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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 DevCamps Coming throughout the US This Summer!

    While I’ve yammered on a lot this past year about Windows Azure (which just had a big release of new features last month in June 2012), there’s another big product from Microsoft with the word “Windows” in the title that is getting a lot of buzz lately.  That’s Windows 8!  Windows 8 is the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Event in New York City on April 19, 2012

    Back on March 13th, I announced a series of Windows 8 Developer Camps coming to cities up and down the US east coast starting this week and running through April & May 2012.  There was one location that eerily seemed to be missing from the list of tour dates:  New York City! (or as my teammate...
  • Blog Post: Spring Forward with Windows 8 Developer Camps

    On February 29th, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released to the world for everyone to try! Windows 8 represents an entirely new way of computing. It is a new platform full of new opportunities (more on that in a bit). The first thing you’ll notice about Windows 8 is that it’s different...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Game Camp Resources Available

    While I was on the road in early December with the US Cloud team delivering Windows Azure Dev Camps, our colleagues were doing the same with the HTML5 Game Camps .  I got a chance to attend the NYC stop at Columbia University on December 9th.  (The “ Grantophone ” is STILL a huge hit in my...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Dev Camps - Fall 2011 Series Re-Cap

    Well, five cities and two weeks on the road and the East Coast Windows Azure Dev Camps have come to a close. The tour started in Raleigh, NC on 12/5, and then made its way through Farmington, CT (Hartford), New York City, Malvern, PA (Philly), and Chevy Chase, MD (DC).  Brian, Jim, and I had a lot...
  • Blog Post: Juilliard Student Creates The “Grantophone”, Then Plays The Imperial March On It

    On Friday December 9, 2011, Microsoft hosted an HTML5 Game Camp at Columbia University.  Folks came out to learn about HTML5 from my colleagues G Andrew Duthie and Lindsay Lindstrom .  Later in the day, the campers hacked away and built games that run in the browser. I was there to listen in...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: US East Coast Windows Azure Dev Camps Start 12/5

    I Last month, I posted here about the upcoming Windows Azure Dev Camps I will be hosting with my teammates Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil.  Just a reminder that we’re kicking our 5 city tour off on Monday down in Raleigh, NC at North Carolina State University !  If you’ve been wanting to learn...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Game Camps In November & December 2011

    Like playing games?  Ever thought about learning how to make your own games? Yeah, I’m sure we all have, but who has time for that?! We’re all too busy doing our day jobs coding web and/or business applications.  Probably, your boss might not approve of you spending a day learning how to build...
  • Blog Post: Getting Mango & the NYC Windows Phone Camp 10-19-2011: Re-Cap

    A few weeks ago, I expressed excitement that “Mango is coming! Mango is coming!”.  Well, Mango is HERE!  Microsoft began rolling the “Mango” update out to virtually all phone and carrier combinations on September 27, 2011.  I was lucky enough to get Mango on my phone on the 28th. ...
  • Blog Post: HTML5 Web Camps Coming To US East Coast in August & September 2011

    Last month, my teammates Rachel Appel , G. Andrew Duthie , and Chris Bowen hosted HTML5 Web Camp events in New York and Boston . Both events “sold out” almost immediately. (So quickly that I didn’t even get a chance to post the NYC one here before registration was closed!)  Due to the popularity...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tech Jam Spring 2011 Series – Content & Links

    Thanks to everyone who attended the Spring 2011 Series of Windows Azure Tech Jam events! The US Cloud team enjoyed traveling to Philly, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Fort Lauderdale, and Tampa to visit folks and deliver this fun tour of cloud computing and Windows Azure concepts.  We had a great time helping...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Tech Jam

    This is the second of two sets of Windows Azure-related events hitting select cities on the US East Coast in Spring 2011.  The other is the Azure Deep Dive with Jeffrey Richter . Please join myself, Brian Hitney , and Jim O’Neil for the “Azure Tech Jam”! You’ve heard about cloud computing and already...
  • Blog Post: Azure Auto-Scaling with Scott Reed on MSDN geekSpeak 3-9-2011

    My colleagues, Glen Gordon & Lynn Langit , co-host a bi-weekly “webcast” called MSDN geekSpeak . I say “webcast” in quotes because it’s really more of a free-form radio show than a standard Microsoft webcast.  But actually, calling it a radio show isn’t accurate either! That’s because it does...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Microsoft WebCamp NYC – June 25-26th, 2010

    I’m excited to announce that the Microsoft Web Platform team is bringing MS WebCamp to NYC on June 25th & 26th. This traveling event is coming to only 12 cities world wide. Of course, being THE best city in the world, you just KNEW New York would have to be on that list!  Join myself, James...
  • 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: Visual Studio 2010 Launch & Roadshow Tour Events

    April 12th marked the release of Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.  We’re celebrating with a series of national launch events , including one here in the tri-state metro area in Brooklyn on May 13th from 8:30 AM to 5 PM.  Rachel Appel , Bob Hunt , and I will be speaking at the launch event along...
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