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  • Blog Post: NYC’s Own Chevon Christie Named ‘Microsoft Tech Student of the Month’

    The folks over at the Microsoft Tech Student (MTS) blog have just named NYC’s own Chevon Christie as their “ January 2012 Tech Student of the Month ”.  Congratulations to Chevon! This a recognition well deserved! Chevon, a student at Hunter College in NYC, has an impressive story which is told in...
  • Blog Post: NYC Agile Camp Fire – Saturday, July 16, 2011

    Not sure how I missed this one earlier, but the Agile Camp Fire is returning to NYC this Saturday on July 16, 2011!  There are still a limited number of spots available. If you’ve been to one of the Agile Firestarter events in New York or Philadelphia over the past year, the Agile Camp Fire takes...
  • Blog Post: Azure For The IT Pro Firestarter Series

    Last fall, Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I went on the road to deliver a series of Azure Firestarter events up and down the east coast. Those events were focused on what’s in Azure for developers. There is so much there for developers to learn, despite the fact that Cloud Computing sounds more like...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Windows 7 Firestarter Series - Winter 2011

    Happy New Year everyone! A new year, a news series of events to share with you!  Just got word that some of my teammates are going to be hosting a new series of Firestarter events up and down the east coast.  This series will be focused on building Silverlight applications for Windows 7. The...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show #40 - Migrating World Maps to Azure

    A new year, a new episode.  This time, the Connected Show hits 40!  In this episode, guest Brian Hitney joins Peter to discuss how he migrated the My World Maps application to Windows Azure. Fresh off his Azure Firestarter tour through the eastern US, Brian talks about migration issues, scalability...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show #39 – The Battle of The 5s

    In this episode, frequent guest & co-host Andrew Brust joins Peter to re-cap the recent Microsoft PDC 2010 conference and Silverlight 5 Firestarter. Andrew and Peter discuss the latest Azure platform developments, including VM role, Admin mode, and SQL Azure sharding.  In the mix, they cover...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Silverlight Unveiled: Live Firestarter Event December 2, 2010

    There seems to be a trend when any shiny new object is announced (HTML5 support in IE9) that various folks will clamor like pitchfork carrying zombies at the gate ready to proclaim whatever came before it to be DEAD (Silverlight?!).  I suppose this is what the Internet enables with its instant rumor...
  • Blog Post: NYC Entity Framework Firestarter Content and Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Entity Framework Firestarter event in New York City on September 27, 2010 !  Special thanks goes out to the event’s speakers Julie Lerman , Stephen Bohlen , and Rachel Appel for assembling and delivering all of the day’s content! The recordings and content from...
  • Blog Post: NYC Agile Firestarter – November 13th, 2010

    Do to popular demand, the Agile Firestarter is coming back to NYC again! Are you just starting out with Agile, XP or Scrum and need to get up to speed? Or do you know a thing or two about Agile but want to learn the basics so you can implement it in your organization? Then this Firestarter is for you...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Firestarter – Fall 2010 Series

    I’m happy to announce the next series of Firestarter events focused around Windows Azure and cloud computing!  Firestarters are free training events that focus on a single topic from intro to 300-level in a day. Folks continue to tell us that they like these types of events, so we keep on bringing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform Firestarter Series

    Firestarter events have been growing quite popular over the past year or two. These are all free training events that focus on a single topic from intro to 300-level in a day. Feedback from past Firestarter attendees have been universally positive.  Here in the tri-state area we’ve seen multiple...
  • Blog Post: NYC Entity Framework Firestarter: September 27th, 2010

    The Entity Framework is a set of technologies in ADO.NET that support the development of data-oriented software applications. First introduced in .NET 3.5 SP1 in 2008, the Entity Framework underwent significant changes in its second version, known as Entity Framework 4, released in Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Firestarters Coming To A City Near YOU!

    With all the excitement around the upcoming new Windows Phone 7 platform, it was just a matter of time! I’m happy to announce that Microsoft is going to be hosting a series of Windows Phone 7 Firestarter events around the Eastern US starting this month.  If you’re looking to learn more about the...
  • Blog Post: NYC WCF Firestarter Content and Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the WCF Firestarter event in New York City on June 19, 2010 !  I had a great time helping organize the event and speaking with many of the attendees about the Windows Communication Foundation.  There were over 200 folks who made it out to the Fire Starter in...
  • Blog Post: NYC Silverlight 4 Firestarter Content and Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Silverlight 4 Firestarter event in New York City on June 5, 2010 !  I had a great time helping organize the event and speaking with many of the attendees about Silverlight.  There were over 200 folks who made it out to the Fire Starter in NYC that day, as...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show #32 – CoApp: Do EPIC Schtuff!

    In this episode, guest Garrett Serack from the Microsoft Open Source Technology Center joins me to discuss CoApp, a new package manager for the Windows platform. Garrett tells us how CoApp will help make it easier for developers and users to build and install open source software on Windows. (Interview...
  • Blog Post: WCF Firestarter Simulcast This Saturday, June 19th 2010

    A few weeks back, I announced the WCF Firestarter coming to New York City this weekend. Registration is SOLD OUT and we’re looking forward to a full house in the Big Apple on Saturday! You can catch all the details in my previous post , as well as at MSDN Events . If you have registered to join...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 4 Firestarter Simulcast This Saturday, June 5th 2010

    A few weeks back, I announced the Silverlight 4 Firestarter coming to New York City this weekend.  Registration is just about sold out and we’re looking forward to a full house in the Big Apple on Saturday!  You can catch all the details in my previous post , as well as at MSDN Events . Firestarter...
  • Blog Post: Jrzyshr Dev Guy Going Dark for a bit…

    Via David Anson … Going dark [MSDN blogging platform being upgraded - NO new posts or comments next week] The administrators of the MSDN blogging platform are performing a software upgrade and will be putting all blogs into read-only mode on Sunday, May 16th . New posts and new comments will not be possible...
  • Blog Post: NYC WCF Firestarter – Saturday June 19, 2010

    Stop starting new projects with ASMX Web Services or .NET Remoting! OK, now that we have your attention, let’s get serious. These two technologies are so 2002! You need to start learning Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) if you haven't already. This is the platform for connected applications...
  • Blog Post: NYC Silverlight 4 Firestarter – Saturday June 5th, 2010

    Silverlight 4 is a powerful development platform for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web, desktop, and mobile applications when online or offline. First introduced in 2007, Silverlight has come a long way, with four major version releases in less than three years. By now, you’ve...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show #23 – Agile: Putting the “soft” in Software

    In this episode, guest Stephen Bohlen joins Peter to discuss the Agile software development methodology. Stephen talks about what it means to be agile, how agile can improve the software development process, and what boiling molasses may portend for the future of “software engineering”. Also, guest host...
  • Blog Post: NJ Agile Firestarter December 2009 Content Now Available

    Thanks to all of the people who attended the NJ Agile Firestarter in December at the Microsoft offices in Iselin, NJ! The Firestarter was a successful event, and feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive! I’ve never seen as many folks take the time to write handwritten comments...
  • Blog Post: Central Jersey .NET Agile Firestarter – Saturday December 12, 2009

    Another Firestarter event is coming to town! If you’ve been to any of the previous Firestarter events , then you’ll know this one will be sure not to disappoint! Firestarter’s are a full day event where we focus on a single technology and take attendees from intro to guru in hours. The goal is for attendees...
  • Blog Post: Connected Show #18 – Claudio Caldato on PHP & ADO.NET Data Services

    In this episode, guest Claudio Caldato joins Peter to discuss interoperability at Microsoft and how his team is working to make Windows Azure cloud services more accessible to PHP developers.  Claudio provides us details on the PHP Toolkit for ADO.NET Data Services.  Guest host G. Andrew Duthie...
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