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Last night I finally got to do my first presentation in front of a group of developers at the East of Toronto .NET User Group meeting.  While it was nerve-wracking at times, I wouldn’t have traded the opportunity for anything!






ScreenshotThe topic was Windows Phone 7 Development: Consuming an oData Feed and I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into when I agreed with Chris to do it in early December.  I hadn’t worked with oData or the new System.Data.Services.Client namespace before and I had a little learning to do before the presentation.

I have to thank Chris Dufour for his help and for the opportunity to be a presenter.  He says that he wasn’t messing with me with some of the things he did with the data feed, but I’m not too sure.

The group was great!  I was very surprised at the turnout in Ajax even though it was a cold, snowy night!  There was a great discussion after the presentation that saw us leaving the room at almost 11:00 that night.  There were a lot of great questions, and even a great contest that goes on until March 15, 2011!!!  Contact me to find out how you could win a year’s subscription to Code Magazine.

I was nervous enough to do the presentation, but then, at the last minute I found out that Kate Gregory was coming to watch!  I have seen Kate speak at several events and have always been impressed by her style and ease in front of a crowd, so I was very aware that I would be presenting in front of a seasoned pro!  To her credit, she didn’t laugh once, thank you Kate Smile.

Some great resources for those of you looking to get started in WP7 Dev

Windows Phone Home

Windows Phone Dev Tools

Canadian Developer Connection – WP7 Starter

Channel 9 WP7 For Absolute Beginners

Channel 9 WP7 Jump Start 

All in all, I think that the presentation went very well and everyone had fun and we all learned something.  I also have heard from some of the attendees that I should watch out for some new Windows Phone 7 apps in the near future!  I cannot wait until the next event, hope to see you all there.

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