WP7 Launch Event in the OC


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He SoCal Devs  The Windows Phone 7 Launch is coming to the OC


When:   Register Here

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:30 AM – Wednesday, September 29, 2010 5:15 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Welcome Time: 7:30 AM

Hilton Orange County

3050 Bristol St
Costa Mesa California 92626
United States


Event Overview

Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch

Windows Phone 7 is here – and with it comes a new world of opportunity for passionate, creative developers. Windows Phone 7 gives you the power to build complex, robust applications using consistent hardware specs, a comprehensive development toolkit, and the all-new, full-service Marketplace for selling your apps. We want you to be ready to capitalize on this new frontier, so we’re launching two days of fast-paced learning to get you up and running with Windows Phone 7 development. Check out the agenda and pick the day that best fits your needs – or join us for both. The choice is yours. Whatever you can imagine, you’ll get the information you need to build high-demand apps with Windows Phone 7.

Windows Phone 7 Development Launch: Jump-Start Your Mobile Development (Day 1)

In the first of this two-day launch event, we’ll take you under the hood of Windows Phone 7 and the Windows Phone 7 platform with a progressive set of learning sessions. We’ll start with the basic tools and fundamentals of Windows Phone 7 application development, plus key design guidelines and our philosophy behind the all-new Metro interface paradigm. As the day unfolds, we’ll go deeper into Windows Phone 7 development scenarios using Silverlight, XNA and the Windows Phone 7 SDK. You’ll also see how to earn cash for your apps in the fully loaded Windows Phone 7 Marketplace.

Session 1: Get Started! The Basics of Building Apps on the Windows Phone 7 Platform

Meet Windows Phone 7! We’re proud to introduce the innovative Windows Phone 7 platform and explain the philosophy behind its all-new user experience design. We’ll outline the Metro design principles and cover the basics of building applications for Windows Phone 7. Finally, you’ll tour the Windows Phone Marketplace and learn about exciting revenue opportunities for developers and application publishers.

Session 2: From Idea to Interactivity: Design Guidelines for Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 has a brand new interface paradigm called Metro that will delight end users. This session will give you a solid understanding of how XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language), the heart of all Silverlight and Windows Phone applications, can enable you to create powerful animations and interactive experiences. We’ll cover all of the new Windows Phone 7 controls, guidelines for usage, and what you need to think about in the new multi-touch interface. We’ll also explore some core fundamentals, such as layout containers, control templating and how you can bind controls and properties using markup or code.

Session 3: Supercharge Your Windows Phone 7 Apps with Microsoft Silverlight

You’ve learned the fundamentals; now it’s time to dig a little deeper. This session will focus on building Windows Phone 7 applications with Microsoft Silverlight. You’ll see first-hand how to use Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend to develop and debug projects. You’ll also learn about the built-in templates and the many available controls and styles for Windows Phone 7. Finally, we’ll wrap by covering how to consume services in the cloud.

Session 4: Step Up Your Game with Windows Phone 7 and XNA

Microsoft XNA has been a favorite with game developers for many years. Now, developers can harness the power of the XNA framework to create highly immersive and responsive games for Windows Phone 7. We’ll charge full-speed into XNA to outline the basic Windows Phone model, explore its core device characteristics, and review the highlights of the XNA phone framework. Finally, we’ll show you some of the cool games that have been developed specifically for Windows Phone 7. Additional topics we’ll cover include: choosing between XNA and Silverlight, Sprites, 3D effects, Game Loop and Frameworks.

Session 5: Monetizing Your Apps with Marketplace

Windows Phone 7 will launch with a fully loaded Marketplace and the opportunity for developers to sell or distribute their applications. In this session, you’ll get all the details on how to navigate the certification process and publish your application – including updates. Learn how to increase discoverability while deepening your connection with your customers through the powerful business intelligence capabilities of the Marketplace.

Session 6: The Power of the Cloud: Exploring Windows Phone 7 Services

Get ready to build more engaging user experiences with Windows Phone 7 and several powerful cloud-based and phone-based components. Topics will include launchers and choosers; Microsoft Location Service, which allows you to obtain location information based on GPS, cell and WiFi signals; cameras, maps and pictures; tombstoning; Microsoft Push Notification Service that provides “live” updates for apps running on the device; accelerometer and much more.

Wait! There’s more!

Be sure to check out the hands-on Windows Phone 7 workshop happening the day after this event.

Put your knowledge to work and build that app you’ve been dreaming about! Register here.

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Don’t miss PDC10

Microsoft PDC 2010 - Live from the Microsoft Campus


October 28-29, 2010  >>  Redmond  (Microsoft Campus)



PDC is coming and you don’t want to miss this historic PDC – this is the first time we’ve ever held the event on the Microsoft campus.  Because we’re on campus this year, attendees will enjoy unprecedented access to campus facilities, Microsoft developers and product teams.  The venue and audience are smaller, which opens up a lot more opportunities for an amazing event. 

This event is selling out quickly.  Once we hit top capacity, we will be unable to accommodate any further registrations – so register now to secure a spot at the event.


clip_image001[4]To learn more, check out this video by event owner (Jennifer Ritzinger) and keynote owner (Mike Swanson) host a 10-minute, behind-the-scenes preview of content and event activities. Get the inside scoop on why this is going to be an exciting PDC and the type of content that attendees and viewers can expect.  http://bit.ly/cx0vAP  .

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Free Windows Azure Training

windows_azure_small Hey SoCal Developers, this is something that you don’t want to miss.  If you are looking to get up to speed on Microsoft’s Cloud ServicesWindows Azure, then this is the event for you!!  Its FREE!!


This is  3 Day class that is absolutely FREE!!  Tuesday, December 15th – Thursday December 17th – 9am to 5pm each day. This is a instructor led / hands-on event.  (You will need to pay for parking. Parking is NOT validated)


Description :

The Microsoft Developer & Platform is pleased to announce a Metro Instructor Led Training event focused on Developers covering the Windows Azure Platform, for Microsoft Partners and customers. Delivered through workshop style presentations and hands-on lab exercises, the workshop will focus on three key services of the Windows Azure Platform – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services.

This event is targeted at partners and customers who have projects that they are potentially looking to deploy to the Windows Azure Platform.


Attendee Prerequisites :

This workshop is aimed at developers, architects and systems designers with at least 6 months practical experience using Visual Studio 2008 and C#.


Agenda Topics

× An introduction to Windows Azure

× Working with Windows Azure storage

× An introduction to SQL Azure

× Building applications with SQL Azure

× An introduction to .NET Services

× Building solutions using the .NET Service Bus



Tuesday, December 15, 2009 9:00 AM – Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

Microsoft Technology Center – Irvine

3 Park Plaza
Suite 1600 TBC Irvine California 92614
United States


To register please use the following link :


Or go to http://msevents.microsoft.com and use Event ID : 1032428626


Did I mention its FREE!! See you there!!

The Geeks are Coming The Geeks are coming…

pdccloseup It’s that time of year again, where the annual migration of the animal know as Geekus Sofecteus (or Geek to you and me) visits the warm sunny weather of Southern California. They come from far and wide (or is it wide and far) to see what will be revealed at the PDC (Professional Developers Conference)


While I am attending the conference I will be blogging about the sessions I am in and the people that I meet, so stay tuned for PDC information overload.

Along with the great sessions that are delivered at the conference itself, there are always great parties during the week. Here is a list of the ones that I am aware of right not.


Monday ——-

Party with Palermo – 7pm-10pm – They Mayan – http://bit.ly/gBWXX

PDC09 TweetUP  – 7:30- ???  – Hotel Figueroa  – http://bit.ly/2dsveD

Visual Studio Documentary – PDC Attendees only – http://bit.ly/30LhxV


Tuesday ——–

INETA Community Roundtable – 7:00 PMLA Convention Center – http://bit.ly/30LhxV


Wednesday —–

PDC Underground – 7pm – 1am – Conga Room LA Live – http://bit.ly/4d5Jod


There will be more that I find out about as the week gets going so I will update hear about them.

Windows 7 Launch Events in Southern California

Windows 7 Launch – a few seats left



Did you miss the chance to register for the Windows 7 Launch and receive a FREE Copy of Window 7?  Well don’t miss out on this opportunity. There are only a few seats left .

You have to use these SPECIAL REGISTRATION LINKS  below to register. Don’t hesitate because we only have a few seats left. The main registration is closed, but with these special links you can still get in.
YOU MUST USE CODE "DPE" when registering


San Diego October 26thhttp://bit.ly/DI6l4
Orange County(Orange) October 26thhttp://bit.ly/4dmF3Q 
Los Angeles (Burbank) October 28thhttp://bit.ly/SpklH
Agenda :
Taking Your Application to the Next Level with Windows 7
Windows 7 has several user interface and performance enhancements from the Windows 7 Taskbar, Jump Lists, and more. While your application will run on Windows 7 without leveraging these new features, your users will be far more productive if they are able to quickly open recent documents and records, find information and navigate your application in a natural way that is consistent with the rest of their Windows 7 experience. In this session, we will show you how to make your application shine, optimizing the user experience and performance on Windows 7
Beyond Human Interaction with Windows 7 Sensor and Location Platform
Your Windows 7 application can be aware of it surroundings through the use of the Windows 7 Sensor and Location Platform. Being aware is the first step to having a truly contextual application that adapts to its surroundings and helps your users be more productive with less effort. The platform allows you to add this location based service and sensor technology with a few lines of code allowing you to focus on what makes sense in the context for the user. Should you change your color scheme if it’s dark out? What’s different in your application if your user is at work verses at home?

In this session, we will explore the ease of leveraging this platform and some of the scenarios that make sense. In addition, we’ll learn how the new DirectWrite and Direct2D APIs will allow you to add fast, scalable, high-quality, 2D and 3D graphics, text, and images to your applications.

Building Next Generation User-Interface with Multitouch and Ribbon on Windows 7

Learn how Multitouch and the Ribbon provide you with powerful capabilities to differentiate your application. Multitouch is how we interact with objects all day every day in the physical world. Windows 7 supports multitouch out of the box so you can extend this same paradigm into the software world.

With very little code, you are able to recognize and respond to multiple gestures at once and give your users a very natural method of interacting with your application. The Ribbon allows you to replace the outdated battleship gray chrome in your application with a rich, animated UI. In this session, we will explore both the multi-touch APIs, as well as the Ribbon’s markup-based UI


MSDN – Client Experience Talk

This week I traveled through the Southland (LA, Orange County, San Diego) talking about some cool new things coming out from Microsoft. (Windows 7 Multi-touch, Silverlight RIA Services, SketchFlow). Below you will find the slides and demos for the talk.  Enjoy.   ~Daniel


You can find the files for the demos HERE. For the RIA Services Demo,  you will find the step by step snipits in the Presentation folder. 

Let me know if you have any questions.


MSDN Event Win7 Multi-Touch, SketchFlow

A multitouch screen

Image via Wikipedia

Join me for one of the coolest things to come out of the dev community in quite a while. I will be doing a seminar on Windows 7 Multi-Touch, and SketchFlow.   You can see the Agenda below, but you will really want to see the MultiTouch and SketchFlow stuff.  See you there.


September 9, 2009

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Click here  to register

Event ID: 1032423014


Los Angeles
September 10, 2009

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Click here  to register

Event ID: 1032423015


San Diego
September 10, 2009

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Click here  to register

Event ID: 1032423016




MSDN Presents: The Next Generation Client Experience



Windows 7 for Developers (MULTI- Touch) = Cool ;)

Windows 7 is almost here! With it are numerous improvements and new features to take advantage of in your applications. Watch and learn as we demonstrate how to utilize the new taskbar, multi-touch support and more.


IE8 for Developers ( Showing how to create an accelerator)

IE8 makes your web better… faster, safer and easier.  This is true for developers too.  In this session, we will illustrate how developers can take advantage of some new technologies in IE8 such as accelerators to enhance a user’s web experience.  We will also illustrate the built-in developer tools in IE8 and how to take advantage of them.  These tools include a powerful CSS tool, script debugging and a script profiler.


Building Business Applications with Silverlight 3 and RIA Services

Silverlight 3 has launched.  In this session, we will illustrate how you can build powerful line of business (LOB) applications with Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3.  We will begin with illustrating how you can build powerful prototypes with SketchFlow in Blend 3.

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Running a Social Network ( wink wink )

I am training for the Disneyland 1/2 marathon in September and have been running 4-5 times a week. This will be my longest run in training for this race as I will be dialing it back the next few weeks in preparation for the big day. I found this real cool Social Network site (Which is why I am posting it on here) called MapMyRun.com. You can see the path that I will be running below. It gives me exact mileage and elevation and lets me note where hazards and places to get water are located. I am going to contact the owners of the site to see if I can get a mini interview with them about how they started and what technology they are using. Anyway, I have to get on the road now…. long run ahead.


See you socially (or running) — Daniel

Dial Me Up Some Twitter

image If I am not mistaken, I believe that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (@villaraigosa) declared this DigitalLA month.  With events on the 5th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 18th and 27th, founder Kevin Winston (@kevinwinston) has been a very busy promoter of all things social.  
Last night I was able to attend the DigitalLA Entertainment Goes Social panel held at the Writers Guild of America @ Third and Fairfax (Yes, I used an “@” without a twitter handle behind it).

Before the event I met up with K.W. Low (@KW) and Jacob Nahin (@JacobNahin) for coffee at the Farmers Market.  I think Jacob was happy to see me, but it was only because I was carrying the XBox 360 Elite he won from the Microsoft booth at the TwiistUP event a few weeks back.  It was nice to relax and wind down after sitting in the traffic on the 110 freeway.


The Entertainment News Goes Social Panel consisted of some of Hollywood’s most prolific social media go-to’s (aside from Ashton Kutcher of course). They included :

– Andrew Wallenstein, Hollywood Reporter, Editor, Digital Media THR.com @THR
– Abe Burns, Variety.com, Director, Online Marketing @variety
– Andrew D. Nystrom, LA Times.com, Sr. Producer, Social + Emerging Media @latimesnystrom
– Alexia Tsotsis, LA Weekly, tech/business lifestyle reporter @alexiatsotsis 
– Moderator: Kevin Winston, Digital LA, founder @kevinwinston


It was a great discussion of how some of LA’s best known entertainment outlets are utilizing social media to further reach their user base and hopefully attract new users.  There were the normal questions about the types of analytics used to track ROI, and how Social Media is, and can be used in an unprofessional way, but what really intrigued me about this panel was the amazing interaction with the LIVE audience via Twitter.  It all started with Alexia commenting on the following twitter post.




She gave a quick shout-out to @johnayers to thank him, and it had a real dynamic effect on the event. As soon as she said this, it seemed to give the other panelist the “OK” to check the #DigitalLA twitter feed as well. As a society, we are programmed to believe that it is unprofessional to check your phone, especially when you are sitting on a panel for crying out loud. 

The crowd, no longer able to hide themselves behind their Twitter feed, and for some maybe not the type to raise their hand in a panel discussion, were now completely intertwined in the discussion whether they wanted to be or not.  There were many quotable moments throughout the night, as you can see if you follow the #DigitalLA twitter feed, but the best was near the end of the night.

The room erupted when Andy Wallenstein commented on @MikeSlebodnik‘s tweet:




I don’t think Andy was very amused at the comment ;)  ( But yes Andy, you do sound like him)

It was a great panel and a very lively discussion.  During the mixer part of the event (and after at Dupar’s) I was able to meet and talk with some very interesting entrepreneurs. Among them was Babette Pepaj the founder and CEO of BakeSpace.


BakeSpace: Come for the food.  Stay for the conversation.

BakeSpace – http://www.BakeSpace.com is a social networking site that centers on the sharing of recipes. It has a very vibrant and thriving 50,000 member base and it is interesting how they weave this into the media world with tie-ins to both Television and Movies. As we sat at Dupar’s having coffee and pie, I was fascinated at the story of how it got its start ( a little elbow grease and a little luck) and the bumps they had to steer around along the way.  It is a great site developed and run by very passionate founders.


PhoneSheet.com http://www.PhoneSheet.com – I talked to Jan Zands from PhoneSheet.com about their online phone messaging system written with Microsoft Technologies. They had just released their BlackBerry version, so we took some time to talk about creating a windows mobile version as well as dive a little deeper into the technical aspects of creating sync applications.



SperryMedia – http://www.SperryMedia.com – While I as at the mixer, I was able to speak with Scott Perry, President of Sperry Media about the current state of cloud computing and using rich internet applications like Silverlight. He has a project coming up and is evaluating different solutions. We spent some time discussing RIA Services and all the new features of the Silverlight 3 Release.


I also had some great discussions with the following attendees:

Peter Chen -  Writer-Director http://AbsolutelyAmericanMovie.com

Chris Tolles – Vice President/Marketing topix

John Marchesini – Consultant

Patrick -  GetListed.org and Seoish.com

Larry W. Johnson  Producer/Manager Crescendo Entertainment, Inc

Steven R. Gilson – Consultant


See you Socially  -  Daniel


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Angels are the new black

Last night I attended the DealMakerLA Panel on Angel Investing for Startups held at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Los Angeles.  The panel consisted of 4 current Angel Investors working and looking for Southern California based startups. 




Jarl Mohn, Investor (former CEO, Liberty Digital. Created E! Entertainment Television)
Dan Gould, VP Technology Fox Interactive Media
Rob Hayes, Partner, First Round Capital  *Silicon Valley Seed-Stage Investor
Thomas McInerney, Angel Investor, TGM
Scott Sangster, President, OrganicStartup (Tech Coast Angles).


It was a round table discussion led by Deal Maker Media with plenty of questions and discussion points coming from the attendees.  It was a lively group and it was interesting to see the different levels of Angel investment ranges (from $25K to $4m), as well as the different types of investors’ strategies, from personal investor Tom McInerney to pooled money at Tech Coast Angels (Scott Sangster).  If you are a start-up in the LA area, these events should be on your calendar as MUST ATTEND.

Since we were a sponsor at the event, I was able to talk for a few minutes about Microsoft’s BizSpark program which helps startups with the software they need to get up and running in this competitive environment without incurring the costs associated with it. (Read More about BizSpark).  After the meeting, I was able to talk to many entrepreneurs that were interested in finding out more about BizSpark, and along the way, I learned about a few real cool companies.


applelogo  Apple Tree – http://www.AppleTree.com – Apple Tree is a website that creates a family tree for EVERYONE. The single global family tree.  It allows you to search the famous (or not so famous) to see their tree. It is currently using Microsoft’s SeaDragon for its functionality, but Scott Mueller (The founder of Apple Tree) is interested in porting it over to Slivlerlight 3 in the near future. We talked about how that could enhance the experience of his site and then segued into how adding multi-touch support would be really cool.



Players Club Golf – http://www.PlayersClubGolf.com – This was one of the more interesting groups that I talked to. Mostly because I want to use their facilities. Players Club Golf, located in Santa Monica, is a INDOOR Golf club using state-of-the-art hi-def full swing golf simulators to allow people to play with friends in the area or around the world. In addition, they are planning a full gym and restaurant/bar to make it a one stop shop for weary LA workers that want to get in some golf but don’t have the time to drive to a public course. Can’t wait to try it.




text a day – http://www.TextADay.com – I then talked to Greg Lambrecht from textaday.com about his work with church groups that allows pastors (through textaday.com) to keep in touch with their parishioners easily by sending personalized text messages throughout the week. It was a simple concept but quite powerful since it is an opt-in type of service. As opposed to a “verse a day” or “quote a day” which are generic, these allow the pastors to create specialize messages just for their parishioners.




kidthing – http://www.kidthing.com – Kidthing.com is a real exciting service and I had the opportunity to talk to the CEO, Lawrence Hitchcock, after the meeting.  kidthing is a downloadable player written with Microsoft technologies that allow kids to to download books like the “Cat in the Hat” and view them on their PC’s.  It is loaded with parent and teacher controls to keep them safe from the internet. They are targeting the K-3 demographic and have already been used by many school districts. He was very interested in finding out how he could make it compatible with the ZUNE for future releases.


In addition to the above, I had a great time talking to many different companies at the event :

  • Albert deQuay – ExportDesk
  • Kevin Mendelson – Murano Software
  • Rik D. Middleton – Sage Cadre
  • Dave Waldman – twistbox
  • William Marks – Comcast Entertainment Group
  • Brad Parker – Muzlink
  • Jonny Sabbath – William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Make sure you don’t miss the next Dealmaker Event.  Great People, Great Technology, Great Food, Great Drinks.


See you Socially  – Daniel

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