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Updated for WebCamp Redmond (Seattle) 6/18-19

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The Microsoft Web Team is excited to announce a new series of events called Microsoft Web Camps!

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Interested in learning how new innovations in Microsoft’s Web Platform and developer tools like ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010 can make you a more productive web developer? If you’re currently working with PHP, Ruby, ASP or older versions of ASP.NET and want to hear how you can create amazing websites more easily, then register for a Web Camp near you today!

Microsoft’s Web Camps are free, two-day events that allow you to learn and build on the Microsoft Web Platform. At camp, you will hear from Microsoft experts on the latest components of the platform, including ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Entity Framework, IIS, Visual Studio 2010 and much more.   See the full agenda here.

Register now

and we look forward to seeing you at camp soon!

 

Webcamp Location

Microsoft Conference Center
Hood Room, 16070 NE 36th Way
Bldg 33
Redmond

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Webcamp Redmond Speakers

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Jon Galloway

Written by wesy

May 4, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Getting Started with ASP.NET

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Trying to find information on our websites is often a frustrating task. I often spend time aggregating information and posting it here. However, multiply this effort by thousands of Microsoft bloggers and it only contributes to the problem.

One of the hardest tasks is trying to find a starting point.  If you’re new to the platform where do you go? Then once you arrive at any number of our sites the real grunt work begins. Change happens over time and I’m glad to say that we’ve redesigned the ASP.NET website.  T

he four large buttons at the top of the home page make it simple:

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Click Getting Started and you find 5 choices

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Click Number 2 and you can get access to FREE software via the WebsiteSpark Program. Not the “Free” Express Edition, but the full commercial editions.

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Options 1, 3, and 4 are self-descriptive, but Option 5 was a task unto itself before they simplified it here.

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Hopefully visiting this site will make the process of learning new platforms or just finding the right resources a whole lot simpler.

 

Written by wesy

March 14, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco – Get a 20% Registration Discount

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San Francisco is a great destination city – so why not mix some work with vacation or if you’re a local…get a registration discount for Web 2.0 Expo.  Please visit the Web 2.0 Registration site by March 29, 2010 and use this registration code to receive the discount.

Registration Code: websf10mi20

Link to Site: http://bit.ly/cIJzpP

Written by wesy

February 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Upcoming Windows Azure Platform Events (US dates)

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 Microsoft is about to embark upon a 6 week, 15 city tour to discuss the Windows Azure Platform. See the table below for more details.  The cloud means a whole of things to different people, but one thing is certain – the cloud implies scale. Here’s a few factoids: 

  • 1 Billion: Windows Live ID authentication each day
  • 3-4 Billion: emails filtered daily from >6 million mail boxes by Foreront
  • 450 Million: Hotmail users
  • 20 Million: Xbox Live users
  • 700,000 Square Feet: Size of one our new data centers

Developer Track:

 

Code, debug, & test in a local cloud sandbox; deploy to Azure’s public cloud

 

IT Pro Track:

 

  

From cloud to virtualization to client

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform

 

We’ll provide a developer-focused overview of this new online service computing platform and how it enables you to leverage existing skills and familiar tools to develop cloud applications.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    What is cloud computing?

–    Running web apps in the cloud

–    Using the Windows Azure local developer cloud fabric

–    Getting started – tools, SDKs and accounts

–    Writing apps for Windows Azure

  

SESSION 2:

Windows Azure Platform Storage Options

 

In this session, we’ll explore durable data storage, and the many options the Windows Azure Platform offers, to be used alone or in combination:

–    Ready-to-use and lightweight storage in the form of tables, blobs, and queues from Windows Azure;

 

–    True relational database in the cloud from SQL Azure.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Understanding and programming against table, blob storage & queue storage

–    Managing credentials and connection strings

–    Scaling and configuration

–    SQL Azure databases versus local SQL Server databases: when to use when?

–    SQL Azure firewall, logins and passwords, database creation, deployments and migrations

–    Database management using SQL Management Studio

  

SESSION 3:

Going Live with your Azure Solution

 

How cool is this: by focusing on your app and abstracting away the infrastructure details, you can deploy almost any app with minimal fuss! In this session, we’ll walk you through the basics of Windows Azure deployment, including site monitoring, diagnostics and performance issues.

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Start-to-Finish Visual Studio demos of:

A realistic XML data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

A realistic SQL Server data driven business web site from the desktop to the cloud.

 

–    Configuration of your application in the cloud

–    Guidance and suggestions to ensure your success

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

  

SESSION 1:

 

The Next Wave: Windows Azure

 

The future of highly available, high-performance, secure, dynamically scalable, cloud computing is here.  It’s Microsoft’s Windows Azure. 

 

Session highlights include:

 

–    What exactly is “Cloud Computing”?  What apps are best suited for it?

 

–    Microsoft’s commitment to the Cloud:  The virtualization platform and data centers

 

–    How to get started in the cloud: Deploying and managing applications

 

–    Will I save money by doing this?  (Using the Azure TCO tool)

 

  

SESSION 2: 

Hyper-V: Tools to Build the Ultimate Virtual Test Network 

 

In this session, you’ll learn how to use the resources of a TechNet subscription, Windows Server 2008R2, Hyper-V, and a new, free sysinternals tool called Disk2vhd, to build the ultimate test or training environment. 

Highlights include:

 

–    TechNet subscription: What is it? How do I get one? What does it cost?

–    Virtual Hard Disks: format interoperability and disk types

–    Connectivity with legacy network adapters and network adapters

  

SESSION 3:

Windows 7 Deployment

 

Deploying Windows 7 is easy if you’re using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010.  This session will walk you through the various tools that can help simplify your deployments. 

 

Highlights include:

 

–    Microsoft Deployment Options

–    Review the MDT 2010 Deployment Process

–    Deployment Tools

–    Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK )

–    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Click to register for the event nearest to you!

 

St. Louis

 

2-Feb

 

Dallas

 

4-Feb

 

Minneapolis

 

9-Feb

 

Chicago

 

10-Feb

 

Southfield, MI

 

11-Feb

 

Phoenix

 

23-Feb

 

Philadelphia

 

23-Feb

 

Los Angeles

 

25-Feb

 

Washington, DC

 

25-Feb

 

San Francisco

 

2-Mar

 

Raleigh

 

3-Mar

 

Seattle

 

4-Mar

 

Denver

 

9-Mar

 

Orlando

 

9-Mar

 

Ft. Lauderdale

 

11-Mar

 

Written by wesy

February 3, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Facebook SDK

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In case you missed this information. Read the overview to get more detailedfb information about the Facebook SDK Toolkit.  The goal is to provide a Facebook Client Library that is similar to the Client Libraries provided for PHP and JavaScript. There are samples and tools for helping develop Facebook apps on the .NET platform (ASP.NET, Silverlight, WPF and winform).

Link to the Facebook SDK 3.0:

http://facebooktoolkit.codeplex.com/

Facebook Developer Wiki:

http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Main_Page

How to Guides:

http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/How-to_Guides

Written by wesy

November 25, 2009 at 8:51 am

Cloud Computing for All

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ARCast.TV – Cloud Computing is for Small Companies Too

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Cloud Computing is often presented as an esoteric technology that is only interesting to large companies. In point of fact, small- and medium-sized companies will find the economics and technology opportunities very compelling. Shy Cohen and Michael Stiefel discuss why this is so, and why small- and medium-sized companies should look for opportunities in the cloud computing area.

 

Tags: ARCast, Architects, Architecture, Cloud Architecture, Cloud Computing, Cloud Patterns, Cloud Services, Windows Azure, Thought Leadership

Raw Link: http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/ARCast.TV/ARCastTV-Cloud-Computing-is-for-Small-Companies-Too 

Sharing on News Aggregators and Social Networks

You can share the episode using the Sharing Tools on Channel 9. Share on FriendFeed, Del.icio.us, Digg, Twitter, Facebook, and DotNetShoutout.

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Written by wesy

November 23, 2009 at 8:10 am

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WordPress on Windows Azure

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worpdress_on_azureYesterday was a big day for Automattic and Microsoft folks. Matt Mullenweg demonstrated WordPress hosted on Azure during Ray Ozzie’s keynote. I was pleasantly surprised to see support for MySQL.  Very cool imho. This will give Wordpress users/hosters access to Azure. I think Matt stated oddlyspecificthat he saw “Pigs” out of his office windows ;).  Additionally, icanhazcheezburger (lolcats, failblog etc.), the largest WordPress site, announced that their new property “Oddly Specific” is now hosted on Azure.

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November 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm