Over the last year I've handed out hundreds of the <a href="http://modernuiicons.com">Modern UI Icon</a> mini cards. I am down to my last few since <a href="/2014/04/06/build_2014_wrap_up/">Build</a> last week depleted my stockpile. I plan to send out packs to the various groups in the community that regularly give talks or travel in the Windows / Windows Phone communities.
!<a href="/files/moder_ui_icons_cards_business.png">Modern UI Icons Mini Cards</a>
If you have a group that would benefit from the Modern UI Icons pack let me know via <a href="mailto:austin@@templarian.com">email</a> or <a href="http://twitter.com/templarian">twitter</a> and I'll send them out. Ideal for groups that hand out bags to all attendees.
Thanks again for supporting and spreading the word to your fellow developers. As always please submit icon requests to the <a href="https://github.com/Templarian/WindowsIcons/issues">issue</a> page.
*Q.* Can I get the <a href="/2013/06/06/printed_stickers_mini_cards/">stickers</a>?
*A.* I've changed my mind on this. You can receive stickers. If you choose stickers you will receive 50 stickers and no cards. *The icons on the stickers will not be the same as the ones pictured above* (yes... the Tardis is still included).
*Q.* How many mini cards will I receive.
*A.* Maximum 50 cards per group (exception made for evangelists).
*A.* Good question... depends what the shipping is. Very open to this though if anyone requests it.
Build brought many great changes to the Microsoft ecosystem. One of the largest trends was the idea of Open Source.
!<a href="/files/build_2014_roslyn.png">Rosyln src</a>
<a href="http://roslyn.codeplex.com/">.NET Compiler aka Rosyln</a> Open Sourced
<a href="http://nodejstools.codeplex.com/">Node.JS Tools</a> Updated for Visual Studio
<a href="https://pytools.codeplex.com/">Python Tools</a> Updated for Visual Studio
<a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42307">Visual Studio 2013 Update 2</a>
<a href="http://angularjs.org/">AngularJS</a> support across the ASP.net team.
The amount of talks at Build this year was a little overwhelming if you were there. Only being able to choose one during every session block made it hard. Luckily they are all online, and I've listed some of my favorites below.
<a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-509">The New Windows Phone Application Model</a>
<a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-503">Building Your First Windows Game with Unity</a>
<a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/3-631">Using Node.js and Python in Visual Studio and on Azure</a>
<a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/2-523">Live Tiles Enhancements</a>
<a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/3-653">Go Mobile with C Sharp and Xamarin</a>
I'm going to come back and edit this list with more, still in the process of going back through and watching all the talks I missed.
It was no secret that Xamarin was one of the top partners during Build. Reenforced even more by the community that attended <a href="https://twitter.com/migueldeicaza">Miguel de Icaza</a>'s talk <a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/3-653">Go Mobile with C Sharp and Xamarin</a>. For those not in attendance he packed out the Keynote room.
For further information please checkout this Channel 9 segment on <a href="https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2014/9-013">.NET Community & Open Source</a>
If Microsoft did anything this year at Build it was ensuring developers of their standing in the open source community and the renewed <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5570866/cortana-windows-phone-8-1-digital-assistant">emphasis</a> on their Windows Phone platform.
!<a href="/files/build_2014_universal.png">Universal Apps</a>
Microsoft has a lot of things to deliver, but the <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/2/5574596/microsoft-universal-apps-run-across-windows-tablets-phones-pcs">combined ecosystem</a> is finally becoming a lot more realistic in developers eyes.