Join Chris and me this March as we kick off a new decade of the “Northeast Roadshow,” a quarterly, free series of deep technology sessions for developers and architects.
On most of our stops, we’ll be doubling up with our TechNet brethren who will be presenting a complementary “Next Wave” tour focused on the IT Professional audience in the morning, followed by our Roadshow for developers and architects in the afternoon.
Registration is open now – follow the links below – and read on for more details about this quarter’s program.
Cloudy (but Clear) Skies, Driving Data, and Visual (Studio) Sights
Session 1 - Windows Azure: What? Why? And a Peek under the Hood
What is Cloud Computing and where can it take you? In this session, we’ll first focus on showing the potential benefits of creating applications for the cloud with Windows Azure. Then, we’ll pop open the hood to show you around the main parts of the engine, including web roles, worker roles, and queues. You’ll see how Windows Azure plugs in for interoperability with other on-premises and cloud applications via the App Fabric. You’ll also learn how Windows Azure can be used to host technologies other than .NET – such as Java and PHP – and get a glimpse into what’s coming next with project “Sydney” and the integration of Windows Workflow into the cloud.
Session 2 - Data: At Your Service
Services are more than just executable bits of business logic; data too can be provided as a service, and the Microsoft stack offers a number of ways to host your data on and off-premises. Windows Azure provides highly scalable table and blob storage, and SQL Azure brings the relational model to the cloud, but there’s other options as well including exposing your domain data via WCF Data Services and leveraging vetted data service providers such as the Associated Press and the Data.gov via Microsoft “Dallas”. Think of this session as a pit stop to help you examine the data and modeling options best suited to tune your applications.
Session 3 - Visual Studio 2010: That’s a 10-4, Good Buddy
and .NET Framework 4 are arriving soon, and they’re bringing plenty of cargo that developers will enjoy, from new features to improved productivity. We’ll hop on and take a tour, giving you the lay of the land in terms of what will help you as a developer. The sights will include parallel application development, new editor features and debugging capabilities (including a new historical debugger), improvements for web and Windows development, new .NET language features, and much more.
Looks like they're changing the routine a bit for this one. Most obvious is the 1/2 day format (splitting the date and venue with TechNet). Probably, because of the abbreviated schedule, they have either Chris or Jim flying solo at each stop (and it looks like fewer stops on the tour). Partly balancing that (for the Hartford/Farmington stop, at least), is a larger capacity venue.
I attended one MSDN/TechNet combo event last year. My assessment was mixed. On the one hand, a wider perspective of IT concerns, should be a good thing. One the other hand, the two separate events draw different crowds, and are presented from only one perspective in each. I've been hoping that MS New England would try mixing the two perspectives to a combined audience of IT professionals. I'd like to here the TechNet guy interrupt the MSDN guy with "I hate to see developers do that; because..." and vice-versa. That may be one way to avoid a tunnel vision of concerns, where better information technology systems should be the common goal.
Be that as it may, it's good to see yet another NE Road Show tour underway. When I'm online with people from other parts of the country, or other parts of the world, I'm reminded of how fortunate we are here, with these in-person events.
To Chris and Jim: Happy trails!
We actually did this type of split last Fall too, although we stretched out the Roadshow past 5 p.m. (which was tough for a lot of folks). Cost and logistics-wise setting up the events together has a number of benefits.
We're NOT flying solo - both Chris and I will present at each of the events, and we may tag team on the VS 2010/NET 4 session. Dan Stolts will be doing the IT Professional ones paired up with some of the other IT Pros from across the region (including John Baker and Bob Hunt, who has just joined the team in the New York Metro area).