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  • Blog Post: Java on Azure @ The NYC Windows Azure User Group – 5/16/2012: Cloudify: The PaaS Jailbreaker

    I’m excited to announce the line up of this week’s NYC Windows Azure User Group for this month on Wednesday, May 16, 2012! The group has lined up not one, but TWO great speakers to keep you informed on interesting uses of Microsoft’s cloud platform: Windows Azure. First off, Bill...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Live! NY Community Night – Wednesday 5/16/2012

    Visual Studio Live! is going on this week on over in Brooklyn this week at the Brooklyn Marriott.  I posted about the event back in March .  It is a GREAT conference for .NET developers to keep up with the latest trends and technologies that make up the Microsoft developer platform.  While...
  • Blog Post: Location Change: Northern NJ .NET User Group (N3UG) Meeting Tuesday 5/8/2012 at Microsoft Office in Iselin, NJ!

    The Northern NJ .NET User Group has long met at Set Focus in Parsippany, NJ.  Unfortunately, due to policy changes at Set Focus’s facility, the group will no longer be able to meet at there.  For the May 8th meeting, the group will meet at the Microsoft Office in Iselin, NJ .   Edwin,...
  • Blog Post: Node.js on Windows & Windows Azure at Node.Philly

    On April 23rd, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking at the first Node.Philly event in Philadelphia.  It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed meeting lots of folks who are excited about Node and building solutions with it today!  While this was a one time event, I got the feeling that evening...
  • Blog Post: Azure, Mobility, and the Enterprise: NYC Windows Azure User Group 4-18-2012

    Tomorrow is the April meeting of the NYC Windows Azure user group.  The group has been picking up the steam throughout the winter with talks by myself on the Azure Platform and Jim Priestley on Real World Azure Solutions.  Tomorrow night, we’re following it up with Ira Bell discussing Azure...
  • Blog Post: NYC Women in Tech Connect Event – Saturday, May 5th, 2012

    Just got word that my teammate Rachel Appel , and Melissa Demsak (of NJ SQL fame) are hosting a Women in Tech event in NYC on Saturday, May 5th, 2012.  Back in November, I wrote about “ Keeping it Professional in Tech ” and the importance of supporting women in the technology industry. I’m excited...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Saturday: April 21, 2012 @ Iselin, NJ

    I’m happy to announce that on Saturday April 21, 2012, the New Jersey SQL Server user group will be hosting a “SQL Azure Saturday” event!  This will be a FREE full-day event on SQL Azure & data in the cloud related topics.  The event is something that I have been working with the group...
  • Blog Post: Real World Azure: April 4th, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a successful kick off meeting at the Microsoft office in Iselin, NJ.  The group kicked off with me delivering an overview of Windows Azure and introducing the platform.  This month, Vineet Kumar , the group’s organizer has managed to line up another...
  • Blog Post: Learn The Cloud, Make A Difference, @home with Windows Azure

    I’m excited to announce that the project I’ve been working on with my teammates Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil the past month or so has just launched!  It is technically a “re-launch”, but everything old is new again.  Check out “@home with Windows Azure” .  It is an online activity you can...
  • Blog Post: Save The Date: SharePoint Saturday NYC 2012 Coming July 28, 2012

    This just in from the NYC SharePoint community… The premier SharePoint conference in New York City will return to the big apple this July, better than ever! More speakers. More panels. More experts. As always, FREE to attend the best SharePoint event this city has to offer. Follow @spsnyc and the #spsnyc...
  • Blog Post: NJ Windows Azure User Group Kick Off: Thursday March 1st, 2012

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced that new Windows Azure user groups had formed in both New York City and Central Jersey (Iselin). These groups are a great (free) opportunity to come on out and learn about the new fad: cloud computing! This Thursday, March 1st, I’ll be speaking at the kick...
  • Blog Post: TECHbash 2012: April 28, 2012 – Call For Speakers Now Open

    Just got word from Jason Gaylord that TECHbash returning to Northeastern PA this spring on April 28th, 2012! TECHbash is the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area’s version of code camp for developers and IT Pros alike. Registration is not open yet, but you can register for a “reminder” for first...
  • Blog Post: Calling On Windows Phone Developers To Join In At NYC PhotoHack Day II – February 25th & 26th

    Just got word of another great NYC event coming up this weekend.  If you’re a Windows Phone developer, you’ll certainly want to check it out!  Read on for details… On February 25th and 26th, Microsoft and Nokia are sponsoring Photo Hack Day 2 with our partners at Aviary and General Assembly...
  • Blog Post: Calling Windows Phone Users In NYC! GroupMe Testers Needed On 2/16/2012

    GroupMe is a group-texting app popular on mobile devices. It lets you create ‘groups’ and then start sending text messages back and forth to everyone in the group.  This is REALLY useful if you have a group of folks going out for an evening, or traveling together to an event/conference/etc. ...
  • Blog Post: Azure Update On February 15, 2012 @ NYC Windows Azure User Group

    A couple of weeks ago, I announced that new Windows Azure user groups had formed in both New York City and Central Jersey (Iselin). These groups are a great (free) opportunity to come on out and learn about the new fad: cloud computing! Next Wednesday, February 15, I’ll be speaking at the NYC...
  • Blog Post: Modern Web Development Series from Shawn Wildermuth

    As a cloud guy focused on Windows Azure, I haven’t done much client-side coding in a while.  But, I’ve been getting my hands dirty lately working on an Azure-related web project I’ll be talking about soon.  Web programming has always been fun to me because it’s relatively easy to learn bit...
  • Blog Post: David Pallmann Takes a Fresh Look at the Windows Azure Development Experience

    As you may or may not know by now, in December 2011, a slew of new Windows Azure features, services, & tools came online . This included a complete overhaul of the WindowsAzure.com website. If you’re a developer who has not looked at Windows Azure before, the end-to-end experience of developing...
  • Blog Post: NYC’s Own Chevon Christie Named ‘Microsoft Tech Student of the Month’

    The folks over at the Microsoft Tech Student (MTS) blog have just named NYC’s own Chevon Christie as their “ January 2012 Tech Student of the Month ”.  Congratulations to Chevon! This a recognition well deserved! Chevon, a student at Hunter College in NYC, has an impressive story which is told in...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure User Groups in NYC and NJ

    Many of you know that Windows Azure is my favorite topic these days.  I think the shift to cloud computing over the coming years will represent a monumental change for our industry.  For those designing systems and implementing them, having the overhead of managing infrastructure removed will...
  • Blog Post: Philly.NET Code Camp April 14, 2012 – Call For Speakers Now Open

    It’s that time again! Philly.NET Code Camp takes place twice a year in April and October.  Every time I’ve gone, it’s been a fantastic experience with so many opportunities to learn. With 10-14 parallel tracks of over 60+ developer oriented sessions, the Philly.NET community has grown this event...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Behind The Scenes @N3UG

    Last Tuesday I had the privilege of speaking at the Northern New Jersey .NET user group (aka “ N3UG.org ”).  It was a great time talking to folks here in Jersey about the Windows Azure platform.  Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in a lively discussion!  When I speak at...
  • Blog Post: Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone Webcast 1-11-2012

    What?! Another post on Rock Paper Azure? Yup. One of my colleagues, Mike Benkovich , has brought the game to Windows Phone! Mike is hosting a live online webcast tomorrow, January 11, 2012 at 4pm EST/3pm CST. The webcast is from the nationwide online Windows Azure User Group run by Intertech . Details...
  • Blog Post: NYC Windows Phone User Group Winter Meetings: Mobile Analytics, Azure Data Market, VS vNext, & XNA Game Development

    A little more than a year ago, in November 2010, I announced launch of a new Windows Phone User Group in NYC .  Ryan Finnesey, Boulos Dib, and Jon Westfall have been doing a great job of running the group since its inception after the launch of Windows Phone 7! In recent months, they have helped...
  • Blog Post: Rock Paper Azure At YOUR User Group Or Class

    Do you lead a User Group? Are you part of one? Are you a professor?  Teach a programming or cloud computing class of any sort?  If you’re looking for an activity that will mix fun and learning among friends, consider hosting your own Rock Paper Azure Challenge !   The RPA Challenge...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Hackathon in NYC – Saturday December 10th, 2011

    Just learned of another opportunity to learn to develop Windows Phone apps going on in NYC!  The NYC Windows Phone User Group is going to be hosting a hackathon at the Microsoft offices in NYC on Saturday December 10th, 2011 .  My teammate Dani Diaz , who is our resident “WP7 guru” evangelist...
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