Monday, 9 December 2013

DevTeach 2013 - Vancouver

Monday through Wednesday in early December I have had the pleasure of speaking at the DevTeach conference in Vancouver.  It has been most interesting meeting and getting to know some of the other speakers here and some of the attendees. 

I especially enjoyed Atley Hunter's tips and tricks.  He reiterated the time honored and correct point of view that reuse is king.  Don't keep writing the same thing over and over again.  When you find something that works, pack it up in a class library and reuse it over and over again.

The session showing how easy it is to create Lock Screen apps was great.  Can't wait to try it out.  Another interesting topic was Windows Azure Mobile Services.  If  you want to put cloud stored data into your app, Windows Azure Mobile Services is a REALLY easy way to do it.  Very little code.  Very robust.

Visual Studio 2013 was very interesting.  During the keynote by David Starr and learned you REALLY want the Productivity Power Tools 2013 with your VS installation. Things like Peek and Code Lens, Intellitrace and Code Map are all things you need to look into.

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/dbcb8670-889e-4a54-a226-a48a15e4cace

During the Nokia Hackathon on Monday I just about finished another Windows Phone app.  Looking forward to DVLUP day on Sunday where we'll have the chance to work with a whole roomful of Windows Phone Developers and a whole bunch of Nokia Developer Ambassadors.

I never want to stop learning new things.  Life would get pretty boring with constant learning!