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  • Blog Post: Two Azure Hands-on Opportunities

    The other day I posted on some of the newest development in Windows Azure , and if that’s spurred you on to learn more, there are two great immersive (hands-on) opportunities coming up in Boston and beyond. Saturday, April 27th is the day of Global Windows Azure Bootcamp , a one-day, deep dive class...
  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #17: Identity

    The latest segment of my MSDN DevRadio series, tackles the topic of identity in the cloud and how to leverage Windows Azure Active Directory to federate on-premises user credentials or host your own in the cloud. Download: MP3 MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad, PC) Mid Quality MP4 (WP7, HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #15: Windows Azure Virtual Machines (Part 2)

    We looked at Windows Azure Virtual Machines in the last episode from the perspective of creating a VM from a base operating system image, installing software (the Mongoose HTTP server ) and configuring some settings, such as the firewall to enable HTTP traffic. In this follow-on episode , I take that...
  • Blog Post: Practical Azure #13: Windows Azure Queue Storage

    Although Windows Azure Queues are part of the Windows Azure Storage trifecta (along with Blobs and Tables ), they play their primary role as a means of scaling processing in the cloud, by enabling Web Roles and Worker Roles to operate in a decoupled, asynchronous fashion. It’s a key pattern for building...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and Cloud at NESQL Group–January 17th

    The New England SQL Server User Group , which meets monthly at the Microsoft Office at 1 Cambridge Center in Cambridge MA, will be starting off their 2013 slate of meetings with a special guest and a topic of particular relevance in the Boston area. Mark Souza , a General Manager in the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Adding Notifications to Your Windows 8 Game

    Successful apps are sticky; they make us want to come back again and again, whether it’s to check in on Foursquare, send a Tweet, or get a quick answer from ChaCha. Of all the types of apps, games can be the stickiest – Angry Birds anyone? or in my case Wordament !  A great idea and implementation...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Signature Series in Cambridge – Sept. 20th

    Next Thursday, September 20th , the Cloud OS Signature Series rolls into the area – specifically to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 575 Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Craig Hodges , the General Manger of Microsoft’s Northeast District, will kick things off at 9 a.m. with a keynote: The Cloud OS: A Modern Platform...
  • Blog Post: Big Data in Windows Azure–On-line Presentation

    If you haven’t checked in on what Microsoft is doing in the Hadoop and Big Data arena yet, now’s your chance! I’ll be presenting as part of the on-line Windows Azure User Group , tomorrow, July 11th from 4-5:30 (ET).   Registration is free , so I hope you can join me. Cheap storage and ‘unlimited...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Boot Camp–6/22 and 6/23

    Here’s a quick a reminder that Boston Azure Cloud User Group is putting on a FREE two-day, hands-on Windows Azure Boot Camp TOMORROW and Saturday at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD).  There are a few spots still open. This is a great opportunity to learn from MVPs...
  • Blog Post: Two Webcast Opportunities–Twilio and Mashery

    Many of you know I’m one of the co-organizers of New England GiveCamp , which takes place this coming weekend May 4 – 6th. Both Twilio and Mashery have signed on as sponsors of that event, and each is offering a webcast this week ( Wednesday and Thursday , both at 7 p.m.) to spin up the volunteer developer...
  • Blog Post: Learn the Cloud, Make a Difference

    My colleagues, Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati , and I – AKA the RockPaperAzure guys - have been busy working another on-line activity to highlight what Windows Azure can do and to offer a little added incentive to give the cloud a spin. Today, we’re launching @home with Windows Azure . The @home ‘brand...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Deep Dive Day 2012–March 10

    While I spend most of my time in the trenches talking about software development for the cloud, it’s important to realize that virtualization technologies are one of the primary reasons the cloud exists. Without it the economies of scale, elasticity, and rapid provisioning would be nearly impossible...
  • Blog Post: SoMoClo Evolution

    On Tuesday night I attended the preview of Aberdeen Group’s SoMoClo TM research initiative at a VIP dinner hosted by the British-Consulate General’s office in Cambridge (and no I didn’t crash it!). I’d first met Andrew Borg , a Research Director and mobile analyst at Aberdeen, at MassTLC’s Innovation...
  • Blog Post: Satya Nadella at MassTLC Cloud Mixer

    MassTLC and the New England Research & Development (NERD) Center are hosting a free mixer featuring Satya Nadella , the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, at NERD next Thursday, January 26th, commencing with networking from 5 – 6:15 p.m., and continuing with Sayta’s...
  • Blog Post: Special Boston Azure User Group Event

        It’s shaping up to be a busy week for Windows Azure.  As I mentioned last week, there’s a great opportunity to learn all about the platform from the Gu himself, as well as from Microsoft Fellows Dave Campbell and Mark Russinovich and a host of the Microsoft “Azurati” via an all...
  • Blog Post: The Cloud Rocks: Learn Windows Azure

    Onward and upward!  Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is just about two years old now, but the industry as a whole is still in its adolescence, so there’s no time like the present to get involved and learn how leveraging our Platform-as-a-Service offering can enable scenarios that were previously...
  • Blog Post: Inside the Cloud

    The Global Foundation Services team, the folks at Microsoft who 'run the cloud,' have just released a video tour of a few of the Microsoft data centers (including the Azure data centers in Chicago, Illinois and Dublin, Ireland). The clip is a little over 10 minutes long and well worth the time in my...
  • Blog Post: Azure Deep Dive with Jeffrey Richter

    This is a great opportunity to catch one of the true rockstars of .NET development talking about the platform ( Windows Azure ) that is the foundation of the next generation of application development – and it’s all FREE! Jeffrey Richter , co-founder of Wintellect and author of CLR via C# , the definitive...
  • Blog Post: Learning Opportunities to Embrace the Cloud

    In case there was ever a doubt that Microsoft is “all in” when it comes to the cloud, hopefully the several opportunities I’m outlining below – all free by the way - will help dispel that notion.  This certainly isn’t a exhaustive list by any means, but here are some of the events and activities...
  • Blog Post: Dave Nielsen on Azure (video series)

    At the beginning of March, I attended the MVP Summit in Redmond, along with a lot of my Evangelist colleagues and, of course, hundreds of MVPs from across the world.  During the week, many of us had an opportunity to chat with Dave Nielsen , co-founder of CloudCamp , on various aspects of cloud...
  • Blog Post: MSDN and TechNet Events Coming to Waltham

    With upcoming evangelist-hosted events spanning the cloud and the web, everyone’s a winner!   If you haven’t yet marked your calendar and registered there’s still time to catch the Transforming IT with Cloud Computing Firestarter on March 22nd and the WebCamp on April 5th .  Both are free...
  • Blog Post: Cloudy @ NERD This Week

    There are a few special events coming up this week at the Microsoft Research and Development Center (aka NERD) in Cambridge to which I wanted to call your attention.   All three actually involve cloud-computing: two approach cloud and Windows Azure head on, and the third, on Windows Phone 7...
  • Blog Post: Azure at Cloud Services Meetup

    Next Wednesday , June February 10th , I’ll be presenting at the Boston Cloud Services Meetup on the Windows Azure Platform . This group was organized less than a year ago, but already boasts about 300 members and regularly draws 30 – 40 at each meeting. Given the emerging nature of cloud technology,...
  • Blog Post: Crowdsourcing QA: Building a Community

    One of the cool (and sometimes overwhelming) things about being a Developer Evangelist is keeping up with what the developer and technical communities are doing, both inside and outside of Microsoft.   As Windows Azure has evolved and now gone live, I’ve been spending more time wrapping my...
  • Blog Post: Thank You Syracuse – I’ll Be Back (March 5th)

    Thanks to newly crowed MVP, Andy Beaulieu, for the invitation to speak on all things Services at the Central New York .NET Developer Group last night.  For those of you that didn’t get a chance to get the Microsoft Tag leading to the download, here it is again (or just click on the image and go...
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