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My plans for Build 2017 #msbuild

.NET, Blog, Build, Conferences, Technical stuff, Universal Windows Platform UWP, Visual Studio, Windows 10, Xamarin
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Days are passing and the time is getting closer to pack my stuff and fly to Seattle again. This will be my first trip to my third home this year, and I am really impatient to be there. I just love that place.

Getting there

I will be arriving in town on Saturday evening, quite late. My plan is to pick a rental car and get to the hotel in Pioneer Square and get to bed :) The next morning, based on experience, I will be up super early (thank you jet lag). This is a droning day! I am not 100% sure yet where I will drive but I am considering getting close to Rainier National Park if the weather is good enough. Alternatively maybe take the ferry to Bainbridge to make footage of the islands. Or maybe the Snoqualmie area. Or maybe all of the above. This will be a day like I love, driving around on my own schedule, relaxing, flying, filming, editing pictures at a cafe… Should be a lot of fun if the clouds are cooperating!

Visiting the office

Monday will be an office day. Seattle is an important hub for Valorem, and this is the office where it all started for me. I love going there and seeing the new and improved space. So as usual I will be looking forward to meet new colleagues and meet old colleagues again!

The conference: Live blogging

During the conference itself, I will try something new this year: I will be live blogging the keynotes and the sessions that I can attend. In previous years, I was always taking notes during the events and posting these notes to my blog every so often. Surprisingly, this has been quite popular, even though these are my raw notes without much commentary. I found out that not everyone can watch the live stream, and people were reading my notes and getting some of this keynote feeling there. But of course posting a blog post is a lot slower than taking the actual note. So this year I installed a new plugin on my blog called 24LiveBlog. This will allow me to publish my notes about the keynote in real time as well as hopefully post pictures too. That should be a fun exercise!

You will be able to follow the live blogs at the following URLs. However please note that these links will only be active on and after the keynote day 1 and 2 respectively!

Keynote day 1 (Wednesday May 10, 2017):
This keynote will take place from 8AM to 11AM PST
(4PM London time, 5PM Zurich time).

Keynote day 2 (Thursday May 11, 2017):
This keynote will take place from 8:30AM to 10AM PST
(4:30PM London time, 5:30PM Zurich time).

I am really looking forward to this exercise and hope that it will be useful to you all!

Wednesday: Mix2017 party with iHeartRadio and Valorem

Yes yes I know, the name is really significant… this is not a revival of the MIX conference! I know we all miss this amazing conference… No, the Mix2017 event is Valorem’s and iHeartRadio’s party at Build!

Join iHeartRadio and Valorem for #Mix2017, a fantastic night where music meets mixed reality. iHeartRadio’s DJ will mix your favorite music and Valorem will mix your reality with exciting HoloLens experiences on Wednesday, May 10, at the Living Computers Museum + Labs. As a bonus, event attendees get free admittance to the museum.

More details and registration on the Valorem website! I hope to see many of you at this event!

Happy coding!

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Using cloud storage for Open Live Writer draft posts

Blog, Open Live Writer, Technical stuff
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You might not have heard one of the best news ever for bloggers: Windows Live Writer was open sourced, thanks to the relentless effort of a few ‘Softies. It is awesome news because Windows Live Writer is awesome but needs some love, and Microsoft hadn’t really touched it in years (literally, the last version available was released in 2012).

More information about Open Live Writer is available on Scott’s blog and Open Live Writer is a part of the .NET Foundation (like MVVM Light too ;) and is giving us bloggers a lot of hope and happiness for awesome development! I am of course using it right now to write this post, and already noticed a couople of improvements. You can fork the code here and submit pull requests, however

One thing that is super important to me is saving my draft posts on OneDrive so that they are backed up safely (sometimes I just start a new post to draft some ideas and don’t finish writing the article immediately) and also for synchronization amongst devices. In WLW I was following Scott’s advice and editing the Registry to set the “PostsDirectory” key to save into my OneDrive.

Of course with the new applications comes a new Registry location and you can find it at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\OpenLiveWriter. Once there, create a new String value and set the folder path where OLW should save and find the Drafts. For me I created a folder within my OneDrive, but of course it also works with Dropbox etc.

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Hopefully this will help with the adoption of the new Open Live Writer and it will quickly become the standard in blogging editor!

Happy blogging ;)

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Welcome 2015

Blog, IdentityMine, MVP, MVVM, Personal, Technical stuff, Work, Xamarin
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2014 was a great year, with a lot of excitement in the Microsoft community, a lot of awesome news. Microsoft released a few interesting hardware offerings such as the confirmation of the success of the Surface Pro 3, the release of the Microsoft Band and the Miracast wireless display adapter (I have one of each and they work great), a few exciting announcements such as the open sourcing of the .NET core, the release to the public of the free Visual Studio Community Edition, the preview release of Windows 10, continued activity in the WPF team, and more. Microsoft Azure is continuing its expansion in features, and is also becoming more accessible to small business and hobbyists. On the client side, we continue to see a unification of the platforms that will reach its best in Windows 10 with the universal applications running on Windows, Windows Phone and XBOX. And of course the extended partnership with Xamarin (which makes me very happy on a professional and personal level) allows to leverage an ever large portion of that code and run it on iOS and Android devices.

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New mobile-friendly theme on my blog!

Blog, Design, Personal, Website
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As I mentioned earlier, I am now self hosting my blog, and am now using WordPress. One of the things I wanted to do for a long time is have a mobile-friendlier presentation. Well, it is the case now! From now on, if you visit this blog from a mobile browser, you will see much more readable and navigable pages.

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Rebooting the blog

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Finally it is time to unveil one of my big projects of the fall: I decided to take over my blog content and, from now on, to host everything myself.

A little bit of history: In 2006, still excited from the amazing MIX conference (first of the name), I realized how strong the Microsoft developer community is, and decided to become a part of it. Before that, I had been extremely active in the JavaScript community and used to take part to discussions on Usenet newsgroups (with some amazing thinkers like Doug Crockford who is, still today, one of the leading figures of the JavaScript world). I also answered JavaScript questions on my website, a first venture in a way of posting articles about a specific tech topic. This was quite successful and worked well, but in 2006 after MIX, I thought it is time to rather use a blog platform to do this, and I started looking for a good host.

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A new beginning

Blog, Personal, Work
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This post was imported from my old blog and had 14 comments which are included as a screenshot at the end of this post.

In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other exciting topics!

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