• DaveDev

    Learn The Cloud. Make A Difference. @home with Windows Azure


    Via my teammate Peter Laudati

    How does learning about cloud computing while contributing to scientific research sound to you? Join us for @home with Windows Azure to get a solid understanding of the Windows Azure platform while giving back to a very deserving cause.

    Learn the Cloud @home

    What is @home with Windows Azure?

    Microsoft provides a 90-day free trial of Windows Azure where you can kick the tires and run an application in the cloud 24x7, cost-free. Why not use that free compute time to give back to a deserving cause?  The @home with Windows Azure project is an online activity where you use those 90-days of free compute time (or your MSDN Subscriber benefits) to contribute to Stanford University’s Folding@home distributed computing project.

    The Folding@home project helps scientists provide insight into the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad Cow disease, ALS, and some cancer-related syndromes, by running protein folding simulations on thousands of machines world wide.

    You will deploy Stanford’s Folding@home application to Windows Azure, where it will execute protein folding simulations in the cloud, thus contributing to the research effort. In essence, your participation is a donation of your free compute time to the Folding@home project!

    Get Started

    It’s easy to get started in 4 quick steps. The @home with Windows Azure site has a series of short, easy to follow along to, screencasts that walk you through deploying Folding@home to the cloud!

    Learn The Cloud

    Want to go deeper? Join the @home team for a live webcast or catch one of their recordings on demand to learn more about Windows Azure, including: compute & storage services, debugging in the cloud, and patterns for achieving scale.

    Make A Difference

    In addition to directly contributing CPU cycles to the Folding@home project, from the start of March 2012, Microsoft is donating $10 (up to a maximum of $5000) to Stanford’s Pande Lab for everyone that participates!

    See Your Impact

    You can see your impact by visiting the detailed World Stats page on the @home with Windows Azure site.  For example, to date, over 6,300 VMs have contributed over 3.5 million compute hours!!!

    Learn more about the project and join in at the project’s website: http://distributedcomputing.cloudapp.net

  • DaveDev

    The new look of Channel 9


    For all you niners out there... please check out the new look and feel of channel 9 by going to the Beta Site.  The team would love to hear your Feedback!

  • DaveDev

    Create your next masterpiece – the entire Expression Studio 3 is available to MSDN Subscribers now!



    With the release of Expression Studio 3 MSDN Subscribers can now download the entire suite (a $600 retail value).  This was something I have personally been pushing for a long time.  With the rise of User Experience and RIA in the Enterprise I have seen Expression being used more everyday in the design of the next generation of LOB (line of business) applications.

    With Team Foundation Service integration and a slew of new features this a a perfect opportunity to check out Expression as an enterprise developer.  This release also includes Sketchflow as well as the final release of Super Preview in the updated Expression Web.


    You can find it under the new “Designer Tools” section now via MSDN.

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  • DaveDev

    Even developers and designers are not immune to this economic downtown - Microsoft wants to help.



    Internally at Microsoft there has been talk about how we can help developers and designers in this economy. The beginning of those efforts is now launching with ThriveDev a website dedicated to offering FREE resources on training, certifications, videos, as well as job posting and integrating with your local developer community.

    “ Although the economic news is looking a little brighter, we know it’s still tough out there…. to help Microsoft has put together Thrive -  a website all about helping you survive the recession and manage their careers in this tough economy.  Thrive pulls together a ton of great resources to help you learn new tasks faster, get access to discounted training, and certification and connect you with your local community. Thrive has lots of interesting insights from members of our own developer community who are sharing their stories and advice about what they are doing to manage their career in the downturn. “

    Some great upcoming features include:

    • .NET Rocks “Development in a Downturn” podcast series – 10 part podcast series focusing on developers in the community sharing their stories of how they have handled the recession, what they have learned and advice they have to share to others based on their personal experiences
    • Step by step resources to help you ramp quickly on new tasks. We’re being asked to take on more with fewer resources and limited training, these step  by step scenarios help save time and money.
    • How to be a better Developer” series – everything from community MVP’s weighing in with their advice, to how to leverage social networks to benefit your career, to “Driving your Career Forward” , a  32 part screen cast series on how to develop key soft skills that can help you be more successful on the job.
    • Job search functionality on thousands of development job openings across the country
    • Industry resources and articles on how to land a job; including a 4 part webcast series on “Getting a Development Job in the Current Economy” 
    • Community Connection to find local developer events and user groups

    Be sure to stop on by and check it out as well as letting us know if there is anything you'd like to see on the site.

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