February 2012 Schedule

February is relatively calm, but both trips I'm looking forward to. South Florida Code Camp, Feb 18 (Ft. Lauderdale-Davie, FL) Ft. Lauderdale, in February. That get's a big "YES" when you're going from Pittsburgh. My friend Herve found a great BBQ place last year (The Georgia Pig, which earned a mention in my Travel Food Awards), so a return trip will be in order. Also, a chance to catch up with my Evil Twin, Richie Rump. The official reason I'm going is to give two talks:

Rocking WebForms with jQuery Reports of WebForms' demise are very premature; in fact, WebForms still rock! And by adding just a little jQuery UI magic, they can rock even more. Whether you're beginning a new WebForms application, or maintaining an existing one, it's very easy to add a little UI razzle-dazzle that can both make your code cleaner and the application more user friendly. In this session, we'll look at what jQuery is, how to use it in ASP.NET WebForms applications, and what it can do for our WebForms applications. If you've used the ASP.NET Ajax Toolkit in your applications, you'll want to see what is replacing it.

Building Windows 8 Applications with HTML and jQuery

One of the many new advances in Windows 8 is the ability to create Windows applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In this session, we'll take a look at the Windows 8 technology stack on which these applications run, how HTML/CSS/JS apps actually run, and discuss the implications of the different ways to utilize third party libraries such as jQuery. We'll then migrate an MVC application which utilizes jQuery into a Metro-style application. By the end of this session, you'll have a solid idea of what it means to have a Metro-style application built with web technologies.

Then, back to the Big Apple...

NYC Windows Phone User Group, Feb 27 (New York, NY)

This time I'm giving a new talk:

Using the Azure Data Market with Windows Phone 7

The Azure Data Market can be a treasure trove of data sets, containing everything from baseball stats to mortgage data to compiled census data. Some of these data are free, while some carry a fee for use, and all of them utilize the Odata protocol. In this session, we'll take a tour of the Data Market, review Odata, dig into the two ways of querying data, and discuss some strategies for not costing you a fortune. Although this session focuses on Windows Phone 7, there is a great deal of overlap to Silverlight and WPF developers, too.


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