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Upcoming Microsoft Events

Hey all – the team is starting up a new round of Microsoft events – they’re similar to what we used to do with DevCares and MSDN Events (if you can remember back that far) but all have an education + hands on component to them.  This schedule is for all of Central Region, and although we unfortunately can’t visit every city in the region, hopefully you can find a city near you so that you can attend!

Build 2013 Highlights – The Best of Build!

Were you unable to attend Build 2013 and hear about the latest Microsoft product announcements for software developers? Never fear! In this session, we will give you the best of Build, covering the major announcements and technology innovations you need to know as a developer. We will show code and demos to get you up to speed on the latest with Windows 8.1, XAML, WinJS, Bing, Windows Azure, and Visual Studio.

Agenda

  • Windows 8.1 and Windows Store changes
  • What’s new in XAML and WinJS
  • Introducing the Bing Platform
  • What’s new in Windows Azure
  • What’s new in Visual Studio and web
Date City
Sept. 24 Houston, TX
Sept. 24 Southfield, MI
Sept. 24 Indianapolis, IN
Sept. 25 Columbus, OH
Sept. 27 Overland Park, KS
Oct. 3 Edina, MN
Oct. 9 Austin, TX
Oct. 15 St. Louis, MO
Oct. 17 Irving, TX
Oct. 29 Chicago, IL
Nov. 14 Waukesha, WI
Nov. 22 Independence, OH

 

Monetization of Real-World Windows Apps

Often, as developers, we think of our pet software projects as a hobby. As it turns out, we have one of the most profitable hobbies in the history of hobbies! Billions of dollars have already been made by developers just like you that built an app for a mobile platform, and monetized it effectively. In this one-day event, we will share with you some modest and extreme success stories, some strategies for making money from your apps, and some technical instruction on exactly how to make that happen in your code. We will also demonstrate how easy it is to build one unified codebase that can used on Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone.

Agenda

  • Overview of the platforms, success stories.
  • Monetization Strategies (trial, paid, ads, IAP)
  • Hands-on Labs
  • Implementing Pre-Lunch Strategies in App & Store
  • Using PCLs to share code and increase success
Date City
Oct. 15 Houston, TX
Oct. 17 Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 22 Detroit, MI
Nov. 6 Chicago, IL
Nov. 6 Dallas, TX
Nov. 6 Kansas City, MO
Nov. 6 Columbus, OH
Nov. 12 Edina, MN
Nov. 13 Austin, TX
Dec. 4 St. Louis, MO
Dec. 4 Cleveland, OH

 

Windows 8 + Windows Phone: Better Together

Trying to wrap your head around app development across multiple platforms? Trying to capitalize on the opportunities in both the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 marketplaces? Want to maximize your design and development resources and get to market better, faster, and stronger? Then come to this session and learn some real world techniques to maximize your efficiency of developing for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. See how you can minimize your development costs by maximizing sharing and reuse between the two platforms.

Agenda

  • Designing for sharing
  • Developing and sharing
  • Tips and Tricks / Architecture
  • And then there was 8.1… A quick tour of the new stuff
Date City
Nov. 5 Houston, TX
Nov. 14 Downers Grove, IL
Dec. 3 Indianapolis, IN
Dec. 10 Detroit, TX

 

Hands-on Labs: Windows 8 & Windows Phone

Build your first Windows 8 apps with an accompanying app on Windows Phone! We will start from scratch to create a Windows 8 app that is powered by the cloud AND includes a Windows Phone version too!

Agenda

  • Window 8 + Cloud
  • Windows Phone
Date City
Nov. 15 Irving
Nov. 20 Columbus
Nov. 22 Chicago
Nov. 22 Houston
Nov. 22 Edina
Nov. 22 Austin
Nov. 22 St. Louis
Nov. 22 Southfield
Nov. 22 Indianapolis
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IaaS Bootcamp in Dallas

Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. For others, it’s a journey that has to begin with a single step.

Windows Azure provides that first step with a scalable, flexible platform for deploying your applications your way. With our Infrastructure as a Service platform (IaaS) called Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you get the flexibility to choose between Windows and Linux with full control over the operating system configuration and installed software, matched with the portability of Hyper-V disk images. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the perfect environment for meeting all of your Infrastructure-as-a-Service needs.

To learn more about our Infrastructure as a Service platform, we invite all developers and IT Professionals to join local Microsoft cloud experts as they introduce you to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, dive deep into Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and help walk you through a hands on demonstration of the power of IaaS on the Windows Azure platform.

WHEN: December 17th, 2012

WHERE: Microsoft Office in Dallas

REGISTRATION: http://aka.ms/iaasdallasreg

All participants registering for the event will get a FREE 90-day trial of the Windows Azure platform and services, including access to the Virtual Machines preview. Simply visit http://aka.ms/TheCloud to take advantage of this FREE offer!

All participants to successfully complete the lab and demonstrate their running application to the instructor will be put into a drawing for a $500 gift card to the Microsoft Store, among other prizes!

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AzureConf

On November 14, 2012, Microsoft will be hosting Windows AzureConf, a free event for the Windows Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Windows Azure MVPs and community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Windows Azure to develop applications on the best cloud platform in the industry. Community members from all over the world will join Scott in the Channel 9 studios to present their own ideas, innovations inventions and experiences. These presentations will provide you the opportunity to see how your peers in the community are doing great things using Windows Azure offerings like Mobile Services, Web Sites, Service Bus, virtual machines, and more. Whether you’re just learning Windows Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event. For more information on Windows AzureConf or to register for the event, please visit http://windowsazureconf.net.

While you’re waiting for the conference to kick off, here are some helpful links to prepare your mind, body and soul for the Windows Azure experience:

SO – Get out to http://windowsazureconf.net and sign up today!

 

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Cloud OS Signature Event Series

I hope to see many of you tomorrow and Wednesday at the Microsoft Cloud IS Signature Event Series in Dallas and Houston. For those attending, here are some helpful tips on getting ready to attend.

Preparation

Although we don’t expect that you have a lot of background on Cloud Computing, or Windows Azure specifically, this event is primarily a HANDS-ON event, so it’s important to come physically prepared.  You’ll need a computer with at least Windows Vista SP2 pre-loaded with the Windows Azure software.  You can get the software from http://aka.ms/GetAzureNow – just click the .NET link from the menu of choices to get started. Any prerequisites for running the Windows Azure Development SDK will be installed automatically for you, thanks to our awesome Web Platform Installer technology.  PLEASE do this BEFORE you come to the event as it will save a BUNCH of time getting you ready for the labs.

Azure 90-day Free Trial

You can also get a FREE 90-day Azure Trial to use for this event, and your experimentation in Windows Azure. Just following the following link to get started:

http://aka.ms/TheCloud

Once you get signed up, navigate over to your Account page and choose the “Preview Features” link at the top. From here you can sign up for Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, Mobile Services and more. These requests can take some time to process, so you should sign up sooner rather than later to make sure you’re account is ready to go.

Labs

As I mentioned before, this event is primarily a hand-on experience, so you’ll need to get copies of all the labs prior to firing up Visual Studio.  The labs are kept in a GitHub repository called WindowsAzure-TrainingKit.  The TrainingKit contains a METRIC TON of content, so to make things easy, here are links to the labs so that you can download them without hunting through the entire list.

  1. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Services
  2. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure SQL Database
  3. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines
  4. HOL – Introduction to Windows Azure Access Control Service
  5. HOL – Service Remoting with Windows Azure Service Bus

These links take you to the “home page” for each of the labs.  If you’re familiar with GitHub and how to use Git, you can clone these repositories locally and open the assets from there. Alternatively, you can click the big ZIP button on each page and download a ZIP version of each of the HOLs. If you want to start over, you can just download a new ZIP file and be on your way.

Dependencies

For each of the labs, there is a setup.cmd file that you’re supposed to execute to get your machine prepped for the labs with all required dependencies. Unfortunately for some, these labs are still set up to expect Visual Studio 2010, not Visual Studio 2012, so the setup.cmd will FAIL on those.  If you’re running VS2010, run setup.cmd and you should be good to go.  If you’re running VS2012, here’s how you get your environment updated:

Option 1 – Snippets Only

  1. Open the Lab folder in Windows Explorer
  2. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts\snippets\ folder (if none exists, there are no snippets for that lab)
  3. Manually run the VSI file to install the snippets.

Option 2 – Major Surgery

  1. Locate the Source\Setup\Scripts folder
  2. Edit the installCodeSnippets.ps1 file in Notepad, or your favorite text editor
  3. Replace all occurrences of “Visual Studio 2010” with “Visual Studio 2012”
  4. Run the Setup.cmd from the root folder, ignoring errors about the compilation of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl
  5. Locate the Source\Assets\SecurityTokenVisualizerControl folder
  6. Open the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.sln file
  7. Rebuild the solution – it *should* compile just fine
  8. From within this same solution, open the Toolbox window
  9. Right-click on the empty toolbox area and select “Add Tab…”
  10. Type in “ACS” into the new tab
  11. Right click inside the tab and choose “Select Items”
  12. When the toolbox loads, press the “Browse…” button, and navigate to the bin directory of the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl project folder.
  13. Select the SecurityTokenVisualizerControl.dll and press “OK” to close.

Additionally, the Identity and Access controls for Visual Studio 2012 are much different than the Add STS Reference controls from Visual Studio 2010. You will have a completely different process for enabling ACS in your VS2012 project than you did in VS2010.  To this end, I will probably walk through a sample application in Dallas or omit the session all together. The labs take a lot of time anyway, and feedback from the first 2 events was that we have WAY too much in the agenda already 🙂

Anyway…

I hope this helps you get what you need downloaded and installed for the sessions this week. You can, of course, download everything prior to attending, which would REALLY help move things along during the sessions.  In Houston, we’ll have a slightly different schedule in that we’re removing the ACS session in favor of boosting the times for some of the other sessions, but you’re welcome to work on whatever makes sense to you at your own pace. That’s the beauty of the Hands-on Lab approach – you can get hands on with the technology in a semi-structured environment as well as having the ability to go home and work on this stuff at your own pace on your own schedule.  I’ve personally learned a lot from these HOLs as I’ve ramped up on Azure over the past few months, and I highly recommend them to you.

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Upcoming User Group Meetings

There are a couple of great-sounding User Group meetings coming up this week that I thought you all might be interested in:

Windows Phone App Developer Group – DFW Dallas TexasSeptember AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Education (Dallas)Friday, 5:00 PM Sep 14
Dallas PHPAn Illustrated Git PrimerTuesday, 7:00 PM Sep 11
DFW C++ User Group, meeting at NCR’s officeLeak Free C++Tuesday, 6:00 PM Sep 11

If you a new to Git, I highly recommend attending the PHP User Group’s presentation. The speaker and I have had numerous conversations about Git, and he does a really good job of explaining the basics. I was going to go and try to ask some of my newer questions about different workflow strategies, branching and such, but a prior family obligation is going to keep me from attending any groups on Tuesday night.

If you’re a Windows Phone or Windows 8 developer, I’ll also recommend the AT&T Mobile Hackathon. I’ve participated in these before and they are very well run by the gang over at AT&T and I know you’ll have an amazing time participating. The prizes are usually pretty good too, so bring your great idea and be ready to crank out some code!

These are just a couple that popped into my Inbox this morning, but there are plenty of other amazing activities to be found around TX, OK, AR and LA – just check http://southcentralcommunity.com and http://communitymegaphone.com for more details.

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Windows 8 DevCamps

Get the lowdown on Windows 8 and start coding your dream application. Join us for these free learning sessions and see firsthand how Windows 8 is the largest developer opportunity – ever.

  • Day One is a top-to-bottom Windows 8 Release Preview tour, followed by an InstallFest to prepare your system for hands-on development.
  • Day Two is the all-out Hackathon. Code to your heart’s content with Windows 8 experts available to help and answer your questions. You could even win cool prizes for your app.

Attend just one day or join us for both sessions. It’s your choice, so register today!

Events are taking place in over 25 cities nationwide, including:

Location

 DevCamp

 Hackathon

Manhattan, NY

7/14

7/15

St Louis, MO

7/16

7/17

Brooklyn, NY

7/19

7/20

Nashville, TN

7/19

7/20

Rochester, NY

7/27

7/28

Mountain View, CA

7/27

7/28

Atlanta, GA

8/3

8/4

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

8/3

8/4

Redmond, WA

8/3

8/4

Dallas, TX

8/7

8/8

Chevy Chase, MD

8/10

8/11

Denver, CO

8/10

8/11

Irvine, CA

8/17

8/18

Boston, MA

8/17

8/18

Raleigh, NC

8/17

8/18

Reston, VA

8/17

8/18

Orlando, FL

8/17

8/18

Minneapolis, MN

8/23

8/24

Houston, TX

8/24

8/25

San Francisco, CA

8/24

8/25

Downers Grove, IL

8/28

8/29

Phoenix, AZ

9/7

9/8

Los Angeles, CA

9/14

9/15

Malvern, PA

9/14

9/15

 

Sign up now before all the seats are taken!

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Windows 8 Hackathon

Have you started building your Windows 8 app? Does this describe you?

  • Installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release preview?
  • Installed Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8?
  • Started writing your Windows 8 Metro application?

If so, we are running this Windows 8 app building event on June 26th at the Microsoft Office in Irving, with the goal being to help you make progress on, refine or even finish your Windows 8 Metro application. This is not a training event, but rather an event focused on helping you make progress on your Windows 8 Metro application (please see the prerequisites below).

So join us for this free, full-day event designed to help you with your Windows 8 coding and application building. We can help with your apps integration with the Windows shell, including notifications, live tiles, deep links, and contracts with other apps. Best of all you can build once and support all Windows customers, no matter what type of PC they have – from tablets to laptops to convertibles to desktops.

Prerequisites:

These hackathons are a really fun way to get “down and dirty” with the technology and experience development along side others in the same room. It is also a great chance to have your application reviewed by someone who understands the Windows Metro environment and can help make sure that your app has the best possible chance to get published. I had my own app reviewed yesterday and I can personally testify that this kind of review really helped me maximize my time so that my submissions have a much higher chance to get accepted on the first try.

So – are you ready to take on Windows 8?  If so – sign up today!

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Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012

Windows Azure and the Microsoft Cloud Computing platform are some of the most exciting, and important technologies around today. Infinite scale and ultimate power are awaiting you – are you ready?

Join Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Windows Azure Scott Guthrie and a host of local Microsoft Cloud experts as we share with you the tools, techniques and technologies you’ll need to take your applications to the next level!

Join us for the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012!

July 10, 2012 – Irving Convention Center in Irving, TX

In a day full of informative sessions and hands-on activities, you’ll learn the most important parts of the Cloud Computing capabilities from Microsoft both inside Windows Azure as well as within your own datacenters. By attending the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012 you will learn how to:

  • Build and quickly deploy web sites to Windows Azure
  • Migrate, integrate, and extend existing code and applications with Windows Azure
  • Build flexible, multi-tier applications
  • Consume Windows Azure services within your application such as Windows Azure Storage, SQL Azure, and the Service Bus
  • Architect highly scalable and fast applications using cloud services
  • Build Web APIs that power mobile devices
  • Use the latest Visual Studio tools and SDKs for the cloud
  • …and MUCH MORE!

Seating is limited, so reserve your space today and join us for the most important technical training sessions you’ll attend all year – the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012!

 

Microsoft Cloud Camp 2012 – Agenda**

8:00am Check-in Opens (bring your confirmation!)
8:45am Welcome and Kick-Off
9:00am Keynote: Introducing the Spring Release of Windows Azure
Scott Guthrie, CVP for Windows Azure Developer Platform
10:30am Break
10:45am Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Clint Edmonson, Microsoft
11:45am Lunch – featuring “Grill the Gu” Q&A session with Scott Guthrie
1:15pm Windows Azure Web Sites
Brian Prince, Microsoft
2:15pm Break
2:30pm Windows Azure Storage, Databases and Service Bus
Mike Benkovich, Microsoft
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Windows Azure Cloud Services
Adam Hoffman, Microsoft
4:45pm Giveaways and Wrap-up
5:15pm Dinner
6:00pm Windows Azure and Private Cloud Hands-on Labs and coding room

 

**The agenda is subject to change – please check back often for new and updated information.

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New Windows Azure Services and Features

Yesterday, Microsoft announced previews of new Windows Azure services that help developers build applications that connect data to users across public and private clouds, take advantage of VHDs and deploy scalable websites quickly and cheaply.

Today, Scott Guthrie will host “Meet Windows Azure” to introduce these new services, and on Monday – as part of TechEd North America and broadcast live online – Scott, along with Mark Russinovich, Quentin Clark, and Bill Staples will host “Learn Windows Azure” to provide deeper demonstration of the latest Windows Azure features and services to build, deploy, and manage applications in the cloud.

Among the highlights of the announcements made yesterday:

  • Windows Azure Virtual Machines enable the moving of workloads on virtual hard disks (VHDs) between on-premises environments and the cloud.  Windows Azure supports both Windows and Linux VHD images, which can be customized or chosen from a pre-populated gallery.  With the commonly supported VHD format, developers and IT Pros can move existing workloads like a SQL Server database or an existing line-of-business application into Windows Azure to create greater scale, lower cost or deploy to new users.
  • Windows Azure Virtual Network enables the creation, extension and management of virtual private networks into Windows Azure.  Organizations can now more effectively and securely extend their corporate networks into the cloud.
  • Windows Azure Web Sites makes building .NET, Node.js, Java and PHP web experiences easier and cheaper than ever while supporting deployment techniques like Git and FTP. In addition to your ability to create and publish custom apps, we’re also supporting a simple deployment model Application Gallery, similar to the Web Platform Installer, that supports OSS applications like WordPress, Joomla!, DotNetNuke, Umbraco and Drupal.
  • Python support, new Tools  The new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012) includes updated support for Java, PHP and .NET and adds new Python support, while providing 100% command line support for developers using a Windows PC or a Mac. Yep – a Mac.

This is really exciting stuff – I’m particularly excited about the Windows Azure Web Sites feature which makes it SO MUCH EASIER than before to deploy apps to Windows Azure! I’ve had the chance to try it out myself on a couple of things, so look to my blog in the next week for the start of a chronicle of my experiences. I think you’ll be really pleased with what the Azure team has done – I know I am…

Also – for those of you in the Dallas area – we’re hosting an event called the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012 on July 10th to cover off on all the new announcements in a local setting. We’re thrilled to have Microsoft CVP for Windows Azure Developer Platform, Scott Guthrie, joining us as the keynote speaker. This will be an all-day event at the Irving Convention Center, and will have tracks dedicated to both the new developer features, as well as a place to do hands-on-labs and experience these new features first-hand. Stay tuned to this blog for more information about the Microsoft Cloud Summit 2012, including details of the schedule and links to register.

The world of Azure just got more exciting and more compelling! Take a new look at the new Windows Azure at http://meetwindowsazure.com.

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Azure Kick Start in Dallas

Please join us for the Windows Azure Kick Start event on June 14, 2012, and we’ll show you how to sign up for free time in the cloud, and how to build a typical web application using the same ASP.NET tools and techniques you already use today.

Microsoft Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

To hear what will be covered during this event, go to http://youtu.be/n3bTavXMi8Q.

This will be a hands-on event where you will need a laptop configured with the required pieces. We will have help onsite to get the right bits installed as well. Breakfast, lunch and prizes will be provided.

Seating is limited, so register today! For more information on Azure, go to http://windowsazure.com and www.rbaconsulting.com/landing/azure