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Great opportunity to try Windows Azure over the next 7 days if you are a UK developer – act today
Are you a UK based developer who has been put off from trying out the Windows Azure Platform? Were you concerned that you needed to hand over credit card details even to use the introductory offer? Or concerned about how many charges you might run up as you played with “elastic computing”. Then we might have just what you need. 7 Days of access to the Windows Azure Platform – for FREE (expires June 6th 2010) If you are accepted, you will be given a Windows Azure Platfom subscription that will enable ......

Posted On Friday, May 28, 2010 9:39 AM

Q&A: Can you develop for the Windows Azure Platform using Windows XP?
This question has come up several times recently as we take several hundred UK developers through 6 Weeks of Windows Azure training (sorry – we are full). Short answer: In the main, yes Longer answer: The question is sparked by the requirements as stated on the Windows Azure SDK download page. Namely: Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:13 PM

Great User Group if based near Gloucester + Links from Entity Framework 4.0 session
I had a really fun evening doing “my final” EF 4.0 session last night (26th May 2010) at GL.NET based out of Gloucester (although secretly I made it into a IronRuby and Windows Azure session). They are a great crowd and Jimmy makes for a fantastic host + it is a very nice venue (Symantec offices in Gloucester, lots of parking, good room etc) + free pizza + free SWAG + trip to pub afterwards (the topics were very varied!). What more could you ask for? The next session is June 16th and will be on multi-tenanted ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2010 10:46 AM

Conversation with David Chappell on Windows Azure and Cloud Computing
My colleague David spent some time with David Chappell recently and recorded a short interview which is now available on Channel 9. Watch now on Channel 9. They cover off: IaaS vs PaaS Private vs Public Cloud Applications that are not a great fit for Windows Azure and those which are. The threat of Public Cloud to IT departments Not bad for 10minutes :-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 4:16 PM

SyncToBlog #12 Windows Azure and Cloud Links
Some more “syncing to paper” :) Steve Marx wrote a very interesting article about using Hosted Web Core in an Azure Worker Role. Hosted Web Core is a new feature in IIS 7 that enables developers to create applications that load the core IIS functionality. Wade Wegner is a new Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure platform AppFabric Example from Wade (and how I found him) Host WCF Services in IIS with Service Bus Endpoints Google and vmware “get engaged” over cloud http://googlecode.blogspot.... ......

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 3:34 PM

Q&A: Does it make sense to run a personal blog on the Windows Azure Platform?
I keep seeing people wanting to do this (or something very similar) and then being surprised at how much it might cost them if they went with Windows Azure. Time for a Q&A. Short answer: No, definitely not. Madness, sheer madness. (Hopefully that was clear enough) Longer answer: No because It would cost you a heck of a lot more than just about any other approach to running a blog. A site that can easily be run on a shared hosting solution (as many blogs do today) does not require the rich capabilities ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:45 PM

Darn, no pay rise again then…
Fantastic news… “Great Place to Work Institute has announced Microsoft as the number one best place to work in Europe for the third year running” (more) But…does nothing to help when you are trying to convince your manager to give you a pay rise because the conditions are so awful here :-) ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:52 AM

Windows Azure BidNow Sample – definitely worth a look
[Quicklink: download new Windows Azure sample from] On Mondays (17th May) in the 6 Weeks of Windows Azure training (Now full) Live Meeting call, Adrian showed BidNow as a sample application built for Windows Azure. I was aware of BidNow but had not found the time to take a look at it nor seems it running before. Adrian convinced me it was worth some a further look. In brief I like it :-) It is more than Hello World, but still easy enough to follow. Bid Now is an online ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:02 AM

Edd strikes again – IronRuby for Rubyists on InfoQ
Colleague, friend and generally top guy on IronRuby Edd Morgan has just been published over on InfoQ. To wet the appetite… a snippet or three. IronRuby for Rubyists IronRuby is Microsoft's implementation of the Ruby language we all know and love with the added bonus of interoperability with the .NET framework — the Iron in the name is actually an acronym for 'Implementation running on .NET'. It's supported by the .NET Common Language Runtime as well as, albeit unofficially, the Mono project. You'd ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:39 AM

New London based .NET User Group – first meeting June 2nd on MEF
A new .NET User Group is starting up in Canary Wharf - CWDNUG. It plans to focus on technology for financial services such as: WPF & Silverlight. F# & other alternative languages. High volume systems & complex event processing. Agile tools, methodologies and experiences. Open source systems that you can use (or that need your help!). Upcoming releases from Microsoft (WP7, VS2010, TPL). The first meeting is on June 2nd and Marlon (WPF MVP) will be speaking about MEF. Register today as ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:27 AM

Links and code from session on Entity Framework 4, Parallel and C# 4.0 new features
Last week (12th May 2010) I did a session in the city on lot of the new .NET 4.0 Stuff. My demo code and links below. Code Parallel demos C# 4.0 new features EF4 Links Entity Framework 4 Resources Entity Framework Team Blog Entity Framework Design Blog Parallel Links Parallel Computing Dev Center Code samples ......

Posted On Monday, May 17, 2010 3:32 PM

Free Windows Azure training in Reading, UK on the 25th of May for partners
The 6 weeks of Windows Azure training is full (500 registration in around a week) but it turns out we have a few places free on the 25th if you can make it to Reading. 14 places when I last checked (today, 5th May). Register now if you can make it. Workshop Outline Module 1: Windows Azure Platform overview Module 2: Introduction to Windows Azure Module 3: Building services using Windows Azure Module 4: Windows Azure storage Module 5: Building applications using SQL Azure Module 6: Introduction to ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 9:27 PM

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