Monthly Archives: April 2013

The day after … the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp

What an amazing Saturday! Have you attended one of the 96 local Windows Azure Bootcamps? Are you one of these crazy 8,000 people around the globe?

But let me start at the beginning. Nearly two months ago at the MVP Summit in Redmond some of the Windows Azure MVPs (ahead was Magnus Martensson a.k.a. @noopman) had an idea: One big event in several cities in several countries. I think they had no idea how big it really will become. With the enthusiasm of the Windows Azure Insiders and the help of several Microsoft employees it came bigger and bigger.

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Microsoft Virtual Academy upcoming online events

Hello and welcome back everybody. After the AzureConf on Tuesday and the dotNetConf, which is currently running, I want to pay some attention on upcoming online events.

Are you familiar with the Microsoft Virtual Academy? It is a great place to become familiar with the greatest technologies from Microsoft. Beside the courses MVA offers some Jump Start series from time to time. Today and yesterday a whole bunch of Jump Start were kicked-off with the Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start. The whole May several courses will follow. Here’s a short overview about them: Continue reading

Global Windows Azure Bootcamps in Berlin und Bad Homburg

Am 27.04.2013 noch nichts vor und zufälligerweise in der Nähe von Berlin oder Bad Homburg? Dann kann ich nur den Besuch des Global Windows Azure Bootcamps empfehlen.

Aber was ist das Global Windows Azure Bootcamp? Das Bootcamp ist ein Azure-Community-Event, das am 27.04. an knapp 100 verschiedenen Standorten weltweit von Mitgliedern der Windows Azure Insiders und MVPs durchgeführt wird. Die Speaker werden ihr Wissen über die verschiedensten Themengebiete weitergeben … und das kostenlos.

In Bad Homburg werden Sascha Dittmann und Damir Dobric, beide Windows Azure MVPs, für beste Stimmung sorgen. Für Berlin konnten wir Anton Staykov (Windows Azure MVP), Markus Eilers (Windows Azure Insider) und Oliver Michalski (Windows Azure Insider) als Speaker gewinnen.

Interessiert? Dann folgt jetzt ein kleiner Vorgeschmack auf die Agenda für Berlin:

09:00 Kickoff/Keynote Peter Kirchner + Dion Hutchings
09:30 AzureConf Keynote Channel 9
10:30 GWAB   Render Lab
11:00 From zero to hero with Windows Azure Web Sites Anton Staykov
12:00 Mittag
13:00 Infrastructure as a Service – Windows Azure im Hybrid-Cloud Konzert Markus Eilers
14:00 Cinema in the Cloud – Einführung in die   Windows Azure Media Services Oliver Michalski
15:00 Kaffeepause
15:30 Unified Identity Management with Windows Azure ACS Anton Staykov
16:30 Windows Azure im Praxiseinsatz Markus Eilers
17:30 Q&A, Closing Note Peter Kirchner
ab 18:00 Ende der Veranstaltung & Zeit zum Networken

From zero to hero with Windows Azure Web Sites

You just work a new project that has uncertain future? What is the easiest way you know to deploy your web project to real server – just name it! Windows Azure Web Sites is a new service from the family of Windows Azure which offers three different flavors – free (yes, completely free!), shared and reserved. In this session we will learn how to start completely free and scale enormously should we have to!

Infrastructure as a Service – Windows Azure im Hybrid-Cloud Konzert

Windows Azure war für viele Organisationen bisher ein Buch mit Sieben Sigeln. Dieser Talk zeigt, was die Infrastrukturerweiterungen in Azure für den Aufbau und die Flexibilisierung von cloud-basierten Umgebungen und Hybrid Clouds tatsächlich leisten. Wir sprechen darüber, wie Sie Ihre Marktpositionierung und SLAs mit Azure mühelos verbessern können und wie Sie von Microsoft’s “Power of Choice” Versprechen profitieren.

Cinema in the Cloud – Einführung in die Windows Azure Media Services

Folgende Themen werden behandelt:

  1. Trends am Beispiel von Youtube
  2. Überblick über die Media Service Architektur
  3. Überblick über das Objektmodell
  4. Überblick zum Thema Cliententwicklung (Microsoft Media Platform)
  5. Demo 1 Anlegen eines Media Service
  6. Demo 2 Überblick Media Service Dashboard
  7. Demo 3 Media Service Workflow mit dem Management Portal
  8. Demo 4 Mein erstes Programm

Unified Identity Management with Windows Azure ACS

“Your password length must be between 10 and 32 characters, and must contain lowercase characters, numbers, special symbols, eye drop of a Unicorn, blood drop of a bat.  For security reasons, please tell us the name of your first pet.” How many times have you seen similar requirement?

We live in 21st century. There is Facebook, there is Google, there is Microsoft. There are dozens of online identity providers. My firm belief is that there is no single internet user that does not already have at least one existing identity. What do we, as developers do, to help ourselves and the millions of Internet users stop creating yet another username/password combination. Nothing?

In this session we will see how to use the completely free Federation service from Microsoft to help us respect our Internet users (and business partners!). In a matter of minutes we will enable our Internet web application recognize and welcome users from Google, Facebook, Microsoft Account, Yahoo and more!

Windows Azure im Praxiseinsatz

Während einige Unternehmen noch die Pferde satteln, haben andere bereits intensive Erfahrungen mit Windows Azure und der Flexibilität einer Cloud Plattform gemacht. Wir haben die Erfahrungswerte gesammelt und sprechen über spannende Projekte, große Erfolge und Lerneffekte. Dabei zeigen wir entstehende Muster, die bei der Gewinnung von Kunden, Planung von Produkten und Maximierung der Cloud Effekte helfen können.

Angebissen? Dann jetzt noch schnell einen kostenlosen Platz für Bad Homburg oder Berlin sichern.

– Jan (@Horizon_Net)

Windows Azure Conf 2013 & Global Windows Azure Bootcamp

Today I want to share something special with you. After the announcement of the global availability of IaaS on Windows Azure this week the next one will be even more exciting. It starts with the Windows Azure Conf on April 23 followed by the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp on April 27. But what’s so special about these events? They are all community-driven and for free!

Together with Scott Guthrie the Windows Azure Insiders and MVPs are lining up as speakers for the Azure Conf. Here’s an overview about the sessions:

  • Taking Control of your Windows Azure Services
  • Windows Azure Web Sites – things they don’t teach kids in school
  • Essential Azure IaaS for Developers
  • From Collocated Servers to Windows Azure Web Sites in Three Days
  • Node.js End-to-end
  • Developing Cross Platform Mobile Solutions with Azure Mobile Services and HTML5
  • Real World Architectures Using Windows Azure Mobile Services
  • Lights, Camera, Action – Media Services on the Loose
  • Debugging and Monitoring Windows Azure Cloud Services
  • How it’s Made – MyGet.org

Event #2, the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, is an event which will take place at around 100 locations worldwide. “But I have no location next to me?” That’s no problem! Most of the locations will stream their sessions so you can follow them online. Excited? Than register now for both events!

It’s a pleasure to be part of this energetic community!

– Jan (@Horizon_Net)

Links of the month (March Edition)

Hi and welcome everybody to the first links of the month. With this March Edition I will change the links of the week into the links of the month, because I like to concentrate myself more on working on new tutorials which I can publish here. The links of the month will be published in the first week of a month and will show you what has happened the month before.

March was exciting month for Windows Azure developers. A lot of new things were published like some really cool updates to the Windows Azure Mobile Services or HDInsight. Continue reading