The other day while recording Episode 15 of Brewery.fm with Scott Hoag, I remembered something that was tweeted about during //Build and that I’d received an email about earlier in the day as well – Office DevCamp. So we included it in the show and hoped that folks would consider checking it out – it’s a great opportunity to meet folks from the Microsoft Office Developer team and to learn a thing or two… for free.
So what are Office DevCamp’s? Do I need a shovel? Will I need insect repellent? I sure hope not. I hope they’re going to teach us how to write Apps and use the Office 365 APIs.
If you’re done reading, head on over to http://aka.ms/msdevcamps and register.
For those of that are still here, good on you! Essentially the DevCamp is held at a Microsoft Office near you (in most instances) and it’s split out into a 5 part day. There are events all over the place in the US to include:
There are over a billion Office users out there in 147 countries (wow that’s a lot) and they’re all looking for ways to better use Office – so why not build an app for them?
Definitely sounds like an interesting day – hope that you’re able to make it out!
So for the past few years, myself and a few friends have been running the SharePoint Saturday Events DC events. As a part of these events we strive to improve upon each event to try to cater to the needs of the community and to help provide a setting for folks to come to an event and learn more about SharePoint and associated technologies like Office 365 and Azure.
In as much, we’ve got a quick survey for this year’s Summer event available here:
If you’re attending the event, please feel free to fill it out so that we can help to ensure that we plan rooms properly and to give presenters some information ahead of time so that they can shape their presentations to the needs of you the audience.
So one of my podcasts that I catch every morning is the Marketplace Tech podcast – interesting little bits of information that are shared that sometimes are random and sometimes are highly pertinent.
This morning they had part one of a miniseries of conversations with Satya Nadella discussing the Ignite conference and the role of Microsoft in cloud services. Pretty darn cool considering that the Ignite conference kicks off today in Chicago at 9 AM CDT with Satya taking the stage along with others from the Microsoft product and platform groups.
Check it out if you have a minute – it’s amazing at just how humble Satya is in comparison to other CEOs out there.
Interview with Satya Nadella on MarketPlace – http://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/marketplace-tech-monday-may-4-2015
If you’re looking for a recap of last week’s //Build conference, check out Brewery.fm’s episode 13 where myself and Scott Hoag break things down from the keynotes on Wednesday.
Last but not least, if you happen to see my photo wandering around Ignite this week with Isaac Stith, be sure to stop him, snap a photo and post it to Facebook or Twitter and tag me – wish I could be there with you fine folks but things just didn’t work out this year.
This week Scott Hoag and I covered a ton of the announcements from the first day of the Microsoft Build conference as well as getting up to speed with other recent announcements when it comes to Azure, Office 365 and even the Apple Watch.
Several different topics have come up in the community recently comparing technology providers and their capabilities and the best we can say is that in a lot of cases it’s like comparing bananas with battleships.
Check out the show notes and the most recent episode here: http://pub.brewery.fm/brewery013
Looking through the sessions that will be presented this coming Saturday at the Northern Virginia Code Camp hosted at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, VA gets me pumped to see so many in the community presenting on hot topics that are key to staying relevant in this age of iterating forward with new technology on what seems like a daily basis. All that being said (and all in a single run on sentence no less), I’m stoked to see that Bart Loesley will be presenting on NoSQL as an Application Backend.
So often we tend to find tech groups pointing to MySQL, PostGres, Oracle, Microsoft SQL or some other database platform to be the backend for a technology solution without considering a NoSQL solution. Bart’s session “NoSQL as an Application Backend” looks to be pretty spot on with helping application developers and architects to better understand where these technologies come into play.
NoSQL is a different way of thinking about a database. Relational database models may not be the best solution for all situations. In this session we’ll introduce what NoSQL is, the various approaches and options for NoSQL platforms, and show an example of how we leveraged Azure Document DB as the backend for a cloud application. Benefits such as scalability, schema independence and object orientation make your application scalable but it requires some planning that is different than traditional relational databases.
For me, I’m excited to check out this session for a couple of reasons…
- NoSQL is a technology that gets overlooked far too often
- Profit from Bart’s knowledge
Seriously though, Azure’s DocumentDB, which recently became generally available, could probably replace a significant number of application backends operating on other database platforms that don’t require the horsepower of the platform in use, nor do they make use of the functionality, so why not go with something like Azure DocumentDB?
Look forward to seeing you there at NOVA CC for Bart’s session!
While scrolling through the Sessions for this coming weekends Northern Virginia Code Camp, I came across one session that caught my eye and me glance not once, but twice…
“Creating Apple Watch experiences with WatchKit and Xamarin”
I thought to myself, “What in the world?!?!” But then I remembered that Ed Snider is a genius when it comes to putting together clever solutions that bridge technological platforms, among a lot of other things. The session description looks pretty particularly awesome.
C# and Apple Watch… WHAT?! Yes! In this session I’ll show you how Xamarin lets you take your .NET skills to the Apple Watch!
First we’ll take a look at Apple’s WatchKit and the architecture of WatchKit apps. We’ll also explore the core concepts of WatchKit apps and how they work with and extend iPhone apps, including Glances and Notifications. And, of course, there will be plenty of code and live demos!”
So if you’re interested in the Apple Watch, and you’re a .NET developer then check this session out – I promise you won’t be disappointed and will walk away with a few more tools in your utility belt to innovate.
This coming weekend on 18 April 2015, the Northern Virginia Code Camp will be hosting it’s Spring event at the Reston Microsoft Technology Center with 30 speakers covering various aspects of development across several different technologies and platforms.
The session listing is available here: http://www.novacodecamp.org/Sessions.aspx
If you’re interested in registering for the event, you can do so by hoping over to the registration site here: http://www.nvite.com/novacc15/edda
If you’re interested in updates about the Northern Virginia Code Camp, follow their twitter handle yonder under the name of @novacodecamp
Definitely worth your time on a Saturday morning to learn something new, network with others in the technology community and gather perspective on different ways of approaching technology problems.