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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: The DevOps PaaS Infusion: Taking Any App To The Cloud–Windows Azure & Cloudify 5-17-2012 in New York City

    Wanted to share another great event around the cloud going on in New York City this week!  On Thursday at the Microsoft office in NYC, Gigaspaces, Aditi, C24, Cisco, and Microsoft will be hosting an event to explore the opportunities created by emerging cloud technologies.  The event will feature...
  • Blog Post: Java on Azure @ The NYC Windows Azure User Group – 5/16/2012: Cloudify: The PaaS Jailbreaker

    I’m excited to announce the line up of this week’s NYC Windows Azure User Group for this month on Wednesday, May 16, 2012! The group has lined up not one, but TWO great speakers to keep you informed on interesting uses of Microsoft’s cloud platform: Windows Azure. First off, Bill...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Live! NY Community Night – Wednesday 5/16/2012

    Visual Studio Live! is going on this week on over in Brooklyn this week at the Brooklyn Marriott.  I posted about the event back in March .  It is a GREAT conference for .NET developers to keep up with the latest trends and technologies that make up the Microsoft developer platform.  While...
  • Blog Post: Azure, Mobility, and the Enterprise: NYC Windows Azure User Group 4-18-2012

    Tomorrow is the April meeting of the NYC Windows Azure user group.  The group has been picking up the steam throughout the winter with talks by myself on the Azure Platform and Jim Priestley on Real World Azure Solutions.  Tomorrow night, we’re following it up with Ira Bell discussing Azure...
  • Blog Post: Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone Now Available at AT&T

    It’s finally here!  Nokia has just launched it’s Lumia 900 Windows Phone in the US.  The phone is available at AT&T for $100 with a new 2-year contract.  There are other offers where you can get it for even less.   I’ve had a Nokia Lumia 800 (the smaller version sold in Europe...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Live! in NYC: May 14-17, 2012 – User Group Discount Available!

    Last month, I announced here that Visual Studio Live! is returning to New York on May 14-17th, 2012.  Andrew Brust , who is the co-leader of the NYC .NET Developers Group (and newly minted ZD-NET “Big Data” blogger ), is one of the co-chairs of the Visual Studio Live! conference.  Andrew has...
  • Blog Post: NYC Women in Tech Connect Event – Saturday, May 5th, 2012

    Just got word that my teammate Rachel Appel , and Melissa Demsak (of NJ SQL fame) are hosting a Women in Tech event in NYC on Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  Back in November, I wrote about “ Keeping it Professional in Tech ” and the importance of supporting women in the technology industry. I’m excited...
  • 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: Visual Studio Live! Returning to NYC: May 14-17, 2012

      Some great news just in from Andrew Brust (co-leader of the NYC .NET Developers Group , Microsoft Regional Director, and newly minted ZD-NET “Big Data” blogger )… You guys know that I help lead the NYC .NET Developers Group, but you might not know that I am also the Conference Co-Chair for Visual...
  • Blog Post: Save The Date: SharePoint Saturday NYC 2012 Coming July 28, 2012

    This just in from the NYC SharePoint community… The premier SharePoint conference in New York City will return to the big apple this July, better than ever! More speakers. More panels. More experts. As always, FREE to attend the best SharePoint event this city has to offer. Follow @spsnyc and the #spsnyc...
  • Blog Post: Calling On Windows Phone Developers To Join In At NYC PhotoHack Day II – February 25th & 26th

    Just got word of another great NYC event coming up this weekend.  If you’re a Windows Phone developer, you’ll certainly want to check it out!  Read on for details… On February 25th and 26th, Microsoft and Nokia are sponsoring Photo Hack Day 2 with our partners at Aviary and General Assembly...
  • Blog Post: Two Upcoming Azure Events in NYC: February 23, 2012 + February 27, 2012

    Last night, I had the pleasure of speaking at the new NYC Windows Azure User Group .  There was a good turnout, so I want to say thanks to everyone who attended!  Before the main presentation started, I announced two Windows Azure-related events coming up in New York City the next two weeks...
  • Blog Post: Calling Windows Phone Users In NYC! GroupMe Testers Needed On 2/16/2012

    GroupMe is a group-texting app popular on mobile devices. It lets you create ‘groups’ and then start sending text messages back and forth to everyone in the group.  This is REALLY useful if you have a group of folks going out for an evening, or traveling together to an event/conference/etc. ...
  • Blog Post: Azure Update On February 15, 2012 @ NYC Windows Azure User Group

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced that new Windows Azure user groups had formed in both New York City and Central Jersey (Iselin). These groups are a great (free) opportunity to come on out and learn about the new fad: cloud computing! Next Wednesday, February 15, I’ll be speaking at the NYC...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure + Node.js at NY Alt.NET

    On January 25, 2012, I gave a presentation at the NY Alt.NET user group about running Node.js on Windows Azure.  It was the first time I’ve given a presentation on Node, so I was a little concerned the talk might be a little rough around the edges.  Luckily I managed to escape without any tomatoes...
  • 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: Windows Azure User Groups in NYC and NJ

    Many of you know that Windows Azure is my favorite topic these days.  I think the shift to cloud computing over the coming years will represent a monumental change for our industry.  For those designing systems and implementing them, having the overhead of managing infrastructure removed will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Discover Event in NYC on January 24, 2012

    If you missed the Windows Azure Dev Camp we hosted in NY last month, there’s another great opportunity to learn about Windows Azure coming! Via Sanjay Jain , who graciously helped me out at the DevCamp last month, the Windows Azure Discover Event is coming on January 24, 2012… We are hosting a half-day...
  • Blog Post: NYC Windows Phone User Group Winter Meetings: Mobile Analytics, Azure Data Market, VS vNext, & XNA Game Development

    A little more than a year ago, in November 2010, I announced launch of a new Windows Phone User Group in NYC .  Ryan Finnesey, Boulos Dib, and Jon Westfall have been doing a great job of running the group since its inception after the launch of Windows Phone 7! In recent months, they have helped...
  • 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: Windows Phone Hackathon in NYC – Saturday December 10th, 2011

    Just learned of another opportunity to learn to develop Windows Phone apps going on in NYC!  The NYC Windows Phone User Group is going to be hosting a hackathon at the Microsoft offices in NYC on Saturday December 10th, 2011 .  My teammate Dani Diaz , who is our resident “WP7 guru” evangelist...
  • Blog Post: Joomla Day NYC 2011 Re-Cap

    Joomla! Day NYC 2011 was hosted in the Microsoft NYC office over the weekend of October 21st through October 23rd. A Joomla!Day is a local, regional or national gathering of the Joomla! community. It is like a “ code camp ” for those interested in learning about, or contributing to, Joomla!. The New...
  • Blog Post: That’s a BIG Windows Phone!

    Last week, I posted about a Windows Phone event that would be taking place in Herald Square in NYC today. It was the consumer launch event for Windows Phone 7.5 (aka “Mango”). The Windows Phone team was coy with what they had planned for today, so there wasn’t much to say about it last...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone In New York City – Monday 11-7-2011

    Herald Square - New York City If you’re going to be in New York City on Monday, November 7, you might not want to miss this BIG event! To celebrate the launch of the new Windows Phone, Microsoft is hosting an event to showcase what it means for a phone to put people first. We’ll be...
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