• Part-time Instructors Required

    Posted Mar 25th, 2014 By in .Net Development With | No Comments Part-time Instructors Required

    As some of you may already know, along with my full time day gig, I am a part-time instructor at NAIT. I teach technology classes at NAIT, delivering content on topics such as SharePoint and C#.

    NAIT is looking for instructors for their part-time Fall and Winter (and beyond) programs and courses. Courses are typically technical in content, such as C#, vb.Net, SharePoint Development, and ASP.Net for example. A typical course will involve 14 hours of total instruction, spread out over a few nights, a couple of days, or even on a weekend. If you are interested in delivering a courses such as this, then let me know.

    Teaching at NAIT is very rewarding. Not only do you get to instill your wisdom on others, you get paid quite well for it too. If you are interested in hearing more about this, let me know. I am more than happy to tell you more about what is involved with delivering a course at NAIT, and just how easy it is to do.

    Feel free to contact me via email at Paul.Patterson@Citizen39.com , or call me directly at (780) 893-5300 to learn more.


  • Teaching C# At NAIT

    Posted Mar 7th, 2014 By in .Net Development, Business With | No Comments Teaching C# At NAIT


    Looks like I’ll soon achieve one of the goals I’ve set for 2014 – to teach a .Net related development course!

    I received a call this morning from my friends at NAIT. Seems the instructor for this weekend’s C# course is ill, so I’ve been asked to take on the task of instructing the course. I hope the original instructor gets well soon.

    Hey, if you happen to be at or near the NAIT HP Centre this weekend, pop on by the room and say hello. You’ll find which room I am in by checking the screens near continuing education office in the HP Centre. 

  • I’ll be teaching SharePoint Foundations at NAIT

    Posted Feb 27th, 2014 By in SharePoint With | No Comments I’ll be teaching SharePoint Foundations at NAIT

    NAITSharePointFoundationHey all, I’ll be at NAIT on March 5th and 6th teaching SharePoint Foundations  (SharePoint 2010).

    If you happen to be in the neighborhood, and want to chat, stop on by during one the breaks and say hello!


  • February 2014 – Citizen39 Update

    Posted Feb 26th, 2014 By in Citizen39 With | No Comments February 2014 – Citizen39 Update

    The end of February is near, and Spring is just around the corner. Don’t let the -33C weather fool you here. I am optimistic that the warming trend is going to start happening soon!

    A number of weeks have passed since the last update, and a lot has happened. So let me fill you in on some of what I have been doing since, and what I plan on doing moving forward…

    More Focus

    It’s easy to get excited and engaged when doing things you are passionate about. But what about those tasks that don’t seem to stir up those same meaningful and engaging emotions, but are seemingly tedious and necessary – like getting homework for a school subject you don’t enjoy.

    In my last update I mentioned that I was going to work on my “focus” muscle, so that I can be more effective and efficient with how I tackle those tasks that I don’t necessarily get excited about doing. The approach I am taking combines a bit of what I have learned about each of; managing priorities, creating habits, and emotional intelligence. Without spending hours writing a giant article about all this, I’ll just leave at this, and hope that one day you and I will have a one-on-one discussion about all this. 


    Every conversation I’ve had with seasoned business owners and experts, and every book I’ve read about business, strategy, and success, all have the same over arching message. That message is that a business must have a clear and articulate vision.

    I have a vision for Citizen39, one that I have had for a number of months, but recently I didn’t know how to really express what that vision is. In fact, a few months ago when someone asked me what my vision for Citizen39 is, I stumbled awkwardly with a long winded explanation of what I wanted the company to do and the customers that I wanted serve. My explanation was more of a justification for starting a business, rather than a painted picture of what Citizen39 is going to be. I have that vision, but at the time, I didn’t know how to paint that picture of what that vision is.

    It’s different today. I can easily paint that picture now. In fact just last night I was able to look a friend of mine in the eye and, in once short but precise sentence, paint that picture of my vision for Citizen39. It felt easy to say, and it felt right… and enough said about that.


    This later part of February has already had me doing some networking. A highlight so far is my participation in the Edmonton Journal’s Capital Ideas events. In a February event titled “What business technology do you swear by” a panel of three entrepreneurs answered questions about their challenges with technology, and how they solved those challenges. I was one of two people who was fortunate enough to ask a question. And then to top it off, I ended up getting a small featured quote within today’s (February 26th)  Edmonton Journal. This feature included my name, name of the company, and Citizen39 web site address – a good shot in the arm for marketing ;-)

    The rest of this first quarter will see me do a lot more marketing, including more networking at business events. I’ll be joining the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce soon, as well as signing up with a local business association here in town. Combining those associations with the technology specific presentations I have been doing, and the teaching at the local polytechnic school I’m scheduled to do, I should be able generate a few more leads and opportunities.

    Other than that, lots of other little things happening. All important of course, and I would love to chat about them in person. If you are interested in a conversation about any of this, I’d love to connect and chat.

    Still loving the journey!

  • My Recipe for a LightSwitch Demo

    Posted Feb 26th, 2014 By in Azure, Citizen39, LightSwitch, Office 365, Public Cloud With | 1 Comment My Recipe for a LightSwitch Demo

    Last night’s Visual Studio LightSwitch demo went well. So well in fact, that I need to share the recipe I used for the presentation.

    My laptop is due to be replaced. In fact, I’m shopping for new one right now, and I am leaning towards a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, and will make the decision this weekend. Until then, I still need to push through with my old laptop.

    Sadly, I can’t install Windows 8 on my current laptop, and Visual Studio 2013 runs way too slowly on the laptop to be of any productive value to me. This where Azure Virtual Machines comes to my rescue. Part of my “recipe” for the demonstration includes the use of Windows Azure for, well, almost everything. Here is the recipe I used:

    • 1 Office 365 with SharePoint Online. All of my notes, slide decks, and presentation files are stored in SharePoint Online.ManageAzure001
    • 1 helping of Office 365 and the Word Web App. Using the Word Web App saved my bacon a few times. My presentation notes, include code snippets, were compiled into a Word document that I edited with the Word Web App. There were times where I used different computers, and even my phone, to add and edit presentation notes in the document.
    • 1 Office 365 and the PowerPoint Web App. I edited and saved most of my PowerPoint slides using the Office 365 PowerPoint Web App. Similar to using the Word Web App, I was able to do some of fine tuning of the PowerPoint file using a desktop version of PowerPoint, syncing the changes to SharePoint instantly.
    • A dash of 1 Windows Azure Cloud Service.  My recipe includes a Windows Azure Virtual Machine, so I needed to create the cloud service to provision the machine.
    • 1 helping of Windows Azure Cloud Storage. To store the Windows Azure Virtual Machine files, some storage is needed.’
    • 1 heap of Windows Azure Virtual Machine. A Windows Server 2012 machine was created using a Windows Server 2012 Datacenter image.  This bad boy was cranked up to use 4 cores, with 7 GB of memory (a “Large” instance). I then installed Visual Studio 2013 Professional on it, and made sure that the latest/greatest Azure SDK’s were installed.
    • 2 helpings of Windows Azure (Free) Web Sites. I created two Azure web sites for the purpose of hosting the applications I created for the demos, including one of the web deployed desktop client, and the other a HTML client,
    • 2 SQL Azure Databases. Again, like the web sites, I created 2 distinct SQL Azure databases for deployment of each of the two demo applications.

    With that list of ingredients, it was easy get going…

    1. From my laptop I fired up the Windows Azure Management console.SharePointOnline001
    2. Started up the Cloud Service, which in turn, started up my Virtual Machine.
    3. With the Virtual Machine running, I RDP’d into the Virtual Machine.
    4. I then launched Visual Studio, and then began the demos.
    5. With each demonstration of a deployment, I deployed each of the applications and databases to the appropriate Azure service.
    6. Once the demos were completed, and the presentation finished, I stopped the Cloud Service which in turned shut down the Virtual Machine.

    With the approximately 2 hours of the presentation, and the prep time creating the Azure services and installing Visual Studio, it cost me a whopping total of $3 for the Azure stuff (which was free really because I have a bunch credits anyway).

    I’d say that this is a pretty good case study that I could present to those curious about what Azure can do. Don’t you?


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