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Carl and Richard talk to Neil Black from the XBox team about SmartGlass. SmartGlass is Microsoft's technology for utilizing smartphones and tablets as an extension of the XBox. Neil talks about the various roles that the 'second screen' can play in XBox applications and games. The conversation digs into how SmartGlass works with television events to create a more social experience, how you can provide secret information to game players on an otherwise shared screen, and more! If you're up for doing some SmartGlass development, grab the SDK, the link is included in the show links!

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.

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Running Time 45 minutes      Date Wednesday, April 23, 2014     Comments Comments


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!

Zoiner Tejada (zoinertejada@solliance.net) 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.

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Running time 51 minutes      Date Tuesday, April 22, 2014     Comments Comments


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!

Brian is CTO at Solliance, a Microsoft Regional Director, Microsoft MVP and Pluralsight author. Brian specializes in building maintainable client applications in XAML and HTML 5/JavaScript, as well as building the services that back them with WCF, ASP.NET Web API, and Windows Azure. Brian has authored several books including Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Prism 4, Data Binding with Windows Forms 2.0, and Smart Client Deployment with ClickOnce. He publishes articles frequently in a variety of publications and speaks at conferences worldwide including Microsoft TechEd, DevConnections, DevIntersection, VSLive!, DevTeach and others. Brian got started programming as a hobby while flying F-14 Tomcats in the U.S. Navy, later turning his passion for software into his current career. You can find Brian on twitter @briannoyes and read more on his blog at http://briannoyes.net.

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Running time 55 minutes      Date Thursday, April 17, 2014     Comments Comments

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