 Cleanweb Hackathon Agile Games 2013 Cambridge MA 6 Sql Saturday Cambridge MA Hack Upstate...
  • Blog Post: New England GiveCamp – Three Ways to Help!

    As many of you know, along with Kelley Muir of Float Left Labs , I’ve been a co-organizer of New England GiveCamp since its inception in 2010.  New England GiveCamp is about “geeks giving back”: roughly 120 technologists from across New England will convene at NERD from April 26-28th for an around...
  • Blog Post: Launch Your App at a Microsoft Store!

    Getting your Windows 8 or Windows Phone app into the store is an incredible accomplishment. Why not celebrate that achievement with friends, family, and your users – by launching your app at one of the retail Microsoft stores ! There are roughly 30 (non-specialty) stores across the US and Canada (with...
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