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Connect(); with us
Connect(); is a yearly, Microsoft-hosted developer event that is broadcast live from New York City to developers worldwide. A year ago, we introduced a new Microsoft for developers – unveiling the future of an open source .NET on Linux and Mac, and a free Visual Studio for targeting any device and any OS. Now, it's time for the next phase.

This year’s event was on November 18 & 19 and features keynotes from Microsoft executives Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, and Scott Hanselman plus interactive Q&A sessions with the engineering teams behind Microsoft’s developer tools and technologies.

The free live stream is complemented by over 60 on-demand sessions which provide deeper insights into the announcements. Get next-level coding inspiration and get ready to develop without limits.

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Upcoming Events
Startup Weekend
13-15 November (Tauranga) 20-22 November (Taranaki) 20-22 November (Auckland)
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Connect(); 2015
18-19 November (online)
A year ago Connect(); started the journey for a new Microsoft for developers, unveiling the future of an open source .NET on Linux and Mac, and a free Visual Studio for targeting any device and any OS. Join us this year to hear directly from Scott Guthrie, Brian Harry, and Scott Hanselman on what’s next in this exciting journey. Get deeper insights into our exciting announcements with over 70 on-demand sessions. Interact with the engineering team members behind Microsoft tools and technologies to help you get started.

Wellington .NET User Group - Unit Testing
18 November (Wellington)
Starting with how to write unit tests for something trivial, Ben Amor will cover key points of good unit testing and how those points scale to meet the challenges of the real world.

Dev Camp - Microsoft Azure
23 November (Hamilton)
Learn how to use the new Microsoft Azure features and services including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, Web Apps, API Apps, Azure Data Platform, DocumentDB and Visual Studio 2015 to build and move a variety of apps to the cloud.

North Shore .NET User Group - TypeScript Structured Development
26 November (Auckland)
We will explore the benefits of TypeScript’s structure and strong typing on code clarity, correctness and maintainability and how parallels between the TypeScript language and C# allow frontend models and frontend API accessor logic to be generated relatively simply from backend code.

Dev Camps - Windows 10
3 December (Auckland) 9 December (Wellington)
join us for a day of guided, hands-on development of Universal Windows Platform apps that can run across all Windows 10 devices. That is an unprecedented opportunity of over one billion devices! Learn what’s new in developing for Windows 10 devices - not just for a PC or a phone, but for all Windows 10 devices including IoT, Xbox and in the near future, HoloLens.

5-6 December (Auckland)
Microsoft NZ are proud to be backing devmob this year in December, the only conference in New Zealand for everyone who is pushing the limits of mobile platforms.

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In this interview series, we bring you best practices, anecdotes, and insights from developers who are building creative solutions using Microsoft technologies.

Channel 9 Cloud Cover Series: IoT Hub
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The Service Fabric is the system that is underlying Windows Azure itself, and it's now being made available as a programming model for developers to create "Born in the Cloud" applications.

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