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Today was my last day at Microsoft

October 31st, 2013 2 comments

Today was my last day at Microsoft. It was a great 8-year run. My job as a Technical Evangelist had me traveling all over to meet with software developers to help them understand how to build great software solutions on the Microsoft platform, or to listen to their feedback about Microsoft’s products and relay that back to the product teams. I met some amazing people along the way and made countless new friends. It was the greatest job ever! I was always very proud to say I work at Microsoft. Fortunately, I was presented with an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

As a really good friend shared with me, “I’m kind of tired of always talking about it, I want to go back to doing it.” That statement hit me like a ton of bricks. I decided it was time to go back and do it!

Tomorrow I start a new journey as the CTO of KeyLimeTie. I will be working with the talented folks at KeyLimeTie to build bleeding-edge web and mobile applications. In addition, I’ll be helping drive the engineering efforts for MojoBistro. MojoBistro is a self-service app production tool for Restaurants to actively engage with their loyal customers and extend their reach into the Social web.

The last 8-years was a tremendous learning experience for me. If you are contemplating an opportunity to go work for Microsoft – do it! You will have the chance of a lifetime to work alongside hard-working, super-smart, talented people.  There’s so much to learn and experience with a company like Microsoft. You owe it to yourself to give it a shot.

I do truly believe Microsoft is on an upward trajectory and I will be rooting on their success from the sidelines. 

Good luck to you all!

Categories: Announcements, Personal

ANN: Upcoming Developer Events – Fall 2013

August 23rd, 2013 No comments

My team has just put the final touches on a series of events covering everything from development to monetization that will help you become a serious app developer and entrepreneur. All the dates and registrations links for each of the following events are posted up on the Event Calendar.

 
Build 2013 Highlights – The Best of Build!

Were you unable to attend Build 2013 and hear about the latest Microsoft product announcements for software developers? Never fear! In this session, we will give you the best of Build, covering the major announcements and technology innovations you need to know as a developer. We will show code and demos to get you up to speed on the latest with Windows 8.1, XAML, WinJS, Bing, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio.

 

Monetization of Real-World Windows Apps

Often, as developers, we think of our pet software projects as a hobby. As it turns out, we have one of the most profitable hobbies in the history of hobbies! Billions of dollars have already been made by developers just like you that built an app for a mobile platform, and monetized it effectively. In this one-day event, we will share with you some modest and extreme success stories, some strategies for making money from your apps, and some technical instruction on exactly how to make that happen in your code. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to build one unified codebase that can used on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone.

 
Windows 8 + Windows Phone: Better Together

Trying to wrap your head around app development across multiple platforms? Trying to capitalize on the opportunities in both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 marketplaces? Want to maximize your design and development resources and get to market better, faster, and stronger? Then come to this session and learn some real world techniques to maximize your efficiency of developing for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. See how you can minimize your development costs by maximizing sharing and reuse between the two platforms.

 

Hands-on Labs: Windows 8 & Windows Phone

Build your first Windows 8 apps with an accompanying app on Windows Phone! We will start from scratch to create a Windows 8 app that is powered by the cloud AND includes a Windows Phone version too!

Categories: Announcements, training

Event: Game On Virtual Event, June 15th

June 3rd, 2013 No comments

For all you current and budding game developers… join us on June 15th for Game On!, where we’ll discuss how to develop, upload and publish a Windows 8 game to the Windows Store. We’ll focus our discussion around GameMaker: Studio from YoYo Games. GameMaker is a tried and true game development tool for professional and hobbyist game developers alike. With the latest releases of GameMaker: Studio, its now easier than ever to create a game that you can publish and sell in the Windows 8 Store!

During Game On, I will be on hand to deliver a discussion on how to add advertising to your GameMaker games. Also, myself and my colleagues will be available on the Game Maker forums to help you along your path to get your game in the Windows 8 Store.

REGISTER NOW!

Time (PST) Topic
10:00 am Welcome & GameMaker 101
10:45 am Building your First Basic GameMaker Game
11:30 am Windows 8 Features
12:00 pm Create Assets
12:40 pm Find Free Assets
1:10 pm Putting it together
1:30 pm Add Advertising to your Game
1:50 pm Get Help

 

This event will help you finish up your games in time to take advantage of the Keep the Cash promotion currently running. Don’t forget to submit your apps to the Store before June 30, 2013 (My Birthday!) and receive a $100 virtual Visa card for every qualifying app that you enter (up to $2000) at Keep the Cash!

What Say You?

May 5th, 2013 No comments

In my travels across the mobile developer community landscape, one topic tends to spark more debate than any other – HTML5 or Native? If you have an opinion, here’s your chance to weigh in and win some great prizes.

Vision Mobile (not affiliated with me or Microsoft) just announced their annual “Developer Economics survey”. This is a quick 10-minute online survey in which  you can share your thoughts on developer platforms, trends, app monetization as well as where you stand on HTML5 vs. Native.

In addition to having your say, you also have a chance to win some great prizes as well.

Take the 10-minutes and share your thoughts.

Categories: Announcements

Event: Windows 8 Workshop comes to GOTO Chicago

April 2nd, 2013 No comments

Join myself, Clark Sell, Adam Hoffman and Greg Levenhagen as we guide you to building Windows 8 Apps with HTML/JavaScript.

In partnership with GOTO Chicago, we’ll be bringing this *free* hand-on workshop to the Drake hotel in Chicago on Thursday, April 25th.

This hands-on workshop will focus on the fundamentals of building modern Windows 8 applications with HTML and JavaScript. In this workshop, we will cover topics including:

· Async programming patterns

· Patterns for composing a Windows 8 App

· Managing App Lifecycle

· Page Navigation

· Integrating your App with the OS

· Working with Tiles

· Performance tips

· Testing and Deploying your App to the Windows Store

You will leave this workshop armed and ready to take advantage of the opportunities starting to explode with the Windows 8 Store. As The Next Web asserts, “We may see a gold rush of sorts as the Windows Store grows up overnight.” It’s time to stake your claim now!

Windows 8 Workshop / GOTO Chicago
Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 09:00-16:00
Register with promo code: windows8free

If you would like to attend all the amazing sessions at GOTO Chicago, you can register with promo code ‘bost150’ and save $150 off of registration!

Categories: Announcements, training