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With 8 sessions specifically dedicated to Windows Azure and Office 365 at TechDays Toronto, there was plenty of content to go around. There was everything from deciding whether to move to the Cloud, to how to actually do the move to the Cloud, to how to secure your application in the Cloud once you got it up there. Hopefully you left each session understanding all the concepts and knowing exactly what you needed to do in order to implement them in your applications.

Below you’ll find all of the resources mentioned in each of the sessions so that you can continue your exploration of Windows Azure today (rather than having to wait until the sessions are available on TechDays Online in early December):

Highlighted in all sessions

  • In order to implement what you learned at TechDays, sign up for a 90-day Windows Azure trial account, write some sample code, and deploy your code into Windows Azure.
  • Further, to extend your learning past what you learned at TechDays, download the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit, review the content of the presentations, but most importantly, take some time to complete the included labs.
  • A craftsman/craftwoman can’t create his or her masterpieces without having the tools to do it. Download the Windows Azure SDK which includes all of the development and testing tools you’ll need to build applications for the Cloud.

Highlighted in CLD301 – Migrating Applications to Windows Azure

Highlighted in CLD302 – Windows Azure Storage: Getting Started and Best Practices

  • CLD302 Feedback – Share your feedback on the session or ask Tyler any questions you may have around the content covered in the session.
  • Windows Azure Jump Start – Watch these 45-50 minute videos that focus on the different areas of Windows Azure: the Windows Azure environment, application lifecycle, storage, diagnostics, security, and scalability.
  • Tyler’s Dev Blog – Blog posts on .NET software development for Windows Azure and Windows Phone by Tyler Doerksen (@tyler_gd).

Highlighted in CLD303 – Deploying and Managing Applications on the Windows Azure Platform

Highlighted in CLD304 – To the Cloud and Back: Hybrid Applications with Windows Azure and SharePoint Online

  • CLD304 Feedback – Share your feedback on the session or ask Bruce any questions you may have around the content covered in the session
  • SharePoint and Windows Azure Developer Kit – Get started with SharePoint, SharePoint Online, and Windows Azure with this developer kit that includes several presentations and hands-on labs for you to try.

Highlighted in CLD305 – SQL Azure: Key Features, Migration, and Synchronization Strategies

  • CLD305 Feedback – Share your feedback on the session or ask Stephen any questions you may have around the content covered in the session
  • SQL Azure Guidelines and Limitations – Read through the guidelines and understand limitations that are important to consider when using SQL Azure.
  • How to Shard with SQL Azure – Use database sharding techniques to increase the scalability of the data in your applications.

Highlighted in CLD306 – To Cloud or Not to Cloud

Highlighted in CLD307 – Windows Azure Security, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cloud

  • CLD307 Feedback – Share your feedback on the session or ask Steve any questions you may have around the content covered in the session

Highlighted in CLD309 – Developing SharePoint Solutions for Office 365

  • CLD309 Feedback – Share your feedback on the session or ask Nik any questions you may have around the content covered in the session
  • Nik Charlebois’ Blog – Learn more about what you can do with SharePoint and SharePoint Online on Nik’s blog.
  • Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Power Tools – Development for SharePoint and SharePoint Online becomes much easier and much more productive with these power tools.
  • Office 365 Application Log – a SharePoint sandboxed solution that allows users to log information from custom SharePoint Online components into a SharePoint list.
  • Community Kit for SharePoint: Development Tools Edition – Extend Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint projects with advanced templates and tools.

Highlighted in CLD210 – Office 365 vs. Google Apps – The Elephant in the Room

Looking ahead to TechDays Vancouver

Stay tuned to next Wednesday’s post where I’ll go over what the Cloud Computing and Online Services track has in store for you at TechDays Vancouver! If you haven’t yet registered for TechDays Vancouver (or Montreal, for that matter), there’s still time to register.

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