Colin Melia is known as an architect, entrepreneur, trainer, speaker and author with deep and broad knowledge of the latest Microsoft technologies, proven problem solving skills, hands-on solution creation ingenuity and the ability to communicate rich and complex ideas at both the developer and board level. He also has the role of Microsoft Regional Director and has received the Microsoft MVP award for several years. Using his XAML and .NET expertise, his company Ace of Clouds, put apps in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store for Windows 8, and now offers app development and developer training for Windows 8. In recent years he developed and delivered the first Windows Phone boot camp tour in North America and has solutions running live on Windows Azure. Colin has 20+ years of hands-on experience delivering solutions across finance, e-learning, telecoms and Internet communications industries in areas of rich UI with Windows Store Apps, WPF & Silverlight, cloud development with Azure and BI with SQL Server, and with in-depth knowledge of core technologies such as .NET, OData, WCF, WF, LINQ and WIF. His work is used by companies such as O2, HP, Intel, Microsoft & WPP. He speaks regularly with his British accent at conferences, events and code camps for Microsoft and community organizations as well as being a college academic advisor. His sessions, video tutorials, interviews, articles and reference materials have been featured on .NET Rocks, dnrTV, Microsoft TechDays, DevTeach, Microsoft Channel9, Mobile Developer Magazine, DZone and his blog.
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