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 to get you…

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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) High Quality WMV…

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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 same example a step further, showing…

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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 applications in the cloud,…

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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 Data Platform Group,…

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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…

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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 for the World’s Apps….

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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’ scalability in…

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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, evangelists, and other cloud-erati via…

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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…

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