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On 29th of March I had the pleasure of hosting a presentation, a quick “Introduction to Silverlight”. It was held at Avid branch in Kaiserslautern, in which I am proud to be Senior Software Engineer. The company’s culture promotes in-house training and I took the challenge in my hands.
Given that the allotted time was only two hours, the topics presented were just a few. Maybe in the future there will be again 8 hours workshops like I did while part of the Microsoft Student Partners Team! Since almost no one had experience with Silverlight, I have presented the history, stepping through each version of Silverlight and discover its novelties and added features. We had also some examples, already built applications, to showcase what one can do with this framework – from line of business to games, interior design scenes, deepzoom showcase.
In my latest Windows Phone 7 workshop that I presented in UniBonn, I promised that we will have a contents. By now two people created and submitted their applications. What makes me happy even more than their interest is the fact that they used techniques not presented in the workshop – location services, WP7 sensors, persistence in IsolatedStorage database as alternative to IsolatedStorage file.
While reading the code, I realized that would have been better to have a two day workshop in which to also present and demo other features of the Windows Phone 7 like geolocation and its mocking, shakes, tile updates, push notifications being only few of the examples. But fortunately there is still time, so I will plan this for my future workshops.
Here they are in their submission order:
Back to the Student Technology Conference 2010 – second day – again I had a full schedule: attending web development session and after lunch the company startup coaching event. After a nice over-night sleep, I was full of energy to continue attending the presentations! You can read about the first day here.
First I went to the Axel Schulz’s presentation about Cloud computing, where he presented us the options that we have when using the Cloud system – Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS)
Microsoft Student Partners organized this weekend a very cool event, meant to make easier for the students to enroll to Imagine Cup 2011 and have also good results at it. The agenda was pretty condensed, having 3 tracks in 2 days. The tracks were wisely organized, allowing each one of us to focus on its own area of interest.
But don’t imagine that all was about technology. It really was more than this – we got coaching also for improving presentation skills and creating a business plan – Microsoft offers not only BizSpark project for startups, but also coaching so this startups would turn into a success!
So in a beautiful yet snowy winter morning me and two or my MSP colleagues left Bonn in Frankfurt direction. After two hours and some stops for unfreezing our car’s windshield (the owner forgot to put in some anti-freezing liquid such that the sprinklers didn’t work because of the frozen water along the tubes) we arrived in the beautiful Castle Hoechst.
There the organization of event was perfect: we were surrounded by breakfast. Coffee, tea, cakes, fruits – everything one needs to start a good day. (more…)
After presenting my latest WP7 workshop, I have quite a few nice impressions: all students were eager to learn, to discover, lots of questions were asked. We created a nice Twitter application based on the default Panorama template, learning about XAML and its advantages, how to use Blend to enhance the user visual experience, how to help our designer colleagues by creating mocked data such that while we develop they design on real data, how to use MVVM – in one word, a real startup in Windows Phone 7 developer career.
And, as usual, we didn’t finish at 16 as proposed because the enthusiasm of the participants. Eager to know, eager to learn- how can we possible fix a deadline?
The thing that spiced up our workshop was the nice contest that me as representative of Microsoft Student Partners and our Microsoft leaders setup for our colleagues: the chance of winning a Microsoft Certification Voucher!
Underneath are some pictures from the event:
I love teaching, but more than this I enjoy motivating people to do their best. This is why the yesterday's workshop will have a very nice continuation, more practical and challenging than the workshop itself:
We’ll have a CONTEST!
It will allow all participants in the workshop to develop the Windows Phone 7 application of their dreams and compete for a Microsoft Certification voucher, which fully covers the exam fees. The prize will allow to the lucky winner to get certified in a Microsoft technology. helping him or her to have a better start in its career after finishing studies. You can read here about the importance of having certifications.
If you want to go further, you can register for free on the Marketplace and start selling your application – following this simple 5 steps.
*Note* : this contest is available only to the people enrolled in my Workshop.
Contest stages and rules:
- Learning: In the workshop you’ve learnt about Windows Phone 7 (WP7 from now on) and related technologies (on Friday 26th) (more…)
So I wanted to develop for the Windows Phone 7 device. I started humble, reading and understanding any source of information. I've studied a lot of MIX conferences, blogs, webcasts and attended Microsoft workshops. After some time I got the opportunity of having a device. Naturally, I wanted to deploy my applications on the device, having a proof that they work as they were supposed to. But this wasn’t so easy!
This is my experience about registering on the Marketplace.
1. Register: Given the fact that Microsoft offers free access for students to the Marketplace, I registered myself as developer with my LiveId. But this is not enough to publish applications. You must first get authenticated that you are who you claim to be. This is not done by Microsoft, but by a 3rd party company which specializes in authentication – GeoTrust. And if this sounds familiar to you, might be because they also sell SSL certificates. (more…)
Because I got quite a few questions about the CIP Pool location for my latest Windows Phone 7 workshop location, I will add some clarifications:
First, it is located in UniBonn on RömerStraße 164 and enter through main entrance. You have to go in Halle 5 direction and when exiting the building, you’ll see in the right a nice yellow construction, like this:
Once you enter in the building (the entrance faces the Old UniBonn building), the last door on the right is the Windows Pool where we’ll meet and have fun on 26th of November.
To help you easier locate the building location, you can also look at this map:
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I will be the Presenter in a new workshop in Uni-Bonn in which I will introduce the students to the newest phone on the market, Windows Phone 7. Even if it seems very resembling with my first one, you’ll find plenty of new and interesting new things to learn.
Location: CIP Pool (Windows-CIP-Pool in the outside yard container in the back of the Uni-Bonn, near the gym Halle 5)
Friday, 19.11.2010 Update : Friday, 26.11.2010 (Sorry, unfortunately an administrative problem prevent it to be held at original date)
Duration: between 9:30 and 15-16:00 depending on your enthusiasm! And of course, we'll have a lunch break at 12-12:30.
In this workshop we will focus on developing a Silverlight application for the Phone, a Twitter client. This hands-on workshop will go deeper with technology more than theoretical presentations, such that you get what you’ll come for: the knowledge of developing for the Phone.
On 9-10 October 2010, I had the pleasure to be Microsoft Student Partner Presenter in one of the nicest events that I was in. Me and my MSP colleague, Sebastian Stünkel, co-presented a 2 day workshop and theoretical talk on Windows Phone 7 gaming, event hosted in Duisburg-Essen University by Robert Walter. The recipe was quite simple:
- Windows Phone 7 – the device and its features
- Tools for creating applications
- XNA presentation
- Game development with XNA
- Lunch break
- Accelerometer API
- Open End Programming
- Day 1 Round-Up
- Silverlight presentation
- Silverlight Apps and Games
- Lunch break
- Marketplace / Services
- Open End Programming