Skill Up for 5$

Skill Up


I thought I’d spread the word. From 17th December 2015 into the New Year, Packt Publishing is inviting the tech world to explore its extensive library of eBooks and Video courses for one amazing price. The books are listed under the Skill Up titles.  Every single eBook and Video course Packt has ever created will be available on for just $5 (Yes! you heard right)

My title JavaScript Promises Essentials will be a part of this sale and you can grab it for just $5. You can check out the offer here at this link

Also, as a follow-up to last summer’s Skills and Salary Reports, Pack has also created their very first Year in Review This review will guide you through the biggest topics to come out of 2015 and show you what’s going to be defining 2016 and beyond – so you can learn intelligently and strategically.

Happy Skilling Up!

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Hack Productivity with Microsoft Office 365

The Microsoft Office 365 team is challenging developers and makers across the globe to use Microsoft Office 365 APIs and Add-ins to boost productivity in every area of your life.

Hack Productivity, a new online hackathon from Microsoft with $32,500 in prizes for apps that help people make stuff happen — with ease 🙂

Hack Productivity gives developers access to the Office 365 APIs for mail, calendar, contacts, photo/video, and files so they can create tech solutions that allow people to do everything they set out to do, and more. As an added challenge, they are also asking you to build an entirely new Add-in (extension) for your app.

If you wish to enter,your solution needs to help people manage their lives — but how is totally up to you. For instance, you could build an app that:

  • helps people create photo albums with images shared by their friends
  • creates a weekly schedule for everyone in the household
  • collates a daily to-do list based on incoming email
  • creates a filing system for school assignments and research work
  • designs a new collaboration system for the office
  • suggests a friend date when you haven’t seen one of your contacts in awhile
  • uses Pavlovian push notifications to defeat procrastination

The cherry-on-top, a prize :). Your time-saving, achievement-producing app will be up cash prizes, plus some other shoutout-worthy swag:

  • meeting w/ a Microsoft product exec
  • one-year allowance on a premium Office 365 service
  • expenses-paid trip to a Microsoft conference
  • Surface products

They will be providing lots of support throughout the hackathon, including online office hours, tutorials, and tech tips. So check off the first thing on your to-do list: Register & start building your productivity hack @

Get Creative!

Happy Hacking!

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Meet X-Tag a Microsoft driven Open Source JavaScript Library

Just wanted to share with you a newly released “Awesome” JavaScript Library.
X-Tag is a Microsoft supported, open source, JavaScript library that wraps the W3C standard Web Components family of APIs to provide a compact, feature-rich interface for rapid component development.While X-Tag offers feature hooks for all Web Component APIs (Custom Elements, Shadow DOM, Templates, and HTML Imports), it only requires Custom Element support to operate.
As a fallback mechanism, X-Tag also uses a set of polyfills shared with Google’s Polymer framework, in case there was no native support for the Custom Element.
The X-Tag has a wide Browser Support:

Edge (all versions and devices) and Internet Explorer 9+
Firefox (all versions, devices, and platforms)
Chrome (all versions, devices, and platforms) and Android 4+ stock browser
Safari and Safari iOS 5+
Opera 11+ (all devices and platforms)

Just in case you missed out on Web Components and might be wondering what on earth is this?

Web components are encapsulated, reusable and composable widgets for the web platform. Basically it is a collection of standards being worked out at the W3C. In summary, web components allow you to bundle markup and styles into custom HTML elements. Its introduction was very significant to web development because it can harness the power and extensibility necessary to build some complex widgets and applications right into the core web feature set. So, go ahead and picture the capabilities of JavaScript libraries like Angular and Backbone, but as a foundation of the web platform, standardised across all browsers.


Posted in Web Development

Get the most out of the JavaScript Week

Hello everyone!

Packt Publishing has launched JavaScript Week until Sunday 15th November. It seems they are offering a 50% discount on their newest and most popular JavaScript titles. Take your pick – from emerging frameworks such as React.js and Meteor, to full stack web development with MEAN.

If that’s not enough, you can take advantage of their JavaScript bundle offer. Simply select any 5 of the discounted titles and get all of them for just $50 – all you need to do is add them to your cart, and the discount will instantly be applied.

Just wanted to spread the word about this JavaScript Week if anyone wants to ramp-up on something new!



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Microsoft Web Camp – Dubai

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Hello Developers!

Microsoft is hosting a Web Camp event this month in Dubai, actually next week on September 15. The full day event is aimed at helping you learn how to Build websites that work everywhere! I will be delivering the full day workshop, with loads of  exciting content. So come join me and let’s have a fun packed day!

What is a Web Camp?

Web Camps are free, fun, no-fluff events for developers, by developers. You learn from experts in a low-key, interactive way and then you’ll get to apply what you’ve learned.

What are you going to learn?

At this 1 day Web Camp, you’ll learn how to develop beautiful, interactive and fast web sites using Microsoft’s web tools and platform. You will also learn how to develop websites that work everywhere. Build websites that are based on web standards, debug and test for a good cross-browser experience.
You are required to BRING YOUR LAPTOP to follow up with some hands on examples. You can do these at your pace with help from instructors when you need it.


The event as I mentioned is taking place on September 15th at the following venue:
The Westin,
Mina Siyahi,
Dubai, UAE

If you want to prepare your machine for the event, you can do so by:

  1. Acquiring a free 30-day trial Azure account or Activating your free MSDN subscriber benefits
  2. Downloading the latest Web Camp Training Kit
  3. Downloading Visual Studio 2015
  4. Upgrading your machine to Windows 10

Make sure you Regsiter Here beforehand so you can have all the time to enjoy your morning coffee when you arrive 🙂


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