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RussCam – It’s All About the Tools TV Show – 1:30PM Saturday 8/24!
That’s right! FREE!!! Just register for and show up at one of these 3 events on RussCam TV Daily News mini tour of Florida next week, Monday 7/15 thru Wed 7/17. I will give you personally a copy of Studio For Windows Phone 8 by ComponentOne as well as a chance to win ComponentOne Ultimate Suite valued at $2295!
Come get your code on at TampaDev quarterly hackathon, you can register at http://www.meetup.com/tampadev and join us at the Tampa Bay Wave facility in downtown (400 N. Ashley Drive, 2nd Floor, Tampa, FL ) on June 15, 2013. Gold sponsors include ComponentOne.
Over 600 attendees were all ears at the 10th anniversary of AZGroups with several great sessions in one track. In particular, Scott Guthrie's session on Azure had the crowd riveted on every word. Scott is one of my favorite speakers and any chance I get to listen to him is a great experience. He qualifies the audience and he knows how to point the pain out and then solve it. This is a technique I am a firm believer in for many of the 2000+ developer sessions I have delivered personally at Microsoft and now ComponentOne. More presenters should use this approach of identifying the pain, as it really makes the attendees feel great. You can’t help but feel your life is about to get better as a result of listening to a session about solving pain, your pain specifically. Scott Cate did a great job lining up this event along with speakers Damian Edwards and Josh Twist. Several vendors were present in the expo hall and there was lots of interest from attendees on the C1 Controls. It was great catching up with Joseph Guadagno, Barry Stahl, and Fabio Honigmann.
Code PaLOUsa 2013 was a great event and one to put on your radar for next year. It’s a two day event, with an optional pre con day. I got to tell you, this was an extremely well organized event with many great speakers and sessions. Not to mention it is held in Louisville, home of the Louisville Slugger museum! I actually bolted there right form the airport in time to catch the last tour of the day. I love baseball history. The tour sent chills up my spine with a walk down memory lane. I’ve been to the the Baseball Hall of fame in Cooperstown, the Ted Williams hitter museum in Florida and this one completes the trifecta. Speaking of the trifecta, the weekend we were there, the first weekend in May, marked the start of all of the festivities leading up to the Kentucky derby, including hot air balloon races and the marathon. It was my first time in Louisville and was awesome with the smell of spring in the air. Great job to Chad Green and all of the conference organizers.
I got to tell you, the folks in that neck of the woods in Fox Valley, have a heart of gold. I witnessed a very strong and vibrant developer community while I was there. It was great to catch up with Clark Sell, Microsoft DE and he shared his plans for the must attend ‘That Conference’ later in August. I sat in on some Windows 8 sessions. I did a session on “Building a Windows 8 App from Scratch” and I showed off some of the tools in Studio for WinRT XAML. Hat’s off to Keith Burnell, Greg Levenhagen and all the other organizers and volunteers of the event. It is a well oiled machine with great content and great speakers.
ComponentOne to sponsor Largest Windows Phone UG meeting in the world : Millionaire shares app success!
Yes. you heard it hear first on the RussCam Blog , the Tampa Windows Phone User Group (WPUG) now with a new twitter account - @WPUGTampa , is nearly sold out with a room capacity at 100!!!!!!. Get ready for a special meeting with James Vertisan. We currently have just 6 spots left for a sell out! Register at: Http://www.wp7ug.com . The meeting will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday, at the Tampa Microsoft Office, May 21 from 6-9pm . James was one of the core members of the original WPUG Tampa and was part of our huge show and tell meeting on 7/26/11. James is now a Millionaire and is going to share his success and tips. James has the top selling app for the phone, and if you love Golf, check out his apps on the Executive Caddie site. We have several give a ways, including from ComponentOne, C1 Ultimate, from James: 2 Microsoft Surfaces, Several Windows Phones and from Nokia, via Bill Reiss, Southeast Nokia Ambassador….
It was like no other meeting held for the Tampa WPUG. INETA Speaker Chris Gardner delivered a killer presentation on writing games for The Windows Phone. Many developers are at a loss now, that XNA seems to be on the way out. Chris enlightened up on using a similar approach that he invented without using the XNA Libraries and it was well received. Then we had two more guests which made the evening special. Bill Reiss announced he has become the southeast Nokia ambassador and will be a sponsor of the group going forward. Also, James Vertisan attended, now a Millionaire from writing apps and top selling golfer app “Shotly Golf”. He raffled of a Surface and a few phones. We also have a killer special session lined up with him next week on Tuesday May 21 at the Tampa Microsoft office titled “How I became a Millionaire writing apps” and will enlighten us all with some great experience. We have over 100 registered for this event so far and will be the largest Windows Phone user group meeting in the country!
It was an incredible weekend with close to 300 attendees for the second annual SQL Saturday/Code Camp in beautiful Costa Rica. Plenty of great sessions and great speakers were on hand from all over. In fact, I interviewed a good number of presenters from the US as well as Costa Rica. The SQL Saturday engine is a strong one I am finding, with many presenters traveling the circuit. I presented a session on building a Windows 8 app from scratch and showed the ComponentOne Tools, Studio for WinRT/XAML. The speaker dinner was sensational with a view like I have never seen before, way up high on a mountain looking down on San Jose. Hats off to Eduardo Castro and crew for flawless execution at this event! I love Costa Rica!
C1 will be sponsoring this 10th anniversary of AZGroups this week on May 16 in Scottsdale, AZ. This one day event will see plenty of great sessions and speakers including Scott Guthrie. RussCam will be there at the C1 booth. If you have a story to share on using C1 tools, stop by the booth, get interviewed or see some of our tools in action! The event sold out, but there is a waiting list.
Russ brings you more from Desert Code Camp! Event organizer and President of INETA North America, Joseph Guadagno and Southeast Valley .NET UG, talks about how he became involved with the code camp. He started organizing Desert Code Camp over 5 ½ years ago and it keeps getting bigger and better every year. In fact, it has grown from 250 once a year to 700-800 twice a year. The venue is Chandler-Gilbert Community College with 12 tracks, 103 sessions And 80 different presenters with 25 volunteers. Short story, this is some undertaking and a lot of work for the incredible community event! He brings us up to date on the INETA happenings, with a new INETA website makeover and marketing push for the INETA Speakers program. Then, Scott Cate talks about his work with Event Day where they send attendees a QR code and when scanned can print an event name label. We chat about a session I saw him present at TechEd on Keyboard shortcuts, and was an inspiration for my Windows 8 Shortcuts Phone app and the many other ones I have including VS shortcuts. Watch to the end to see some great photos from the event. This episode is brought to you by ComponentOne Windows 8 Studios.
I am packing my bags and headed to the airport for an incredible developer event up in Menasha, Wisconsin, 2013 Day of .NET . This is the furthest north RussCam has been (35 miles south of Green Bay) and I look forward to retuning to a real party town, Appleton. In fact, my battery wore out last year checking in on foursquare to all of the great establishments in that neck of the woods hanging out with a few of the attendees. It was the only time I have reached #2 on the check in list. The conference is an incredible one with lots of great speakers and content (see schedule below) and I am speaking on ‘Building a Windows 8 App from Scratch’ and a sneak peak at our Studio for WinRT XAML. Here are the RussCam episodes from last year and photos.
After this weekend this, Louisville will never be the same as RussCamTV heads to Kentucky for this great event. I have heard so many good things about this conference and am looking forward to attending and speaking at this event. I am doing a session on Building a Windows 8 App from scratch with a sneak peak at some of the C1 Windows 8 WinRT XAML controls. For those new to Windows 8 Store app development, this is a killer session that you will enjoy. I have never been to Louisville before, so this will be another RussCam first! I am hoping to visit the Louisville Slugger factory at some point as well. I held those bats as a youngster in little league, as many have, and high school ball (that was before aluminum bats). I wonder if they are still celebrating the Men’s NCAA tournament championship?
It is great to go back to Costa Rica again this year as a sponsor for SQL Saturday 189! Last year GrapeCity sponsored and now, ComponentOne, a division of GrapeCity, will continue in sponsoring this unprecedented community event. Out of the gate last year they had to turn people away, as they hit the unbelievable 300 technical folks cap. Wow! I am presenting this year on Building a Windows 8 App From Scratch (English) and showing some of the Studio for WinRT XAML Controls. Here is the line up for sessions, and photos from last year and the Russcam episodes. My favorite is Part 3, where we take a trip to Jaco Beach with some incredible footage of crocodiles, road side fresh fruit stands, and a sunset like I have never seen. Such a beautiful country! I am packing now.
Script 5 - Using Wijmo with Windows Phone 8 Apps