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Mike Benkovich

Imagine Technologies, Inc.

Mike Benkovich brings it all—energy, laughter, and a contagious passion for coding—with him. In a career that has taken him from minion to business owner, from database administrator to developer, from author to evangelist, Mike has seen it all. In more than twenty-five years of working in the technology industry, he has been part of the latest waves to sweep the industry. Whether delivering MSDN events live or webcast presentations, on the developer resource site BenkoTips or his blog, Mike brings enthusiasm for tools and an energy for the search to find a better way. Follow Mike on Twitter @mbenko.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 8:30am
Full-day Tutorials
Building Universal Apps for the Windows Platform

Microsoft calls it Windows reimagined, providing developers with powerful frameworks and technologies for building apps—if you know the tools and how to use them. In this hands-on session, Mike Benkovich demonstrates what you need to know to launch or improve your development efforts to build universal—mobile, tablet, or desktop—apps for Windows. Starting with the basics of the framework options of C# and JavaScript through how you can use the universal nature of the UX to target everything from phones to widescreens, Mike works you through all the layers of building an app. You’ll use the latest frameworks and technologies for working with the UX, data, and service. Practice using the Universal app framework to target both tablet and phone devices, and connect your app to data in the cloud. From liquid smooth graphics and layouts to the cloud and contracts, we put the tools to work and give you the background you need to build great Windows apps.

Laptop Required: To participate in this session, you should bring a Windows laptop with any version of Visual Studio 2013 or later installed.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Mobile Development
Windows Azure: Connecting the Dots for a Mobile Workforce

We live in a mobile bring-your-own-device kind of world with a proliferation of devices—smart phones, tablets, and UltraBooks running iOS, Android, and Windows. People are working in online and offline modes, and moving from device to device. How do you build applications that provide a consistent view of identity, data, and services so that your workforce can be productive wherever they are? Mike Benkovich explores the latest features in Windows Azure and its Mobile Services to show you how to build connected applications that take advantage of the latest technologies, including data, identity, and push notifications. Mike describes the host of Windows Azure features and capabilities—dynamic schema, OAuth, and scripting technologies—that allow you to build secure applications quickly. In this fast-paced and demo-rich session, Mike will build and demonstrate client-side apps on Android devices, Windows Phones, and iOS to show you what is the possible today.