December, 2011

  • Canadian Solution Developers' Blog

    New SQL Azure lab available (How to move data to SQL Azure)


    SQL-Azure_rgbThe 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.

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    Facebook is fun with friends, but LinkedIn can help you get a job!


    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

    1. DO fill out the summary in your profile, treat it as a mini resume that highlights your skillset and experience, put detailed information about past job positions under experience
    2. DO select some core skills in the skills section
    3. If you are bilingual, DO consider creating your profile in both languages
    4. DO set your public profile URL so you can link to your online resume in emails when you apply to jobs or are introducing yourself to another professional
    5. DO keep the tone professional in all your status updates
    6. DO link to your blog if it is relevant to your professional skills.
    7. If you tweet, DO NOT automatically have all your tweets appear as linked in status updates, use a client that allows you to select which tweets go to linked in with a #li hashtag or some other optional selection
    8. DO try to get 3 recommendations from other people on LinkedIn to help you get a 100% profile
    9. DO start building your connections and network
    10. DO join technical and professional groups on LinkedIn to stay connected and informed (I recommend Canadian Developer ConnectionSmile )
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    2012 Will Sure Get You Starting Something New


    Happy HolidaysAs 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!”.

    DevCubedCubeNeed 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!

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    A Whole Week of Windows Azure Training Opportunities


    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 >>

    image Getting Started with Windows Azure
    LIVE | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>
    In this session, You will see how to get started with the Windows Azure, the SDK, and tools to build your first application. You will also learn the key concepts of Windows Azure Compute.
    image Speaker Photo ([Left to Right] Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich)Learn Windows Azure
    LIVE | 9:00 AM PT | Add to Outlook >>
    LIVE from the Microsoft Redmond Campus, join to learn how to get started building applications for the cloud from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich.
    image Understanding SQL Azure
    LIVE | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>
    In this session, you’ll get an overview of SQL Azure, discover the differences between SQL Azure and on-premise SQL Server, and get tips and tricks needed to get started developing new database applications or migrating existing SQL Server databases to the cloud.
    image Application Scenarios
    LIVE | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>
    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.

    Then, continue your learning next week with additional LIVE sessions:

    image Windows Azure Storage
    LIVE | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>
    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.
    image Securing, Connecting, and Scaling
    LIVE | 12:00 PM ET | Add to Outlook >>
    In this session, you’ll discover how to use Windows Azure services for authorization and authentication, sending messages to tiers of your application, and how to scale in order to realize the true benefits of the Cloud.

    Details on Windows Azure Camp Online >>
    Details on Learn Windows Azure >>

    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.

    Happy Learning!

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