Teach Your Kid to Code – BaltoMSDN

This Wednesday my son and I will be presenting "Teach Your Kid to Code" at BaltoMSDN. We did this presentation in November at CMAP and had a great turnout! We hope to see you (and your child!) on Wednesday night! This is the presentation abstract: Have you ever wanted a way to teach your kid to code? For that matter, have you ever wanted to simply be able to explain to your kid what you do for a living? Putting things in a context that a kid can understand is not as easy as it sounds. If you are someone curious about these concepts, this is a "can't miss" presentation that will be co-presented by Justin Michelotti (5th grader) and...


Sharing Code Between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8

I just posted an article on my company's blog on Sharing Code Between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It covers portable class libraries, view model patterns, linking source files, and more. Check it out here: http://blog.appliedis.com/2013/02/20/sharing-code-between-windows-8-and-windows-phone-8/....


Teach Your Kid to Code–Code Samples

Thanks to everyone who came out to our CMAP presentation last week! Despite being Election Day, we had a packed house with almost 70 people including a large number of kids. My son loved having the clip-on microphone and it was great having such an enthusiastic audience. All code samples and PowerPoint can be found here....


Enable Automatic Code First Migrations On SQL Database in Azure Web Sites

Now that Azure supports .NET Framework 4.5, you can use all the latest and greatest available features. A common scenario is to be able to use Entity Framework Code First Migrations with a SQL Database in Azure. Prior to Code First Migrations, Entity Framework provided database initializers. While convenient for demos and prototypes, database initializers weren't useful for much beyond that because, if you delete and re-create your entire database when the schema changes, you lose all of your operational data. This is the void that Migrations are meant to fill. For example, if you add a column to your model, Migrations will alter the database to add the column rather than blowing away the entire database and re-creating...


Teach Your Kid to Code (…and Vote early!)

Next Tuesday I will be at the CMAP main meeting presenting Teach Your Kid to Code. Next Tuesday is of course Election Day so you have to make sure you vote early in order to get over to CMAP for the 7:00PM presentation. I will be co-presenting this talk with my 5th grade son. Here is the abstract: Have you ever wanted a way to teach your kid to code? For that matter, have you ever wanted to simply be able to explain to your kid what you do for a living? Putting things in a context that a kid can understand is not as easy as it sounds. If you are someone curious about these concepts, this is...


Presenting at VS Live! Orlando in December

I'll be presenting at VS Live! December 10-14 in Orlando, FL. I'll be presenting Azure Web Sites. This is the session abstract: Azure Web Sites brings a whole new level of power and simplicity to cloud computing. This demo-heavy session will show numerous features that allow you to deploy your site in a matter of seconds. Whether you are building a completely custom app or deploying from one of the numerous templates provided (such as WordPress), you'll be up and running in no time. Want to use Node.js or PHP and deploy from Git? No problem! Azure Web Sites gives you the power of elastic scaling while still providing streamlined development and an effortless deployment experience. This presentation will...


Philly.NET C-Sharpen Up Code Samples

Thanks to everyone who attend the C-Sharpen Up full-day event yesterday in Philly. It was a great event. The code samples and PowerPoint from my presentation can be found here....