By now, I'm sure you know that TechEd Australia is a different format this year. We're running essentially the same show twice in October – in Melbourne on October 7th & 8th, and in Sydney on October 27th & 28th. Being only 2 days, we've concentrated on delivering content focused on a single theme. The theme for this conference is Transforming with the Cloud.
One of the ways we're focusing the content is that we're only running 4 main tracks this time around, and each of them will consist of around 12 deeply technical sessions. There are a couple of kinks to iron out in the "call for content" tool but, as content owners, we (see below for who we are and what the tracks are) want to give you as much time to submit great sessions as possible. We'd love to hear from you if you've got a great session or sessions to deliver that align to one or more of the tracks at the end of this post (note that the track descriptions are works in progress still, but again, we wanted to get this out to you ASAP).
If you've got a great idea for a session or sessions that fit into the tracks below, please send email to the track owner or track owners:
Track Owner: Andrew McMurray email@example.com
Cloud computing models are changing the technology landscape and providing more opportunity than ever for IT to deliver impact to the business. The Datacenter and Infrastructure Management track dives into evolving enterprise datacenter concepts built on cloud technologies with Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure Pack, and Microsoft Azure. This track empowers IT professionals, technical decision makers, and business decision makers to understand how our technologies come together as a solution to help them provision their cloud and datacenter infrastructures, provide business continuity, deliver services, and manage applications. Sessions include breakthrough capabilities in the areas of storage, networking, virtualization, management, and automation. Attendees also learn how the latest innovations bring together on-premises approaches and cloud-based technologies to deliver hybrid solutions that span multiple products and leverage existing resources.
Track Owners: Rocky Heckman firstname.lastname@example.org and Esther Mosad email@example.com
The Developer Platform and Tools track brings the developer focused sessions to TechEd. Learn how to build devices- and services-based applications using technologies that span the breadth of the Microsoft platform including: Windows 8.1, ASP.NET , Microsoft Azure, and Windows Phone as well as cross platform development for mobile devices. Learn how to take advantage of the application lifecycle management and latest productivity enhancements in Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. Whether you are building consumer facing applications, line-of-business applications, or mission critical applications this track provides you with what you need to move your projects and your career forward.
Track Owner: Mario Tevanian firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office Servers and Services track combines all familiar Microsoft Office related server, services and clients into one. Products covered include: Office 365, Office client apps, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Yammer, and Microsoft Lync. Gain a deeper understanding of new features, deployment, management, and administration across all of these productivity tools—whether in the cloud, on-premises, or in hybrid scenarios.
Track Owner: Andrew Coates email@example.com
The Windows, Phone and Devices track provides the knowledge Professional Developers need to understand the capabilities that Windows and Windows Phone devices have to offer, as well as guidance for developing line-of-business apps for Windows and Windows Phone, and for publishing apps to the Windows and Windows Phone Stores. For this new devices and services world, we include deep technical content for enabling on-premises and cloud-based solutions, while also providing the key information to understand Windows operating systems architectures, technologies, and usage scenarios
Another post on the Windows Phone blog from a couple of weeks ago talking about the uptake of Unity as a development platform on both Windows and Windows Phone.
And a good video introducing Unity development for Windows Phone.
A nice post on the Windows Phone blog this week on options for testing Windows Phone apps with a discussion of the stages of testing from running in the emulator through the store test kit and into beta testing.
The iconic Sydney Opera House are running a Hackathon in Sydney over the weekend of Dec 7-8. With a first prize of $4000, this might just be a great way to spend a weekend. They’re making a heap of great data sets available including archival recordings and a huge 3-D spatial data set with a model of the Opera House both inside and out.
Check out the details on their site here. (By the way, even though they explicitly mention iOS and Android, I’ve checked and they’d love to have Windows/Windows Phone developers along).
Starting next week, YOW! conferences are running in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Featuring a great line up of speakers and content, YOW! provides an industry perspective on development, design and architecture.
If you can’t get to the entire conference there’s an option to just attend the evening keynote session.
In addition to the conference sessions themselves, YOW! are running in-depth workshops on a number of great coding topics.
All the details are on the Yow! conference web site.
This is a free Windows Azure Instructor led Workshop where you roll up your sleeves and get hands-on with the latest Windows Azure services, development tools and technologies.
Day One will start with the basics and Day Two will build on to more advanced topics, featuring instructor led hands-on labs for; Windows Azure Web Sites, Mobile Services, Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, and many others.
As a developer, I’m always on the lookout for sample code showing me good ways to do things I need to do. Finding that code is sometimes problematic, but there’s a great hub put together by Windows Phone evangelist Matthias Shapiro.
Check out the Interactive Windows Phone 8 Samples Browser
Mathias also has a great post listing his 10 favourite samples.
We just announced that Windows Phone 8 Update 3 is coming. The full feature list is in the post, but in summary:
At the bottom of the Windows Phone 8 Update announcement, there’s a very exciting announcement for Windows Phone developers, we’ve also announced a Preview Program for developers.
In summary, if you have a developer-unlocked phone you will be able to install the update early. You need to visit the Windows Phone Preview for Developers page. This page goes through everything you need to know about the preview program. Once you accept the terms and conditions, you can download the Windows Phone Preview for Developers app, which installs from the Windows Phone Store directly onto your phone and allows you to opt your phone in to receive updates. Then you can head over to your phone’s Phone update setting app and get your update on.
Nokia are running Design/Developer camps in Sydney, Perth and Melbourne.
The Sydney event is on this Friday/Saturday 18/19 October.
Perth is 25/26 October and Melbourne 1/2 November. These look like great sessions, delivered by experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph, in conjunction with Nokia’s Vaughan Knight. Full agenda and details are on the sign up page.
From the sign up page:
We are holding a free 2 day event for developers and designers to level up their skills with help from industry experts Shane Morris and Nick Randolph. The event will cater to new comers and veterans alike, covering both designing and developing for Windows Phone. With fantastic new devices such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, and growing market share globally, it's time to level up your modern design skills.
Sign up here:
Michael Kordahi and I started the FranklySpeaking podcast back in November 2009. We recorded about 75 episodes up to the middle of 2011 and then went quiet with the exception of 2 or 3 false starts (there was other shiny stuff to play with). A couple of months ago we restarted and we’re having a great time.
The new (hosted on Windows Azure Web Sites) site is at http://franklyspeakingpodcast.com, and there are links from there to subscribe with your favourite podcast client.
By the way, we’ve also shared the audio files from the entire back catalogue on our SkyDrive.