Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Upcoming Developer Events in Central Florida

There are several very nice events in the Central Florida area for developers in the upcoming months and 2012 year. The 1st (2) events below are *free* so there is no reason not to attend them if you are within a 50-75 mile range and are able to make it. The latter (2) are phenomenal conferences for the .NET and Microsoft Community and do have a registration fee, so see if your employer will put out for some training!

Orlando Code Camp: March 31, 2012 at Seminole State College, Sanford, FL.
This will be my 3rd year at CodeCamp and I have to say how impressed I am by the volunteers of the community to put on a 1st class event like this. It is every bit on par with a paid conference like VSLive and in fact has some of the same presenters like John Papa. If this is the only event you can attend in a year it will be well worth your Saturday. The event is free.

Windows Developer Camp: April 11, 2012 at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL.
This touts itself as a Windows 8 event helping developers to get primed on technologies like Metro Apps, HTML5, JavaScript, XAML, and much more. The event is free and a meal is included.

Microsoft TechEd: June 11-14, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL.
This is a premier Microsoft sponsored event for the development and IT industry as a whole. I have not attended the TechEd conferences before, but I know many of the elite in our industry do and it is sure not to disappoint.

Visual Studio Live!: December 10-14, 2012 at the Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, FL.
This is a 5 day full conference that I have attended 4 times in the past. It does have a registration fee, but if you sign up early you can save money. Their site describes the conference best: "This event offers 5 days of over 60 educational sessions in tracks such as HTML5, Cloud Computing, Windows 8 / WinRT, and — of course — Visual Studio 2010+/.NET4+. Attendees receive a first-rate education, along with exclusive networking opportunities and one-on-one time with speakers that prepare them for what's now, new and next in the .NET development platform."

In addition to the live events above you can always check out the plethora of online training and content available from Microsoft below:

Microsoft Events

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