Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

Providing practical developer content on Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure

HTTP 301: This is no longer the blog you were looking for…

After five+ years of blogging here on MSDN, I’ve decided to move my on-line presence and slap on a...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 09/23/2013

Trade Up Your Device - Get Up to $350 Back

Just got wind of a fantastic program we've kicked off. Trade in your old iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry,...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 09/18/2013

Intro to Game Development for Windows - Sep. 21

Nothing like an amazing time at Boston FIG to get you in the mood to start your game development...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 09/17/2013

Build and App (or Game) Workshops

Michael, Steve, Josh, and I are kicking off the “school year” with another series of Saturday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 09/03/2013

Technical Calendar - September 2013

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 08/30/2013

Build Apps. Get Stuff.

Are you looking to build your first Windows Phone or Windows 8 app? Got an iOS or Android app and...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 08/30/2013

And Then There Were Four

As many of us are gearing up for the new school year or rebooting various user groups following a...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 08/28/2013

Building Your First Windows Phone App

What’s cooler than showing off your new Nokia Lumia 1020? Showing off your own Windows Phone app...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 08/19/2013

Vermont and Boston Code Camp Milestones

Two of the more established code camps in the Northeast are each celebrating a milestone this fall...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 08/05/2013

Technical Calendar – August 2013

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/31/2013

Testing Your APIMASH app with Fiddler

The primary goal of our Windows Store and Windows Phone Store APIMASH Starter Kits is to pave your...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/25/2013

Unity – Your Path to $30K?

With the release of Unity 4.2 yesterday, Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers have another...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/23/2013

APIMASH: Porting to Windows Phone 8

You may recall that in May my evangelist colleagues and I launched a series of workshops around a...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/17/2013

Practical Azure #25 - The Client Layer

It’s been a great ride, and in this final session of my Practical Azure series on Channel 9 MSDN...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/16/2013

Practical Azure #24: Windows Azure Mobile Services

Well, this one went a bit longer than most, but only because Windows Azure Mobile Services has so...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/08/2013

Beat the Heat – Build a Game

Join me on Saturday, July 13th, at the newest Microsoft Store in New England (at the Natick...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/03/2013

Practical Azure #23: Windows Azure Media Services

Ok, I admit it, of all the episodes in this series, Windows Azure Media Services is one I dreaded...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 07/02/2013

Technical Calendar - July 2013

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/29/2013

Screencast Trifecta: Publishing to the Windows Store

My evangelist colleagues and I are just finishing up a series of workshops leveraging our (now over...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/28/2013

Practical Azure #22 - Windows Azure Marketplace

The Windows Azure Marketplace is a textbook example of "eating your own dog food." As the...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/25/2013

The Week Ahead: June 24, 2013

It’s the last week of the Keep the Cash program, and remember your app has to be in the store, not...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/24/2013

APIMASH Starter Kits: Adding Sharing Capabilities

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on an app that I’m writing based off of the Bing Maps/TomTom...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/20/2013

Webcast: Building a Windows 8 App with the Yelp API

Grab your lunch and hang out at your desk or in a conference room with co-workers to catch Chris...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/19/2013

Practical Azure #21 - HDInsight

“Big Data” is undeniably one of the more prevalent buzzwords of the last year or two, and given the...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/18/2013

The Week Ahead: June 17th, 2013

First of all, apologies for not getting my weekly post out last Monday. It was actually written and...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/17/2013

Practical Azure #20 - SQL Reporting Services

One of the many values of the cloud is the ability to leverage services that on-premises would...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/11/2013

Build Your Own Bing Maps API Mash-Up: Architecture

In my last post, I mentioned the “starter-kit” applications my colleagues and I have built around...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/03/2013

The Week Ahead: June 3rd, 2013

I hope you managed to stay cool this weekend – no better way than building Windows 8 apps,...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 06/03/2013

Technical Calendar - June 2013

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/30/2013

Build a Windows 8 Mashup App with Bing Maps

Before I delve into the main topic, I wanted to provide a bit of context. My East coast colleagues...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/30/2013

The Week Ahead: May 27th, 2013

Happy Memorial Day! As you head back to work and school on Tuesday, here are a few developer events...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/27/2013

Practical Azure #19 – Windows Azure Virtual Network

The latest episode of Practical Azure covers the topic of networking in Windows Azure: a means to...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/24/2013

Port Your App to Windows 8 and Win a Trip to BUILD

As you might know, my Technical Evangelist colleagues and I spend a lot of time on StackOverflow...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/20/2013

The Week Ahead: May 20th, 2013

As we head into Memorial Day, we won’t be running our normal Saturday workshops this coming weekend,...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/20/2013

Construct 2: Windows 8 Summer Competition

My colleagues and I have run a fair amount of events over the past few months demonstrating how easy...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/17/2013

Construct 2 Tip #4: Round Tripping With Event Variables

In a previous post, I showed how you could extend Construct 2’s generated Visual Studio project to...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/16/2013

Practical Azure #18 – Windows Azure Service Bus

It was incredibly hard to distill a feature as powerful and versatile as the Windows Azure Service...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/13/2013

The Week Ahead: May 13th, 2013

It’s another great week of events for Windows and Windows 8 developers – and not just in Boston!...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/13/2013

Who’s on 8: Donate Boston

As my evangelism focus and interaction has moved more and more to helping developers build apps...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/08/2013

SQL Saturday Rochester - May 11th

It's time for the 2nd Annual SQL Saturday in Rochester, to be held at the Golisano Auditorium on the...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/06/2013

The Week Ahead: May 6th, 2013

Welcome to May! We’ve just kicked off a series of Saturday workshops at both our Cambridge and...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/06/2013

Construct 2 Tip #3: (Uniquely) Leveraging Sprite Animations

In Construct 2, or any game development platform, sprites are a key component and often used to...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/03/2013

New England GiveCamp 2013 - Recap

Last weekend, an amazing group of about 130 area technologists, designers, project managers, and...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 05/02/2013

May 2013 Technical Calendar

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/30/2013

It's Time to App-up New England!

Join us for a series of weekly workshops at both our Cambridge (Boston) and Farmington (Hartford)...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/30/2013

The Week Ahead: April 29, 2013

Hopefully the gorgeous weekend (in Boston, at least) has re-energized you, and you’re raring to go...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/29/2013

Windows Azure – Discover the Cloud and Win Cash!

Over the past few months, I’ve been working with a lot of student and professional developers...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/26/2013

Who’s on 8: Memorylage

Memorylage (on Windows 8 and Windows Phone) is the work of Jeffrey Harmon of AgileData Software. I...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/25/2013

6th Annual Hartford Code Camp – Call for Speakers

On Saturday, May 18th, the Connecticut .NET Developers Group and New Horizons in Bloomfield,...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/22/2013

The Week Ahead: April 22, 2013

Here’s this week’s CORRECTED lineup of events for Windows Phone and Windows 8 developers! Tuesday,...

Author: Jim O'Neil Date: 04/22/2013

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