# Monday, May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014 11:02:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014 5:31:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, May 11, 2014

Dev Days 2014 is a free Microsoft coming soon to a city near you (hopefully).

This event will present some of the content from the Build Conference last month.

Here is the agenda:



8:30-8:45 AM

Welcome and logistics

8:45-9:00 AM

Overview of the day

9:00-10:30 AM

What’s new on Windows Phone and Window 8

10:30-10:45 AM


10:45-12:15 PM

What’s new in Windows Azure

12:30-1:00 PM


1:00-2:45 PM

What’s new in Visual Studio and Team Foundation

2:45-3:15 PM

Close and raffle

The first of these events was Friday in Chicago, where over 100 people registered. The upcoming schedule and registration links are below:

Event Date

Location City


Southfield, MI



Austin, TX



Irving, TX



Edina, MN



St. Louis, MO



Columbus, OH


Meanwhile, there is still one more Enterprise Developer Boot Camp scheduled in Edina, MN. You can register for this free event at this link.

Sunday, May 11, 2014 9:20:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, May 5, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014 9:28:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Sunday, May 4, 2014

Today I am grateful I had a chance to see my nephew Dylan receive his First Communion yesterday.

Today I am grateful for a nice lunch with Velichka yesterday.

Today I am grateful that my summer schedule is shaping up so nicely.

Today I am grateful for:
1. The great job that Michael S. Collier did yesterday at the Chicago Azure Dev Camp, which made me look good.
2. Drinks with Douglas Leung, before he left for Hong Kong.

Today I am grateful for these amazing views from my office.

Today I am grateful I crossed so many items off my To-Do list yesterday.

Today I am grateful for no early morning meetings or calls.

Congratulations to the MSU Women's Golf Team, who won their 3rd conference championship in the last 4 years! ‪#‎GoGreen‬

Today I'm grateful I was able to this blog post.

Today I am grateful that Tom Bruns, who I haven't seen in years, drove up to Columbus to attend my class yesterday.

Today I am grateful to those who step up and help when things seem overwhelming.

Today I am grateful for lunch with John and the awesome gift he brought with him.

Today I am grateful for
1. Spending Easter with family
2. My son Tim was home this weekend and we spent a large part of it together.
3. Seeing Deepak last night for the first time since last year and hearing about all that's happening in his life.

Today I am grateful I will be seeing my siblings and their kids this afternoon.

Today I am grateful to God, who gave his only son to save the world and me.

Today I am grateful for lunch with Christine, who I haven't seen in far too long.

Today I am grateful for the Great Lakes Area .NET User Group and all that I gained from working with this group these past 6 years. ‪#‎MIGANG‬

Today I am grateful for the stranger at Biggby yesterday who returned the $60 that fell out of my jacket. He wouldn't accept a reward, so I dropped some of it in the tip jar.

Today I am grateful for my mother Joyce Giard, who celebrates her 81st birthday today.

Today I am grateful I was able to introduce my niece Amanda to the MSU Dairy Store, which serves the best ice cream in the world!

Today I am grateful for drinks with friends last night at an outdoor café in downtown Chicago.

Today I am grateful for the empathy and kindness that I witness every day - online and in-person.

Today I am grateful for the great turnout and enthusiasm by students on my Indiana college tour this week.

Today I am grateful that I was in Bloomington only 2 days and I had lunch with my son twice and he even came to my workshop Tuesday night.

Today I am grateful I had the privilege to know Dave Bost for few years before he went to heaven.

Today I am grateful that I will see my son in a few hours.

Congratulations to Nick Giard, who coaches in the conference that just won the national championship! :D

Sunday, May 4, 2014 8:30:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I know that Dave Bost touched many people in the developer community through his work as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. If you are one of them, please sign this card for Dave’s family. http://www.groupcard.com/c/YqOV2EsDu-s

Shortly after Dave’s death, I wrote about him and the impact he had on my life in this post: http://www.davidgiard.com/2014/04/11/RememberingDaveBost.aspx 

Dave’s friend Clark will print the card and deliver it to Dave’s family on May 9. Please pass on this information to anyone who knew Dave or benefited from his work.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:01:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Simple Music Player is an easy-to-use player for your music collection. It can play mp3, mp4, m4a, aac, wma and wav files in your collection and it allows you to filter by Genres, Artists, Albums and Playlists. It even looks up album art and displays it while songs play.

The interface is clean and easy to use. The authors offer a free version or an ad-free version for $1.49.

You can install Simple Music Player at http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/simple-music-player/88602e49-e240-4254-9aa2-39ba85b8afe5


Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:56:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, April 28, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014 3:40:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, April 26, 2014

I will be out speaking quite a bit this summer. Here is my schedule so far:

Date Topic Event Location
Apr 26 Build and Publish a Windows 8 Game in 1 Day, even without Windows 8 Chicago Code Camp Grayslake, IL
Apr 26 Windows 8 / Windows Phone 8 Cross-Platform Development Chicago Code Camp Grayslake, IL
Apr 30 Azure Fundamentals Azure Dev Camp Chicago, IL
May 6 1-day workshop Enterprise Developer Boot Camp Southfield, MI
May 12 Game Development Workshop Devry - Tinley Park workshop Tinley Park, IL
May 14 Refactor Your Dev Skills Enterprise Dev Day 2014 Columbus, OH
May 22 Effective Data Visualization IT Camp Cluj-Napoca, Romania
May 23 Build and Publish a Windows 8 Game in 1 Day, even without Windows 8 IT Camp Cluj-Napoca, Romania
May 30 Own Your Own Career – Advice from a Veteran Consultant Self.Conference Detroit, MI
June 7 Effective Data Visualization Pittsburgh Tech Fest Pittsburgh, PA
June 11 Refactor Your Dev Skills Enterprise Dev Day 2014 Southfield, MI
June 19 A Hitchhiker's Guide to Azure Mobile Services Greater Lansing .NET User Group Okemos, MI
July 11-12 TBD Codestock Knoxville, TN
Aug 28 Build and Publish a Windows 8 Game in 1 Day, even without Windows 8 DevLink Chattanooga, TN
Sep 20 Cloud and Azure and Rock and Roll FalafelCON San Francisco, CA
Sep 21 A Hitchhiker's Guide to Azure Mobile Services FalafelCON San Francisco, CA
Sep 23 A Hitchhiker's Guide to Azure Mobile Services Northern Illinois Coders Rockford, IL
Saturday, April 26, 2014 1:48:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, April 25, 2014

Not every good idea has to be original.

I began executing on a good idea one year ago today - on April 24, 2013. I know the date because the day before was the 25th anniversary of my failed marriage and I was feeling sorry for myself, so I posted on Facebook something negative

Posting did not help. I sank into self-pity and embraced my sorrow and I began to think about my life and my attitude and the attitude I projected through social media. Like many people, I used Twitter and Facebook to vent - to express frustration with my life and to whine about my circumstances.  I never had trouble thinking of things to complain about - some of them recent and some (like my memories of my marriage) from a past I could not release.

I took the time to read through a few months of my writings on Twitter and Facebook and I did not like the person I saw. That person was very negative, which was odd, because I did not perceive myself this way and I don't think people who know me personally person perceive me this way.

I resolved to change how I projected myself on social media and (hopefully) to change my outlook on life.

I was inspired by presentations I had recently seen. At Stir Trek, Elizabeth Naramore gave a very personal talk, describing how she rebounded from a low point in her life to a much more positive space. One of her techniques was to write in a notebook every morning something for which she was grateful. Day 1 was difficult for her. All she could think of was that her kids were not fighting and it was not raining. But she showed us the notebook entry from a few months later and she was filling entire pages with paragraphs of gratitude.

Not long after Stir Trek, I heard Layla Driscoll (now married and re-branded as "Layla Sells") gave a talk titled "Find Your Happy" in which she encouraged us to look for something positive every day. Every day, Layla shared these gratitudes on Facebook.

I've know Elizabeth and Layla for years and I've always admired how they approach life with such a positive attitude. I took Elizabeth and Layla's advice and I ran with it.

On April 24, 2013, I posted "Today I am grateful that I have friends who are willing to pick me up when I am feeling down."

That was the start.

Every morning, I wake up and try to think of something for which I am grateful. Sometimes, it's a good thing that happened yesterday; sometimes it's something I'm excited about that is scheduled for today; sometimes it's just a general positive aspect of my life or the world around me.

At the end of a month, I compiled the previous month's gratitude posts into a single blog post - an idea I stole from Jeff Yates.

As you might expect, some days, I struggle to come up with something positive. Some mornings, I wake up with a dark cloud - usually the same one that covered me the night before. Some mornings, I dwell on bad news from yesterday or last week or from years ago. But this exercise helps me to move past that bad news and that dark cloud.

Do I still get depressed these days? Of course. But less often than before. And later in the day. My outlook has improved and the world around me has improved.

I'm happy that others found inspiration in my posts - in the same way that I was inspired by Elizabeth and Layla and Jeff. Facebook and Twitter often seems to be filled with negativity and avarice.  A few people have told me they look forward to my posts which motivates me to keep doing them.

So I've accomplished a few things. I'm projecting a much more positive image to the world, but the very act of posting positive messages has magically brought up my own attitude; and I've inspired others, who are, in turn taking a more positive attitude out into their own days.

Today I'm grateful to those who inspired me and the changes that inspiration brought about.

Friday, April 25, 2014 3:36:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)