Neil Black is a Principal Program Manager for the Xbox SmartGlass Platform. The Xbox SmartGlass Platform team delivers the Xbox SmartGlass SDK that enables developers to create SmartGlass Companions – second-screen experiences that can either be hosted inside the Xbox SmartGlass app or be delivered as part of a standalone 'SmartGlass-enabled' mobile application. The team also delivers the SmartGlass APIs in the Xbox Development Kit that allows developers create Xbox games and apps that are SmartGlass-enabled. Neil has worked at Microsoft for over 22 years having worked on Office, MSN, and Bing in addition to Xbox.
While at DevIntersection in Orlando, Carl and Richard sat down to chat with Zoiner Tejada about his work instrumenting cloud-based web sites. Zoiner talks about using a wide variety of features in Google Analytics to instrument his Azure apps, including going directly to the Analytics APIs to do instrumentation of other kinds of apps, connecting up just about anything that can speak HTTP! The second half of the conversation dives into utilizing this analysis - with a long chat about what a real Minimal Viable Product means and how the Lean Startup principles can be abused. Great conversation from a brilliant guy!
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Zoiner Tejada (email@example.com) is CEO and Architect at Solliance, providing architectural guidance and expert solution implementation support to enterprises and startups leveraging cutting edge technologies from Microsoft. He is passionate about leveraging cloud technologies and Windows Azure services to build web-based solutions that run at scale. He is a Windows Azure MVP, an advisor to Microsoft, and enjoys engaging the greater community by speaking at conferences and user group meetings, as well as via his book Programming Microsoft's Clouds (Wrox) and Pluralsight online courses. He has a degree in computer science from Stanford University.
Carl and Richard chat with Brian Noyes about the state of affairs with WPF, Windows 8 and the Prism project. Brian starts out the conversation talking about WPF is far from dead - Microsoft continues to invest in it, and lots of folks, including Brian's customers, are building great applications with WPF. This leads to a discussion about how the changes to Windows 8 at Build affect the WPF story and development in general - a huge topic area that warrants a bunch more shows. Finally, Brian digs into Prism, Microsoft Patterns and Practice group toolset for building great Windows apps for all sorts of versions of Windows, including Windows 8. Prism has moved beyond Silverlight, and is worth a serious look!
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