To Speak, Or Not To Speak…

A good evening to you all,

It seems all my friends in the developer community have either already been speaking or are now newly speaking at tech conferences and becoming teachers of sorts. That’s had me thinking whether I should use this large gabber of mine to start talking on some things that I know pretty well, and would help the community. Considering I’m new to development, I’m not sure anything I could say on development itself would be all that new or useful at this time. However, I do have a few things that I do know decently well from my previous career, and have been fooling around with a not-so-widely-known tool for making Windows Phone apps. Maybe you all can give me some feedback on whether you’d want to hear on either one of these.

First, I was a systems/network/backup administrator, as well as a tech support specialist for phones, desktops, laptops, printers, scanners, labelers…the list goes on. Needless to say, I know a bit about hardware. Also, over that time, I learned a bit about security, both physically and logically. I kept up on much of the latest news about big hacks and the latest antivirus scares, studied on what the best antimalware programs were available (both free and premium), and learned of other mischievous tactics, such as social engineering. There were also many times where I had to fight off a few nasty bugs, both professionally and personally. One of my least favorite of these were rogue security software packages, aiming at deceiving users into thinking they were legitimate software packages, but were really a ruse used to coax cash out of people’s pockets.

On this level, I’m not sure very many developers want to hear about physical or logical security. For the most part, I assume either many of you already know enough about these things, or just leave it up to your local IT crowd to handle.

In either case, it’s something important that we should all have at least some understanding of, especially when creating applications that handle sensitive data.

Moving on, I’ve been doing a decent amount of work in Microsoft’s Windows Phone App Studio. Honestly, I feel that it’s a really good product for those who either want to belt out a quick app without getting too heavy into the code, or for someone like me who’s never made an app before. Reason being is it shows me an example of how to structure code and what methods and classes are in use. This information will be pivotal when I finally want to create something out of the boundaries of what App Studio can create, as I’ll know exactly what works and have a good foundation to use moving forward.

I don’t know too many people outside of the DVLUP group that know about this product or what it’s capable of, so I figured maybe someone would want to hear about it.

In any case, that’s pretty much the only things I can talk on with any modicum of expertise. Hopefully some of you readers can let me know if you’d be interested in either of these, or if you know something I could talk about that would interest the community. I’m open to suggestions in the comments section below, or on Twitter, Facebook, carrier pigeon…whatever 🙂

As always, thanks for reading!

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