I have the pleasure of speaking at the Chippewa Valley Code Camp 2012 on November 3, 2012.

How HTML Makes YOU a Windows 8 App Dev Already!

Are you a web developer? Your toolset makes you a Windows 8 app developer because HTML5 is now a first class citizen for making WinRT apps. Using HTML5 along with JavaScript and CSS3, Microsoft has enabled web developers from all platforms the ability to start app dev with a very low learning curve. Come see what that learning curve looks like, as Greg discusses what WinJS is and how to use it. You will learn about the basics of Windows Store App patterns, navigation, async, and operating system integration.

Find more information at http://chippewavalleycodecamp.com/

On October 10th, 2012 I’ll be presenting at the Fox Valley .NET Users Group. I hope to see you there and have some great discussions.

Developing Windows 8 Store Apps (formerly Metro Apps)

Getting started with a new technology can sometimes have its hurdles. Greg will help eliminate those obstacles, whether you’re interested in the HTML/JS side or the XAML/C# side, come see what it means to develop Windows 8 Store Apps (formerly Metro Apps). He will discuss the tools, changes, new features and how your existing tool set carries over into this new platform. There will be plenty of demos and resources, so don’t miss out!

I had the pleasure of discussing Windows 8 Store app development with Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin on their podcast, TheTabletShow. Yes, they are the .NET Rocks guys too! Please have a listen and I would love to continue the discussion with any of you.

TheTabletShow Episode 50 – Greg Levenhagen Builds Contracts in Windows 8


I get the pleasure of helping host the Windows Azure Kick Start MSEvent to be held at the Microsoft offices in Waukesha, WI on May 17th, 2012.

Windows Azure Kick Start Milwaukee event

Event locations
Select a city near you

Location Date
Downers Grove, IL May 1
Chicago, IL May 3
Waukesha, WI May 17

FREE Events
Seating is limited,
so register today.

Events run from
9:00AM – 5:00PM

Spend a day with some of the nation’s leading cloud experts in learning how to build a web application that runs in Windows Azure. We will show you how to sign up for free time in the cloud, and how to build a typical web application using the same ASP.NET tools and techniques you already use today. We will explore web roles, cloud storage, SQL Azure, and common scenarios. We will save time for open Q&A, and event cover what should not be moved to cloud. This will be a hands-on event where you will need a laptop configured with the required pieces. We will have help onsite to get the right bits installed as well. Lunch and prizes will be provided.If you can’t join us in person please check out Azure on your own at http://aka.ms/isLP.
Session Requirements

  • A computer or laptop: Operating Systems Supported: Windows 7 (Ultimate, Professional, and Enterprise Editions); Windows Server 2008; Windows Server 2008 R2; Windows Vista (Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions) with either Service Pack 1 or Service Pack 2
  • One click install of Windows Azure SDK and required software using Web Platform Installer.
  • The sample code and handbook for the labs will be provided at the event.
  • Consider bringing a power strip or extension cord.

To register
Select a city near you or to register by phone, call 1-877-MSEVENT.  .  If you can’t attend please visit http://aka.ms/isLP.


I will be speaking for the fifth consecutive year at the Fox Valley Day of .NET (#FVDODN). Details about the presentation are below. Check out some of great content and don’t forget to register… Fox Valley DoDN

Get Yourself Kinect-ed! – Greg Levenhagen

The Kinect is waiting for you! All you have to do is reach out and make a move, literally. Since the Kinect SDK, Kinect for Windows hardware and commercial support for non-XBOX 360 applications has been released, you’re able to create amazing applications. Natural user interfaces are making their way to mainstream devices. By getting yourself Kinect-ed, you can be part of that revolution. Come see what the Kinect SDK offers, how to utilize the Kinect hardware features and most importantly how to develop with the Kinect.

I am speaking at the MSEvent – Windows Developer Event to be held at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. Here is some more information. I hope to see you there! Register here Windows 8 Developer Event.

Windows 8 Developer Event in Chicago
Date April 26, 2012
Time 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL

FREE Event

Seating is limited,
so register today.


Windows reimagined.Learn everything you need to start building Metro-style apps for Windows today at our free, full-dayWindows Developer Event.We’ll show you how to use Visual Studio to code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Metro-style applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++.

Your investments in these languages carry forward, making Windows a no-compromise platform for developers.Whatever language you choose, your app gets deep integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. And now you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have—from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.Seating is limited and registration is not guaranteed. Secure your spot today!Notes

This free event is brought to you by Microsoft. However, you are responsible for booking and funding your own travel and accommodations. Please notethat there is limited space available for this event, so be sure to register early.


I will be speaking on April 18th at the Chicago .NET Users Group (CNUG) meeting. Scott Seely will be speaking for the Chicago Azure Cloud Users Group just before me at the same location. Come see us both! My topic and abstract is below.

Get Yourself Kinect-ed! – Greg Levenhagen

Kinect development used to mean hacking without any support, but now that the Kinect SDK, Kinect for Windows hardware and commercial support for non-XBOX 360 applications has been released, the full power of the Kinect is unleashed. Come see how to start developing with the Kinect, using its hardware features and what the Kinect SDK provides.

I will be speaking the weekend of April 14th and 15th in Minneapolis at the Twin Cities Code Camp! The information about my session is below. If you’re interested in attending, please register now using EventBrite. For more event information, please go to the TCCC website. I hope to see you there.

Parallel Programming in .NET and Azure – Greg Levenhagen

Parallel programming remains a difficult task, but the .NET framework keeps making things easier for developers. With the various constructs available, like the addition of the Task Parallel Library in .NET 4, it is important to know what is appropriate for different situations. Devices continue to gain cores and the cloud offers easily distributed computing, so developers should understand how to utilize the environments. Come for a walk-through of how and when to use these constructs, whether that is in the cloud, a mobile device, desktop application or the web.