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Brrrrr! It’s starting to get cold outside, which means it’s time to leave the outdoor activities behind and get some learning done! Isn’t that what the winter is for? If you’re like me, your summer is spent relaxing (or slacking off), being outside, soaking in the rays, vacations, etc, and the winter is spent catching up on the latest and greatest and taking the time to sit and learn something new.

Make that something new be Windows Azure and join me and other Canadian developers for Windows Azure Camp! It’s the perfect opportunity to learn from experts in a low-key, live and interactive way and more importantly, it’s an opportunity to get some hands-on time to apply what you’ve learned.

Attend the camp from the comfort of your home or office by tuning in the sessions below. You’ll then work through and complete the hands-on labs for each session on your own, but you’ll have access to the experts to be able to ask questions if and when they come up.

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Getting Started with Windows Azure
Windows Azure provides a comprehensive platform for building, deploying, and running applications in the cloud. By the end of this session, you will be able to quickly answer the question “What is Windows Azure?”. You will see how to get started with the Windows Azure SDK and tools to build your first application.

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Understanding SQL Azure
What if you could have rich SQL database functionality as a continuously available service without having to worry about purchasing, installing and maintaining database server hardware and software? Well you can, it's called SQL Azure Database. In this session, you’ll get an overview of SQL Azure and you’ll discover that if you know how to develop SQL Server database applications, you already have everything you need to get started with SQL Azure. You’ll walk away knowing how SQL Azure differs from on-premise SQL Server and the tips and tricks needed to get started developing new database applications or migrating existing SQL Server databases to the cloud.

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Application Scenarios
The Windows Azure services can be used independently or composed together to build a variety of applications. In this session you’ll see how you can utilize Windows Azure for several common scenarios including web, technical computing, devices, social games and social apps. You’ll explore the various Windows Azure Toolkits and samples that you can use to build your next cloud application.

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Windows Azure Storage
Windows Azure Storage is a highly available and massively scalable storage service in the cloud for storing a variety of forms of data. In this session, you’ll learn how to get started using Windows Azure storage blobs, tables, queues, and drives.

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Securing, Connecting, and Scaling
After you’ve learned about the core Windows Azure services, there are several questions that might come to mind. For instance, how do you authenticate and authorize users for your application? How can you connect and send messages to tiers of your application? How can you scale out your application to realize the benefits of cloud computing? In this session, you’ll discover the answers to these questions while learning about additional services and features used for building secure, connected, and scalable applications.

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