Microsoft Tech Summit Toronto: December 13 – 14, 2017

Microsoft Tech Summit Toronto

Back for another year is the 2017–2018 Microsoft Tech Summit global tour and their only Canadian stop is in Toronto.

Tech Summit is a FREE event that allows you to learn the latest innovations in Microsoft products. Build your skills with the most recent cloud technologies at this technical training event for IT professionals and developers. Each stop on the tour is two days of in-depth sessions, networking opportunities, industry insights, and hands-on labs with the experts behind Microsoft’s cloud services.

Discover the latest trends, tools, and product roadmaps at over 70 sessions across multiple tracks, covering a range of topics from Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, which includes Windows 10, Office 365, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

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Book Review – IoT Solutions in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite (Apress)

IoTBook

  • Full Title: IoT Solutions in Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite: Data Acquisition and Analysis in the Real World
  • Author: Scott Klein
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st edition (April 22, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1484221427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484221426

The Internet of Things (IoT) is expanding every day with newly connected devices continually coming on line. Processes that benefit from having mini-computers attached to them are being discovered all the time as more data is being generated. Storing, analyzing, and reporting on this data is what Microsoft’s cloud-based system (the Microsoft Azure IoT Suite) has been constructed to do.
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Mission Mars: Toronto – June 16, 2017

Mission Mars

Microsoft is hosting a series of Mars-based technical training events around the world in June and they are stopping in Toronto. It’s also travelling to Montreal and Vancouver.

Mission Mars is a fun, space-themed day-long seminar that utilizes the latest Microsoft tools and services to solve challenging puzzles. Using Azure IoT Hub, Azure Functions and Cognitive Services, your job is to work on the red planet to  “recover the crew and get humanity’s progress back on track”.

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Build Tour Toronto – June 10, 2016

Build Tour 2016

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

Write Once, Publish Anywhere

This article was also published on the Canadian Developer Connection blog under the title Write Once, Publish Anywhere.

Developers love to write code and a great many also like to write blog posts. However, it can be hard to find time to publish blog articles and to keep your site updated. I want to use this space to share an idea that I have been trying recently to motivate myself to put out more content.

I have often said that every developer needs a developer’s blog. As Scott Hanselman eloquently states, Your Blog is The Engine of Community. The benefits of having your own site can be immense:

  • It is a place where you can share your opinions on technology.
  • You can showcase your skills and display your side projects.
  • Demonstrates that you can learn on your own time and that you are abreast of current technologies.
  • That you care about the developer community and you want to give back.
  • All of your posts are searchable and your work is easily accessible to future employers.
  • It shows that you can communicate your thoughts in a professional manner.
  • Serves as a portal to all your social media profiles.

I have been blogging more lately and I have recently adopted the theory of “write once, publish anywhere”. Based on the developer’s axiom of “write once, run anywhere”, it is the idea of producing one item but being able to use it at least two times. Another analogy that I can relate it to is simulcasting in TV. The television episode is created once and then it is distributed to multiple TV stations.

My blogging activities are trying to replicate this philosophy as I want to reuse my articles in several places. First I look for third-party sites that I can submit to initially. Once it appears on the site I then take the same piece and re-blog it to my own site several days later. This way I create content for two sites. I get the benefit of my work being listed on another’s site, RSS feeds, Twitter announcements, etc. and they get fresh material for their pages. As well, I am still providing new content to my own blog.

The nice thing is as .NET developers and Microsoft technologists there are a lot of places where you can contribute articles. The following links are sites you can use to post content to:

In addition, if you search for the term “Write for us” (in quotes) combined with the topic you wish to talk about you will generally find a blog or magazine looking for submissions. Granted, you do not want to author for just anyone so vet the site first. Read a few excerpts and see if the items are of value.

If none of the links above appeal to you then reach out to your favourite website or blogger and ask if they accept guest pieces. They just might surprise you and say yes. Then, once you have found the one you want — go for it! Work with the editors to get it just right for their audience. Even if your content is rejected in the end you will still have a post you can use on your own site.

Do you know of other sites that accept Microsoft-based articles? If so, feel free to add them in the comments!

Build Tour Toronto – June 12, 2015

Build Tour Toronto

JUNE 06, 2015 UPDATE: A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been added to the toronto.build15.com site. The page states that “Breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack and beverages are provided to all attendees throughout the event.” Conference presentations will be also be available after the event through Channel 9 at channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build As well, a FREE Azure Pass is also being offered to all attendees so they can get up and running with Azure in minutes. The Azure Pass gives you a new account with a $100 credit. More information can be found at toronto.build15.com/azurepass.

Microsoft recently held two highly successful conferences for developers and IT professionals called Build 2015 and Microsoft Ignite. Both events were attended by thousands of people and during each Microsoft announced exciting new advances for many of its products including Windows 10, Microsoft Azure, and Office 365.

One of the best things that Microsoft does at these events is that they film and then share all of the presentations through their video learning site Channel 9. Many of the videos are available 24-48 hours after each session concludes and viewers can stream or download them in different file qualities. As well, most include the PowerPoint files as well. Click these links to find all the session videos for Build and Ignite.

Microsoft has taken a further step this year by announcing a 26-stop world Build Tour to bring the Build 2015 experience to those who could not attend in person. Each event will showcase highlights from //build/ and include a deep dive for developers into the Windows 10 platform. There will also be coding sessions and demos across multiple devices. Each location will have Partner showcases and Q & A sessions with Microsoft engineers. The best part is that it is FREE!

The only Canadian stop on the tour will be //build/Toronto on June 12, 2015 at the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto. Joe Stegman, Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s XAML User Interface (UI) team, will be delivering the day’s keynote address. There will also be sessions by other Microsoft staffers including:

  • Jeff Burtoft, Senior Program Manager for Developer Experience at Microsoft.
  • Nikola Metuleva, a Program Manager in the Engineering Engagement and Evangelism (EEE) group.
  • Vlad Kolesnikov, a Senior Program Manager in Microsoft Developer Experience group.

To find more information on the event or to register, visit //build/Toronto.

MVP Virtual Conference – May 14 & 15, 2015

MVP Virtual Conference 2015

This week, Microsoft is hosting the 2015 MVP Virtual Conference  (MVP V-Conf). It is a free, 2-day online event which will showcase how Microsoft is making sense of the mobile-first, cloud-first world.  The event runs May 14 & 15, 2015 from 8am to 6pm Pacific Time.

There will be 95 sessions broken down into five tracks:

  • IT Pro Track
  • Developer Track
  • Consumer Track
  • LATAM Track (Spanish)
  • Brazil Track (Portuguese)

The conference will be hosted by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) from the America’s region.  This year’s theme is “The Power of Community” and it is designed to showcase how the community can help people learn and grow their skills. It also demonstrates how MVPs contribute to their local IT community.

A slew of Microsoft MVPs from Canada are also involved as presenters and moderators. Look for sessions from Colin Melia (@colinizer), Andrei Marukovich (@amarukovich), Mark Schramm (@markbschramm), and Atley Hunter (@atleyhunter).

Steven Guggenheimer (@StevenGuggs), Corporate Vice President of the Developer eXperience (DX) group at Microsoft Corp, will deliver the MVP V-Conf keynote address.

Come learn how the best and brightest independent technology experts are using Microsoft products today.

To find more information on the event or to register, visit the MVP V-Conf site.