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Upcoming Microsoft Events

Hey all – the team is starting up a new round of Microsoft events – they’re similar to what we used to do with DevCares and MSDN Events (if you can remember back that far) but all have an education + hands on component to them.  This schedule is for all of Central Region, and although we unfortunately can’t visit every city in the region, hopefully you can find a city near you so that you can attend!

Build 2013 Highlights – The Best of Build!

Were you unable to attend Build 2013 and hear about the latest Microsoft product announcements for software developers? Never fear! In this session, we will give you the best of Build, covering the major announcements and technology innovations you need to know as a developer. We will show code and demos to get you up to speed on the latest with Windows 8.1, XAML, WinJS, Bing, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio.

Agenda

  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Store changes
  • What’s new in XAML and WinJS
  • Introducing the Bing Platform
  • What’s new in Windows Azure
  • What’s new in Visual Studio and web
Date City
Sept. 24 Houston, TX
Sept. 24 Southfield, MI
Sept. 24 Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 25 Columbus, OH
Sept. 27 Overland Park, KS
Oct. 3 Edina, MN
Oct. 9 Austin, TX
Oct. 15 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 17 Irving, TX
Oct. 29 Chicago, IL
Nov. 14 Waukesha, WI
Nov. 22 Independence, OH

 

Monetization of Real-World Windows Apps

Often, as developers, we think of our pet software projects as a hobby. As it turns out, we have one of the most profitable hobbies in the history of hobbies! Billions of dollars have already been made by developers just like you that built an app for a mobile platform, and monetized it effectively. In this one-day event, we will share with you some modest and extreme success stories, some strategies for making money from your apps, and some technical instruction on exactly how to make that happen in your code. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to build one unified codebase that can used on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone.

Agenda

  • Overview of the platforms, success stories.
  • Monetization Strategies (trial, paid, ads, IAP)
  • Hands-on Labs
  • Implementing Pre-Lunch Strategies in App & Store
  • Using PCLs to share code and increase success
Date City
Oct. 15 Houston, TX
Oct. 17 Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 22 Detroit, MI
Nov. 6 Chicago, IL
Nov. 6 Dallas, TX
Nov. 6 Kansas City, MO
Nov. 6 Columbus, OH
Nov. 12 Edina, MN
Nov. 13 Austin, TX
Dec. 4 St. Louis, MO
Dec. 4 Cleveland, OH

 

Windows 8 + Windows Phone: Better Together

Trying to wrap your head around app development across multiple platforms? Trying to capitalize on the opportunities in both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 marketplaces? Want to maximize your design and development resources and get to market better, faster, and stronger? Then come to this session and learn some real world techniques to maximize your efficiency of developing for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. See how you can minimize your development costs by maximizing sharing and reuse between the two platforms.

Agenda

  • Designing for sharing
  • Developing and sharing
  • Tips and Tricks / Architecture
  • And then there was 8.1… A quick tour of the new stuff
Date City
Nov. 5 Houston, TX
Nov. 14 Downers Grove, IL
Dec. 3 Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 10 Detroit, TX

 

Hands-on Labs: Windows 8 & Windows Phone

Build your first Windows 8 apps with an accompanying app on Windows Phone! We will start from scratch to create a Windows 8 app that is powered by the cloud AND includes a Windows Phone version too!

Agenda

  • Window 8 + Cloud
  • Windows Phone
Date City
Nov. 15 Irving
Nov. 20 Columbus
Nov. 22 Chicago
Nov. 22 Houston
Nov. 22 Edina
Nov. 22 Austin
Nov. 22 St. Louis
Nov. 22 Southfield
Nov. 22 Indianapolis
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Cloud OS Signature Event Series

I hope to see many of you tomorrow and Wednesday at the Microsoft Cloud IS Signature Event Series in Dallas and Houston. For those attending, here are some helpful tips on getting ready to attend.

Preparation

Although we don’t expect that you have a lot of background on Cloud Computing, or Windows Azure specifically, this event is primarily a HANDS-ON event, so it’s important to come physically prepared.  You’ll need a computer with at least Windows Vista SP2 pre-loaded with the Windows Azure software.  You can get the software from http://aka.ms/GetAzureNow – just click the .NET link from the menu of choices to get started. Any prerequisites for running the Windows Azure Development SDK will be installed automatically for you, thanks to our awesome Web Platform Installer technology.  PLEASE do this BEFORE you come to the event as it will save a BUNCH of time getting you ready for the labs.

Azure 90-day Free Trial

You can also get a FREE 90-day Azure Trial to use for this event, and your experimentation in Windows Azure. Just following the following link to get started:

http://aka.ms/TheCloud

Once you get signed up, navigate over to your Account page and choose the “Preview Features” link at the top. From here you can sign up for Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Mobile Services and more. These requests can take some time to process, so you should sign up sooner rather than later to make sure you’re account is ready to go.

Labs

As I mentioned before, this event is primarily a hand-on experience, so you’ll need to get copies of all the labs prior to firing up Visual Studio.  The labs are kept in a GitHub repository called WindowsAzure-TrainingKit.  The TrainingKit contains a METRIC TON of content, so to make things easy, here are links to the labs so that you can download them without hunting through the entire list.

  1. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Services
  2. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure SQL Database
  3. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines
  4. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Access Control Service
  5. HOL – Service Remoting with Windows Azure Service Bus

These links take you to the “home page” for each of the labs.  If you’re familiar with GitHub and how to use Git, you can clone these repositories locally and open the assets from there. Alternatively, you can click the big ZIP button on each page and download a ZIP version of each of the HOLs. If you want to start over, you can just download a new ZIP file and be on your way.

Dependencies

For each of the labs, there is a setup.cmd file that you’re supposed to execute to get your machine prepped for the labs with all required dependencies. Unfortunately for some, these labs are still set up to expect Visual Studio 2010, not Visual Studio 2012, so the setup.cmd will FAIL on those.  If you’re running VS2010, run setup.cmd and you should be good to go.  If you’re running VS2012, here’s how you get your environment updated:

Option 1 – Snippets Only

  1. Open the Lab folder in Windows Explorer
  2. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts\snippets\ folder (if none exists, there are no snippets for that lab)
  3. Manually run the VSI file to install the snippets.

Option 2 – Major Surgery

  1. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts folder
  2. Edit the installCodeSnippets.ps1 file in Notepad, or your favorite text editor
  3. Replace all occurrences of “Visual Studio 2010” with “Visual Studio 2012”
  4. Run the Setup.cmd from the root folder, ignoring errors about the compilation of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl
  5. Locate the Source\Assets\SecurityTokenVisualizerControl folder
  6. Open the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.sln file
  7. Rebuild the solution – it *should* compile just fine
  8. From within this same solution, open the Toolbox window
  9. Right-click on the empty toolbox area and select “Add Tab…”
  10. Type in “ACS” into the new tab
  11. Right click inside the tab and choose “Select Items”
  12. When the toolbox loads, press the “Browse…” button, and navigate to the bin directory of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl project folder.
  13. Select the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.dll and press “OK” to close.

Additionally, the Identity and Access controls for Visual Studio 2012 are much different than the Add STS Reference controls from Visual Studio 2010. You will have a completely different process for enabling ACS in your VS2012 project than you did in VS2010.  To this end, I will probably walk through a sample application in Dallas or omit the session all together. The labs take a lot of time anyway, and feedback from the first 2 events was that we have WAY too much in the agenda already 🙂

Anyway…

I hope this helps you get what you need downloaded and installed for the sessions this week. You can, of course, download everything prior to attending, which would REALLY help move things along during the sessions.  In Houston, we’ll have a slightly different schedule in that we’re removing the ACS session in favor of boosting the times for some of the other sessions, but you’re welcome to work on whatever makes sense to you at your own pace. That’s the beauty of the Hands-on Lab approach – you can get hands on with the technology in a semi-structured environment as well as having the ability to go home and work on this stuff at your own pace on your own schedule.  I’ve personally learned a lot from these HOLs as I’ve ramped up on Azure over the past few months, and I highly recommend them to you.

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Windows 8 DevCamps

Get the lowdown on Windows 8 and start coding your dream application. Join us for these free learning sessions and see firsthand how Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity – ever.

  • Day One is a top-to-bottom Windows 8 Release Preview tour, followed by an InstallFest to prepare your system for hands-on development.
  • Day Two is the all-out Hackathon. Code to your heart’s content with Windows 8 experts available to help and answer your questions. You could even win cool prizes for your app.

Attend just one day or join us for both sessions. It’s your choice, so register today!

Events are taking place in over 25 cities nationwide, including:

Location

 DevCamp

 Hackathon

Manhattan, NY

7/14

7/15

St Louis, MO

7/16

7/17

Brooklyn, NY

7/19

7/20

Nashville, TN

7/19

7/20

Rochester, NY

7/27

7/28

Mountain View, CA

7/27

7/28

Atlanta, GA

8/3

8/4

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

8/3

8/4

Redmond, WA

8/3

8/4

Dallas, TX

8/7

8/8

Chevy Chase, MD

8/10

8/11

Denver, CO

8/10

8/11

Irvine, CA

8/17

8/18

Boston, MA

8/17

8/18

Raleigh, NC

8/17

8/18

Reston, VA

8/17

8/18

Orlando, FL

8/17

8/18

Minneapolis, MN

8/23

8/24

Houston, TX

8/24

8/25

San Francisco, CA

8/24

8/25

Downers Grove, IL

8/28

8/29

Phoenix, AZ

9/7

9/8

Los Angeles, CA

9/14

9/15

Malvern, PA

9/14

9/15

 

Sign up now before all the seats are taken!

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Windows 8 Developer Camp

Windows 8 changes everything.

Combining the broad reach of Windows, best-in-class developer tools, a reimagined user experience, support for new chipsets, and a built-in Store with industry-leading business terms — Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity, ever.

Join us for this free, full-day event designed to share all the knowledge you need to start building Metro-style applications for Windows 8 – today.  We’ll begin by showing you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++. Your existing investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.

Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have – from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

We’ll cap the day off with an open, hands-on lab session. It’s the perfect opportunity to get your dream application underway, or finish that app you’ve already started – with Windows 8 experts available to guide you through every step. Bring your laptop to join in the fun and show off your killer app.

Get started now!

Prerequisites:
Please bring a notebook computer and your personal identification. Also, check out the Windows Dev Center, where you can download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Location:

Microsoft Dallas Office
7000 State Highway 161
Irving, Texas 75039

Registration:

Register by Phone:  1-877-MSEVENT (9AM-7PM EST M-F)
Register Online: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032507802&Culture=en-US

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Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

If you are a developer, you’ve probably heard plenty about the cloud. But if you’re and IT professional, what have you heard about it? How does it intersect with the datacenter? How does it make your job easier – or harder? Is it something that your organization is looking at? Is the cloud something your organization _should_ be looking at but hasn’t really dug into it yet?

Whether we like it or not, the cloud – in all its varied forms – is coming. It’s best for us to be prepared, whether we are developers (see: Windows Azure Boot Camp) or whether we are IT professionals (see: this very post). Because the cloud is coming. We need to get ready for it and how we plan to address it or incorporate it… Or we could be left behind.

To help IT professionals understand what the cloud means to then, starting in March 2011 we launch our new series of TechNet Events, this series focusing on how IT is being transformed into a dynamic, service-based resource for your business. Think not just about things like Virtualization, but consider taking advantage of cloud-like solutions, whether in your own datacenter or hosted elsewhere. After all, choosing the right solution for the right scenario is always critically important.

The Events
Our events will cover three topics. First is cloud computing essentials for IT professionals. Second delves into the public cloud, covering the what, why and how you leverage the public cloud as part of your overall computing and infrastructure strategy. Last we cover the private cloud, again digging into the what, why and how you employ pooled computing resources, automated management, scalability, and on-demand provisioning via on premise resources as opposed to public cloud off premise assets.

The Schedule
Here is our full, 23-city schedule. We launch the series in just a month and run through mid-May 2011. If you live in or near one of these cities, please join us. If you won’t have the opportunity to join us in person, please follow the blogs of our resident cloud computing expert, Kevin Remde, and his peers (Matt Hester, Brian Lewis, and John Weston) to see alternative online options to learn more about cloud computing on premise and off.

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FTW! (For the Windows, that is…)

WPF XAML Document

+

Silverlight

+

Internet Explorer 9 Beta

=

Windows 7

What do WPF, Silverlight 4, and Internet Explorer 9 have in common? No, that’s not a riddle. Really, it’s not a riddle. They are all FTW. What I mean by that is they all offer developers unique ways to exploit the power of Windows 7, such as integrating with the taskbar, leveraging jump lists, or offering the ability to exploit multi-touch or hardware sensors.

FTW?
And why am I even talking about this? Well closely following on the heels of our Windows Azure Boot Camp announcement, we are gearing up another boot camp series: For the Win: Window 7 Development Boot Camp. This new series of events will include evangelist-led presentations by none other than the purely awesome Jennifer Marsman as well as hands-on labs to help you really dig into developing client-centric applications using WPF and XAML, Silverlight, and Internet Explorer 9 (yes, client-centric integrations from your web site with just a touch of HTML5).

What’s Covered?
Jennifer will cover application compatibility and transitioning your application to Windows 7, leveraging the Windows taskbar and jump lists, exploiting the taskbar and jump lists from your web site using IE9, taking advantage of new sensor, location and multi-touch functionality, and creating Silverlight 4 out of browser applications. Each boot camp will last a full day, starting off right at 8am local time, include lunch, several sessions and a couple of hands-on labs to help you really get a feel for how to take advantage of Windows 7 capabilities in your applications.

So, yes, this is a BYOL (bring your own laptop) event. Windows 7 is required, as is several other pieces of software: Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, Windows API Code Pack, Windows 7 Training Kit for Developers, IE9, and Silverlight 4.

What Cities?

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Unleash Your Coding Genius with Web Camps!

Starting in March 2011, we’re rolling out a series of 12 Web Camps in the Central US. Microsoft’s Web Camps are events designed to teach you all about building websites using ASP.NET MVC, WebMatrix, OData and more. We’ve held Web Camps all around the world over the past few years, but we’re taking them to the next level this year with more of one- and two-day events in Central Region, and one just might be near you.

If you’re near Austin, TX or Chicago, IL, you’ll want to join us for a special two-day Web Camp. We’ll cover ASP.NET MVC in-depth on day one and help you get hands-on on day two, facilitating smaller groups through labs, live-coding exercises, or even collaborating on your apps! If you can’t make a two-day event, never fear! We have a series of one-day camps in March, April, May and June throughout the region.

Flair003Join Clark Sell and Brandon Satrom for a special WebMatrix and ASP.NET MVC Web Camp you don’t want to miss. No matter your expertise in web development, these Web Camps are the perfect opportunity to get hands-on experience and ‘unleash your coding genius’.

Our interactive sessions will:

  • Introduce ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Web Pages and WebMatrix; discuss possible uses of these
  • Explore new features of ASP.NET MVC 3
  • Take a dive deep into jQuery
  • Facilitate an in-depth discussion on when to migrate ASP.NET WebPages applications to ASP.NET MVC
  • Discuss configuration and deployment of web applications.

This event is a unique opportunity, partnering classroom learning with hands-on-labs, and leveraging experts to help you build new and exciting websites.

1-Day Event Agenda:

Start Time Duration Topic
9:00 AM 10’ Welcome and agenda for the day
9:10 AM 50’ Web Stack Introduction
10:00 AM 50’ Building a Site in WebMatrix
10:50 AM 10’ Break
11:00 AM 60’ ASP.NET MVC Introduction
12:00 PM 60’ Lunch
1:00 PM 60’ Migrating from WebMatrix to ASP.NET MVC
2:00 PM 60’ jQuery Introduction
3:00 PM 1.5 hours Instructor-Led Labs
4:30 PM 10’ Evals

Two-Day Event Agenda

Start Time Duration Topic
Day 1
9:00 AM 60’ MVC Fundamentals
10:00 AM 60’ Data Access and Modeling with Entity Framework
11:00 AM 15’ Break
11:15 AM 60’ Metadata, Validation and Localization
12:15 PM 45’ Lunch
1:00 PM 60’ MVC and Ajax, jQuery Templating, jQuery Globalization
2:00 PM 60’ Using Dependency Injection and Global Action Filters
3:00 PM 15’ Break
3:15 PM 60’ Testing and Custom Validation
4:15 PM 45’ Q&A and Evals
Day 2

8:30 AM

2.5 Hours

Smaller Working Groups/Development

11:00 AM 15’ Break
11:15 AM 60’

Smaller Working Groups/Development

12:15 PM 45’ Lunch
1:00 PM 3 Hours Smaller Working Groups/Development
4:00 PM 30’ Q&A and Evals

Locations (Space is limited, so sign up now):

Date City, State Speakers Registration Link

March 7 & 8, 2011

Austin, TX

James Senior, Scott Hanselman, Brandon Satrom, Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/fHDEb2

http://bit.ly/hF4uE0

March 17, 2011

Clive, IA

Javier Lozano

http://bit.ly/h1jNgO

April 27, 2011

Franklin, TN

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/eFvMPO

April 29, 2011

Columbus, OH

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/h0T0iN

May 16, 2011

Irving, TX

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/f1Qfsl

May 18, 2011

Little Rock, AR

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/emn6Ch

May 20, 2011

St. Louis, MO

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/fi4xpU

May 24, 2011

Brookfield, MN

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/i9agUK

May 25, 2011

Waukesha, WI

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/hQ8Rjo

May 26 & 27, 2010

Chicago, IL

Brandon Satrom & Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/fHTXAr

http://bit.ly/gII54c

June 2, 2011

Southfield, MI

Clark Sell

http://bit.ly/gCNiPE

June 2, 2011

Tulsa, OK

Brandon Satrom

http://bit.ly/fdvSEF

All of the above registration links can be found in this link bundle as well: http://bit.ly/bundles/csell/5.  Of course balloons on a map are cool too:

Space is limited so sign up now.

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Windows Phone 7 BootCamp Coming Soon!

Start Dreaming. Start Building.

Picture1There has been a tremendous amount of buzz and excitement in the developer community as we get ready to launch Windows Phone 7. There have been over 300,000+ downloads of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools as developers are eager to take advantage of this next wave of computing. To help you along the way, my team is sponsoring a number of *free* Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp training events across the area. The purpose of these boot camps is to provide guidance around building apps and games that target Windows Phone 7 and lead  you down the path to start earning money in the Windows Marketplace.

Training and Hands-on Labs

Throughout the day, we’ll dive deep into the Windows Phone developer tools along with the services and components that allow you to light up your apps on Windows Phone 7. Bring your laptop! In the afternoon, we’ve set aside time for people to walk through various hands-on labs and give them an opportunity to get their hands dirty with the tools. We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions as well.

Prerequisites for the Hands-on Labs

Unfortunately training machines will not be provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine with WiFi capability. To prepare for the labs, please download the Windows Phone Developer Tools and Windows Phone 7 Training Kit prior to the event. (Note: please check the system requirements on the Windows Phone Developer Tools download page)

App Testing – Bring your XAP!

Have you been working hard over the past few months building the next Angry Birds or the next great Social App? Bring your XAP (or your source code) and we’ll provide an opportunity for you to test it on a real device!

Windows Phone 7 Boot Camp Agenda

8:00 am – 8:30: Registration Opens

8:30 – 12:00pm:

  • Overview of the Windows Phone 7 Platform
  • An In-Depth View of Building Applications for Windows Phone 7 with Microsoft Silverlight
  • WP7 + Data

12:00 – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 – 2:30pm:

  • Building Games for Windows Phone 7 with XNA
  • Making Money with the Windows Marketplace

2:30pm – 5:00pm:

  • Hands-on Labs and App testing

Sign me up!

The event is FREE – to register, all you need to do is click on a link representing one of our cities below:

 Columbus, OH 9/07/2010
 Grand Rapids, MI 9/14/2010
 Waukesha, WI 9/14/2010
 Cleveland, OH 9/15/2010
 Little Rock, AR 9/15/2010
 St. Louis, MO 9/16/2010
 Detroit, MI 9/21/2010
 Austin, TX 9/22/2010
 Des Moines, IA 9/23/2010
 Tulsa, OK 9/28/2010
 Memphis, TN 9/29/2010
 Houston, TX 9/30/2010
 Knoxville, TN 9/30/2010

My colleagues over on the East Coast are running a series of Windows Phone training events as well. Check them out!

(Thanks to Dave Bost for letting me copy some of his content for this post)