The Microsoft Campus – Behind the Scenes

Last week I spoke with students about computer science and Microsoft, and mentioned many of the things that happen at Microsoft, from product research and development to testing labs.  Some places can be seen via video, so here I’ve listed tours that provide glimpses into how things are done at Microsoft.  If you know of…


“Is Your App on Windows Phone?” – Ends December 31st

Thinking of jumping in and writing a Windows Phone application (or maybe you already have)?  Take a look at the “Is your app on Windows Phone?” promotion, running through December 31st: When you’re ready to develop, head to the App Hub to get the (free) tools to create your masterpiece. Have fun developing! -Chris


Maine User Group Visits – 12/15 & 12/16

Before the serious snow drops by to visit the area, I’m heading up to Maine to visit with three user groups.  So if you’re in the area, please join in! December 15 – Bangor, ME      Bangor Area .NET Developers (BAND)      Kominsky Auditorium, Husson University       6 – 8:30 PM       Holiday celebration with…


Online Firestarters – Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure

MSDN Firestarter events are great (and free) ways to get up to speed with specific developer topics.  For those who can’t attend in person, several of these live events will also feature an online streaming option, so tune in for some excellent Silverlight, ASP.NET, and Windows Azure content! Silverlight Firestarter – 12/2 The Silverlight Firestarter…


Content from the ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter Series

I’ve been touring various cities as part of the MSDN ASP.NET Web Platform Firestarter series (along with G. Andrew Duthie and Rachel Appel), and wanted to post the content from my sessions. The Sessions For my events, I covered combinations of these sessions (links are to the slides): “Looking at ASP.NET MVC” – Getting up…


Upcoming Developer Events for November – December, 2010

Here’s the latest roundup of events for developers here in the northeast for the rest of November into December.  As always, if you know of a missing event, please let me know. -Chris Online November 19 Linked .NET User Group – (online) “Scott Guthrie Talks Shop VII” – Scott Guthrie (registration) Connecticut November 8 Build…


New User Groups in NY and NH

Rochester SharePoint User Group Western NY now has a new way to tap into buzz around SharePoint!  The Rochester SharePoint User Group has just been formed and will meet every 2nd Thursday, with first meeting on November 11th:     Rochester SharePoint User Group     November 11th, 6 – 8:30 PM     “Introducing SharePoint 20101” with…


Beta Certification Exams for Silverlight and Windows Azure

The Microsoft Certifications blog has announced availability of two beta exams: Silverlight Beta Exam (71-506) – Available now through 11/5 Windows Azure Beta Exam (71-583) – Available 10/28 – 11/17 Space permitting, you can take these beta exams for no charge.  Beta exams are longer, but count for the same credit as the exam in…


Find Resources with Developer Guidance Maps

Looking for ways to find guidance and learn?  A series of Developer Guidance Maps have been published, covering a wide range of technologies and guidance types. These maps help you find resources (code samples, documentation, “How To”s, videos, training), for learning about each of these areas.  They’re also great to just browse and happen upon…


Upcoming Developer Events for October – November, 2010

Here’s the latest roundup of events for developers here in the northeast for the rest of October into November.  As always, if you know of a missing event, please let me know. -Chris Connecticut October 7  Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group – Stamford, CT  “An Introduction to Continuous Integration with TeamCity” – Mark Freedman October 12 …