Hi all. If you're in the Bay Area and want to get up to speed on Windows Azure -- whether you want to learn how to use it or whether you want to validate your own approach! -- MVP Scott Klein of Blue Syntax Software (blog) (author and co-author of many books including Pro SQL Azure) is offering a free two-day hands-on training course in all of Windows Azure in downtown San Francisco on June 13-14 (registration and information here). I'll also be presenting and discussing the forthcoming release of the Windows Azure AppFabric June CTP including the AppFabric Development Platform and show you how to get your distributed cloud-based applications up and running quickly. In addition, my colleague Brian Swan will also be there to discuss using PHP and Odata and Java in Windows Azure.

Scott has tons of experience to help you understand Azure, its services, and get you started building applications over two days -- few could be better to learn from. I am really looking forward to it. If you're in the area and interested, please come.