I recently recorded an overview video called Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure to replace the current one on the Cloud section of MSDN. I just heard news that the video is live. I am pretty excited because this is THE VIDEO you see when you go to http://msdn.com, then click the Cloud section. There’s nothing deep in the video, but the goal was to comprehensively answer the “What is the Windows Azure Platform” question at enough depth that developers new to the Windows Azure Platform wouldn’t feel like they were watching too much of a marketing video.
Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features.
Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don’t realize these feature voting sites exist. In addition to WF/WCF, I am aware of these:
Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any. I’ll add them.
You can find my deck here:
I plan to have my OData + Entity Framework + SQL 2008 spatial demos packaged/cleaned up some time this week. I will also record a deeper walkthrough of the demo/sample and publish it to Channel 9 some time soon.
I’m presenting at Gov 2.0 Expo on May 25th:
Since SQL Azure will support the Geospatial types soon, I’m planning on showing a demo that shows what will be possible once it does. For details on the announcement of the upcoming SQL Azure features, see:
As part of my demo preparation, I was looking for some data to use and found this little gem:
“This is a repository for US Census Data for SQL Server 2008 with spatial information. Some of the data that is and will be included will be for states, counties, cities, and zip codes. The project will be updated as the data is available in SQL Server 2008 format.”
I plan on using this project in my demos. I’d love to see you at my workshop at the Gov 2.0 conference!
My team is participating in FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud – Presented by Microsoft on March 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Pavilion room in Washington DC. I’ll be presenting as part of the Developer Track. My session is titled “Sharing Government Data through Windows Azure using OGDI & ‘Dallas’.” My team is responsible for OGDI. Come check out the event and dev track if you are interested Cloud Computing. Full details here:
Submit and vote at:
Windows Azure Feature Voting Forum
SQL Azure Feature Voting Forum
Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" Feature Voting Forum
SQL Server Management Studio Support for SQL Azure
One of the things they don’t mention in the post is that all this works in SQL Server Management Studio Express! Go get it:
Happy SSMSing with SQL Azure!!!
Thanks for taking the time to attend our developer day!
For resources from my Windows 7 for .NET Developers session, see this post:
The two decks and the GuestBook demo I used for the Windows/SQL Azure session are from the Windows Azure Training Kit:
The two helpful tools I demonstrated for SQL azure are:
These are MUST HAVE tools for anyone working with SQL Azure right now.