D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

September 2011 Entries

The //Build Report–Thoughts on the Event

So its been a few weeks since Microsoft’s Build conference, where they unveiled Windows 8 and shared what the developer story will be. I had blogged about Day 1 of the conference here, but I wanted to share some video I took with my colleagues Winson Woo and Jim Russell as my thoughts now that a bit of time has lapsed. So first, a video captured right after we got our hands on the Samsung tablet given to all attendees. Yes the tablet is nice, but this conference is all about the OS. Windows 8 as ......

Final OBS BBQ of the Season

I work for a pretty awesome company, Online Business Systems. We’re 250+ technology and business consultants located in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, and Minneapolis. Throughout the summer different departments within Online’s central region office (Winnipeg) host a BBQ with donations collected going to the United Way. Today was the last one of the season, and the Tech Services group was in charge. So myself and my colleague Dave Gillies concocted a plan to assault the tastebuds ......

//Build/ Day 1 Recap and Thoughts

So we’re into Day 2 of Build, and the keynote this morning is talking about server and cloud aspects of Windows 8. I’m looking forward to the sessions this afternoon to get some deeper dives. But let’s reflect over yesterday first – Build Day 1. Yes, there was a tablet given away. But those focusing on the “new toy” are missing the bigger message, the larger paradigm shift, the impact on the future of what we’re seeing. I sound melodramatic saying that, but its true – the way development for the ......

Winnipeg .NET User Group–Dev Intro to Windows 8

At the Build conference this month Microsoft unveiled Windows 8, their next operating system. Windows 8 is a huge paradigm shift from previous versions of Windows and with that comes changes to the developer story. Join us for this special Winnipeg .NET User Group event where D'Arcy Lussier, Microsoft Practice Lead at Online Business Systems, shows you what the future of Windows application development looks like for the client, the server, and the cloud! We'll be giving away a free conference pass ......

//Build/ Day 1–How to Create a Successful Metro App with Jensen Harris

Fantastic afternoon session by Jensen Harris on how to create a successful metro app. One of the big pushes will be the Windows 8 marketplace. Part of having a successful app is ensuring it adheres to best practices on design and usability to ensure a fantastic user experience. Because Windows 8 will have such a different approach to UX, including touch-first, its important that considerations are made up front. Here are my notes. Metro Style Design Use the Templates and Guidelines Templates will ......

Live Blogging Build Keynotes

We're 10 minutes away from the Build keynote, and I'm going to be live blogging the event. Now, to be clear, you shouldn't just read this - I mean, the keynotes are streaming live online. But I want to capture my thoughts on the announcements as they happen. So without further ado, let's start!And we're done! Great keynote, lots of content! However, we still don't have our schedule! LOL...off for lunch.11:16 - The path to RTM: Beta, RC, RTM, GA - Driven by quality and not a date, I'm ok with that.11:11 ......

//Build/ - Day 0

Today was Day 0 of the Microsoft Build conference here in Anaheim - a day for attendees to travel, get their registration done early, and set up their session schedule for the remainder of the week.But this conference is quite different. Microsoft is holding its cards very tightly around Windows 8, and no information will really be available until after the initial keynote tomorrow. Normally when you register for a conference you already have access to the sessions - not so here. In fact the Build ......

Our $349.99 Early Bird Price Extended Thru September!

Being a Manitoban myself, I understand our love for Summer: getting away to the lake, enjoying vacation time with family, travelling, going camping, etc. Of course, that means that promoting a technology conference in August means that there are those who have been away and may just be coming back now and hearing about Prairie Dev Con. So in light of that, we’re extending our $349.99 early bird pricing thru September!!! That’s right, you can register to attend a fantastic 2 days of technical content ......