Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

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October, 2008

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    Steve Ballmer comes to Sydney and live online November 6


    Steve Ballmer in Sydney and Live Online November 6

    Developers, Developers, Developers!

    As part of a whirlwind visit to Sydney early next month, Steve Ballmer will be presenting Microsoft's future vision for developers in the world of software-plus-services. He'll discuss the next wave of technologies just launched at the Professional Developer Conference. There will also be a live Q&A session with Steve.

    Immediately following Steve’s session, we’ll drill into the Software + Services vision even deeper with Microsoft Directors Gianpaolo Carraro and Tim Sneath, delivering sessions on “Understanding Cloud Computing” and “Amazing Software Experiences for Windows and the Web”. Although all the seats at the Sydney event are gone, we’ll be streaming live and a number of user groups are running events around the country to get together and watch the stream.

    If you want to watch from the comfort of your own desk (or assemble a group of your own), you can register here from 3pm. Live streaming starts at 3:30 (AEST).

    Perhaps even more fun would to be head on into one of the local user groups in your area.

    Let me know if you’re getting a group together and whether you’d like me to list it here.

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    You want content? How about an Azure Services Training Kit? Azure Videos on Channel 9?


    Hot on the heels of other great training kits, we’ve released the Azure Services Training Kit. From the internal announcement email:

    Today we are making available the first preview release of the Azure Services Training Kit.  The Azure Services Training Kit will include hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize the Azure Services Platform.  This PDC preview release of the training kit includes 11 hands-on labs that cover the broad set of services including Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.   These are the same hands-on labs that have already been used by hundreds of customers at the PDC. 

    You can download the Azure Services Training Kit from the Microsoft Download Center here.

    Over the next few weeks we will also be releasing several samples and scenario-based demos that can be used to both demonstrate the value proposition of these services and understand how to use the SDKs, Tools, and Services themselves. 

    Please note:   The Windows Azure hands-on labs can be used locally with the Windows Azure developer fabric that is included with the Windows Azure SDK.   However, the .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services labs require a registered service account. You can apply for a services account here.

    The Channel9 team has held several interviews with the product teams responsible for building the Azure Services Platform.  These are great videos to watch in addition to the PDC sessions:

  • Andrew Coates ::: MSFT

    FREE LINQ to SQL Training in Sydney Nov 8th


    Local MCT Deepak Kapoor is running a Free LINQ to SQL training day in the Microsoft Training Lab at North Ryde 10am – 4pm on Saturday Nov 8.

    With .NET Framework 3.5 Microsoft released LINQ which allows developers to write queries against various data sources using a unified approach. These data sources can be Plain Old CLR Objects, XML, SQL Server databases or any other query-able data source. LINQ To SQL allows developers to write queries in C# or VB.Net which eventually get translated into T-SQL and get executed on the database server. In this course you will learn how to use LINQ To SQL to create efficient Data Layer for applications. The course will start off with basics of LINQ To SQL and will finish off with practical guidance on using LINQ To SQL in real world applications.

    So if you have heard about LINQ To SQL but have not yet jumped into the wonderful world of writing LINQ queries. If you are considering LINQ To SQL for your project. If you think that you need a head start on LINQ To SQL. Then attend this one day course and give yourself a LINQ To SQL confidence boost.

    The course will cover (this list is a work in progress and I may add items to it as days pass)

    1. Introduction to LINQ

    2. Introduction to LINQ To SQL

    3. The basics (create objects and use DataContext to query database. Do this without the designer)

    4. DataContext and its very important role in LINQ To SQL Story

    5. SQLMetal

    6. Using Designer

    7. Basic CRUD with LINQ

    8. Working with Stored Procedures

    9. DataContext Management

    10. Advance queries.

    11. Serialization for entities

    12. Performance considerations

    This is a great example of the community reaching out to help the community.

    Places are limited to the first 20 people to register. Register by sending me an email through the contact page here.

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