Windows Phone 8 Phone Camp (LIVE)

Please Join Us for the Windows Phone 8 Phone Camp.  Live on Friday Dec 7th 9am – 2pm

The Stream will start LIVE below when the event begins.  You can also chat during the event.  We will attempt to ask your question to the presenter.


If you hover over the video, you can view it full screen.






Happy Programing – The Sociable Geek

Dev Intersection Conference


Hey Devs.
I wanted to pass this along to let you know about this great conference that is in our back yard … Well Vegas anyway. 

Register Here
$50 off if you use the Discount Code EGAN

DevIntersection is a brand new conference and is Jam Packed with all of the speakers you know and love.  This is really a cant miss line-up.


  • Scott Guthrie
  • Scott Hanselman
  • Tim Huckaby
  • Michele Bustamonte
  • Richard Campbell
  • Carl Franklin
  • Kate Gregory
  • Doug Seven
  • John Papa
  • Paul Sheriff
  • Scott Allen

And the list goes on, and on, and on. 

This should really be a great conference.  AND the first 300 people to register will get a Surface RT to boot. I also talked them into giving you a discount.

Register Here

$50 off if you use the Discount Code EGAN

Again, I just wanted to share this with you. If you can make it let me know, I will be there

Windows Phone Unleashed


imageWant to learn how to build a windows phone application (Become a WP7Dev).  Then join us for the Windows Phone Unleashed Series.  The content was created by Daniel Egan (me) and Bret Stateham.

Windows Phone Unleashed is put on by the community.  It is an all day event with 3 instructor led sessions paired with Hands On Labs that when you are finished complete the Coffee Findr application. At the end of the day there is a app contest with Prizes.

You can download the finished app from the Marketplace .  From this application you will learn the following skills.  Check it out now.

Register for an Event Near You.

  • Working with Live Tiles
  • Periodic Execution
  • Pulling Data from Rest Services
  • Deserializing Json
  • Binding data to your UI
  • Using Bing for Maps and Directions
  • Using Isolated Storage and  SQL CE on the Phone
  • Navigation
  • And much much more

We also have TWO different events this time…. We have also added a Games Development Unleashed Event.  So look for an event near you.  But register quickly… seats go fast for this FREE event.

Register for an Event Near You.

(If you have been to an Unleashed Event before. This is NEW content)


Agenda for both types of events


Line of Business Apps

Introduction to Windows Phone 7 Programming

In this session, we start with a discussion of windows phone, the architecture changes made from 6.5 to 7.0, the hardware specifications and then move into the beginnings of building a WP7 application including…

  1. Application life cycle
  2. Hardware Foundation
  3. Files associated with project template
  4. Splash screen and the importance of 1 second / 19 second loading
  5. Application Bar
  6. Panorama and Pivot controls
  7. MVVM
  8. Marketplace

Connecting to Services

In this session, we will discuss how Cloud Services help to bring power to the phone. We will be binding to a rest based services and show how to search and display the information received. In this session we will also talk about Navigation, passing information between screens, while working with List and detail information.

  1. Navigation
  2. Location
  3. JSON Deserialization
  4. Bing Maps
  5. Isolated Storage
  6. Binding Sample Data
  7. Navigation

Recording Data

In this session we will be adding to our knowledge and learn the importance of live tiles. We will show you how to set up a periodic agent and how to set up and read and write to a SQL Database on Windows Phone.

  1. Live Tiles
  2. SQL CE
  3. Background Processes and Periodic Agents
  4. Launchers and Choosers

Games Development

Introduction to XNA

XNA Game Basics

  1. What is XNA
  2. Game Development Tools
  3. XNA Game Projects
  4. XNA Game Loop
  5. Debugging Games

Working with Images, Sounds and Text

  1. Working with Textures
  2. Playing Songs and Sound Effects
  3. Drawing text with SpriteFonts

Getting User Input

  1. Getting input on the phone
  2. Using the Accelerometer
  3. Using Touch

Game State Management

Managing Game Play

  1. Keeping Score
  2. Tracking Health and Lives
  3. Adding Levels

Managing Screens

  1. Creating Multi-Screen games
  2. Loading content in the background
  3. How to pause the game

Managing State

  1. Phone Application Lifecycle
  2. Supporting Fast Application Switching
  3. Persisting and Restoring State

Silverlight and XNA Integration

  1. Introduction to Silverlight
  2. Silverlight and XNA Integration
  3. Creating a Silverlignt and XNA Game

Advanced XNA Games

Marketplace and Advertisements

  1. Understanding the Windows Phone Marketplace
  2. Submitting your Game to the Marketplace
  3. Adding Advertisements to your game

3D Games

  1. 3D Support in XNA
  2. Creating a simple 3D Game

Multi-Platform Games

  1. Building Games for Phone, PC and XBOX
  2. Other Multi-Platform options

Cloud Integration

  1. Using Windows Azure
  2. Social Gaming Toolkit


Remember… Daniel Egan knows Windows Phone Smile

Live Chat with Daniel Egan


Join me for a Chat on anything… from Windows Phone to, Evangelism, to Microsoft.  Ask away in the chat portion below. I randomly pop on as I see people are chatting… If you want to be alerted to my being online follow me on twitter @DanielEgan .  I always post before I jump on.

Free Team Foundation Training

Go HERE to Register


Practical Team Foundation Server – A Quick Start

An all-day free event to get you up and running quickly with Team Foundation Server 2010.
Continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Event starts at 9:00AM and ends at 5:00PM.
This event is held at three locations in January:
– January 11th – Microsoft Office, Los Angeles
– January 18th – Microsoft Office, San Diego
– January 25th – Microsoft Office, Orange County

Our goal is to quickly bring you up to speed with the essentials features of Team Foundation Server 2010 so that you can quickly setup and be productive in your own TFS environment. We start out by outlining a generic development process which embodies basic activities that are encountered in any software development process.
We’ll use those activities as the context in which you’ll learn to use TFS and you’ll be able to easily map those activities into the process that you use in your own development work.

Go HERE to register

Desert Code Camp Bus Trip


Who wants to go to the Phoenix Desert Code Camp??   The Desert Code Camp is coming on April 2nd and we are getting a bus from Southern California to make the trip.

To sign up for the bus go to Bus Registration and to get more information, to to:  the cost is $60 dollars.  


We have also worked with a local hotel to get a rate for $89 dollars.

Hotel Page: Go here for hotel deal $89 a night.  This is a community driven event and has been put together by Joe Guadagno (New INETA President by the way) and Woody Pewit.  I will be on the bus too. Smile  Come join us for a trip to the Desert Code Camp.  It’s a great code camp and a fun way to get there.

Daniel – The Sociable Geek 

MVP Summit Hockey Jerseys

if you have been to an MVP Summit before than you remember that the Canadian MVP’s always come wearing Canadian Hockey Jerseys and its pretty cool.  

Well, this year, they have created a cool looking MVP Hockey Jersey for attendees to buy.  I plan on getting one, the last day to order is today February 9th.  If you would like to order a Jersey go here to order    YOU MUST BE PRESENT AT THE SUMMIT TO PICK IT UP.  THERE IS NO SHIPPING AVALIBLE.


For more information, check out this post.

SharePoint Saturday in LA

SharePoint Saturday is coming to the Los Angeles.

Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. 


SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint!


The event will be held on April 2nd 2011, if you would like to speak at the event, SharePoint Saturday has an “Open Call For Speakers”.  This is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and share your knowledge with the community. If you would like to speak at this event please fill out the Speaker Form at the following site 


Daniel Egan  – TheSociableGeek

Desert Code Camp Bus Trip


The SoCalCodeCamp just ended but that does not mean the fun has to stop. The Desert Code Camp will be coming up in a few months and we are looking at taking a bus trip from Southern California to Arizona so that we can join in the fun.  We have put together a quick survey to find out if we would have enough people to rent the bus. You can see the survey here –> .  This does not tie you in, it is just a way to gauge interest so we can work on exact prices and possibly get a group rate at one of the hotels near the code camp.  If you are interested in joining me (and I am sure I can talk Woody into going) on a bus to the code camp, then fill out the survey and leave your email .


hmmmmm maybe since its code camp we should take an RV… (mmm never mind)  Smile


Daniel – The Sociable Geek