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Jonathan RozenblitDeveloper Evangelist
Susan IbachDeveloper Evangelist
The SQL Azure labs site is a great place to explore and play with SQL Azure! You are probably already using SQL Server and may be working with or wondering about SQL Azure. Often when I want to explore a technology, I find reading a blog post or MSDN article isn’t enough to make me comfortable. I need something more tangible to help me grasp a new tool or offering. The SQL Azure team provides a series of videos and labs to help you explore and master different SQL Azure technologies.
There are a number of labs on the SQL Azure site, but I just want to take a minute to point out one in particular that just went live this week.
The Microsoft Codename “Data Transfer” Lab provides an easy-to-use Web application for importing data into SQL Azure or Blob storage. Learn how to transfer structured data and files into Azure using any standard modern browser. One of the goals for this lab is to take the complexity out of typical operations, such as loading structured data in CSV and Excel files into SQL Azure. The lab service provides simple parsing, type discovery and conversion over files in a wizard-like experience.
This is a new lab, and the SQL Azure team wants to learn from you! They will use your feedback to shape the service in the future! So if you get a pop-up questionnaire please take the time to answer, you could identify a feature to include in the next release! You can also post on the SQL Azure Labs Support Forum to give feedback as well.
I know most of you are on Facebook. But I know a lot of us are still trying to figure out exactly how to use LinkedIn. I wanted to make sure you aren’t missing out on a tool that can help you find work opportunities.
Facebook is generally regarded as a tool for keeping in touch with friends near and far, it is also used by companies to share information about promotions and offers. LinkedIn is generally regarded as more business oriented. It has become a tool used by recruiters to find potential employees and a way for professionals to network with other professionals through groups and connections. I also get emails through LinkedIn asking me if I know anyone suitable to fill different job positions, or if I am interested in a specific opportunity.
I go to Facebook to make comments on my friends photos, I accept friend requests from people I have met over the years and former classmates.
I go to LinkedIn to share technical resources, to find out about technical events going on in the community, and to build my professional network. It is interesting how often I will be presenting a topic, and will walk around the room and spot someone perusing my Linked In Profile. Creating a Linked In account and setting up your profile is like creating an online resume. There’s a great blog that provides some stats and quotes about how employers use LinkedIn during the hiring process.
Here are ten tips to help you create a suitable LinkedIn profile in no particular order
This week is jam-packed with opportunities to learn about and get started using Windows Azure. If you haven’t had a chance to look into Windows Azure yet, take some time this week and give it a try by attending these LIVE ONLINE events:
Details on Windows Azure Camp Online >> Details on Learn Windows Azure >>
Then, continue your learning next week with additional LIVE sessions:
If you’re not able to make any of the above, don’t worry. Both the Windows Azure Camp sessions and the Learn Windows Azure sessions will be recorded and posted later for on-demand viewing. Stay tuned to the blog for information on how to access the recordings.
As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 about to begin, now’s the time to start thinking about starting something new.
Whoa! I can’t believe it. 2011 is already coming to a close. Where did this year go? Looking back, there were some really amazing things that happened.
Just off the top of my head:
But, enough talking about this year. Let’s focus on next year! I can’t talk about the details yet, but there is some serious awesomeness coming your way in 2012. But let’s focus on you - what do you have in store for yourself in 2012? As I always say at this time of the year — “Don’t think about what you didn’t do this year and let it get you down. Rather, think forward. Think about your aspirations and then START SOMETHING!”.
Need some help? Tune in on January 4 to Developers, Developers, Developers: LIVE & INTERACTIVE. Windows Phone experts Atley Hunter, Barranger Ridler, and Paul Laberge will be on the show to chat about Windows Phone and the Developer Movement. Plus: Miguel Carrasco, well known community personality and career coach, talks about LinkedIn and how it can help you start something new in your career. All LIVE and INTERACTiVE.
Enjoy the holiday season, and have a safe, happy, and geeky new year!