Windows PhoneCamps

From MSDN events, to roadshows, to firestarters … Now on to Camps … and just got word about the upcoming Windows Phone camps… What’s a Windows Phone Camp? For those who went to our "Windows Phone Garage" series last year, its one of those. For those new to the scene, its a free, full day event chocked full of everything you need to know to develop a Windows Phone application. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just getting started with phone app development this full-day event is for you. Interested in profit? We’ll also lead discussions on how to monetize your applications and generate profits with your apps. Don’t miss the new Windows Phone 7.5 (codename "Mango") features as well - with detailed sessions in the afternoon around Fast Application Switching, Multitasking, Live Tiles, Push Notifications, and more. The day will be capped with an open lab hands-on session and prizes for apps completed. This is the perfect opportunity to begin work on your dream application, or finish that app you’ve already started, with Windows Phone experts there to guide you every step of the way. Bring your own laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app!   Agenda 9:00 AM Welcome Campers 9:15 AM How to make money with your Windows Phone App 10:00 AM Frameworks for fun and profit > Silverlight and XNA noon-ish Canteen > Install Fest 1:00 PM Hands-on lab 3:00 PM Cool stuff your app can do 4:00 PM To the Cloud 4:45 PM Be What's Next > Peoples Choice Awards Not only is the content great, but we've got a ton of locations coming up. Note that we are not only hitting the traditional Microsoft facilities, we are hitting a ton of campus locations as well. Students can attend Microsoft facilitiy events, and professionals / entrepreneurs are more than welcome to drop in on the on-campus locations as well. Mix, mingle, network. Don't see your geography in the list? Located in the East Coast USA? Reach out to us and let's see if we can line up a Windows PhoneCamp "community edition".   Schedule 9/20/2011 Charlotte, NC Registration 9/22/2011 Atlanta GA Registration 9/27/2011 Malvern PA Registration 9/29/2011 Reston VA Registration 10/12/2011 Cambridge MA National Event - Two day - Registration URL pending 10/18/2011 Chevy Chase MD Registration 10/19/2011 New York City, NY Registration 10/25/2011 Tampa FL Registration 10/27/2011 Champlain College, Burlington VT Registration 11/2/2011 NCSU, Raleigh NC Registration 11/4/2011 Fort Lauderdale, FL Registration 11/8/2011 UCF, Orlando FL Registration 11/10/2011 Univ of Miami, Coral Gables FL Registration 11/10/2011 SUNY (New Paltz), New York Registration 11/15/2011 Virginia Tech Registration 11/17/2011 Howard University, Washington DC Registration 11/29/2011 Pittsburg, PA Registration 12/1/2011 Hofstra, Long Island NY Registration 11/29/2011 Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA Registration Prerequisites: Bring a notebook computer and identification. Also check out the APP HUB where you can get developer tools, learn about application features, understand common task for Apps and register and load your APP. Notes: This event is brought to you by Microsoft and is free of charge. However, you are responsible for booking and paying for your own travel and accommodations.

Windows Phone 7 Garage Event Coming!

In a few weeks, my colleagues Glen and Joe will be in Charlotte (and a few other locations around that time) holding their successful Windows Phone garage events.  The latest event is coming to Charlotte on May 24th!  Here’s the breakdown: 9 – 10 am Introduction to Windows Phone Development No experience with Windows Phone 7 development? No problem. During this optional session at the start of the day we will cover the fundamentals of Windows Phone Silverlight and XNA Development. We'll explore the various core components and tools available, and leave you with some resources to take you to the next level. 10 – 10:30 am What’s new for Windows Phone Developers This session will highlight some of the new developer features coming for Windows Phone Developers. We’ll also take a look at AppMaker, a new dynamic new tool that enables you to generate a simple Windows Phone application from one or more online data feeds. 10:45 – 12:30 pm Windows Phone Application Jumpstart To give you a jumpstart on app development, we’ll walk through in detail building an app, styling it, and adding advanced capabilities. We’ll also cover submitting it to the marketplace and monetizing your app. 12:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch 1:00 – 5:00 pm Windows Phone Garage Open Lab Bring your laptop fully loaded with Visual Studio 2010 and the latest version of the Windows Phone Tools. Get some help with an app you are working on, or use the information from the Jumpstart to build an app around your favorite data feed. No ideas? No worries – we’ll have a few starter templates that you can build on. Other dates: New York City May 3, 2011 Cambridge, MA May 9, 2011 Alpharetta, GA May 19, 2011 Charlotte, NC May 24, 2011 Malvern, PA May 24, 2011 Tampa, FL May 26, 2011 Chevy Chase, MD May 26, 2011

MSDN Flash Forward …

Many of you reading this are already subscribed, but if you didn’t know about MSDN Flash, be sure to check it out!  Flash is a semi-weekly newsletter (delivered via email) with links to upcoming events, developer news, etc.  It’s a great way to stay connected to the development community.  (One note: be sure to enter your zip code when subscribing – it ensures we get the right events for your area!) Here in the southeast, Glen Gordon and I partner up on contributing content to Flash, and writing the editorials.  Typically after Flash drops in your mailbox, registrations for events fill up.  The downside is: I get emails asking for help getting into events!  So, what I thought I’d do is start a series of posts called “Flash Forward” … I’m going to do an early release of our “from the editor” section.  This will give you a chance to stay on top of upcoming events.  Now, we usually edit things a bit until the release so some things might change, but we try to call out some of the important events coming up.   And since this is a teaser for what’s in the MSDN Flash, this will hopefully get you on board if you already subscribed. Without further ado, here’s a sneak peak at next week’s flash: There is a whole lot going in the southeast, so listen up! The first week of May, Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell of .NET Rocks will doing a Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip.   On Thursday, May 6th, the guys will be hitting the Raleigh-Durham area.   The guys will continue the trip to Atlanta on Friday, May 7th.  The fun in Atlanta doesn’t end there – Saturday May 8th is ReMIX Atlanta!  You only have until April 27 to register for the early bird price. With 3 tracks, a vibrant community area, and awesome speakers from the community and from Microsoft, this is sure to be a great event! The following Saturday, the Charlotte Enterprise Developers Guild is having their 2010 Code Camp – the great facilities at CPCC will ensure many hands-on sessions, so be sure to register for this event before space fills up. And because we can’t get enough VS2010 content, we have a VS2010 launch event in Atlanta on May 20th, and we’ll be brining the best of the content to our roadshow in Raleigh on June 2 and Charlotte on June 3. We’ll see you at the events!

MSDN Events and Roadshows Coming Soon…

Top line:  March 3rd, we’ll be in Raleigh, and March 5th, we’ll be in Charlotte for our next MSDN Event and Southern Fried Roadshow.  This time it’s a full day of Azure – if you have an interest in cloud computing, be sure to come out!  See you then! MSDN Events presents:  Take Your Applications Sky High with Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform Join your local MSDN Events team as we take a deep dive into cloud computing and the Windows Azure Platform. We’ll start with a developer-focused overview of this new platform and the cloud computing services that can be used either together or independently to build highly scalable applications. As the day unfolds, we’ll explore data storage, SQL Azure, and the basics of deployment with Windows Azure. Register today for these free, live sessions in your local area. SESSION 1: Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure The Windows Azure platform is a set of high-performance cloud computing services that can be used together or independently and enable developers to leverage existing skills and familiar tools to develop cloud applications. In this session, we’ll provide a developer-focused overview of this new online service computing platform. We’ll explore the components, key features and real day-to-day benefits of Windows Azure. SESSION 2: Survey of Windows Azure Platform Storage Options Durable data storage is a key component of any cloud computing offering. The Windows Azure Platform offers many options, which can be used alone or in combination. Windows Azure itself offers ready-to-use and lightweight storage in the form of tables, blobs, and queues. Another choice for storage is SQL Azure, a true relational database in the cloud. In this session, we’ll explore the highlights of these implementations and how to both create and use storage in each form. We’ll give you guidance on choosing the right forms of storage for your application scenarios. SESSION 3: Going Live with your Azure Solution Windows Azure features a powerful, yet simple deployment model. By focusing on your application and abstracting away the infrastructure details, you can deploy almost any app with minimal fuss. In this session, we’ll walk you through the basics of Windows Azure deployment, including site monitoring, diagnostics and performance issues.

MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow

We’re back!  Starting early November, we’ll start our fall MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow series.  Right now, we’re scheduled here: 11/4/2009 Greensboro 11/5/2009 Raleigh 11/6/2009 Columbia 12/8/2009 Atlanta 12/9/2009 Montgomery Check out our sessions below! Introduction to ADO.NET Data Services The new wave of Web applications are built on technologies such as AJAX and Microsoft Silverlight, which enable developers to build better, richer user experiences. These technologies bring a shift in how applications are organized, including a stronger separation of presentation from data. In this session, you’ll learn how ADO.NET Data Services enables applications to expose data as a REST-based data service that can be consumed by Web clients within a corporate network and across the Internet. We’ll look at how the data service is reachable over HTTP, and how URIs are used to identify the various pieces of information available through the service. You’ll get a solid understanding of data service concepts like HTTP verbs (GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE) and data formats (ATOM/APP and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)). Parallel Programming in .NET 4.0 - Much more than Threading! Come learn how the next version of Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework can help you write better performing and more scalable applications. We take a tour of new .NET APIs, including the Task Parallel Library (TPL) and Parallel LINQ (PLINQ). We also introduce new features in the debugger that help you quickly identify concurrency issues and visualize the internal state of your application. You don’t need any experience with writing multi-threaded code to benefit from this session Windows 7 and Windows Server – Exciting New OS Developer Features Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 come packed with loads of new developer goodies.  Computers are starting to come with more and more hardware built-in – from Ambient Light Sensors to Accelerometers and GPS.  Come learn about how the Windows 7 Sensor API can integrate with your applications, and help them rock with these new hardware capabilities.  Not to be outdone, Windows Server R2 has seen some really incredible boosts to IIS with version 7.5 and the extensibility models.  Now you can manage your databases, delegate control to multiple IIS servers, and configure package deployment from all within one location!

Roadshow Slides

If you came out to our recent MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow, thanks!  Here are the slides I was working with during the IE8 and Win7 sessions.  I’ll be (hopefully) getting some code samples and webcasts uploaded soon … IE8 and Win7 Decks

MSDN Event Decks

Thanks to everyone who attended the MSDN events this week in NC!  I've uploaded the Azure, Debugging, and Mobility decks for you to look at -- shortly, I'll get the test projects uploaded as well -- stay tuned for that!Download Powerpoint Decks

MSDN Event: Raleigh and Charlotte

In about a week and half, I'll be doing two MSDN Events here in the Carolinas (2/10 in Raleigh, and 2/12 in Charlotte).   This lineup is pretty good if I do say so:First, you may remember that Glen Gordon and I did a Windows Mobility show some time ago.  It was really well received and in fact, we've heard from many people who wanted more content around Windows Mobile.  So, this MSDN event has a developing for Windows Mobile session!  Now, an hour session isn't quite the same as our all day event on mobility, but it should still be valuable.And, if you find yourself in the group of people who've heard about Windows Azure a hundred times but still don't know what the heck it is, the session "Demystifying Windows Azure" is a great way to get a real explanation of what it's about. The next session is (and I think you will agree) very unique.  It's a deeper talk on debugging tips.  Most of us fumble through debugging by setting breakpoints -- but this session will show you how you can really put the IDE and debugger to use, making your sessions much more effective.  Hope to see you there!

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