I couldn’t ask for a better way to start 2014 than joining Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin from .NET Rocks! to kick off the West Coast tour of the .NET Rocks! Roadshow. We are now halfway through our eight city tour of the west coast, so I thought now would be a great time to recap Part 1 of the west coast tour and highlight all the great stops ahead.

Before starting the tour I took an early flight down to Phoenix to give a short talk to the Arizona Xamarin Developers Group. I kicked off the meeting with a lightning talk on a holiday hack project, Meetup Manager, and implemented a screen of the app on iOS in under 10 minutes. Next up was Xamarin expert Les Brown from Statera with a session introducing the group to Cross Platform Development in C# with Xamarin. Afterwards I got the pleasure of finally meeting the founder of the Southeast Valley .NET User Group and organizer of the Desert Code Camp in Arizona, Joseph Guadagno, who spoke about all of his amazing plans for this year.

Les giving his Session

In Tempe, AZ at the first official stop on the west coast leg of the roadshow, we found ourselves in another beautiful movie theater, Harkins Valley Arts Theater. I stepped up on the main stage and brought Xamarin to the big screen, which was an amazing feeling. It was great to be back in the city where I graduated college and started my software career. The theater was packed for Richard and Carl who sat down to interview .NET Mentor Julie Lerman.

James on Stage

Just monkeying around!There was no sleeping in as the next morning! I was off bright and early to get me some near perfect weather San Diego. It was a beautiful venue at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and we presented on a stage under big planes and fighter jets. Tony Surma was on hand from Microsoft Disaster Response for a a great interview on .NET Rocks! Afterwards Morgan from Xamarin and I headed to meet even more developers for some drinks and BBQ. I got to sit down with Rob DeRosa from ScreenGen for an exclusive look at a mind blowing Xamarin cross platform app that his team is getting ready to deploy.

Live from the Air and Space Museum

After a short early morning drive, we were at the stunning University of California Irvine. I kicked things off once more with a great introduction to not only Xamarin, but all the great things you can do with Portable Class Libraries and Azure Mobile Services from Visual Studio. I got to sit down and chat with Dan Wahlin for a bit after his great interview. We talked about the consulting and training he has been doing with Xamarin, which was wonderful to hear. Before leaving Irvine Richard, Carl, Morgan, and I had to stop in at Sushi Imari to discuss our next stop in Los Angeles and partake in what we all thought was some of the best sushi we have ever eaten.

In Irvine

Morgan and I fought through LA traffic to get to our stop at the UCLA campus. Lino Tadros sat down with Richard and Carl for a fantastic interview that stole the show and was a delight to listen to. After presenting, it was great that I was able to meet and chat with so many of our amazing developers.

That about wraps up the first part of our West Coast tour, but we aren’t done just yet. In the next week we will head to four more cities with great interviews lined up as well. Our first stop is on Monday, January 20th in San Francisco.

  • San Francisco, CA – I kick off the final leg of the roadshow and Beth Massi, Senior Program Manager on the Microsoft Visual Studio BizApps team, will be interviewed.
  • Denver, CO – Where I will be speaking and the “Pioneer of the Smart Client Revolution”, Tim Huckaby will be interviewed.
  • Seattle, WA – My hometown! I’ll be presenting and Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, Michele Leroux Bustamante, will be interviewed.
  • Portland, OR – I will be closing out the road show at our very last stop and Shawm Wildermuth, Microsoft Data MVP, will be the final interview.

While this is our final leg of the .NET Rocks! Roadshow you can always find Xamarin events in our forums and of course there are plenty of Xamarin meetups happening around the world throughout the month of January.