Windows Azure Dev Camp Fall 2011 Series – Content & Links

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fall 2011 Series of Windows Azure Dev Camp events on the US east coast! The US Cloud team enjoyed traveling to Raleigh, Farmington, NYC, Philly, & Chevy Chase to visit folks and deliver this fun tour of cloud computing and Windows Azure concepts.  We had a great time helping organize the events and leading attendees through the fun Rock Paper Azure Challenge coding contest.

The content from the event is now available!

Windows Azure Dev Camp – Fall 2011 Series Content

Note: There were slight variances in the content at each location (we’re dynamic people!), but the slides below are a good representation of the information shared at all five events.

Session Title Presentation Slides
The Case For The Cloud
Data & Storage In The Cloud
Code In The Cloud


Windows Azure Dev Camp Demos

Here are the links to the demos referenced during the event:

Session 1: Windows Azure Overview

Hello World

No code to share!  Just do a “File->New->Project->Windows Azure Project” and have fun!


This app demonstrates using Windows Azure to support a Windows Phone app.  The app allows you to take a picture of text and turn it into characters - you can translate the text into a different language. Using push notifications you can get instant feedback within the application.

BabelCam is included in the Windows Phone Toolkit for Windows Azure.  Download the toolkit here:

Babelcam has a lengthy setup to get it working, but it is mostly straightforward.  The toolkit installation should verify that you have all needed dependencies on your machine (Visual Studio, Azure SDK, Azure tools, etc, etc.).  You will then need to obtain an application IDs for Project Hawaii (OCR service from Microsoft) and the Bing Translation service. 

How to obtain a Project Hawaii Application ID
How to obtain a Bing Application ID

Once you have obtained and jotted down the two application IDs, follow the Babelcam walkthrough instructions here.


The Tankster game is a proof-of-concept game that shows how Windows Azure can be used to build great casual and social games.  It is included as part of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Social Games.   You can play a hosted instance of the game at:

Thuzi:  Azure Helpers

Thuzi built this toolkit as a result of the work they did for the Outback Steakhouse Facebook app. You can find it here: 

Session 2: Data & Storage In The Cloud

All demos during this session were done using the SQL Azure management portal and the SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio tool. There is no code to share.  Just create a SQL Azure database in the portal and browse around!

Session 3: Windows Azure Compute

GuestBookWindows Azure GuestBook

The GuestBook application is part of the Windows Azure Training Kit.  Once downloaded, open Windows Explorer and navigate to “<WhereverYouInstalledIt>\Demos\WindowsAzureGuestBookVS2010\code” and open the “GuestBook.sln” solution file.

Cerebrata’s Cloud Explorer

Download a free trial of Cerebrata’s Cloud Storage Studio here

Learn Windows Azure


Just as our in-person event series wrapped up, Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich hosted a live online training event from the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington.  This excellent 8 hour event was captured on video and is available for viewing on demand on Channel 9.  If you don’t have that much time, be sure to catch the first hour, featuring a keynote from Scott Guthrie.

Learn Windows Azure Event Recordings on Channel 9

Get Started With Windows Azure NOW!

And finally, it’s time for YOU to get started with Windows Azure yourself!

  1. Get a FREE Windows Azure Account!
  2. Get the tools and SDKs for the language of your choice
  3. Dig into the docs

Good luck, and if you have any questions about Windows Azure or our events, please let us know in the comments or by contacting us via any of our blogs!

-Peter, Brian, and Jim.

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