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Ready, Set, //BUILD

Whoa! Less than a month to go before //BUILD. I know that some of you are already gearing up to go and take in all of the latest and greatest that the conference will unlock. On the other hand, some (myself included) will be staying put, but are similarly, looking to stretch our dev muscles a bit. As such, I feel compelled, in this edition of the eNews newsletter, to help get you on a “dev” workout plan.


What would you want to tackle in your plan? Some programming fundamentals? Some app building with a bit of web development and open source? Allow me to introduce you to //Building Blocks, a virtual 3 day “dev muscle” boot camp, starting on March 26 with Initialize(), a day focused on various paradigms – comparing JavaScript and C# side by side on the Microsoft platform (read: showing how both work just as well on the Microsoft platform). Then on March 27, Construct() will show you how to create layouts and style with XAML and HTML5 (read: Developers CAN make pretty apps with the right tools OR if you do WPF today, you can build apps with the same XAML skills OR if you build websites today, you can build apps with the same HTML5 skills). Lastly, on March 28, Extend() will push your workout farther and take you into the world of mobile app and smart device strategies.


After your 3 day “fix”, you’ll be set on a path of learning and doing to explore further, dig deeper, and challenge yourself to do more. You’re sure to see the results!

 

JR

 
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Building Blocks: Initialize() Jump Start  
Virtual Event, Wednesday March 26 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT) REGISTER NOW
Excited about //build? Get ready with this Jump Start—the first in our new “Building Blocks” series. Get up to speed—or dust off your skills—on the Microsoft platform. Whether you’re a web, app, C#, .NET, or JavaScript developer, this course delivers what you need. Popular presenters Jeremy Foster and Christopher Harrison walk through various modern paradigms comparing JavaScript and C# side by side on the Microsoft platform. Join this task-focused event, and prepare to get the most out of your //build experience.
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Breakpoint: Building Cross-Platform Code in Visual Studio with Xamarin  
Live Webcast, Friday March 28 from 12 PM to 1 PM (EST) REGISTER NOW
As you may already know, Visual Studio (especially Visual Studio 2013) provides amazing tools for you to build Windows Store apps, Windows Phone apps, desktop apps, Windows Azure services, and Web apps. What you may not know is that with Xamarin, you can build apps for other platforms like iOS and Android right in Visual Studio, using .NET!

Join them to learn with LIVE demos on how Xamarin and Visual Studio 2013 can help you become a master of Cross-Platform programming, including:
  • How to build apps for iOS and Android right in Visual Studio, using .NET!
  • How to get Xamarin for your app development needs
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1950 Meadowvale Boulevard, Mississauga, ON, Saturday, March 29 from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EST) REGISTER NOW
At Big Data Saturday II, on Saturday March 29th, you will learn how to use the features from SQL Server 2014 as well as the new Windows Azure features and services including HDInsight, Virtual Machines, and Storage. You will learn how to use these products and cloud services to build enterprise-class applications. The event is a great place to get started with SQL Server and Windows Azure development or to learn what’s new with the latest SQL Server and Windows Azure features. Finally, this event will not cost you anything to attend and breakfast and lunch will be provided by Microsoft!
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There are more apps, more devices, and now, more data than ever — all driven by the rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services. With these technologies playing an ever present role in businesses, how can IT drive more efficiency and deliver new forms of value? Microsoft’s answer is the Cloud OS. Microsoft’s approach allows IT to get all the benefits of scale, speed, and agility while still protecting existing investments. This means IT can now rapidly build and deploy apps, flexibly manage IT services, and support real-time analytics across all forms of data.
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Does your organization release software manually, with time-consuming outages and difficult processes? Do you lack project-to-project standards, or do you have different processes for different environments? These challenges in releasing software can threaten the bottom line. Continuous delivery is quickly becoming the standard to resolve these issues. But how do you implement that standard?
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