You know that I’m a Windows Phone/Windows 8/Azure evangelist for Microsoft Ireland. As part of that, I sometimes get to do fun things like run some fun Christmas promotions. This month we’re running a simple promotion called the 12 Apps of Christmas. Here’s the deal… Build an Windows 8 app get a phone. Very simple offer, we have 12 Windows Phone Nokia Lumia 710s to reward those developers that » read more.
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We’ve got two events coming up on short order here in Dublin that will help you learn how to write Windows 8 Applications. The first is an actual class called the Developer Introduction To Windows 8. That’s a two day course being run on March 20-21 (*Update – the dates here are moving due to unforeseen circumstances – will update when we have firm dates again.*) at Microsoft in Sandyford. » read more.
Last weekend I was at PHP Benelux (@phpbenelux). This is the third year that they have run the conference but the first time that I’ve been able to make it, definitely an advantage of living in Ireland… It was a really fun conference for a number of reasons. First, we had a PHP on Azure Hackathon where we had a number of PHP devs working on getting a project up » read more.
One of the most fun things that I get to do in my job here at Microsoft Ireland is work with all of the great startups here in Ireland. I manage the Bizspark program for Ireland, North and South. Through that work, I get to work both with startups directly as well as working with the startup accelerators and incubators here in Ireland. That’s great fun as we’ve got some » read more.
There are a lot of very cool metro design controls that are out there that can a lot of the work and though process off of your plate if you just know where to look. For example, I just ran across this set of controls from the Coding4Fun guys that includes a duration picker, a number of different message boxes and notifications, several different colour pickers, helper classes for converting » read more.
If you haven’t found Cloud Cover, it’s a great series on Channel9 that covers a lot of great Azure topics. What I particularly like is that it’s shows a lot of very practical knowledge things and doesn’t assume a tremendous amount of knowledge. I found this one particularly useful with the amount of mobile development that I’ve been doing recently. Join Wade and Steve each week as they cover the » read more.
The Denmark guys had a full two day conference staffed by corp speakers that they recorded and put on Channel 9. There’s a ton of great content here that you can check out. Dev01 – Windows Phone 7.5 Overview for Developers Ben Riga Windows Phone 7.5 Overview for Developers by Ben Riga Dev02 – Building Windows Phone 7.5 Applications with Visual Studio 2010 Ben Riga Building Windows Phone 7.5 » read more.
I had a blast visiting Oslo, Norway for Wordcamp Norway (#wcnorge). The last time that I went to Norway, it was just for a few hours as I flew in, did my talk and flew out. This time I made sure that I took an extra day to see part of the city. I started off at the Thon Hotel next to the Central Station and walked up to the » read more.
I just got done speaking at Wordcamp Norway (#wcnorge) on the topic of running WordPress on Windows. The talk seemed to be well received despite the powers that be on the demo side not being kind to me. My first install of WordPress had an port conflict with a previous version and failed. ARG! Regardless, it’s been a while since I spoke at a Wordcamp but I always have a » read more.