West Region Team
On Monday January 24th between the hours of 3pm and 5pm, I enjoyed spending time at my “office” in Denver. I relaxed at the Starbucks in the Bellevue Promenade. The place was quite busy – which was perfect. The highlight of my Denver experience is when Ely Lucas (organizer of the upcoming Rocky Mountain Tech Trifecta) came to pay a visit. Thanks Ely for a great fireside chat!
From time to time, I will be hanging out at my various “offices” around my assigned geography – Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Usually for a two hour period, I will chill-ax with a beverage and broadcast how to find me. The point? Allow developers in the area to chat with their local Developer Evangelist about anything and in a less formal setting.
Today I became a hero! Sadly, not because of any personal accomplishment. I was simply a messenger. I was invited to speak at a special assembly for all students at Happy Valley School in Peoria, AZ. The topic? Officially it was “How to Prepare to Become a Software Engineer” (yawn). I accomplished my objective, but I was sneaky about it. From their perspective, my presentation was “How to Make Games for XBOX 360” (oohs ahhhs hoorays).
Thanks to a suggestion from Lynn Langit, a Microsoft Developer Evangelist on the west coast, I introduced my eager audience to Kodu, a visual programming platform for developing games on the XBOX.
During my demo of how easy it is to learn “visual conditional logic”, the entire assembly became very quiet – something a few teachers commented never happened before. When the presentation was over, so many students approached me with excitement, and assured me they were going to make some cool games. One student approached me sadly and said “I don’t have an XBOX, I only have a PS3.” The students weren’t the only ones wanting in the action. Some teachers and parents also asked a few questions about the platform (there is a gamer in all of us).
Dear Mike,Thank you so much for the fabulous assemblies last Friday. Many of the children are still talking about it and Mr. McCurley has raved that it was the best special assembly we’ve had! We greatly appreciate you, and the time you spent enlightening our students about the wonderful world of technology.Thanks again!All the best,Marcia PhillipsHappy Valley School
It was a great time, and the energy level was contagious. At the end, one student asked me for an autograph. As I said, I am just the messenger. Nonetheless, I obliged and signed away. Is that so wrong?
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I had a fun time visiting the folks at Gangplank today. I was invited to do a presentation on dynamic styling via jQuery. Code samples can be downloaded below.
Nice crowd of developers from a variety of platforms, and very courteous – despite working for Microsoft :) It was also nice meeting up with Scott Cate and Joseph Guadagno, both very active Microsoft MVPs in the southwest.
jQuery Code Samples Download
Microsoft Web Platform Installer 3 is available for download!
Look at the cool things you can install…
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