Mar
19
2012

The Hunger Games–Capitol Tour

The most anticipated movie of the year hits theaters this Friday, March 23rd – The Hunger Games.  If you have read the book (or trilogy), you are probably giddy with excitement to see your favorite characters come to life on screen in a somewhat morbid view of a fictional world of the future.

If you are a fan, you are invited to take the Capitol Tour!  Sign in today to see which district you belong to.  Myself?  Of course I was assigned to District 4.

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Jan
5
2012

Top Blog Posts of 2011

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The year 2011 was my first full year as a Microsoft blue-badge.

In looking back on all my blog stats, I unraveled a humorous irony as to what became my number one blog post of the year.  Would the top blog of the year have something to do with HTML5?  Would it be regarding a technical article?  Would it be a blog post that stirred heated discussions?  Would the top spot be a post of free resources such as online videos?  Nope. Stay tuned… the number one blog post is revealed at the end. 

For now, please join me in a walk down memory lane as I reveal my five most popular blog posts in descending order:

 

5 Camtasia Recorder Error: “Failed to start recording: Temp Folder Uninitialized”

No surprises here.  Anytime I blog about a technical error with a product it usually ends up being found by the search engines. 

 

4 A .NET Love Story

For a post that was originally written in 2005, it still remains my most viewed blog post of all time. Doesn’t that make sense?  It is about love…

 

3 To MVP, or not to MVP…

This was a blog post in response to an ex-MVP who felt the MVP program at Microsoft had no value in his eyes.  It was not the most viewed blog post, but it claims the prize for the most comments.

 

2 HTML5 “Web Camp” Videos

Confession time.  I really was hoping this would post would land at number one.  Coming in at number two is not bad considering I posted it in the latter part of 2011.  Nonetheless, recording industry super-stars sharing secrets about HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript techniques still took a back seat to my number one blog post of the year…

 

1 How to Fix/Repair iPhone With Water Damage

Seriously?  In my first year at Microsoft, my number one blog post is about how I fixed my wife’s iPhone?  *sigh*

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Oct
7
2011

Tech-Ed Africa 2011

teched-africa-2011I am returning to Africa this month for the fourth year to speak at Tech-Ed in Durban at the ICC.  I look forward to seeing everyone again!

[Speaker profile and sessions]

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Oct
6
2011

Want to be a Microsoft Developer Evangelist?

MSCareersIt has nearly been a year since I joined Microsoft, and the adventure has been amazing.  I love developing, playing with the latest technologies, and speaking about things I have learned in front of crowds. 

Do you have similar interests?  Do you live in Seattle or LA?  Are you looking for an exciting challenge and want to explore a new career opportunity?  If you have answered yes to all the above, you owe it to yourself to look into the Microsoft Developer Evangelist positions now open in Seattle and LA.  Click on one of the links below for more information.

Seattle:  http://bit.ly/deinseattle
LA:  http://bit.ly/deinla

A little detail about the position…

The Developer Evangelist position is a technical role with the mission of engaging the broad community of developers in a designated geography and driving excitement around developer tools and platform technologies. The successful candidate will have an established reputation within the region for significant technical achievement, superior presentation skills, effective and visible community participation, and a strong command of online and social networking tools. This position will report to the US West Region DPE Audience Director.

Please contact me if you would like more information Smile

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Sep
9
2011

HTML5 Web Camp–Phoenix, AZ

html5I am excited to announce the highly popular HTML5 Web Camp is coming to Phoenix, AZ on September 30th 2011!  If you live in the greater Phoenix area and you want to attend, register now as these events typically fill up fast.  Again, to avoid being put on a waiting list or turned down, REGISTER NOW!

To prepare for the event, please visit the HTML5 Web Camp preparation checklist page!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Sep
1
2011

AZGiveCamp in October 2011

azgcLogoWhat is a GiveCamp you might ask?
What is AZGiveCamp?
What happens at these events?
Who is invited?
Who benefits?

If you are a technical person who lives in Arizona, and you would like to give back to the community, please get the answer to the above questions by visiting the AZGiveCamp.org web site.  These events are absolutely amazing.  Please consider how you can be part of it!

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Aug
30
2011

Microsoft Biology Foundation Workshop

Register now!

ASU (Biodesign Institute Auditorium) will be host to a two day course on September 8th through September 9th – and you are invited to register and attend at no charge!!!

Attendees will get a basic knowledge of how to use the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF) to write bioinformatics programs, and is a mixture of programming talks and practical sessions where they will write their own code. Attendees will participate in hands-on labs and write a sample application that employs the file parsers, algorithms, and web connectors in MBF.

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Aug
29
2011

Developers in AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, and UT

palermo4msdn_flashI am often asked by developers I meet at technical events:

“Are there any Microsoft events coming up in my area?”

So, what is the best answer?  If you would like to have insight of upcoming events in your area (and get notified too), please sign up for the MSDN Flash!

What I enjoy about MSDN Flash myself is the ability to customize the content you receive.  My geography is “Rocky Mountain”, though it has been known as Desert Mountain too (see my technical online newspaper!)

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Jul
13
2011

Microsoft Training Courses at Pluralsight

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I am thrilled to announce that I have authored a training course available at Pluralsight which is targeted for developers who are just beginning web development using the Microsoft web platform.  Although it is a beginner’s course, it is designed to bring a current web developer not familiar with Microsoft up to speed with the latest terms, tools, and technologies. 

The course provides a comparison of the same demo using Web Application Projects, Web Sites, Web Pages, and MVC.  It also showcases Visual Studio 2010 and WebMatrix.

So if you are relatively new to web development using Microsoft technologies, take a look at “The Beginner’s Guide to the Microsoft Web Platform” at Pluralsight today!  And if you can make the time for it, I would value your feedback.

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May
24
2011

Desert Mountain Developers

I created a daily edition of a virtual paper via paper.li just a few days ago.  I created a twitter list of developers in the Desert Mountain region (AZ, CO, NM, NV, UT) and have the paper generated from tweets from those folks.  I also added #html5 and #css3 tags in the mix for content.  The result has exceeded my expectations!

So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back, and enjoy the paper!

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