London .NET Developers Windows Azure Cloud Camp presentation slides and source code

LondonDOTNETDevelopersLogoOn Sunday March 16, 2014 I was invited to speak at the Windows Azure Cloud Camp hosted by the London .NET Developers group in London, Ontario, Canada.

This group is led by Tom Walker (@Tinytoot) and his volunteers as they try to spread the word about everything .NET in the City of London.

Tom invited me to speak on Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) and how it could be used in conjunction with Windows Store apps. In my presentation I showed how to use WAMS to add storage, integrated authentication and even Push Notifications to Windows 8 Store apps in literally minutes. I also did some server side scripting and talked about the API calls you can use to populate Live Tiles for your apps.

I have published my slides as a PowerPoint file through Dropbox. They are also available for viewing and download through SlideShare.

As well, I have zipped up my Visual Studio demonstrations and added them to Dropbox. In this file you will find the step-by-step notes to re-create the demos plus all of the code to paste in.

Please contact me if you have any follow up questions from the presentation. My contact information is also available within the slides.

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That Conference presentation slides and source code

That Conference logo

On Monday August 12, 2013 I had the extreme pleasure of presenting at That Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI. This was my first time presenting at a conference internationally and I was very fortunate to get into That Conference as mine was picked out of 548 submissions. As well, this year they were expecting over 1,000 attendees so I knew this was going to be a great learning experience.

For this talk I re-worked my presentation from DevTeach Toronto in May. My session again was called Maximizing code reuse between WP8 and Windows 8 but this time around I was able to delve into the topic more deeply. During the 60-minute seminar I showed the differences between Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8 and how we can bridge the gap between the two to better leverage the code we write so that it can work on both platforms.

I have published my slides as a PowerPoint file through Dropbox. They are also available for viewing and download through SlideShare.

As well, I have zipped up my Visual Studio demonstrations and added them to Dropbox. In this file you will find the starting templates I used to build out the demos as well as the end solutions.

Please contact me if you have any follow up questions from the presentation. My contact information is also available within the slides.

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My DevTeach presentation slides and source code

DevTeach logo On Tuesday May 28, 2013 I had the pleasure of presenting at DevTeach Toronto. This was a big deal for me as this was the first time I had ever presented at a large conference. The experience was both terrifying and exhilarating and it definitely whets my appetite to present at more conferences in the future.

For this talk I co-presented with my friend Tom Walker on Maximizing code reuse between WP8 and Windows 8. This was an interesting topic to both research and present. During our 75-minute seminar we showed the differences between Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8 and how we can bridge the gap between the two to better leverage the code we write so that it can work on both platforms.

I have published my slides as a PowerPoint file through Dropbox. They are also available for viewing and download through SlideShare.

As well, I have zipped up my Visual Studio demonstrations and added them to Dropbox. In this file you will find the starting templates I used to build out the demos as well as the end solutions.

Please contact me if you have any follow up questions from the presentation. My contact information is also available within the slides.

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Auto Lease Calculator – my first Windows 8 app

My first Windows 8 app entitled Auto Lease Calculator has been published to the Windows Store.

The Auto Lease Calculator can help you calculate your monthly lease payments.

Click the button below to download it today!

Download from the Windows Store

After you have downloaded it, please go to the app’s Setting charm to add your rating/review.

The Auto Lease Calculator has been modelled on my Windows Phone App called Car Lease Calculator. You can read more about the app in this blog article. You can also download the app from the Windows Phone Store.

Finally, search my name in the Windows Store to see a listing of all my other Windows 8 apps available for download.

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

I have been using Windows 8 a lot recently and one thing I have learned is that to get the most out of the operating system you really need to get comfortable using all of the keyboard shortcuts. Unlike the traditional desktop interface of the Windows 7 world, Windows 8 has both a desktop and an apps Start screen. This means that when apps get installed they usually appear on the Start screen. You launch apps from this screen and you use the desktop work area to manage your files and work with your programs.

After playing around with the system I have discovered 23 keyboard shortcuts to navigate the system. So allow me to share with you some of my favourites.

Note: The Windows key is normally located between the Ctrl and Alt keys on most keyboards.

KEYSTROKE ACTION
Windows logo key (Windows key) Toggle between desktop and Start screen
Windows logo key + start typing Search your PC
Windows logo key + C Open the Charms bar
Windows logo key + D Display the desktop
Windows logo key + E Open Windows Explorer
Windows logo key + F Open the Search charms to search files
Windows logo key + H Open the Share charm
Windows logo key + I Open the Settings charm
Windows logo key + J Switch between the Fill and Snapped apps
Windows logo key + K Open the Devices charm
Windows logo key + M Minimize everything displayed on the desktop
Windows logo key + Q Open the Search charms to search apps
Windows logo key + R Open the Run command
Windows logo key + U Open the Ease of Access Center
Windows logo key + W Open the Search charms to search settings
Windows logo key + X Open the Windows Tools Menu to see system functions like Task Manager, Command Prompt, Control Panel and many others
Windows logo key + Z Display the commands available for an app
Windows logo key + Print Screen Takes a screenshot and saves it to your Screenshots folder in the Pictures library
Windows logo key + Tab Cycle through your open apps
Alt + F4 Close a Windows 8 app
Alt + Tab Cycle through your open programs (including apps)
Ctrl + Mouse scroll wheel Activate semantic zoom on Start screen
Esc Close a charm