I’m back from Seattle!

Like I mentioned in a previous post, I was invited to Microsoft headquarters! 😀
To be honest I’ve been back for some time now, I sure did not expect 10 days of hiatus to throw my schedule of track the amount that it did. After almost a month of my return here are some of my experiences.

Departure
The adventure began 27 July and sure promised to be a bombastic experience. Being my first time on a plane I sure went all out with my trip from South Africa to the USA summating to 27 hours and 10 minutes. My trip itinerary was Durban -> Johannesburg -> New York (quick tip: if you’re catching a connecting flight and JFK is your first point of entry into the US, 2 hours between flights is a bit of a squeeze. Had I not being escorted passed a line of 200+ people I would have missed my flight to Seattle) -> Seattle.

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Phone Fridays is back!

It’s back! I know we’re well into the semester and a lot of you guys have been waiting patiently for some time. Thanks for hanging on 🙂

The first session will take place this Friday (12 September 2014)
DUT,
Ritson Campus,
Lab 2,
12:00 – 13:00

See you there 😀

Microsoft has invited me to Redmond Seattle!

Yup it is confirmed! I will be in Redmond Seattle at Microsoft university for an entire week 😀 Admittedly this is rather old news, the announcement of my trip has been everywhere with the exception of my blog—well that is till now.

I have a terrible habit that my eyes hate me for. When I received emails while asleep unconsciously I open them and instantly blind myself and thereafter pass out again. Like every other night my automatic-email-reading-eye-blinding reflex kicked in 5 May 2014 just after 11 PM.

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DVLUP

Developers are pretty cool and they also happen to make useful things. I like to think this is why Nokia with several partners came up with DVLUP(pronounce Develop). So what’s DVLUP?
Short answer – gamification of app development.
Longer answer – it is a loyalty program designed to help motivate and optimize developers. With the points you gain from completing challenges you can claim devices, developer tools gift card and a plethora of other cool goodies

There isn’t much for me to write about really. You publish your apps the platform benefits and in turn through DVLUP you benefit! Win! Win!

Joining the program couldn’t be easier, head on over to DVLUP (my referral link) or hit www.dvlup.com.

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I want to learn app development!

So I wrapped up the “Creating apps” session at YouthSparkSA with a little Overview of Microsoft for students.

Unfortunately my presentation can’t stay up indefinitely so a blog post seemed like a more permanent location for some links.
Hopefully these resources will help you on your Windows Dev journey.

Channel9
Microsoft Virtual Academy

This list is quite a sparse post at the moment. I will definitely update this post at some stage.

DreamSpark registration

So you’re a student and want to develop for Microsoft technologies? Luckily our friends at Microsoft really see the potential in students and have invested heavily by providing
premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

Firstly you’ll need a DreamSpark card which has a verification code on it. The design of these cards change a good deal so don’t be concerned if the card you have you looks different.

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