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  • Blog Post: Fireside Chats – these look interesting – SharePoint 2010, Cloud Computing and Microsoft IT

    I thought you may like the look of these fireside chats – topics ranging from SharePoint 2010 to Microsoft’s Online Services. First session is on Tuesday, December 1st. See you there! The whys and registration details are here .
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Happy from Windows 7 to Windows Azure

    eek! Say hello to the Windows Management Framework starring our dear friend PowerShell 2.0. Read more here . Why is this cool/important? You now have the power with PowerShell to manage all your favorite Windows flavors (XP to 7 to Server 2008 R2) and (wait for it)…the Cloud! Yes, with the Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: The 30/30 for students and recent graduates starting October 21

    eek! Looking for 30 minutes of technical training and 30 minutes of soft skills training? You’ll probably want to catch the Microsoft Students to Business Fall Webcasts . First in the fall session is Microsoft Azure - An introduction to Cloud Computing and Microsoft Certifications 101 on October 21 ...
  • Blog Post: Architect Resources – Pragmatism and Turbulent Times

    eek! Catching up on my reading and found that there is a new Architecture Journal: Architecture in Turbulent Times . From the magazine: “…the role of an architect is a unique one. Architects are some of the more unbiased technology decision makers, and they have a holistic view of solutions in an enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Feel Good Fridays – Microsoft, its Partners and the 2019 Video

    7/20/2009 Update: Looks like they've pulled the session videos that had "permalinks" :(. Website says check back in August, so I'll have an update when these become available again. Welcome to another Feel Good Friday; don’t forget to vote ! Did you catch the online streaming of the keynotes from...
  • Blog Post: Inside SQL Data Services, actually SQL Azure Database!

    eek! Update: Try out the SQL Azure Database CTP today! This one is for the architects! I’ve been catching up on the nosql phenomenon (and think that Windows Azure Storage should do just fine for “nosql” types). But for those of us who cherish relational databases (especially SQL Server) and want it...
  • Blog Post: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Sisters are doing it for themselves Part 2)

    A few months ago, my team ran the Microsoft Enterprise Developer Conference in New York City. If you spelunk our website , you’ll find some great sessions that you can view on demand. Here are 3 that I’m picking at random from my favorite sessions… Windows Azure Case Study: How we ported ScrumWall and...
  • Blog Post: You down with PHP, yeah you know me

    eek! If you didn’t see it yet, the latest PHP Architect Magazine is dedicated to running PHP on Windows. Articles include: Installing PHP on Windows Configure and Optimize PHP on Windows Getting Started with the SQL Server Driver for PHP Oh and this month’s issue is free (registration required though...
  • Blog Post: This PHP Elephant is Azure – get the SDK

    eek! If you missed it last week, there is a new PHP SDK for Windows Azure ! For more background on PHP in Azure, check out the ever useful Steve Marx’s blog (this particular entry explains how to program Azure with PHP that predates this SDK). For those of you new to Azure, the “How Do I” videos are...
  • Blog Post: Making Private Clouds

    eek! Steve Martin nets out what it means for “private clouds” in the age of Azure . Easy read but it made me hungry and impatient :) “…we’re bringing the lessons learned from our public cloud to the places where they will likely deliver the most benefit in the near term – right in your data center. As...
  • Blog Post: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

    eek!   In these difficult economic times, we believe it is a great time to hear the voices of customers across various industry sectors , who are driving down costs, improving efficiency, and increasing agility and quality of solutions to business problems. Whether your interest is in industry solutions...
  • Blog Post: Getting Azure Smart

    eek! They just revved the Azure Services Training Kit . I really think these Training Kits are a well kept secret, so I’m pretty unabashed about promoting them :) What’s new in the April revision: New Presentation for SQL Data Services 2 additional hands-on labs for Windows Azure PHP and Native Code...
  • Blog Post: Pizza and Azure in Springfield, MA

    eek! Join us if you are in the neighborhood tomorrow. Details here: Western Mass .NET Users Group . Here’s the abstract: Late last year, Microsoft unveiled its cloud computing platform called the Azure Services Platform. It is made up of an operating system for the cloud called Windows Azure and some...
  • Blog Post: April Cool

    eek! Bucking the trend on April Fool by doing an April Cool post. Here are some of the things I talked about in March. Hope you get a resource or link that saves you time... Girl Geeks Rule Downloading IE8 Get Silverlight 3 Beta with eyes wide open Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform An Azure Moment...
  • Blog Post: An Azure Moment of Zen – a cool minute

    eek! It is all of a minute (around minute 48 to 49) as part of the MIX09 Day 1 Keynote . You’ve got to hear it if you’ve dismissed Windows Azure/Azure Services Platform before (or if you fell in love at first sight). Hint: Fast CGI = PHP, Full Trust .NET and ADO.NET access to SQL in the cloud. What’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure and not too shabby name drop

    eek! I’m often presenting on Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform to enterprise developers and IT pros. I’m usually asked to do an overview of the “message from Microsoft” and here’s my pitch (in case you have to do this). To see it in action, download my slides and follow along… Happy Azure...
  • Blog Post: Get your motor running…

    eek! Bigger, badder and you’ll get to decide if it is better. The MSDN Northeast Roadshow comes to Hartford CT on March 18 2009 for a whole day at a new, larger venue (click the link to register and get details). It is FREE! Why? Catch up on… "Top Dev": Effective .NET Developer Practices Head...
  • Blog Post: Discovering CBlox on the road to Azure

    eek! Somewhere beyond those waters lies Azure… I had the great fortune to be on a bus tour of the Microsoft Quincy Data Center (way outside Seattle, WA) earlier this month. I’ve done my fair share of data center walkthroughs (usually when my code didn’t work and we had to fix at the server), but this...
  • Blog Post: How do I do what? Azure!

    eek! The MSDN home page now boasts 500 videos and more as part of its continuing series on How Do I (aka HDI) videos . They just launched a few on developing for the Azure Services Platform and I’ve watched a few. Nice work. Are you experimenting with Azure? P.S. An update. I was reminded that...
  • Blog Post: The Joy of SxS

    eek! Who knew that this little link could change my life and it will change yours :) Its about getting Live Mesh – the consumer version… …running side by side (sxs) with the Developer Version that gives you Mesh Enabled Web Applications . Now I can help developers to ramp on Live development and still...
  • Blog Post: Catching up on my reading: Microsoft .NET Services Whitepapers

    eek! Looking for introductions and developer guides on the Microsoft .NET Services stack that is part of the Azure Services Platform? Check out these whitepapers from Pluralsight , nicely done…
  • Blog Post: .NET Programmers in the Cloud

    eek! Just a friendly reminder, join us (.NET Programmers Group on Facebook) for our session on programming the cloud with the Microsoft Azure Services Platform . It takes place on Tuesday, January 6th 2008 at 8 pm US Eastern Time. The abstract: You may have heard that Microsoft recently unveiled its...
  • Blog Post: My identity crisis - I didn't know Dick

    eek! After catching up on my reading, I realized that I had an identity crisis - a deficiency in being able to explain digital identity in everyday language. Ugh. The good news is that I tend to read a lot of blogs that raise my IQ. Kim Cameron acknowledged Dick Hardt is joining Microsoft . I didn't...
  • Blog Post: Join our .NET Programmers Group in the Cloud

    eek! Join us as we relaunch our .NET Programmers Group via Facebook in about a week. I'll be presenting on programming in the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Its on January 6, 2008 at 8 pm US Eastern Time. See you there! Abstract: You may have heard that Microsoft recently unveiled its platform for cloud...
  • Blog Post: Live Framework and why should you care?

    eek! The Live Framework team recently published a short (but to the point) white paper entitled The Live Framework: What is it and Why Should I Care? “The Live Framework provides a platform-agnostic, HTTP-based, resource-oriented programming model for accessing data. This programming model abstracts...
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