Greetings from Portland Code Camp hosted at University of Portland in Portland, OR. More than 1000 developers have signed up.
I had the privilege of doing several talks throughout the day. And the number one question is where to get the decks. So here’s a set of links to the resources so you can follow up. I also get to acknowledge the great work of my colleagues who helped create the original decks.
Parallel Development 101
One of the great features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has been the ability to support processing on machines with multiple cores. Both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 support 256 processors. Computers with that kind of processing power aren’t available at commodity prices. Yet you probably have a 64-bit computer with dual cores and many with quad cores.
In order to take advantage of all those processors, you need the ability to write parallel code and to debug that code. And in the past, writing threads has been challenging.
Visual Studio 2010 brings it all to life. You can download a Visual Studio 2010 trial version.
I’ve put together three screencasts on Channel 9 that show how you can use new features in .NET Framework 4 to take advantage of multi-core processors.
- In Part 1 of the series, we show why you care about multiple processors and how it can effect the performance in your application. See How to Parallelize Your Application – Part 1 Why Do It?
- In Part 2 we compare the new Tasks feature in .NET with threads. See How to Parallelize Your Application – Part 2 Theads v Tasks
- In Part 3 we show three ways of using the parallel features to enable your application for multi-core processors. See How to Parallelize Your Application – Part 3 Using Tasks
For more information and to see the code used in the video, see How to Get Started with Multi-Core: Parallel Processing You Can Use. See also, Justin Etheredge’s posting .NET 4.0 and System.Threading.Tasks for detail look at how to use Tasks in your applications.
On MSDN, see System.Threading.Tasks namespace.
Patterns of Windows Azure Applications
There are key patterns in developing or migrating your software to Windows Azure. And there are good reasons for doing so. There are four main patterns.
- Using the Cloud for Scale
- Using the cloud for multi tenancy
- Using the cloud for compute
- Using the cloud for (infinite) storage
- Using the cloud for communications
I made great use of Simon Guest’s slide presentation. You can find the slides here: Patterns For Moving To The Cloud.
Stefan Tilkov put together a great set of notes on the talk QCon SF 2009: Simon Guest, Patterns of Cloud Computing.
Get started with Windows Azure at the Channel 9 Learning Center. You’ll also find a link to the latest Windows Azure Developer Training Kit.
SQL Azure 101
I generously borrowed from David Robinson’s presentation at the Windows Azure Firestarter. You can see his presentation on Channel 9 Windows Azure FireStarter: SQL Azure with David Robinson.
The key takeaways are that you use the same tools and skills in getting your application to run in the cloud as you do to run on premises.
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ISV Videos on Windows Azure
See how other software companies are getting their applications up on Windows Azure:
- David Bankston of INgage Networks, talks about social networking and Azure
- Gunther Lenz, Microsoft, chats with Michael Levy, SpeechCycle
- Gunther Lenz, Microsoft, chats with Guy Mounier, BA-Insight, about BA-Insight’s next Generation solution levereging Windows Azure
- Aspect leverages storage + compute in call center application
- From Paper to the Cloud — Epson’s Cloud App for Printer, Scanner and Windows Azure
- Vidizmo – Nadeem Khan, President, Vidizmo talks about technology, roadmap and Microsoft partnership
- Murray Gordon talks with ProfitStars at a recent Microsoft event
- Datacastle Brings Data Protection From the Cloud Using Windows Azure
- Making business decisions with rules technology from InRule Technology
- Talking with Chatfe at the recent BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with Conexus Software at the Microsoft BizSpark Camp for Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with Marketers Anonymous at the recent Microsoft BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with Open Solutions at the recent Microsoft BizSpark event for Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with Summit Cloud at the recent Microsoft BizSpark event on Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with YouMD at the recent Microsoft BizSpark camp for Windows Azure in New York
- Talking with Pervasive Software Inc. about electronic document exchange and Azure
- Linxter brings MonitorGrid to manage servers from cloud
- LessMeeting improves the productivity and efficiency of enterprise meetings
- Izenda brings the power of self-serve BI from cloud
- FandomU brings worldwide enthusiasts and passionate individuals closer via events/conferences
- EyeMail delivers personalized audio/video emails from Windows Azure
- CoreMotives combines the power of Dynamics xRM and Windows Azure Platform to offer new Marketing Automation solution
- ChasingSavings.com adopts the Windows Azure Platform to meet the needs of their growing business
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation