Take a lightning tour of the many connectivity options for Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Store Apps. There are more than ever before: HTTP networking APIs, NFC and Bluetooth including ‘tap to connect’ and WebApi REST services are just the tip of the iceberg. See how to build apps that work with DataSense 2.0. Store settings and data in Microsoft OneDrive. Share state between a Windows Phone 8.1 app and the Windows 8.1 version of your app. See some practical demos, such as how to implement compression with HTTP networking and how you can handle credentials when accessing services that require user authentication. We’ll also take a quick look at building a mobile back end with Microsoft Azure Mobile Services and connecting with it from your app.
A common career path for technical people is one of management - a skill set we don't all naturally possess. This is the tale of a developer who became a people and technical manager and before I knew it had an entire Product team (50+ people) I was responsible for and had no clue what I was doing: what went wrong, how did I make it right, what did I focus on, and how to turn teams into even more functional, high performance teams.