Jennifer Marsman

Windows Development

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  • Blog Post: TweetDVR: Fun with Big Data and Game of Thrones

    I never watch live television in real time.  My favorite shows are all set to record on my DVR (and I use a computer running Windows Media Center as my DVR).  When I want to watch TV, I just browse through my recorded shows and watch what I’m in the mood for.  However, one disadvantage...
  • Blog Post: Build 2015 Keynote Day 1 Summary

    Recordings of the event will be available at http://channel9.msdn.com/events/build/2015 .  Microsoft’s Build 2015 conference opening keynote was a testament to Microsoft’s openness.  We demonstrated and announced a new free cross-platform Visual Studio edition, great integration with Docker...
  • Blog Post: Getting interesting data into Azure Machine Learning (AzureML)

    If you want to explore machine learning, sometimes the hardest part is finding an interesting data set to play with.  In this post, I want to tackle how to find and use interesting data in Azure Machine Learning (AzureML).  I’ll discuss using the sample datasets, importing data, and finding...
  • Blog Post: Azure March 2015 Announcements

    Scott Guthrie made some announcements today in an online event .  Some customer success stories were shared by Hogarth, 3M, and Fortis.  The big announcements were: · New Azure App Service : https://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/announcing-the-new-azure-app-service · New Azure Student Offer : http...
  • Blog Post: Pipe Dreams: Fun with Azure and IoT

    On December 11-12, 2014, I participated in a hackathon in Miami with some other evangelists across Microsoft. The goal was to build something cool for Azure and/or Windows 10.  I teamed up with three Davids: David Crook , David Giard , and Dave Voyles . Our idea We wanted to build something that...
  • Blog Post: Different ways to connect Azure to on-premise datacenter

    I found this great video (hat tip to Brian H. Prince and Keith Mayer ) that quickly summarizes different ways to connect Azure to an on-premise datacenter.  The video is only about 10 minutes long and gives a great high-level view of the different options: http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Explain...
  • Blog Post: “Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions” Certification 70-532

    On February 13, 2015, I passed the Microsoft exam for Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions .  It is one of three Azure certifications that are available: 70-532- Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions 70-533- Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions 70-534- Architecting Microsoft Azure...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark: Get free software and cloud services for your startup

    Note: if you already know that you want BizSpark, jump straight to the Register section. Why? BizSpark is a Microsoft program to help software startups at the beginning when money may be tight. You can utilize it for a maximum of 3 years, but afterwards BizSpark Alumni can keep, at no charge, all...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Central US Events through Dec 2013

    My team and I are running 4 event series through the end of the calendar year, in numerous cities across the Central United States. You can get caught up on the big announcements from //build, learn Windows 8 and Windows Phone development, and more! Join us for...
  • Blog Post: //build 2013 – Day 2 Keynote

    Following the //build day 1 keynote , there was also a keynote on the second day of the //build conference 2013.  In case you missed it, all session recordings will be available at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013 . The Day 2 Keynote recording is at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build...
  • Blog Post: DevRadio webcast: Patrick Godwin on “How I Wrote and Deployed a Cloud-Powered Windows 8 App in Six Days”

    I interviewed Patrick Godwin as part of the Microsoft DevRadio series on Channel 9 .  Patrick has a cool story, in that he is a student (at the University of Michigan – go blue!), and he wrote and deployed a Windows 8 app to the Windows Store in just six days with the help of Windows Azure Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Detroit Day of Azure–recordings

    I spoke at the Detroit Day of Azure on Saturday, March 24, 2012.  It was a great event; I highly recommend attending if they make it an annual tradition.  Some of the sessions were recorded:  Brent Stineman keynote on “When Where Why Cloud?”   Jennifer Marsman on "Azure 101"...
  • Blog Post: Walk the path to the cloud – learn Windows Azure

    You know you've been meaning to do it - get developing on the cloud - but you haven't found the resources or time to get started.  Or maybe you've taken the first steps, and done a little reading on the subject, but haven't yet sat down to write any code.  Or maybe you really tried to figure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Pass: Get in the cloud for free!

    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform, and a lot of developers are excited to try it out. To help you try it out, we have started a program called “Windows Azure Pass.” You can register a Live ID for a Pass and receive 30 days of free cloud computing. Just enough time to dip your toes in the cloud...
  • Blog Post: When does cloud computing make sense?

    There are many scenarios when it makes business sense to utilize a cloud approach.  I want to discuss two scenarios that I believe are particularly compelling for using cloud computing: new site launches and cyclic traffic.  New Site Launches Cloud computing is very compelling for new site...
  • Blog Post: Ed & Ashley’s 5 Minute Show

    When I was at the PDC last fall, I was interviewed for “ Ed & Ashley’s 5 Minute Show ”.  Ed and Ashley are college students who interview women in technology on their video blog.  You can read about how they got started here .  On this show, we talk about Windows Azure and interviewing...
  • Blog Post: Why do you need a primary and a secondary access key for Windows Azure storage?

    When you create a storage account on Windows Azure, you will notice in the developer portal that you receive both a primary and a secondary access key: Why do you need both a primary and a secondary access key for Windows Azure storage?  You can access the storage with only one key.  For example...
  • Blog Post: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT - Coming to a City Near You!

    TechNet & MSDN Events Present: Real World Azure with Microsoft IT Come spend a day with us to explore Windows Azure™ – Microsoft’s platform for building and deploying cloud based applications – from a real world point of view! During this event, we’ll review critical...
  • Blog Post: Azure Pricing Announced!

    Everyone has been waiting for this for a long time (if I had a dime every time I was asked the pricing model for Azure, I'd be rich), and here it is...the pricing for Azure has been announced!  For Windows Azure specifically, here is the skinny: compute time is $0.12/hour, storage is $0.15/GB/month...
  • Blog Post: Interview on Windows Azure, hosted by David Giard

    David Giard hosted me on his webcast series .  The topic was Windows Azure .  Links: http://www.davidgiard.com/2009/05/28/JenniferMarsmanOnWindowsAzure.aspx http://www.viddler.com/explore/dgiard/videos/135/
  • Blog Post: Queues in Windows Azure Storage

    This warrants calling out - the queues in Windows Azure aren't your typical FIFO queue/dequeue mechanism.  They actually use a two-step dequeuing process.  Imagine the typical Windows Azure architecture where a web role (or multiple web roles) accepts incoming network traffic, pushes work onto...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Developer Contest - Win Fame and Fortune (literally)!

    This new CloudApp() contest looks extremely cool: the objective is to create a cloud application running on Windows Azure.  There are categories for both .NET and PHP applications.  The contest will be judged by Michael Cote, Om Malik, and you - the developer community will vote on a winner...
  • Blog Post: What is Windows Azure?

    Today, during the opening keynote of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) , Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure.  Windows Azure is an operating system for the cloud.  You may have also heard it called by its codename "Red Dog".  Windows Azure provides the same facilities...
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