Wrapping up 2013

An impromptu look at some of what I did in 2013.

A Big Change

In December, I moved from being a Premier Field Engineer to a Technical Evangelist with Microsoft. The role is slightly less technical, but I will get to do the things I truly enjoy – connecting with my peers in the developer community and working with folks who are building video games. This job really is a dream come true and I couldn’t be happier with the move. Having said that, my friends in PFE will always hold a special place in my heart and will remain my go to place for technical assistance, because they are the best! *seriously*

While I was in PFE, I helped build a program call App Consult. It is a wonderful program designed to help developers who feel like they need that extra little push to get their app over the finish line. If you want to find out more, you can view my blog post about it here.

New technologies

Windows 8.1 – I was lucky enough to be around for the early stages of the Windows 8 launch and the push to bring quality apps to the new Windows Store back in 2012. On October 18th, 2013, we launched Windows 8.1 with much praise. We listened to customer feedback and acted upon metrics gathered from Windows 8 users. We learned about all of the new changes for developers and there were a lot of positive changes.

Xbox One – Yeah, I jumped into the Xbox One craze a week after it started. I made the mistake of not pre-ordering one, but I was lucky enough to pick one up at a local store a week after launch after the Black Friday stock was replenished. I have to say, despite some glitches that I am sure will get worked out, it has been an awesome experience so far.

Awesome events

I got to go to some truly awesome events this year.

  • Build in June was my # 1 – The amount of connections and information I was able to take away from this conference was incredible! The technology showcased was awesome and I really enjoyed interacting with developers at the hack-a-thon.
  • Cowtown Code Camp – This little gem took place in March in downtown Fort Worth, TX. It was very well executed for an inaugural event and I had a serious sense of pride that it was happening in Fort Worth. Great job to the team that put this together and I hope there are many more!
  • BigDesign in Dallas, TX – I didn’t get to attend the second day of this conference, but I truly enjoyed the first day. The highlight was Robert Gabhart’s session. If you ever have the chance to watch this man speak, don’t miss out.

New friends

Earlier in the fall, I really started to reach out into the community as I was tooling up for interviewing for the evangelist position and I made some great new friends in the process. A special shout out to the folks at the Fort Worth .NET UG, DFW Mobile .NET UG, Dallas Unity group, DalMob, Dallas Society of Play and the Dallas chapter of the IGDA.

I hope everyone had as awesome of a year as I did in 2013 and here is to an even better 2014. Cheers!

Now some pics to liven up the post

Figure 1 – entrance to the //build/ conference the Moscone Center in San Francisco

Figure 2 – The hack-a-thon at //build/

Figure 3 – McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola, FL – taken on vacation.

Figure 4 – that’s me with Randy Pitchford at the Gearbox Software Community day in September

Figure 5 – my new toy – 2013 Scion FR-S

 

P.S. I’m still sick about the Dallas Cowboys losing to the Eagles, but let’s all hope Jerry sees the light soon!

 

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