[Updated 12/17/08: The Salt Lake City date has changed to 1/20/2009]
You’ve heard buzz about “the cloud”, and your interest was further heightened with the announcement of Azure, Microsoft’s new cloud computing platform.
Now you can jump in head first with other technical and business minds in your area! The national Cloud Computing User Group is launching local groups around the country. The forums page lists all the local meeting announcements.
Here are the kickoff meetings that are local to my area:
Other cities include:
While you’re at it, join the Windows Azure group on Facebook!
This recap can be summed up in one sentence:
If you didn’t go, you missed out.
If you didn’t go, you missed out.
I tagged along to two of these events, in Denver and Billings. All the presenters completely blew away the audiences covering topics around SQL Server 2008, VSTO and Silverlight 2.
In Denver, thanks to Paul Bloom from Statera for doing the SQL Server 2008 session, Jerry Nixon from American Systems Group for covering the VSTO session, and Rob Bagby for delivering the Silverlight 2 segment.
I couldn’t help myself – I snapped 5 quick pictures from the front during a break and let Live Photo Gallery stitch together a panorama for me (above). How easily this was done is just another tidbit testament to Vista & Live. I took these pictures, walked over to my laptop, plugged in my camera, 1-click imported all of them to Live Photo Gallery, and let it create the panorama. To quote John Madden, “Boom!”
In Billings, huge thanks go to Jason Mauer for delivering all three sessions.
Please join us as we present some of the highlights of PDC!
We’ll review some technologies first discussed at PDC -- such as Windows Azure, C# 4.0 and ASP.NET 4.0.
But we will not only be talking about the future. We will also discuss some recent releases that you can take advantage of now, including the WCF REST Starter Kit and the Silverlight Toolkit.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Wells Fargo Conference Center 100 West Washington Street, MAC S4101-017 Phoenix Arizona 85003
Time: 11:00 am – 5:15 pm
1-877-673-8368, reference Event ID 1032395730
The afternoon will be broken down as follows:
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Registration, Box Lunch and Networking
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
What to expect with C# 4.0 (Joe Guadagno)
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Break ; Raffle
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Overview of REST in WCF and The WCF REST Starter Kit (Rob Bagby presenting his session at PDC)
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
ASP.NET 4.0 and the Silverlight Toolkit (Scott Cate)
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Overview of Windows Azure (“The Cloud OS”) and Azure Services (Rob Bagby)
5:00 pm – 5: 15 pm
Every attendee will receive a free “.Net REST in WCF” T-Shirt and will be entered in drawings to win great Prizes.
**Please Note: Conference Center parking is limited to the garage at 303 N. 2nd Avenue (N.E. corner of Van Buren). All attendees who park in the Plaza Garage located above the Conference Center are subject to towing.
Now that’s what I call a power tool! Building on all the other great features previously released, this new batch includes a lot of new stuff, with these as my favorites:
Check out Brian Harry’s blog post on the announcement, as well as his previous post describing the new features in detail.
You can download the new power tools from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FBD14EEA-781F-45A1-8C46-9F6BA2F68BF0&displaylang=en
(I have to plug anything Neudesic does in this arena! You won’t be disappointed!)
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Presented by Rick Garibay, Neudesic
Find out how utilizing Application Lifecycle Management in your environment gives you consistent predictable developments processes, increased quality in service delivery, cost savings, superior reporting and traceability and much more. We will provide an overview of ALM, give an understanding of Neudesic’s ALM Program and talk about ways to successfully enable ALM in your organization.
Featured Products/Topics: Microsoft Office Business Scorecard Manager, Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server, Business Intelligence, Reporting Solutions
Recommended Audiences: Technology Executives, IT Professionals, Business Executives, CIO, CTO, Business/Reporting Analysts, CFO, Business Managers, Business Decision Maker, Technical Decision Makers
Application Lifecycle Management
Wed., November 12, 2008
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific Time