My new record for largest audience #InsiderDevTour #GooseBus

Sometimes Microsoft reaches out to you when they need help or a bit of local flavor for an event. This was the case for the Insider Dev Tour, there was an email which followed with Allan Pead and myself volunteering to help. Seemed straightforward, I was expecting ~100 people at most. That is until a few weeks later when things started to spiral.

 

Did not see that coming

I got asked for a headshot, this was expected because I knew the site was going up soon. I was curious as to the other local speakers they found, I mean if they were relying on me to carry the event they are doomed right?
The site goes live: https://insiderdevtour.com/Johannesburg

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Durban Xamarin User Group Monthly Meetup 15 June 2017

We did it! We have successfully launched the Durban Xamarin User Group 🙂 It was a fantastic evening filled with Xamarin.

We started the evening off with some pizza 🍕🍕🍕


Promptly we kicked off at 6 PM, a bit of an oddity for Durban events.
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Students! Get hosted in the cloud at no cost!

Being a student today has many benefits. Large companies believe in students with many offering students benefits no cost access to their services.

Microsoft’s student Azure offer is once such program, student developers can publish their own web apps to Azure and host them in the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required. Students can take advantage of these great Azure services:
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Getting around Visual Studio 2015

Getting started with a new programming language/platform can be a daunting task, especially when it requires the use of a new IDE. This post is going to be a quick lap around Visual Studio so you can get working on all those ideas you have.
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10 second Windows 10 tip, Win+E

I installed Windows 10 on Monday and I was left rather distressed when I discovered that one of my favourite shortcut keys Win+E behaviour had changed. Rather than presenting me with My Computer (now known as This PC) I was navigated to this oddity.

Oddity
After some fumbling about I found my fix! 😀

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Next stop Microsoft Bahrain!

I love reading emails, especially when I keep getting amazing emails like these 😀

Invite

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Universal Windows App Base Project

In an attempt to boost my productivity, I decided to write a base WinRT project with the essentials for all my projects. Here is what I consider essentials for all my projects:

  • MVVM Light
  • A Navigation Service
  • A Message Service
  • Global app service

These 3 items define a base universal Windows project for me, I will get into some detail on all of these in a bit. Other services like data or location services can be needed for an app but aren’t essential to all apps.

Solution hierarchy
Nothing fancy happening here. Remember to keep all files in a logical folder structure, folders work a lot better than an endless list of obtusely name files.

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YouthSpark Challenge for Change

Microsoft is running this astoundingly simple to enter contest will amazing prizes.

All you have to do is share an idea you believe could spark change in your community and you could win big with the â€ȘYouthSpark ‬Challenge for Change contest!

It is simple, follow the link and submit your idea that could spark change.

http://bit.ly/16MEFRV

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Claim your free Windows/WP dev account using DreamSpark

You’ve built your app and now you need to share it with the world.

Being a student is tough so Microsoft is kind enough to waver the one time registration fee (R193 at time of publication). I explain the simple steps needed to claim this cool benefit.

Step 1

Head on over to www.dreamspark.com/Student/Windows-Store-Access and login with you DreamSpark account.

Don’t have a DreamSpark account? Check out this post  (errornaik.com/dreamspark-registration-updated) for details on getting one

Click “Get code Now”, don’t close this tab yet; you will need this code in a bit.

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DreamSpark Registration (Updated)

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 in providing premium tools at no cost.

Step 1 – The key

There are 2 ways to get one of these:

  1. Email me and I’ll email you a card like below. I no longer give these out as it is now very easy to verify your student status using your school/university email address.

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