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  • Blog Post: Learn Azure and Save a Life

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Updated

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure - When do I use What?

    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...
  • Blog Post: Cool Azure InfoGraphic

    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...
  • Blog Post: Excellent Windows Azure Intro Videos

    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...
  • Blog Post: Win a Nokia 710 while Learning Windows Azure

    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...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Meetups in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth in June

    The Lifehacker folk are running another series of their meetups, this time focusing on Windows Azure. I'm going to skip around the country with them as well. The dates are the evenings of Tuesday June 5 in Brisbane Wednesday June 6 in Sydney Tuesday June 12 in Melbourne and Wednesday June 13 in Perth...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure BizSpark Startup Camp in Brisbane 2-4 December

    Via Catherine Eibner On December 2nd- 4th we are holding an Azure Bizspark Start-up Camp in our Brisbane office in the lead up to the launch of our Innovation Centre. This unique opportunity will showcase the potential when Government, Incubators, Universities and Microsoft come together to help Startups...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Star Contest - Win an ASUS Laptop

    The folks over at The Code Project have launched a cool contest so you can show off your LightSwitch skills and win prizes in the process. From their release: Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win...
  • Blog Post: SwitchedOn LightSwitch and Azure briefings for Wellington and Auckland

    I thought I was 33% of the way into the SwitchedOn briefings for LightSwitch and Azure , but today I found out that I'm only 25% through. New cities, Wellington and Auckland have been added to the event, and I'm looking forward to seeing my Kiwi mates and having them commiserate with me about our Rugby...
  • Blog Post: SwitchedOn Briefing Slide Decks - LightSwitch and Azure

    I've just finished the first of the SwitchedOn briefings (Adelaide) - we built a LightSwitch application (u:Adelaide, p:Pass@word1) and deployed it on Azure. I've uploaded the slide decks: Session 1 - LightSwitch Morning (2.2Mb) Session 2 - both Azure decks (13.5Mb) Session 3 - LightSwitch Afternoon...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch and Azure Around Australia in October and November

    The Power of LightSwitch on Windows Azure Update 10/10 - Now with Adelaide Details Introducing Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch , a simple self-service tool that allows developers and business professionals to build business applications quickly and easily for the desktop and the cloud- without the...
  • Blog Post: Azure Announcements at Build

    Early this morning at the Build Conference we announced some exciting new Windows Azure tooling and service enhancements. Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 Windows Azure SDK 1.5 Geo-Replication for Windows Azure Storage Windows Azure Marketplace Service Bus September Release Windows Azure Service Management...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch GDR for SQL Azure

    While we were at TechEd ( talking , by the way, about Visual Studio LightSwitch , twice ), the LightSwitch team released a GDR (General Distribution Release, aka update) to "resolve an issue encountered when publishing to SQL Azure" "This is due to a recent SQL Azure server upgrade which...
  • Blog Post: August 2011 Windows Azure Releases

    While I was overseas, the Windows Azure team announced the availability of the August 2011Release of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and updated Windows Azure Platform Training Kit Grab 'em while they're, if not hot then at least luke warm.
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games & Tankster Version 1.0 | Nathan Totten

    This looks like it could be a lot of fun. I think I've figured out what my son and I are going to do in our spare time for the next little while. Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games & Tankster Version 1.0 | Nathan Totten
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4 Training Kit Updated

    I’ve been raving about our great Training Kits for a while now (including last week’s post on the updated LightSwitch Training Kit ). Last week we also released the March 2011 version of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit and Training Course . The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Beta 2 Download and Training Kit

    I’ve been excited by LightSwitch since I first saw it more than 18 months ago and the recent release of the Beta 2 version and the updated Training Kit has just got me more excited. The Training Kit includes the following content: LightSwitch Overview Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch Hands...
  • Blog Post: Business opportunities in the cloud. NSW .NET breakfast seminar

    I’ve been on the NSW.NET committee for a little while now and have been to (and presented at) a few of the breakfast sessions. They’re generally a great mix of useful technical and business information and this month’s is no exception. Business opportunities in the cloud; journeys of Microsoft and its...
  • Blog Post: Training Kit Redux–More developer resources than you could shake a stick at

    A while ago, I did a post about the great Developer Training Kits available for free download from Microsoft. Since then, we've released a bunch more, so I thought I'd list all of the ones I use regularly in one place. Each of these great resources include hundreds of MB videos, presentations, white...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure User Group Briefings

    The one and only Dave Lemphers is coming back to Australia for a week at the end of February for a whirlwind tour of the country to coincide with the launch in Australia of Windows Azure . He'll be doing public technical briefings hosted by the user groups in 5 capital cities. Date/Time ...
  • Blog Post: CodeCapmOz April 4-5 – Speakers, Sessions, Social

    CodeCampOz is fast approaching - (4-5 April in Wagga Wagga). Mitch has announced the speakers and sessions , and talked about the important social aspects of CodeCamp , in addition to the obvious technical benefits. Looks like another great CodeCamp! What are you waiting for? Sign up NOW!
  • Blog Post: Great Azure Training in Sydney CBD Next Week (Free!)

    Update – Wow! that was quick! All the spots are gone. Sorry about that. Dave beat me to it , but anyway … Next week, 10-12 March, Chris Auld is running a three day dive into the Azure platform in the Sydney CBD. There is some great material, it’s free, and we feed you! If you’re interested in attending...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Development – is it too easy?

    I was chatting to some community folk in the pub last night after presenting (on Architectural patterns on S+S – slides here ) at the Sydney Deep .NET User Group *. I heard an interesting premise: “Good developers don’t want to do SharePoint development because it’s too easy”. To me, this passes the...
  • Blog Post: The King is Dead! – Long Live the King!

    Many of you know that Norbert Haehnel long-time director of my team, Developer and Platform Evangelism, here in Australia recently departed to take up a position at Microsoft in Germany. In fact, his last gig here was to MC the Power To Developers event Steve Ballmer keynoted. The burning question (for...
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