Speaking at Silicon Valley Code Camp–Oct 8

This weekend I will be speaking at the Silicon Valley Code Camp in, well, Silicon Valley. To be more specific, it’s at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, United States of America, Earth. Milky Way Galaxy. (Ok, enough of that.) My talks (parts 1 and 2) are at 3:30 and 5:00 on Saturday, October 8th.

I think this is the largest code camp in the US, with over 200 sessions, and over 3,000 people registered. They have sessions on pretty much everything from .NET and Azure to Java, HTML5, Google developer tools and platforms,  mobile development, and even the new Metro UI programming from Microsoft coming with Windows 8 that was revealed at the recent build conference.

My talk is called Azure for Developers. I’m going to briefly cover the basic principles of Windows Azure, but the main purpose of the talk is to show you how to program something that will run in Windows Azure and talk about how I used the different features when I migrated my company’s entire infrastructure to Azure last year.

I’ll show how to migrate an existing SQLServer database to SQL Azure, then write a WCF service to access it (including the SQL Azure retry code), and show how to access the service from a desktop client. I’ll show how you can put requests on an Azure queue and then read from the queue with a worker role and write information to blob storage. I’ll also show you how to set up diagnostics so you can do diagnostics tracing, performance monitoring, etc.

This covers pretty much all the major stuff in Windows Azure except writing to Azure table storage. I found out today that the sessions are 75 minutes instead of 60, so I’m going to try to add a section to the presentation to show how to run the WCF service against Windows Azure table storage instead of using SQL Azure.

You should be able to take what you see and create your own Windows Azure applications. The integration of the development environment with Azure is a huge benefit, and if you’re already a .NET programmer, the leap to Azure is totally manageable, as you’ll see with all the familiar-looking code.

If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, it would be great to see you. If you have any Azure questions, please bring them with you!


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