CloudDevelop 2016: The return engagement

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I will be speaking at CloudDevelop 2016 in Ohio this August. This is one of the few conferences in North America dedicated to cloud computing. CloudDevelop “aims to bring together people exploring every aspect of cloud computing.”

Last year was the first time I applied to the conference, and I was successful. The trip down to Columbus, OH from Canada was nice and the whole experience was awesome. I created this article about my experience.

My talk this year will be on Azure App Service to Create Web and Azure App Service to Create Web and Mobile Apps. Click this link to learn more about Microsoft Azure App Service.

If you are planning to attend what should be a great CloudDevelop conference, then please introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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Build Tour Toronto – June 10, 2016

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MAY 18, 2016 UPDATE: Registration is now OPEN via https://toronto.build2016.com/register.

The Microsoft Build Tour is returning to Toronto again this year. Just like last year, the event will feature a keynote that highlights the best of Build as well as sessions and demos. You can see a tentative schedule below.

The Toronto event will take place on Friday, June 10, 2016. This is the only event listed for Canada and the only one of the nine within North America. Microsoft Technical Evangelists and lead engineers from Microsoft’s Corporate Offices will deliver the content and it will offer relevant information for ISVs and App Developers. Also included during the day are an Ask the Experts Panel Discussion and Networking Opportunities. The best part is that it is FREE!

Event registration is not open yet. However, you can show your interest by submitting your name and email address. Microsoft will notify you when registration opens.

Agenda

08:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 11:30 Keynote
11:30 – 13:00 Session
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 17:00 Sessions
17:00 – 18:00 Q & A Panel and Closing
18:00 – 19:00 Reception

Quiet Hours in Windows 10

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

Although Quiet Hours was available in Windows 8, Microsoft has made it more prominent within Windows 10 but at the expense of some of its functionality.

Quiet Hours allows you to remove app notifications from your desktop while you are working. Whereas in Windows 8 you could choose certain hours of the day to use Quiet Hours, in Windows 10 it is a manual On/Off feature. When it is on you will not see toast notifications on your screen but they will still queue in your Action Center for later review.

Setting Quiet Hours

Within the taskbar notification area, right click the Action Center icon and toggle Quiet Hours either On or Off from the menu.

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Alternatively, open the Action Center by clicking it. If the Quiet Hours tile is not visible, click Expand to show all tiles.

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Within the dialog window toggle the Quiet Hours tile between On and Off. When the tile is highlighted Quiet Hours is on.

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Action Center

Once Quiet Hours is on click Action Center to see any received notifications. They will be grouped by app. Click each notification for more info. Dismiss a notification individually (by hovering over it until you see the x), by app group (hover over the app group name until you see the x), or all notifications at once (using the Clear all button).

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Microsoft TechNet and MSDN blog contributor

The month of February has been an interesting one. Over the past weeks I have been asked join two Microsoft-hosted blogs as a contributor.

WikiNinjaThe first is the TechNet Wiki Ninjas blog which is the “Official Blog of TechNet Wiki”. If you know me or have been reading this blog, you know that I am an active contributor to the TechNet Wiki. So, to be asked to join this blog is an honour. The blog helps people become more familiar with TechNet and it encourages them to submit articles to the communal library.

For my first blog article I contributed tips about image compression and it was posted on February 24, 2016: Wiki Life: Image compression in the TechNet Wiki.

MSDN_logoThe second blog site I have joined is the Azure Development Community. Whereas the Wiki Ninjas blog has been active for sometime, this blog is brand new. It was developed by Ed Price at Microsoft and its authors are a collection of Microsoft employees, MVPs, Partners, and Azure development experts who are interested in Azure.

My first post appeared February 25, 2016 and is an Azure Content Spotlight centered around Deployment Slots for Azure Web Apps.

Please check out both sites and the large amount of articles on each. While there, drop a comment or rate an article. The authors would be grateful.

Speaking at DevTeach Montreal 2016

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I learned last week that I have been accepted as a speaker at DevTeach 2016 in Montreal this July 5-7. This is exciting as Montreal has an active developer community and this conference comes back to the city for the first time in several years.

DevTeach’s mission is “where we see the developers taking control of their future. We see developers forming a strong and organized community, which can influence the future of the product that we use. After all we are the one that are investing time and money in learning how to create solutions. It’s just normal that we should be involved in the design of future products versions.”

While at the conference I will be giving two presentations:

  • Azure App Service to Create Web and Mobile Apps
  • NoSQL, No Problem: use Azure DocumentDB

You can find the abstracts for my talks and all the other speakers on the DevTeach Sessions page.

To learn more about the conference and to receive an early registration discount, visit DevTeach.com.

If you are planning to attend what should be a great conference, then please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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