Top 30 Must See Videos, Demonstrations For Developers That Highlight TechEd

imageTechEd is Microsoft's premier technology conference for IT professionals and developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft's current and soon-to-be- released suite of products, solutions, tools, and services. This June we celebrate the 20th annual TechEd North America in Orlando. Experience four days of hands-on training from Microsoft experts.

I have put together some links to Channel 9 videos that provide information for developers and technical decision makers. Topics for developers include:

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks
  • Windows Azure Active Directory
  • Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.5
  • Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
  • SharePoint
  • Business Intelligence, Self-service BI, Reporting
  • and more

Windows Azure

Scott Guthrie: Meet the New Windows Azure. Scott Guthrie will demonstrate how to quickly build and deploy applications using the new Windows Azure features and services including Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and new developer tools and SDKs.

A Lap Around Windows Azure Active Directory. Windows Azure Active Directory provides easy-to-use, multi-tenant identity management services for applications running in the cloud and on any device and any platform. In this session, developers, administrators, and architects will take an end to end tour of Windows Azure Active Directory to learn about its capabilities, interfaces and supported scenarios, and understand how it works in concert with Windows Server Active Directory.

Building, Running, and Managing Workflows on Windows Azure.  This session will cover the technical options and scenarios for using WF in Azure roles. We will also give a preview of new multi-tenant capabilities that we are working on for hosting and managing workflows in Azure at high scale.

Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks.  Using demonstrations throughout, he explains the Virtual Machine storage architecture and shows how to provision and customize virtual machines, configure network connectivity between virtual machines, and configure site-to-site networks that enable true applications that span from on-premises to Windows Azure.

Web Sites on Windows Azure. Bill Staples demonstrates how you can use this new technology to build, deploy, and run everything from classic ASP sites to modern ASP.NET MVC 4 web applications using both new and familiar tools including Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, and WebMatrix.

Windows Azure IaaS and How It Works. In this session we cover the significant investments that Microsoft is making in our Windows Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution and how it works. We discuss how you provision, deploy, and manage Virtual Machines and Applications in Windows Azure. The session spends time covering both the new management portal and PowerShell management options.

Continuous Delivery of Windows Azure Cloud Apps. Now that you’ve published your cloud app, your delivery process should be automated and hands free. In this session, learn how to automate the build, packaging and deployment process from pure script and optionally,

Node.js and Windows Azure. In this session, learn how to build, deploy, and host your Node.js application on Windows Azure to handle even the most demanding traffic loads.

Overview and Roadmap of Windows Azure Service Bus. This session provides a comprehensive overview of the Windows Azure Service Bus and the current and upcoming capabilities that are being added. Learn what the capabilities are, how they work, how you use them, and what scenarios and problems they are useful for. This session is for attendees who are new to Service Bus.

Windows 8

Keynote - Antoine Leblond: Windows 8. Windows Corporate Vice President Antoine Leblond discusses Windows 8, Windows 8 Metro style apps for the enterprise, Windows Store and more. Lots of great of demos of the latest version of Microsoft's flagship operating system.

Leveraging Natural User Interface Technologies to Deliver Improved User Experience. These NUI applications manifest in multiple form factors and developer technologies and all can leverage innovative capabilities like multi-user, cloud, and parallel computing. This demo-focused session takes an amusing look at the past and an impressive look at some of the best NUI software being built today and into the immediate future that leverages the Natural User Interface. This session demonstrates how multi-touch, gesture, and voice enabled applications can be used in multiple vertical industries to improve the communication, education, collaboration, and experience overall across the software continuum.

Building Metro style Apps with XAML: What .NET Developers Need to Know. If you are experienced with Microsoft .NET or Silverlight and are already familiar with XAML, this session teaches you everything you need to know to create a Metro style app for Windows 8.

MVVM in XAML: Simple and Easy. This session guides you step-by-step through how to take advantage of this powerful design pattern. You don't have to learn any of the MVVM libraries; instead learn how to use your own classes to implement MVVM. The main goal of MVVM is to help you develop code that is testable and re-usable, and this can be accomplished by just using a simple approach to MVVM. You will walk away with some great base classes that will help you incorporate MVVM into your XAML applications.

What Web Developers Need to Know When Building Metro style Apps. Discover how Metro style application development mirrors or differs from traditional web programming and how to harness the rich capabilities of Windows 8 through JavaScript and the Windows Runtime. AFter seeing this video you’ll be armed with shortcuts, tips, and expert advice that’ll accelerate your move from web to Windows Metro style apps.

Building Windows 8 Apps for the Enterprise. In this session, we look at building Metro style line-of-business (LOB) apps. We discuss why you want to build Metro style LOB apps, and explore strategies for working with data, including accessing internal information, data entry, local data storage, and syncing data. We cover how to authenticate using corporate credentials and how to deploy the app.

Building Metro style Apps with HTML and JavaScript. Let’s build a Windows 8 Metro style apps using HTML and JavaScript! Learn how to use the Windows Library for JavaScript, the Windows Runtime, and Visual Studio to implement a metro style app that takes advantage of common user experience patterns and seamless integration with the operating system.

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Overview. Windows Server 2012 brings Microsoft’s experience building and operating public clouds to the server operating system, making it a dynamic, highly available, and cost-effective platform for private clouds and on-premise datacenters. It can take you Beyond Virtualization while offering The Power of Many Servers, and the Simplicity of One. It helps with Every App, Any Cloud, and offers to help Enable the Modern Work Style. Learn what we mean by all that and furthermore, experience this in a number of demos showing exciting new features and scenarios.


Developing and Managing SharePoint Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio. This session will cover the technical options and scenarios for using WF in Azure roles. We will also give a preview of new multi-tenant capabilities that we are working on for hosting and managing workflows in Azure at high scale.

.NET Framework

What's New in Windows Workflow Foundation 4.5. Learn about the improvements we’re making for workflow authoring and management, including new activities, designer enhancements, WCF contract support, and versioning.

ASP.NET Loves HTML5. This session shows how Microsoft ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 makes building web applications using HTML 5, EcmaScript 5 and CSS 3 easier than ever.

Visual Studio

What's New in Visual Studio 2012. This talk provides a brief overview coupled with lots of demos to highlight how Visual Studio 2012 simplifies development, streamlines collaboration for teams, and helps you create apps that your users will love. Visual Studio 2012 helps you turn ideas into software; this session gets you started.

Introducing the New Visual Studio 2012 Unit Testing Experience. In this talk, we present the history of unit testing in Visual Studio, highlighting why we made this change, and then take you through the product, showing off the features we feel are sure to delight developers.

Software Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2012 and Lab Management. We cover the new exploratory testing approach offered by Microsoft Test Manager; the simplified setup and administration of Lab Management environments; and some of the other fit-and-finish features across the testing offering.

Developer Collaboration with Team Foundation Server 2012. We cover integrated code review, the new “My Work” experience for managing your active tasks, and once you’re “in the zone” we help you stay focused on the task at hand, no matter how much you’re randomized. We walk the full gamut of collaboration improvements, from the newly revamped Team Explorer, to the version control and build improvements.

JavaScript: The Developer Experience. This session demonstrates the enhancements that have been made to the editing experience, such as an IntelliSense and formatting engine that was built from the ground up to support modern libraries and coding patterns, as well as the debugging experience that integrates new diagnostic visualizations, such as an editable DOM tree.

What's New in Visual Studio 2012 for Web Developers. Building websites has become more and more important for most businesses worldwide, and with the introduction of HTML 5 we now have more possibilities than ever. Join us on a journey through the features of the upcoming version of Microsoft ASP.NET and Visual Studio to get a sneak peek on the new abilities and tools needed to build modern websites.

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence and Data Visualization: Microsoft SQL Server 2012. In this session, we look at Power View and its impact for Data Visualization according to the principles of Stephen Few, Tufte and other data visualization experts. We cover PowerPivot improvements and new features and discuss Reporting Services and its future in Microsoft SharePoint.

Delivering KPIs with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. This session begins by introducing how KPIs are defined in Analysis Services, in both multidimensional and tabular BI Semantic Models, and then made available for consistent reporting using Microsoft Excel, Excel Services, SQL Server Reporting Services and PerformancePoint Services. Next, consideration is given to where the KPI sources its target data from. The session explores additional capabilities of the multidimensional BI Semantic Model to collect planning data, specifically by using cube write-back, and Data Mining to seed planning values. Finally, the session introduces how the Excel 2010 What-If Analysis feature can be used to support the collection of planning data from users.

Building Self-Service BI Applications Using PowerPivot. In this session we explore the new capabilities in PowerPivot that will enable you to create rich applications with KPIs, using the new measure grid, new DAX capabilities, and advanced mode. We include lots of demonstrations and best practices as well.

Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting. In this session, learn how you can use Windows Azure to do Business Intelligence. We take a deep dive into interesting BI scenarios and see how we can leverage SQL Azure Reporting to solve them.

Big Data

Learn Big Data Application Development on Windows Azure. This session is a "getting-started" tutorial on developing Big Data applications on Windows Azure. We cover application scenarios, Hadoop on Azure, tools, and applied data analytics. More importantly, we show you how to put everything together with a couple of sample applications.

Optimizing Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services for Big Data. Find out how to make Analysis Services work harder and more effectively in this new world of Big Data. Specific strategies will be discussed.


Licensing Your Public and Private Cloud with Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure, SQL Server and System Center.  we review how Microsoft updated the Enterprise Agreement (EA) to protect your existing investments while enabling you to license a broad range of online services, spanning public, private, and hybrid cloud scenarios. We cover recent licensing updates for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft System Center and as well as have on hand a panel of licensing experts to answer your specific licensing product or program questions.


Creating and Consuming OData Services for Business Applications

The Developer Opportunity: Introducing the Windows Store

Building Connected Windows 8 Apps with Windows Azure

What's New in Windows Identity Foundation in Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

JavaScript: The Language

Beyond Master-Detail: Interaction and Navigation Patterns for Modern User Experience

Modern Application Design: Cloud Patterns for Application Architects

How to Move and Enhance Existing Apps for Windows Azure

Jason Zander Unplugged


Bruce D. Kyle
Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation


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