Windows Store and Phone superstar devs

Congrats to Sébastien Lachance and Jonathan Chin who helped the Montreal .NET Community win a Microsoft Canada contest by writing a gazillion Windows Phone apps and Windows Store apps.  Enjoy your brand new Surface!

End of September new Azure features

ScottGu announced this week a series of new Azure features:

  • Compute: New 2-CPU Core 14 GB RAM instance option
  • Virtual Machines: Support for Oracle Software Images, Management Operations on Stopped VMs
  • Active Directory: Richer Directory Management and General Availability of Multi-Factor Authentication Support
  • Spending Limit: Reset your Spending Limit, Virtual Machines are no longer deleted if it is hit
  • Storage: New Storage Client Library 2.1 Released
  • Web Sites: IP and Domain Restriction Now Supported

Oracle now on Azure

Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and the Java development environment are now available, in preview, in the Windows Azure Virtual Machines Image Gallery. These images include licenses for the Oracle software that they contain.  During the preview period, there is no charge for the included Oracle licenses. You will pay only for the Windows Azure compute and storage resources that your Virtual Machine consumes. More info here

What's wrong with our industry?

I came across this ad in the subway and in a mailing from AQIII.  It's for a technology career fair that will take place in Montréal and Québec.  What I find stupid is the requirement for the attendees to have at least 2 years experience.

Being involved in the local developers community, I had many students telling how hard it is to get a job when finishing school.  Employers don't hire junior devs anymore.  Gone are the time when a company would hire someone fresh out of school with no experience and train/coach him/her for a few years.  These devs would stay with the same company for at least a few years because they would find learning opportunities and challenges.  Looking at job offers, employers now have unrealistic technical requirements listing everything but the kitchen sink as mandatory.  They don’t spend a dime on training anymore and at the same time, they’re telling me that it’s almost impossible to find good resources and that young devs don’t have any loyalty anymore.  

The reality is that colleges are shutting down their computer science programs because the lack of students while at the same time we live a shortage of resources that will soon be catastrophic for our economy.  Go figure!

Visual Studio Talk Show : Évènements AgileTour

Nous discutons avec Isabelle Therrien et Vincent Cleroux du AgileTour qui aura lieu à montréal le 9 novembre 2013. Depuis plusieurs années, le AgileTour permet aux agilistes de passer le mot sur les pratiques agiles et de partager leurs expériences, bonnes et mauvaises, au sein de leur communauté locale. Ces événements à but non lucratif se produisent chaque année en octobre et novembre dans plusieurs villes sur les cinq continents.

Isabelle Therrien est un Scrum master et un coach agile avec plus de dix ans d'expérience dans le domaine informatique. Elle est passionnée par le travail d'équipe, les relations entre les individus et les enjeux organisationnels. Ses principales forces sont un leadership naturel, un enthousiasme rassembleur, une créativité et un sens élevé des responsabilités. Depuis 2011, elle est consultante indépendante dans l’équipe Agile Partnership. En plus, de posséder une connaissance approfondie des principes et valeurs agiles, elle détient un MBA de HEC Montréal.

Vincent Cléroux évolue depuis plus de 10 ans en développement logiciel. En début de carrière, il a fondé son entreprise où il a réalisé de nombreux projets de développement dans des domaines variés. Au cours de ces années, il a acquis de nombreuses aptitudes en gestion de projet, en gestion d'équipe, en relations humaines, en communication et en collaboration. Il aime aider les gens autour de lui à s'améliorer puisqu'il croit que le développement d'un logiciel de qualité passe avant tout par l'équipe qui le développe. Depuis 2008, il s'intéresse à l'Agilité et depuis 2010, il travaille pour la firme Pyxis où les idées et le mode de fonctionnement correspondent à ses convictions.

http://visualstudiotalkshow.libsyn.com/-v-nement-agile-tour

Windows Store Apps success for Image Line

Interesting post on my Facebook timeline this morning by Image Line, a European company making music software, on their Windows Store app sales:

Nice that a company is willing to bet on Windows Store apps and is rewarded with good sales.  More info on the app here

Here's a quick overview video:

BTW, I’ve been using their flagship product for a while.  I’m NO musician, I just like fooling around with sounds and audio.  If you like Kraftwerk, I made a couple of covers in that style:

Ping Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepsen Call Me Maybe Kraftwerk Style Cover)
Robot Style (Gangnam Style - Kraftwerk Style Cover)

I’m currently working on something very different, a cover of NIN’s Hurt.

Jony Ive on the new Google logo

MSDN subscribers: activate your Azure benefits ASAP

If you get Visual Studio with an MSDN subscription and you haven't activate you Windows Azure benefits, hurry up!  If you do so before September 30th 2013, you could win an Aston Martin V8 Vantage!

Click the image below to get all the info: 

What's an Aston MArtin V8 Vantage?

Beyond Tiles - Windows Design Clinic

Hey designers (and non designers)!  Microsoft Canada is organizing a Windows design clinic called Beyond Tiles.  It's a free 2 day event, yep, free!  To get all the info and to register, click here.

Paying for music? You must be kidding!

While looking the the Deezer iOS app reviews, I noticed this one: 

Sad how people think now.  Just because of that, I'm going to subscribe!

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