IronRuby rocks at IronRuby-rocks.com


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My colleague Edd (who wrote two great guest posts for me on IronRuby) just pointed me at a new site ironruby-rocks.com. It is early days for the site but I felt it was worth some additional exposure even at this early stage.

Posts are nice and varied right now – from working with Microsoft Office to working with SQL Server.

I wish the site the very best of luck.

Related Links:

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SyncToBlog #11 Stuff and more stuff


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Just getting more stuff “down on paper” which grabbed my attention over the last couple of weeks.

You might also want to check out delicious stream – a blur of azure, ruby and gaming right now http://delicious.com/ericnel :-)

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45minute video on introduction to Windows Azure and running Ruby on Rails in the cloud


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Last week I presented at Cloud and Grid Exchange 2010. I did an introduction to Windows Azure and a demo of Ruby on Rails running on Azure.

My slides and links can be found here – but just spotted that the excellent Skills Matter folks have already published the video.

Watch the video at http://skillsmatter.com/podcast/cloud-grid/looking-at-the-clouds-through-dirty-windows 

P.S. I really need to shed a few pounds!

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Slides and links for Looking at the Clouds through Dirty Windows :-)


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Tomorrow (Friday 23/4/2010) I am delivering a session at the Cloud Grid Exchange in London at SkillsMatter (A top training company and superb supporter of development communities).

To be perfectly honest – I’m more interested in attending than presenting as the sessions and speaker line up look great. But in the middle of all that I will be doing the following (rather cheekily named) session:

Looking at the Clouds through dirty Windows

Many developers assume that the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing is only relevant if you develop solutions using Microsoft Visual Studio and the .NET Framework. The reality is somewhat different. In the same way that developers can build great applications on Windows Server using a variety of programming languages, developers can do the same for Azure. Java, Tomcat, PHP, Ruby, Python, MySQL and more all work great on Azure. In this session we will take a lap around the services offered by the Azure PaaS and demonstrate just how easy it is to build and deploy applications built in .NET and other technologies.

The session will be a mix of slides and demos – currently I plan to demo .NET and Ruby on Rails running on Azure – but I may flex that depending on how the morning sessions go and who turns up.

Links:

SyncToBlog #10 Lots of Azure and Cloud Links including MIX10 videos


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Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Feb 20010.

Cloud Links:

And sessions from MIX10 held March 15th to 17th:

Something for everyone :)

Call for authors for new eBook on the Windows Azure Platform


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I intend to pull together a FREE eBook on the Windows Azure Platform – but I need your help to make it rock!

If you have detailed experience of any aspect of the Windows Azure Platform and can spare a few hours of time to turn that into a short article (400 to 800 words) then please get in touch. This is not a big commitment but my suspicion is the end result will make for a cracking good read.

I am hoping for a mix – everything from lessons learnt from early adopters to introductions to elements of the platform to getting technologies such as Ruby up and running on Azure. 10 to 20 articles sound about right – which means I am after 10 to 20 authors :)

All I need from you right now is:

  • One or two suggestions of topics you would like to cover
  • A pointer to any example of your previous work – which could be as simple as a blog post or a work document.

For simplicity, just drop me an email direct to eric.nelson A@T microsoft.com.

BIG THANKS!

Eric

The provisional dates are:

  • Confirm authors and topics by 3rd May
  • Get first draft from all authors by 10th May
  • Complete reviews by 17th May
  • Final versions by 24th May
  • Published by 31st May

And finally, an example:

To give you an idea of what I have in mind, check out the eBook we pulled together last December which has had several thousand downloads. However I’m thinking of making this one a little bit more fun/informal. More on that later.

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The best Windows 7 virtual desktop tool by far… Dexpot


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[Oh – and Windows XP, Vista etc]

Every so often I yearn for the virtual desktop functionality that is implemented so well under Linux. Unfortunately every time I start looking for a great tool for Windows I ultimately end up disappointed.

But … I think this time around I have actually found one that will outlast the first day or two and become a must have.

Check out http://www.dexpot.de/

So far this is 100% stable, 100% sensible and offers awesome functionality, yet still is very simple to use.

There is a detailed look at the many features on the site but a couple that do it for me:

Desktop Manager and next/previous tray icons make it easy to navigate around:

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Announcement of Desktop as a desktop takes focus:

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And best of all, Windows 7 preview integration

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And… it is FREE for private use and you get 30 days to try it out for professional use (e.g. me)

Register now for the FREE UK Windows Azure Self-paced Interactive Learning Course starting May 10th


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[Suggested twitter tag #selfpacedazure]

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We (myself and David Gristwood) have been working in the UK to create a fantastic opportunity to get yourself up to speed on the Windows Azure Platform over a 6 week period starting May 10th – without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home/office.  The course is derived from the internal training Microsoft gives on Azure which is both fun and challenging in equal parts – and we felt was just too good to keep to ourselves! We will be releasing more details nearer the date but hopefully the following is enough to convince you to register and … recommend it to a colleague or three :-)

What we have produced is the “Microsoft Azure Self-paced Learning Course”. This is a free, interactive, self-paced, technical training course covering the Windows Azure platform – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Azure AppFabric. The course takes place over a six week period finishing on June 18th. During the course you will work from your own home or workplace, and get involved via interactive Live Meetings session, watch on-line videos, work through hands-on labs and research and complete weekly coursework assignments. The mentors and other attendees on the course will help you in your research and learning, and there are weekly Live Meetings where you can raise questions and interact with them. This is a technical course, aimed at programmers, system designers, and architects who want a solid understanding of the Microsoft Windows Azure platform, hence a prerequisite for this course is at least six months programming in the .NET framework and Visual Studio.

Check out the full details of the event or go straight to registration.

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The course outline is:

  • Week 1 – Windows Azure Platform
  • Week 2 – Windows Azure Storage
  • Week 3 – Windows Azure Deep Dive and Codename “Dallas”
  • Week 4 – SQL Azure
  • Week 5 – Windows Azure Platform AppFabric Access Control
  • Week 6 – Windows Azure Platform AppFabric Service Bus

If you have any questions about the course and its suitability, please email ukdev@microsoft.com.

And finally… a lot of the credit must go to the original authors of the internal version of the course, Scott Zimmerman and Danny Garber. Thanks chaps for letting us “repurpose” the content :-)

Links from UK TechDays 2010 sessions on Entity Framework, Parallel Programming and Azure


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[I will do some longer posts around my sessions when I get back from holiday next week]

Big thanks to all those who attended my 3 sessions at TechDays this week (April 13th and 14th, 2010). I really enjoyed both days and watched some great session – my personal fave being the Silverlight/Expression session by my friend and colleague Mike Taulty.

The following links should help get you up and running on each of the technologies.

Entity Framework 4

Parallel Programming

And PDC 2009 session recordings to watch:

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Windows Azure Platform