I’m here in Redmond for the Microsoft BUILD conference this week where attendees will learn exactly what they can do with Windows 8 on mobile, in the workplace and at home. I will be doing demos at our booth to show off SendGrid’s integration with the Microsoft Azure cloud hosting platform.
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I will be interviewed Thursday afternoon by Scott Hanselman for the Channel 9 Live at Build 2012 segment, “Talking with Azure Developers”. I’m looking forward to catching up with my good friend Scott and sharing how developers can leverage the cloud to get their apps to market faster with solutions like SendGrid that allow developers to easily send transactional email via our API.
There will be a live stream of the conference and all sessions will be posted to Channel 9, Microsoft’s MSDN community portal. You can follow the news and announcements on Twitter at the Microsoft BUILD account @bldwin and the hashtag #bldwin.
Do you have a website where you’d like to easily manage incoming questions from visitors right within WordPress?
Maybe you’re a website development company who specializes in WordPress websites for your clients and it sure would be nice if they could ask you questions without having to leave the WordPress dashboard.
Well starting Monday, Zendesk will offer access to a new plugin they’re working on that will do just that!
Last night I presented to a group of entrepreneurs participating in 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and it turned out to be an amazing session! I shared how I entered the field of technology and what helped to me to decide I wanted to an entrepreneur. I stepped the group through my discoveries of what worked and the obstacles I encountered. Finally I recommended three essential web apps that were instrumental in helping me grow and manage my business.
Here’s my presentation which I created in SlideRocket (love this tool!)
A Business Built On Communication
My key points were:
Communication can make or break your business
Make it easy to do business with you
Your goal as a business owner is to make the customer feel at ease
Make sure what you deliver matches the customer’s expectations
Be available pre and post sales
Focus on making the ordering process easy for your customers
Are you trying to learn WordPress and feel frustrated?
Do plugins, permalinks and widgets seem confusing?
Well for the last two years, I’ve been offering live training on WordPress at Freshworkshops!
People love the classes and we continue to expand our offerings. I have exciting news to share today!
I am working with the YouTube Partner Program to take advantage of their rental program. This will allow people who want to learn about setting up WordPress, blogging for business and website development to buy the videos directly on YouTube!
I was talking with my friend last night and she mentioned how much she’s enjoying a book that she’s using it to build an iPhone app, Beginning iPhone 3 Development: Exploring the iPhone SDK. She picked up via the Safari online bookstore which has a partnership with O’Reilly Media.
This reminded me of the invite so today I signed up. Very straightforward and I was able to use my existing O’Reilly login.
I decided to start with, Designing Interfaces because it seems to be a combination of user experience, design, application development, wire framing and best practices when developing for the web.
Despite all of the UI toolkits available today, it’s still not easy to design good application interfaces. This bestselling book is one of the few reliable sources to help you navigate through the maze of design options.
By capturing UI best practices and reusable ideas as design patterns, Designing Interfaces provides solutions to common design problems that you can tailor to the situation at hand. This updated edition includes patterns for mobile apps and social media, as well as web applications and desktop software.
I’m cleaning up my Delicious bookmarks and although there is “bulk edit”, you cannot perform a search and then execute the bulk edit. I was removing a bunch of photos from Twitpic that had been pulled into Delicious using Packrati.us, an app that connects your Twitter account to your Delicious bookmarks.
So, after Googling, I realized I was going to need to export, search & replace then upload my bookmarks. This would be a perfect opportunity to use my newly budding programming skills!
I checked out regular expressions and eventually came up with this code snippet which selected two full lines of code allowing me to do search and replace quiclkly!