Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Finnish Microsoft professionals – time to Flux and Slack!

I have two pieces of news to share for the Finnish Microsoft professionals community. Flux is a new space for working together Last Thursday, Microsoft Finland launched a new venue in downtown Helsinki. Microsoft Flux is a mixture of a co-working space, a tech playground and a startup accelerator. A few startups work there, but […]

April 26, 2016 · Jouni Heikniemi · 65 Comments
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Time to reinvent your developer conference trip policy

With the ticket sales storm of Build 2016, it is now officially time to reinvent your IT conference policy. Microsoft-focused software companies have traditionally educated their developers in conferences run by Microsoft. This has been both a boon and a bane – many devs have learned their Microsoft stack well and with reasonable cost, but […]

January 21, 2016 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Yammer vs. mailing lists

On Friday, I created the Finnish Microsoft Developers’ mailing list. Yes, mailing list, and I knew I was going to get whacked about it. I guess it’s time to do some explaining. First off, thank you to everyone who sent me feedback. Even if you’re calling me a freaking luddite from the 90s, I appreciate […]

April 12, 2015 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Suomalaisten Microsoft-kehittäjien sähköpostilista: msdevfi

This blog post is written in Finnish, because it’s all about being a Finnish Microsoft Developer. In summary, there is now a mailing list for us. Pitkän pohdinnan jälkeen olen perustanut suomalaisille Microsoft-sovelluskehittäjille postituslistan. Toiveenani on kerätä listalle reipas joukko osallistujia suomalaisesta .NET-kehittäjäkentästä, ja saada luotua siitä: Keskustelupaikka. Meillä ei ole sellaista foorumia, jossa kehittäjät […]

April 10, 2015 · Jouni Heikniemi · 6 Comments
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Open Data in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area

Did you Finns realize that there's a vibrant open data ecosystem growing in Helsinki? The global Open Data Day on 21st February also had a local manifestation: Open Data Day Helsinki Hackathon. Whether you're deep in the bowels of an enterprise or busily hacking your next social media startup, it's easy to miss the public […]

March 10, 2015 · Jouni Heikniemi · 23 Comments
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Jouni is a Microsoft Regional Director

Starting February 2015, I am a Microsoft Regional Director (RD). Needless to say, I am honored and happy for the award. The Wikipedia RD article linked above doesn't paint a fully accurate picture of the program (at the time of writing), but the gist of it is correct: Regional Directors are not Microsoft employees, but […]

February 11, 2015 · Jouni Heikniemi · 12 Comments
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SANKO event on “Windows Azure in practice”

If you’re in Finland next week and speak Finnish, there’s a good reason for you to come over to local Microsoft premises on Thursday 13th afternoon. Offbeat Solutions and Kompozure will be organizing a free user group seminar on practical Azure experiences. I will personally give an overview of Azure’s PaaS and IaaS offerings, which […]

June 5, 2013 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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A Windows Azure infographic (and some new blogging structure)

Windows Azure is now great. And please welcome Redmond Recap. The substance I have posted an infographic describing Windows Azure’s latest incarnation. (seriously, go check it out; it’s more info than graphic, but still!) Umm where? Then a short explanation on the posting forum. After living with my current blogging arrangements for the last 8 […]

June 18, 2012 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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A lesson in problem solving: Never assume the report is correct

A while ago, a colleague of mine reported that our OData services were functioning improperly. I fell for it and started looking for the issue. I never should have. Not that soon. “The OData services don’t seem to expand entities properly when JSON formatting is used.” I was like “Huh?”. We had a bunch of […]

October 23, 2011 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Looking back at TechDays Finland 2011

Pretty close to half a year ago, Microsoft held the largest annual developer + IT Pro event in Finland, TechDays 2011. In six more months, it’s happening again. As I was considering the various topics I might talk about, it always took me back to thinking about the years I’ve been talking there. What did […]

October 10, 2011 · Jouni Heikniemi · 26 Comments
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