Folding@Home is a Stanford University research project into Alzheimer's, Huntington's, and many forms of cancer. Essentially it’s a distributed computing project (it probably could be classified as a useful SETI) where small units of work are farmed out to available computing resources.
This kind of problem is one that’s ideally suited to Windows Azure (and other cloud platforms), so if you’d like to learn about the new Windows Azure Portal and potentially contribute to some life-saving research here’s all you need to do:
Look at you - saving the world.
DDD Melbourne 2012 has been announced and the call for speakers has opened. If you’re a developer in Melbourne (or are happy to travel for an excellent event), check it out.
At this week’s Azure Dev Camp in Sydney, I showed a slide with suggestions as to when you’d use Windows Azure Web Sites, when you’d use Windows Azure Cloud Services, and when you’d use Windows Azure Virtual Machines. I pinched the slide from Yochay Kiriaty and Craig Kitterman’s TechEd US Session “Windows Azure Websites: Under The Hood (AZR305)”, which is well worth a watch by the way.
I’ve had a few questions and a couple of requests to post the slide, so here it is (reformatted for the blog format)
The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit is now available for download.
From the download page:
The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes over 42 hands-on labs and 18 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include: 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines 11 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Web Sites 2 new hands-on labs demonstrating Windows Azure with Windows 8 Metro-style applications Several new hands-on labs for Node.js and PHP using Mac OS X Updated content for the latest Windows Azure SDKs, tools, and new Windows Azure Management Portal New and updated presentations designed to support individual sessions to a full 3 day training workshops
The June 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes over 42 hands-on labs and 18 presentations. Some of the updates in this version include:
Grab it now!
In addition to the Windows Azure Meetups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth this month, the folk at Lifehacker are running a competition in which you can win one of four Nokia 710 Windows Phones between now and June 26, and you get to dip your toe in the Azure water as well. Of course, if you're already a gun Azure developer, then the challenges will be even easier.
You have to be an Australian resident to enter. Full details here.
I just stumbled across some excellent introductory videos which Steve Marx did while he was at Microsoft. They provide a short explanation behind some of the Azure concepts including:
What is Windows Azure?
What is SQL Azure?
What are the Access Control and Service Bus?
What is the Windows Azure Platform?
Check them out.
The Azure marketing folk here in Australia have produced this cool infographic talking about how the cloud is changing the job market and how to take advantage of the opportunities the cloud provides with Windows Azure.
Check out the graphic below, and sign up for a trial of Windows Azure. Of course, if you want to have a project to work towards as well, you could try the Windows Azure Challenges (and, if you’re an Australian resident, go in the running to win one of four Nokia 710 Windows Phones).