Where will you see me in September and October?

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Now that the summer break is over, I am preparing myself for quite a lot of travel in the coming months until Christmas. As you will see in this post, I went a little overboard with conferences, and will have the great pleasure to present in various location where I have never spoken before. This year was quite a busy year for me in terms of speaking engagements and travel, and I am so grateful that Microsoft has given me the opportunity to touch so many people and to share knowledge about the amazing services that Azure is offering. I also started recording myself during conferences and while the editing process is not as fast as I may wish, I have already put one such presentation about .NET Standard on my YouTube channel.

In addition to the conferences detailed here, I am going to go to a few more until Christmas: In November: UPDATE Conference in Prag, Global Xamarin Bootcamp (Monkeyfest) in Singapore, DevDay in Brussels. In December: Live 360 in Orlando.

Quick jump: NDC Sydney | Techorama Netherlands | DuugFest Netherlands | Visual Studio Live San Diego | Caribbean Developer Conference | Grupo Agnostico, Santo Domingo

NDC - Sydney, Australia - 17th-21st of September 2018

NDC Sydney, Sydney, Australia

I am so happy that I can go speak in Sydney, my first return to Australia since I was 17... Yes, at 17 years old I took a backpack and went to explore New Zealand and Australia, mostly hitch hiking and staying in youth hostels... I spent some time in Sydney back then, and I am wondering how much it changed... This time I will be in Sydney from September 15th to 22nd.

I will present two sessions at NDC, and we will also have a few community events there, so stay tuned for details.

Building truly Universal applications with Azure, Xamarin and MVVM

September 20

With Windows 10 supporting an unprecedented number of platforms and form factors (from IOT to phones to tablets to laptops and desktops to XBOX and SurfaceHub, and even the new HoloGraphic computer HoloLens), the name "Windows 10 Universal application" is fairly accurate. But to be honest, shouldn't a truly Universal application run on Windows 7, iOS and Android devices too?

Thankfully, this is possible thanks to a clever architecture pattern named Model-View-ViewModel, the .NET portable class libraries and the Xamarin frameworks. With these tools, we can structure an application so that most of the code is shared across all the platforms, and then build truly native UI that adapts without any compromises to the device it runs on. In this session, we will understand exactly how such universal applications are built. Laurent Bugnion, a XAML/C# expert, former Microsoft and Xamarin MVP who started making universal applications before it was even a thing, will show you practical knowledge with a lot of demos. Come listen from the creator of the popular MVVM Light Toolkit how this powerful but simple library can be leveraged to help you target more users than you ever dreamed of!

Porting MVVM Light to .NET Standard: Lessons learned

September 21

.NET Standard is the new way to create portable assemblies. After learning about portable class libraries in the past years, it is now time to upgrade our game and start coding for Linux, Mac OS and other platforms untouched by .NET until now. More and more libraries are getting ported to .NET Standard, sometimes really easily and sometimes more painfully.

In this session, Laurent Bugnion, the creator of the popular open source MVVM Light Toolkit, will help you understand why .NET Standard can benefit you, and talk about his experiences converting his framework to .NET Standard.

Techorama - Ede, Netherlands - 1st-3rd of October 2018

Techorama NL, Ede, Netherlands

The first edition of Techorama located in the Netherlands! This awesome Belgian event, for the community by the community, is adding a date in the Netherlands, in Ede. I have spoken at every edition of Techorama and I am happy and proud to be there again for this new adventure.

Porting MVVM Light to .NET Standard: Lessons learned

October 2

.NET Standard is the new way to create portable assemblies. After learning about portable class libraries in the past years, it is now time to upgrade our game and start coding for Linux, Mac OS and other platforms untouched by .NET until now. More and more libraries are getting ported to .NET Standard, sometimes really easily and sometimes more painfully.

In this session, Laurent Bugnion, the creator of the popular open source MVVM Light Toolkit, will help you understand why .NET Standard can benefit you, and talk about his experiences converting his framework to .NET Standard.

DuugFest - Utrecht, Netherlands - 5th of October 2018

Duugfest, Utrecht, Netherlands

This is a conference I have never spoken at so far, and I was really happy when they reached out. I will add more details later because right now the details are still being discussed with the organizers.

Best of Azure for web developers

October 5

Azure has a multitude of services that can seem very confusing at first. In this presentation, Laurent Bugnion, a Cloud Developer Advocate with a strong experience in client and web programming will show you a few Azure services that can be useful to your CMS experience. We will talk about App Services features such as deployment slots, SSL certificates and more; we'll quickly touch on Azure Functions and serverless APIs; we'll see an example of Logic Apps, another serverless offering; and we'll show a globally distributed database called Cosmos DB.

At the end of the session, you'll have a better understanding of what Azure has to offer and how you can it can help you be more efficient in your daily tasks

Visual Studio Live - San Diego, CA - 7th-11th of October

Visual Studio Live, San Diego CA

Visual Studio Live is an old favorite of mine especially this year in their 25th anniversary! I am very proud and happy that they asked me to present one of the general sessions (keynote), on the 10th of October. Apart from that we will also have a full-day Xamarin and Azure workshop which my friend and colleague Matt Soucoup and myself are going to be presenting. Exciting times!

Full Day Hands-On Lab: Xamarin and Azure: Build the Mobile Apps of Tomorrow

October 7

It's hard to be a .NET developer and not have heard of Xamarin. It's now part of Microsoft's ‘Any developer, any platform' strategy, and allows you to write C# and F# code that runs on iOS and Android. Combined with the power of the cloud, you can easily build the mobile apps of tomorrow that your users will love. In fact, we are so sure you are going to love Xamarin we're going to teach you how build an app to share photos of happy Xamarin developers.

This hands-on workshop will take you from 0 to a fully working, cloud connected, AI powered mobile app. We'll get you setup with Visual Studio and the Xamarin tooling on either Windows or Mac, and connect up to emulators, your iPhone or your Android device ready to run an app. Once you are set-up, we'll cover the basics of Xamarin and Xamarin.Forms, then it's heads down writing a cross-platform app - using one code base for a fully-native app that runs on both iOS and Android.

The app we build will combine accessing device hardware using Xamarin plugins, AI for face and emotion detection, and cloud services like authentication and blob storage, all built using a serverless architecture.

Finally, we'll go from code to production ready, using Visual Studio App Center to build your app, monitor for crashes, gather analytics, and prepare you app for distribution. We'll even look at wiring up push notifications so your app can be notified when someone else uploads a photo.

By the end of the day you will have a production ready, AI and cloud powered mobile app.

General Session: 25 Years of VSLive!, 25 Years of Software

October 10

This year is a special year as VSLive! celebrates one quarter of a century of existence. Hard to believe that time flies so fast when you have fun!

25 years ago, software development was very different… or was it? Development environments were maybe not that powerful, we were running on a lot less RAM and CPU, but we were already architecting systems, converting code in bytes, running machines and connecting them with networks. We didn't have all these fancy SPAs and Clouds, but we had Internet and a web browser. A few years later we would even get JavaScript and start coding pretty cool web apps and the world would never quite be the same anymore.

Let's take a look back at the history of software development in these 25 years. Laurent Bugnion, a Senior Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft who downloaded his first website on Mosaic in 1993 will take you on a trip in time. We'll talk about web, desktop, cloud, networking, embedded and more…

Azure, Windows and Xamarin: Using the Cloud to Power Your Cross-platform Applications

October 10

Most mobile applications are connecting to a server at some point, either to get data that needs to be shown to the user, or to save data collected by the mobile device. This is where Microsoft Azure has the potential of making your life as a developer much easier. The cloud has come a long way, and you can now build cloud infrastructure very easily and for a reasonable cost. New computing models like serverless functions or globally distributed databases are changing the game. What was earlier reserved to large firms with an army of IT pro consultants is now available for everyone with a web browser. In this session, Microsoft's Cloud Developer Advocate Laurent Bugnion will guide you through this journey and show you how Azure Functions, Cosmos DB, Application services (web apps and web APIs), Visual Studio App Center and other features and tools can be used in your cross-platform applications. We will also talk about the architecture of these mobile clients and see how the whole story can be tested.

You will learn:

  • Understand what each demonstrated service is used for in the context of a mobile application.
  • See how these services are built in the web portal and in Visual Studio.
  • Architect native cross-platform applications to take full advantage of the power of Azure.

Caribbean Developer Conference - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - 24th-26th of October

Caribbean Developer Conference, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This conference is my first time in the Caribbean, and obviously the first time in Dominican Republic. I am very excited to have the opportunity to also meet some lovely developers at a special event of a local user group. I will update this page when all the details are confirmed and known. But this should be a great event!

Azure, Windows and Xamarin: Using the Cloud to Power Your Cross-platform Applications

Stay tuned for the date

Most mobile applications are connecting to a server at some point, either to get data that needs to be shown to the user, or to save data collected by the mobile device. This is where Microsoft Azure has the potential of making your life as a developer much easier. The cloud has come a long way, and you can now build cloud infrastructure very easily and for a reasonable cost. New computing models like serverless functions or globally distributed databases are changing the game. What was earlier reserved to large firms with an army of IT pro consultants is now available for everyone with a web browser. In this session, Microsoft's Cloud Developer Advocate Laurent Bugnion will guide you through this journey and show you how Azure Functions, Cosmos DB, Application services (web apps and web APIs), Visual Studio App Center and other features and tools can be used in your cross-platform applications. We will also talk about the architecture of these mobile clients and see how the whole story can be tested.

Porting MVVM Light to .NET Standard: Lessons learned

Stay tuned for the date

.NET Standard is the new way to create portable assemblies. After learning about portable class libraries in the past years, it is now time to upgrade our game and start coding for Linux, Mac OS and other platforms untouched by .NET until now. More and more libraries are getting ported to .NET Standard, sometimes really easily and sometimes more painfully.

In this session, Laurent Bugnion, the creator of the popular open source MVVM Light Toolkit, will help you understand why .NET Standard can benefit you, and talk about his experiences converting his framework to .NET Standard.

Community event with Agnostico - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 27th of October

October 27

Grupo Agnostico, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Going all the way to the Dominican Republic gives us an amazing opportunity to connect with developers who are not always able to go at conferences over the world. Thankfully there are local communities who take care of teaching and sharing knowledge in every location, and that includes Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.

This is why my colleagues Jim Bennett, James Montemagno and yours truly have partnered with Microsft MVP Charlin Agramonte to create a free community event in Santo Domingo on October 27th. This will take place with the Gruppo Agnóstico, a local group specialized in mobile development with various technologies. We will publish more details about this in the next few weeks so again, stay tuned to my RSS Feed or to my Twitter account!!

Happy coding, Laurent

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