BREAKPOINT: Microsoft Azure – A Perfect Server-Side Solution for Mobile Apps

One of the challenges developers face is finding the right platform to host backend services for apps.  While the application is the piece of the puzzle users interact with, much of the magic happens behind the scenes, in the Cloud.  Microsoft has built a number of capabilities into its Azure cloud platform specifically for mobile…


Python and Git are Not Just for the Non-Visual Studio Developers

You have seen them sitting in Starbucks Café’s drinking six dollar lattés with recipes such as “venti half white mocha, half cafe vanilla, with 2 shots pour appigato style (over the top) and caramel drizzle frappachino.” You have heard them saying words like “pip”, “git”, “social”, “closure”, “npm”, “v8”, “accelerator”, “VC” and “stealth-mode”. I can…

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Visual Studio ‒ It Just Keeps Getting Better

With Visual Studio Update 2 the IDE of choice for many developers just keeps getting better and better. I’m already a big fan of Visual Studio, it’s pretty much the best IDE for a number of platforms and with these recent updates it’s just that much more awesome. As someone who’s worked on the MS…

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Coming Up on TechDays TV

It’s that time of the month again where I get to fill you in on what’s coming up on TechDays TV in May. Don’t forget – these sessions are LIVE and INTERACTIVE, bring the TechDays experience online. Ask questions and get them answered as if the expert was right there in the room with you!…


Tickets! Get Your Early Bird Tickets!–At The Movies with Microsoft

When was the last time, if at all, you had an educational experience (that you could use professionally!) at a movie theatre during the day? Or perhaps you think a professional educational experience at a movie theatre is an oxymoron. In either case, let’s change that! On May 1st, join the ObjectSharp gang (and myself,…


Technology Post Roundup – 1st Edition

As you read in Paul’s blog post Why we love our MVPs, Microsoft MVPs write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover MVPs and what they’re writing about. So, moving forward, I’ll be curating top picks and sharing them…


Want some tips on Release Management?

Thursday January 19th, 1PM Eastern time is a free webcast discussing the challenges of Release Management and how you can use Visual Studio features to help. Release Management is a tricky business to get right and it’s crucial to the success of a project. There are so many things that need to come together to…

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Thank You Thank You Sam I Am! I do so like this ALM!

It’s fall and that means back to school for kids, it also means time to start up and really get rolling on new projects, which means it’s a good time to think about the big picture: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Developing an application is about much more than just writing code.  You have to collect…

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Updates for Visual Studio 2010

If Visual Studio 2010 is your primary tool and you have an MSDN subscription, today was a great day! If you’re a Visual Studio 2010 developer but don’t have an MSDN subscription, Thursday, March 10 will be a great day for you! Why is today (or Thursday) a great day? Simple. Today (or Thursday) is…


Hello, World!

Greetings and salutations. I’m Jonathan – the newest member of the Canadian DPE team, writing to introduce myself to you. For as long as I can remember, I have been checking Microsoft Careers to give me something to target my career towards. I’d read through job postings for various different positions and I’d tell myself…