Xamarin 3 at Montreal .NET Community

If you're into mobile development, you may have heard that Xamarin announced version 3 of their mobile dev tools earlier this week.  This ground breaking release not only allow you to share business logic across platforms but now, even the UI code.  They even have a Visual Studio designer for iOS!

We have the chance to have scheduled a talk by Mike Bluestein, developer evangelist at Xamarin, at the Montreal .NET Community on June 2.  What a timing!

More info and to register, click here

Montreal Azure Camp - Redux


The Montreal .NET Community is repeating the Azure Camp that was held last January.  This time the focus is on Web Sites.  If you're looking at publishing Web sites (.NET, PHP, Java, Node.js, Python) in the Cloud, this event is for you.

Date: Saturday June 7, 2014
Hours: 9AM to 4PM
Where: Microsoft Canada Montreal offices on McGill College
Language: French with English material

1-Intro to the Azure platform
2-Azure Web Sites - intro
3-Azure Web Sites - advanced features
4-Pizza included
5-Hacking/labs in the afternoon

More info here 

Azure Subscription Limits

Here's a page worth bookmarking, it lists the Azure limits, quotas and constraints.  Impress your friends during happy hour or great for small talk conversations at cocktail events with something like this: "Do you known that you can have up to 200 storage accounts per subscription?"

Lumia 520 test device

I still use an iPhone 5 as my primary phone so and I was missing a physical Windows Phone device to test my apps . Today I picked up a Lumia 520 phone.  It's a Telus prepaid phone and it was on sale for $90 at Best Buy.  The 520 is dirt cheap and is Nokia's best selling Windows Phone so far.  None the less, Windows Phone 8 runs very smoothly on it and it's upgradable to 8.1.

No need to activate or unlock it since I will use Wifi to access the store and deploy using a USB connection. Now, if I can replace that iPhone with a gorgeous Lumia 1520 Smile

What's new in .NET Framework 4.5.2

Microsoft has quietly released the .NET Framework 4.5.2.  Check what's new in this blog post by the .NET team.

New SQL Database Service Tiers

Microsoft has introduced new SQL Database service tiers and will retire the current Web and Business tiers in the future.  The new tiers are Basic and Standard along with the already available Premium tier.  One of the most requested feature is finally available: self-service restore.  Check ScottGu's blog for more info.

Here's an overview on Channel 9:

You may wonder what DTUs (Database Throughput Units) are, here's an explanation:

Windows and Windows Phone design workshop

Are you a designer interested in designing Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps?  Microsoft is having a free design workshop this Monday May 5th, 2014.  Check all the info here.

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