Links from .NET Developer Network session on Azure


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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A big thanks to everyone who came along last night (Feb 25th 2010) to the .NET Developer Network and to Guy for inviting me along and being a great host.

I had lots of fun and enjoyed it being so interactive.

As promised, some links relevant to the conversations during the evening and the many questions. I will also do a post on Monday summarising the many “limits” we discussed on instances, roles etc:

Tools:

And the offers:

And finally, the 4 minute video you can point colleagues at :-)

Jesse Liberty Silverlight Tour of the UK and Ireland in April


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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I was presenting at the excellent .NET Developer Network in Bristol last night run by the awesome Guy Smith-Ferrier. Guy reminded me of this awesome news which needs broadcasting widely – Jesse Liberty is in town in April. Sweet.

Stolen directly from Guys post:

Jesse Liberty, Silverlight Geek (Microsoft US Developer Evangelist for Silverlight), is doing a tour of the UK and Ireland in April to coincide with Microsoft UK’s week of TechDays (#techdays) events. Jesse is speaking at Bristol, London, Cambridge, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast and Dublin between Monday 12th April 2010 and Friday 23rd April 2010. You can match the dates to the venues at Jesse’s post. Jesse’s first stop on the tour is at The .NET Developer Network on Monday 12th April 2010 where we will also be celebrating our third birthday (with cake!). Jesse will be presenting:-

  • Silverlight 4, MVVM and TDD: A Brave New World (level 300)
    1.       MVVM and Silverlight to build test-driven programs
    2.       Understanding Refactoring and Dependency Injection
    3.       A Walk through of a non-trivial application

You can sign up for this one here. Thanks to Microsoft (US, UK, ROI) and UGSS for sponsoring this tour and making it possible”

The content looks very good – and the cake in bristol on the 12th is tempting if I’m not in London that day for the free Microsoft Tech Days.

Introduction to Application Development With Silverlight 4 

This presentation is targeted at .NET programmers new to Silverlight or who wish a review of the fundamentals of building an application in Silverlight 4. Topics will include

  • Drag and Drop development
  • Xaml and Code
  • Layout and Controls
  • Data, Data-binding, Validation and Async-validation
  • Templates and The Visual State Manager (Time allowing)

Building A Highly Extensible, Decoupled Silverlight Open Source Application with MEF and RIA Services using Lean, Test Driven Development, An International Team of Volunteer Programmers,  and lots of Advil.

This talk will use the Silverlight HyperVideo Platform open-source project on CodePlex as a case study in building highly extensible Silverlight applications. Among the topics we will focus on are:

  • New features in Silverlight 4 and how they made life easier
  • The Managed Extensibility Framework (MEF) added to Silverlight 4
  • WCF RIA Services for connection to a back-end db
  • Handling inter-module communication when the requirements are that modules cannot assume which other modules will be created, there can be no dependencies on order-of creation and unanticipated modules must be able to communicate with existing modules.
  • Using Markers, Injected Markers and polling to trigger events while viewing a video.
  • A Quick introduction to Lean, TDD and Kanban

Silverlight 4,  MVVM and Test-Driven Development
  • MVVM and Silverlight to build test-driven programs
  • Understanding Refactoring and Dependency Injection
  • A Walk through of a non-trivial application

Q&A: How do I find out the status of the Windows Azure Platform services?


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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The Windows Azure Platform includes a status dashboard as well as RSS feeds for individual services and regions.

You get to see the current status:

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As well as the history of an individual service:

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As I’m based in the UK, I subscribe to the North Europe feeds for each of the services:

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Windows Azure Portal surfaces the relationship between billing and deployed


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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I previously posted on when you get charged with Windows Azure as it is contrary to many folks expectations. Today (25th Feb 2010) I was pleased to see a new warning on the portal.

Note that you only need to delete the deployment not the service. And to delete you must first stop it.

Well done team.

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I have a funny feeling this actually reflects my life at the moment


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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Every so often I Wordle my delicious account to see “where I’m at”. This is a spookily accurate depiction of my online life at the moment :-)

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Therefore…

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:-)

Visual Studio 2010 Conversion Wizard and Azure solutions – do not change target to .NET 4


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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I am currently (Feb 2010) moving lots of Azure samples originally built in Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010 RC. I just realised there is a simple mistake folks can fall into. Easy to do, easy to avoid.

When opening an Azure solution originally built in Visual Studio 2008  you will see the Conversion Wizard.

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Once you click Finish you will see this dialogue box with a default of Yes. Do not click Yes! Instead click No.

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The reason is simple. As of Feb 2010 the Windows Azure Fabric in Microsoft Data Centres is not running the .NET 4.0 RC, it is instead running .NET 3.5 SP1. Therefore you want to stick with .NET 3.5 SP1 for your projects to get the equivalent experience with the development fabric – which means you won’t have access (just yet) to some of the really good stuff such as Entity Framework 4.

End result is a nicely converted solution.

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In person events Feb through April 2010


Note: Cross posted from IUpdateable from Eric Nelson.

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Just a brief note about events where you can expect to see me over the next few months in the UK (and TBH this post will be helpful reminder to me!)

February

March

April

Should keep me out of mischief :-)