NYC’s Own Chevon Christie Named ‘Microsoft Tech Student of the Month’

The folks over at the Microsoft Tech Student (MTS) blog have just named NYC’s own Chevon Christie as their “January 2012 Tech Student of the Month”.  Congratulations to Chevon! This a recognition well deserved! Chevon, a student at Hunter College in NYC, has an impressive story which is told in detail on the MTS blog. …


NYC Agile Camp Fire – Saturday, July 16, 2011

Not sure how I missed this one earlier, but the Agile Camp Fire is returning to NYC this Saturday on July 16, 2011!  There are still a limited number of spots available. If you’ve been to one of the Agile Firestarter events in New York or Philadelphia over the past year, the Agile Camp Fire…


Azure For The IT Pro Firestarter Series

Last fall, Brian Hitney, Jim O’Neil, and I went on the road to deliver a series of Azure Firestarter events up and down the east coast. Those events were focused on what’s in Azure for developers. There is so much there for developers to learn, despite the fact that Cloud Computing sounds more like an…


Silverlight for Windows 7 Firestarter Series – Winter 2011

Happy New Year everyone! A new year, a news series of events to share with you!  Just got word that some of my teammates are going to be hosting a new series of Firestarter events up and down the east coast.  This series will be focused on building Silverlight applications for Windows 7. The first…


Connected Show #40 – Migrating World Maps to Azure

A new year, a new episode.  This time, the Connected Show hits 40!  In this episode, guest Brian Hitney joins Peter to discuss how he migrated the My World Maps application to Windows Azure. Fresh off his Azure Firestarter tour through the eastern US, Brian talks about migration issues, scalability challenges, and blowing up shared…


Connected Show #39 – The Battle of The 5s

In this episode, frequent guest & co-host Andrew Brust joins Peter to re-cap the recent Microsoft PDC 2010 conference and Silverlight 5 Firestarter. Andrew and Peter discuss the latest Azure platform developments, including VM role, Admin mode, and SQL Azure sharding.  In the mix, they cover some news for PHP developers looking to the cloud…


The Future of Silverlight Unveiled: Live Firestarter Event December 2, 2010

There seems to be a trend when any shiny new object is announced (HTML5 support in IE9) that various folks will clamor like pitchfork carrying zombies at the gate ready to proclaim whatever came before it to be DEAD (Silverlight?!).  I suppose this is what the Internet enables with its instant rumor spreading social media…


NYC Entity Framework Firestarter Content and Links

Thanks to everyone who attended the Entity Framework Firestarter event in New York City on September 27, 2010!  Special thanks goes out to the event’s speakers Julie Lerman, Stephen Bohlen, and Rachel Appel for assembling and delivering all of the day’s content! The recordings and content from the event are now available! NYC Entity Framework…

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NYC Agile Firestarter – November 13th, 2010

Do to popular demand, the Agile Firestarter is coming back to NYC again! Are you just starting out with Agile, XP or Scrum and need to get up to speed? Or do you know a thing or two about Agile but want to learn the basics so you can implement it in your organization? Then…

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Windows Azure Firestarter – Fall 2010 Series

I’m happy to announce the next series of Firestarter events focused around Windows Azure and cloud computing!  Firestarters are free training events that focus on a single topic from intro to 300-level in a day. Folks continue to tell us that they like these types of events, so we keep on bringing them!  We’ve done…