David Isbitski


Dave has been a professional speaker, trainer and evangelist for over a decade. He has taught full-day courses on many topics including Mobile Apps, Cloud and the Web. Dave has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Dave is also an author for Lynda.com, can be found on twitter as @TheDaveDev, on his personal blog (http://davedev.net) and the official Amazon Apps & Services Blog (http://bit.ly/amazon-blog).

Reach New Android Customers with Xamarin Studio, C# and Amazon Fire Devices

Saturday, March 21st, 2015 at 1:30 pm

Did you know the Amazon Appstore now has over 300,000+ apps, in 200+ countries, and runs on Android devices, BlackBerry devices and Amazon Fire devices? With the recent launch of new Amazon Fire Tablets and Fire TV Stick the opportunity for you to reach new customers has never been higher. This session will walk you through everything you need to know to get started selling your apps and games in the Amazon Appstore and offer tips for success. It will cover getting your Xamarin development environment set up for Amazon devices and exactly what you need to know to get published quickly with minimal code change. Now is the time! Using the same C# language you love and the power of Xamarin you can reach millions of potential new Amazon customers.

Reaching New Customers with Your HTML5 Web Apps through the Amazon Appstore

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Most mobile websites today reach their customers through search engines. What if you could get your existing mobile website in front of Amazon’s customers on Kindle and Android devices? Thanks to the new Amazon Web Apps API you can have a new mobile app through a simplified process. This session will cover everything you need to know about optimizing your mobile website for Kindle and Android devices, submitting your web app to the Amazon Appstore, testing and debugging your web app, and how to monetize with Amazon’s In-App Purchasing API.

A Lap Around Windows Azure

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

There were many announcements around Azure at //Build including the General Availability of both Azure Websites and Mobile Services as well as updated pricing for MSDN Subscribers. This talk will give you a high level overview of what’s new in Azure including Autoscaling, Azure Mobile Services, Azure Websites, Virtual Machines and Service Bus.

How I moved my blog to WordPress using Windows Azure Websites

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Windows Azure Websites is a free service that offers you the ability host your own website code in the cloud. In this talk I will walk you through the steps to set up your own free WordPress in the cloud as well as how I moved my own MSDN blog to WordPress in Windows Azure.

What’s new in Windows Phone 8 Sensors

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 11:30 am

This session will deep dive into the new Windows Phone Maps control from Nokia, now part of the core SDK, and cover how you can create your own unique maps and routes. We will also build an app utilizing the new Speech and Voice recognition API’s and cover how to access NFC. If you’ve been looking to take advantage of the new sensor features in Windows Phone 8, or are just a curious enthusiast, this session is for you.

An Intro to Windows Azure Mobile Services

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

As a Windows Store and Windows Phone developer you have seen the power Modern Mobile Apps can bring to your users. B ut, when it came to connecting back end services to your Apps you were left doing all the heavy lifting.  Windows Azure Mobile Services Microsoft provides a fast, free way for you to connect Structured Storage, add Identify and Authorization Services (like Twitter and Facebook) along with Push Notifications. This session will cover how to get started and have a Modern Cloud Connected app up and running within minutes.

Building Windows Store Apps that leverage Modern Hardware

Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

This session will cover how to use Video, Audio, Multi-Touch and modern sensors like the GPS and Accelerometer in your own Windows Store Apps.

Creating Windows Store apps that run everywhere using HTML and JavaScript

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Windows 8 is a re-imagining of not only software but the devices Windows runs on as well.  This will mean your app could run on screens of only a few inches to screens that cover an entire wall.  As a Developer, how do you get your app to look great on all of these different devices and still give a unique experience?  We’ll cover how to handle that using responsive web design and CSS3.  We will also provide code you can re-use in your own apps.

Building an HTML5/JavaSript App for Windows 8

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Space Cadet is a Windows 8 Metro Style App developed using HTML5 and JavaScript. The intent of this session is to help HTML5/JavaScript developers with writing their first Metro Style App in a fun, immersive way. The code for the game will be distributed during the session, and developers will be able to freely re-use the code in future apps. Space Cadet starts out as small game with a functional game loop. Functionality is added to the game, as each new topic is introduced, including:

  • HTML5 Canvas
  • HTML5 Audio
  • CSS3 Styling and Web Fonts
  • Implementing a Game Loop with JavaScript
  • Third Party Frameworks
  • Touch
  • Camera Access
  • Accelerometer
  • WinJS Controls

The session ends with HTML5/JavaScript developers having a baseline knowledge to build their own Windows 8 apps sell them in the new Windows Store.

Adventures in HTML5 Gaming

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

This session will provide you with an overview of SVG and the new HTML5 Canvas. We will cover the history of each, their advantages and what you should pick for your own game. We will then cover the fundamentals of games programs such as the game loop as well as exposure to some frameworks. Particular focus will be spent on the open source Canvas/JS framework EaselJS. Plenty of demos and code will be provided.

How to make money with your Windows Phone App

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Learn what makes Windows Phone Apps so unique to customers, their buying habits and what you can do to make a profit. We’ll discuss using App Hub, App Certification and how to use Ads via Microsoft PubCenter. All of this while showing real world examples that are currently making money today.

PDC10 Session 1 – presented live, in-person!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thanks to the amazing folks at Philly.NET we are going to host one of these parties at the Microsoft Malvern office on October 28th. We will have free wireless available as well as some great raffle prizes (X-Box 360). I hope you will join us!

Ever since creating his first “Choose Your Own Adventure” video game using Commodore BASIC, Dave has been fascinated by the potential of computers and the worlds they can bring to us. Debuting in the Enterprise space with Visual Basic 5, he has worked with Microsoft Technologies all of his career at various Fortune 100/500 companies. He enjoys talking about technology and has taught full day courses on many Microsoft topics as well as being a presenter at VSLive!, Re-Mix, XAMLFest, CodeCamps and other events. His current passion is showing companies in the Mid-Atlantic States the importance of good user experience and how to implement it within their Enterprise. Dave can be found on Twitter at @theDaveDev and frequently posts to his blog at http://CoolStuffWith.Net.