Windows 10 Developer Readiness Canadian Webcast – June 11th

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2015/05/29/windows-10-developer-readiness-canadian-webcastndashjune-11th.aspx

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Join the Windows 10 Developer Readiness – Powered by MVPs global webcast series to learn how to build an app or bring an existing App to the *NEW* Universal Windows Platform!
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ObjectSharp’s At the Movies Event

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2015/05/10/objectsharprsquos-at-the-movies-event.aspx

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 1.51.45 PMIt’s that time of year again! ObjectSharp’s At the Movies event is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to share all of the good things coming up in our industry this year!  I really enjoy being a part of this event, and not just for the posters (but on an important side note, thanks to Denis Makarenko for his hard work in making those posters look amazing!). What’s important is the information we are bringing to you, so that you can get up to speed with the changes coming your way, and to show you how Microsoft is making it easier than ever to manage projects with TFS, integrate advanced services into your enterprise or mobile applications through Azure, and develop high quality applications for the enterprise or consumer market.
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Attending Build 2015 – What It Meant To Me

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2015/05/04/attending-build-2015ndashwhat-it-meant-to-me.aspx

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Being able to attend //build/ last week was a dream come true. In the 18 years that I have worked in the industry, this was the first time I was able to attend a major Microsoft conference. In the past, when working as a full time employee, I had never received approval from employers for this type of professional development. Being a consultant changed the playing field. I didn’t need to ask anyone for permission, or have someone else approve the cost. I didn’t have to beg, bargain and plea for the time off. I was the requester and approver all rolled into one. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t going to let the opportunity pass me by. I had a feeling this was THE year to be in San Francisco, instead of watching it from the comfort of my home. Within 45 minutes, registration to //build/ was at max capacity with myself being among the many that were lucky enough to have processed the registration in time.
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2014 – My Year In Review

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2014/12/31/2014ndashmy-year-in-review.aspx

Looking back on 2014, I realize so much has changed in such a short time, and appreciate all of the good things that have come my way. Here are my favourite moments of 2014.

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I was beyond excited when I was awarded my very first (and hopefully not the last!) Microsoft MVP in April 2014!

I have always admired and respected other Microsoft MVPs whose paths had crossed mine over the years, and to be considered part of that group is a huge honour.

Given Opportunities to Speak

Prairie Dev Con was the first conference that accepted my session submissions, and so I was off to Winnipeg in early April to talk to people about Windows Phone development. What a thrill it was to be part of a roster of all-star speakers! I felt lucky to not only have been selected to be a part of the conference, but to meet those people that I have learned from as well. It was special to be at a conference with people who were there to learn and to have fun. Kudos to D’Arcy Lussier for organizing this fantastic conference each year.
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Create the Ultimate Fan Universal App using Windows AppStudio – Part 3

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2014/12/29/create-the-ultimate-fan-universal-app-using-windows-appstudio-ndash-again.aspx

In the last few posts, we have walked through how to design the Ultimate Fan App using Windows AppStudio and the Bandsintown API.

In Part 1, I went over the basics of Windows AppStudio and Bandstown API, and briefly touched on how they can be used collectively to create a Universal app that allows you to track your favourite musician or band.

In Part 2, I demonstrated how you can get the majority of the app completed simply using Windows AppStudio. To complete the app, I mentioned that it would be necessary to download and modify the source code.

Before digging into the code, my last post was focused on looking at the solution and source code that was generated by AppStudio to gain a better understanding of the structure of the projects. This helps us to identify where modifications will need to be made.
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Create the Ultimate Fan Universal App using Windows AppStudio – Part 2 1/2

Originally posted on: http://geekswithblogs.net/lorilalonde/archive/2014/12/27/create-the-ultimate-fan-universal-app-using-windows-appstudio-ndash.aspx

When I first started this series, I intended on it being delivered in 3 parts. But in wrapping up the series, I felt that an important piece was missing – understanding the structure of the Visual Studio solution generated by AppStudio. So this post is technically not part 3, but simply a brief tangent to discuss the anatomy of an AppStudio solution.
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