Microsoft Envision, a conference for business leaders or decision makers

Funny, since Microsoft combined a bunch of it's tech conferences into Ignite, it created a bunch of new ones.  The latest one is called Microsoft Envision and is targeted at business leaders or decision makers.  It will take place on April 4-6, 2016 in New Orleans.

The Sad State of Web Development

Interesting read on the current state of Web development.

Erik and Guy's most excellent Xamarin open source projects

While in Redmond for the MVP Summit 2015, Erik Renaud and I recorded this Channel9 video about cool open source projects that you can use to kickstart your Xamarin projects.

Raspberry Pi 2 available on the Canadian Microsoft Store

Is you're looking to get your hand on a Raspberry Pi, the Canadian Microsoft store is now selling them along with the official case and power adapter.  $47 for a Pi 2, shipping included...now that's a deal!

Speaking about IoT and Azure

I'll be speaking about IoT and Azure at the "Internet des objets, Objets connectés Montréal" user group on Wednesday, Feb 3 2016.  The meeting will be in French with English slides.  Here's the description:

Une fois la conception de vos objets connectés complétée, vous devrez penser à récolter et analyser la télémétrie afin de la transformer en données pouvant être facilement analysée. Je vous propose un survol de Microsoft Azure qui vous permet de combiner plusieurs services comme Events Hub et Stream Analytics ou d’utiliser Azure IoT Suite offrant des solutions IoT préconfigurées.  Ces services permettront de recueillir la télémétrie, de la stocker, de l’analyser en temps réel, de prendre action sur des alertes ou d’afficher des graphiques dans Power BI.

L’offre Azure est fort intéressante car Microsoft a annoncé l’ouverture de deux centres de données canadiens qui ouvriront en 2016.  De plus, il n'est pas nécessaire d'être sur le "Microsoft Stack" pour utiliser les services Azure.   Vous verrez aussi comment les startups peuvent bénéficier de crédits Azure pendant 3 ans.

Chakra JavaScript engine is now open source

Microsoft has announced that ChakraCore, the open source version of their JavaScript engine, is now available on GitHub.

Enterprise Mobility Suite Overview Video

Learn all about Enterprise Mobility Suite in this 42 minutes video with Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft.

Raspberry Pi Sense HAT - C# library

I recently bought a Sense HAT for my Raspberry Pi.  The Sense HAT has an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, a five-button joystick and includes the following sensors:

  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Magnetometer
  • Temperature
  • Barometric pressure
  • Humidity

 

It's very convenient when doing presentations and demos because you get a bunch of sensors just by plugging the HAT onto the GPIO pins without the need for a breadboard and wires.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation provides a Python library but no C# library of course.  Well, it was just a matter of time before someone ported the code to C#.  Mattias Larsson did just that and he created a Nuget package that you can use in Universal Apps.  In this Hackster.io page, he explains how he did it.  While you look at that page, why not click on the Respect button  :-)

BTW, the Nuget package installs demo code in your solution's folder but does not add it automatically to your project.  Here's a video showing some of the demo code:

Visual Studio Talk Show - Internet des objets (IOT)

Nous discutons avec Vincent Hubert des objets connectés, souvent désignés comme l’Internet des objets (IoT pour Internet of Things en anglais). Passionné d'informatique depuis les Vic-20 de son enfance, Vincent possède près de 20 ans d'expérience dans différents rôles à l’intérieur d'organisations couvrant le spectre entier entre la très petite taille et la très grande. Diplômé en génie informatique, il a réalisé ses premiers projets embarqués au siècle dernier, sur Z-80. Communicateur et vulgarisateur infatigable, il tente encore d’expliquer à son entourage en terme qu’ils peuvent comprendre ce qu’il fait de ses journées. En 2010, il fonde sa propre entreprise Hubiq Techno-conseils qui offre des services de consultation en développement d'application Windows ou sur plateformes embarquées.

http://guyb.ca/1TeI0vY

Anker LED Desk Lamp

Gadget time!

I was looking to change my desk lamp because it was too bulky and the halogen bulb was generating way too much heat.  While browsing, I found that Anker was selling an LED desk lamp.  Having previously bough a fantastic USB charger form them, I was intrigued and bought one.  After a couple of weeks of use, I must say that I would not want to get back to my old halogen lamp and all its heat.  You can set the light in 4 modes and 5 dimming levels.  In the evening, I set it to a warmer and lower level so it won't keep me awake forever.

 

I love this lamp, the only drawback is that it's all plastic so don't expect to be as sturdy as an all metal lamp. 

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