February 2013 Technical Calendar

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 DowncityJS Providence RI BarCamp Buffalo NY 3 DowncityJS Providence RI 4 5 6 7 8 Windows Phone JumpStart Cambridge MA Startup Weekend Cambridge MA Storrs CT Refresh Rochester Rochester NY 9 Startup Weekend Cambridge…


The Week Ahead-January 28, 2013

After launching our Meetup series last week, it’s going to be a quiet one on the home front, since Chris, Michael, and I, along with the rest of the US Microsoft Evangelism team, will be in Las Vegas for our annual off-site meeting. Given the brief lull, I thought I’d take the opportunity to point…


Practical Azure #9: Windows Azure Web Sites

One of the awesome things about Windows Azure is choice. When you deploy an application to the Microsoft cloud you can leverage one of three models, Virtual Machines (Infrastructure-as-a-Service), Cloud Services (Platform-as-a-Service) and Web Sites. For the next several episodes of Practical Azure on MSDN DevRadio, I’ll be looking at these three options in turn….


Windows Phone JumpStart – February 8th

Looking for a fully immersive approach into learning how to build applications for Windows Phone 8? wondering what all the new features are and how to take advantage of them? Look no further, we’re starting our East Coast JumpStart series – to get you on the fast track to apps– and it kicks off in…


The Week Ahead–January 21, 2013

This week, we’re kicking of a series of recurring events in the Boston area focused on aiding Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers on their journey to submitting awesome applications to the Windows Store and the Windows Phone Store. As I announced, last week, Chris, Michael, and I have set up the Boston Windows App…


Announcing Boston Windows App Developer Meetup

If you’re plugged into Meetup in the Boston area, you may have noticed a bit of activity around a new group – the Boston Windows App Developer Meetup. As part of our efforts to support developers in the area that are building Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications, your local evangelism team – Chris, Michael,…


Points to Learn Sweepstakes (Jan 14th–23rd)

Kick off that New Year’s Resolution to learn something new with the Points to Learn Sweepstakes! Over the next eight days, I’ll be giving away nearly $2000 worth of Microsoft Points, and all you have to do is sign up for Generation App, a free, 30-day, self-paced learning program that could end with you having…


Big Data and Cloud at NESQL Group–January 17th

The New England SQL Server User Group, which meets monthly at the Microsoft Office at 1 Cambridge Center in Cambridge MA, will be starting off their 2013 slate of meetings with a special guest and a topic of particular relevance in the Boston area. Mark Souza, a General Manager in the Microsoft Data Platform Group,…


Practical Azure #8: SQL Data Sync

Cabaret not withstanding, it’s data that makes the world go ‘round, and one of the incredibly awesome capabilities you have when using SQL Server and SQL Database in Windows Azure, is the ability to move rather seamlessly between on-premises assets and the cloud. In previous episodes, I covered the concepts of SQL Database and SQL…


Welcome, Michael Cummings, Technical Evangelist

I’m thrilled to announce that Michael Cummings has joined the Northeast Developer and Platform Evangelism team as a Technical Evangelist! Michael will be working closely with Chris Bowen and myself to spread the good word about building applications on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 across the Northeast US. He’s no stranger to the local…