CloudDevelop and DetroitDevDay Wrap-Ups

Over the past month I have spoken at two conferences in the United States. While I have presented talks there before, it seemed that fate wanted me in the United States twice within a one-month span.

The first place I presented was Cloud Develop 2015 in Columbus, OH on Friday October 23, 2015. This conference targets developers who work with the cloud and who want to know more about it. I presented my talk on Building High-Performance Software with Application Insights to a room of about 30 people. There were about two hundred attendees and the conference organizers actually sold all of their available tickets. Run by Michael S. Collier and his team, the one-day event was held in the Ohio Union on the beautiful campus of Ohio State University.

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The second talk was at DetroitDevDay in Detroit, MI on Saturday November 14, 2015. This one is more of a polyglot conference where computer professionals of all backgrounds can come and learn about all types of technologies. I presented the talk Analyze Your Code With Visual Studio 2015 Diagnostic Tools to about 40 people. There were about 150 attendees at this one-day conference. It is run by Onorio Catenacci and his team of dedicated volunteers. The venue for the event was Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit and it was spectacular. It had amazing views of the Detroit River and nearby Windsor, ON.

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The slide decks for both talks are on my SlideShare profile.

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Cloud Camp Kitchener slides

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On Sunday April 12, 2015 approximately 15 enthusiastic attendees came out to Cloud Camp Kitchener. The event was held at The Tannery in downtown Kitchener and it was a chance for developers to learn more advanced topics related to Microsoft Azure. The event was co-hosted by Microsoft Canada and Canada’s Technology Triangle .NET User Group (CTTDNUG).

Along with myself, there were presentations by Microsoft MVPs Lori Lalonde (@loriblalonde) and Tom Walker (@Tinytoot). As well, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Adarsha Datta (@AdarshaDatta) also spoke.

I was tasked with wrapping up the day and for my session I chose to speak on Azure Data Storage. I wanted to give attendees a more “breadth than depth” approach to storage. I created my slides from a combination of the Data-Platform and Data-Storage slide decks in the Microsoft Azure-Readiness/DevCamp repo on GitHub, while adding additional material from a slide deck of David Chappell’s (@DChappellAssoc).

If you would like a copy of these PowerPoint slides I have published them as a downloadable file through Dropbox: Azure Data Storage.

They are also available for viewing and download through SlideShare: Azure Data Storage.

You can also find these links, as well as more information about my previous public speaking engagements, on my Speaking page.

Please contact me if you have any follow up questions from the event. My Twitter information is also available on the slides.

ConFoo 2015 Wrap-up

My trip to ConFoo 2015 is now over and the experience was awesome.

This was my first visit to ConFoo in Montreal and it was my first speaking engagement there also. There were over 600 software professionals at the event and while I was there I was able to present my talks on Universal Apps and Application Insights. The slide decks for both talks can be found on my SlideShare profile.

Most talks were in English but many were also in French which makes the conference unique in North America.

I also got to see some excellent talks by:

  • Julia Ouellette (@jooliah) – Prototyping: Beyond the Wireframe
  • Guy Barrette (@GuyBarrette) – Native Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Xamarin
  • Jeremy Cook (@JCook21) – Beyond MVC: from Model to Domain
  • Christian Wenz (@chwenz) – Web Application Security: Lessons Learned
  • Pascal Laurin (@plaurin78) – Behaviour Driven Development with SpecFlow
  • Mario Cardinal (@mario_cardinal) – A Personal Perspective on Architecting Mobile Applications
  • Mike Wood (@mikewo) – Being Efficient with Azure Automation

I have followed many of these people on Twitter for some time so it was nice to finally meet them in person. Especially people like Guy, Pascal and Mario who are voices for Microsoft in the Montreal developer community.

However, I feel the main point of going to conferences is to meet and network with people that you would not interact with in other circumstances. I met Stephanie Evans (@HMSEvans) and Koffi Alain Sessi (@aksessi) from Pluralsight, as well as speakers Martin Gontovnikas (@mgonto) from Argentina, Andrea Giuliano (@bit_shark) from Italy, Chris Cornutt (@enygma) from Texas, Ben Ramsey (@ramsey) from Nashville, and Jordan Kasper (@jakerella) from D.C.

There were also experiences I would have not had either – like visiting Dieu du Ciel for craft beer and swimming in the outdoor heated pool in -27 C (with wind chill) weather (where your face and hair freezes but your body is warm).

ConFoo 2016 will be from Feb 22-26. Follow them on Twitter (@confooca) and check their site regularly for updates throughout the year. And when tickets are released get yours to this world-class conference. You will not be disappointed.

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London Azure Camp slides and demos

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On Saturday November 15, 2014 I was invited to speak at the London Azure Camp hosted by the London .NET Developers group in London, Ontario, Canada.

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

Alongside Tom and myself, there were presentations by a trio of Microsoft MVPs: Lori Lalonde (@loriblalonde), Andrei Marukovich (@amarukovich) and Julien Stroheker (@Ju_Stroh).

Tom invited me to speak on both Microsoft Azure Mobile Services and Microsoft Azure Media Services.

My slides are based on the Azure Readiness Content provided my Microsoft. However, these slides have been scoped down to my session and the notes field of each slide has been expanded with additional content.

I have published my PowerPoint slides as downloadable files through Dropbox: Cloud Powered Mobile Apps with Azure | Build end-to-end video experiences with Azure Media Services.

They are also available for viewing and download through SlideShare: Cloud Powered Mobile Apps with Azure | Build end-to-end video experiences with Azure Media Services.

As well, I have zipped up my 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 snippets. The zip file also contains the PowerPoint files listed above.

You can also find these links as well as more information about my previous public speaking engagements under my Speaking page.

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

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.

That Conference presentation slides and source code

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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.

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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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