Microsoft on Tuesday December 13th, held a The Learn Windows Azure Event! at its Redmond Campus to learn how to get started building applications for Windows Azure from Microsoft technical leaders Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich!
The live telecast of the entire event was streamed by Channel 9, available here:
Here is a line of the sessions:
- 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Getting Started with Windows Azure and Windows Azure SDK & Tools from Microsoft Corporate VP Scott Guthrie.
- 10:45 - 12 p.m. - Cloud Data & Storage
Dave Campbell discuss how to use SQL Azure and Windows Azure storage services in your cloud applications.
- 12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Channel9 Cloud Cover Show Live
Steve Marx and Wade Wegner demos Windows Azure.
- 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Developing Windows Azure Applications with Visual Studio
Jay Schmelzer show you how to use Visual Studio to its full potential to develop, debug, and deploy cloud applications.
- 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. - Building Scalable Cloud Applications
Do you want to build applications that are highly scalable, loosely coupled, and highly available? This session is about key Windows Azure services and patterns from David Aiken.
- 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Expert Panel Q&A featuring Scott Guthrie, Dave Campbell, and Mark Russinovich!
You can learn more about the agendas here.
For Java developers interested in using Windows Azure, one particularly interesting segment of the day is a new Channel 9 video with GigaSpaces. "Their Cloudify offering, which is used by over 300 large companies, helps Java developers easily move to their applications, without any code or architecture changes, to Windows Azure."
Building on Azure: GigaSpaces - Cloudify Java Application Platform:
Bonus!: Online games in the mobile and social media space, including Facebook, are the primary business for Sneaky Games, from Austin, Texas.
The organization is using the Windows Azure platform for its social games, including Fantasy Kingdoms and Vampire Legacy, to meet fluctuating capacity needs during peak periods of traffic. The company is able to implement changes at anytime without causing downtime for users, and chose the Windows Azure platform over Amazon Web Services. Representatives from Sneaky Games, John Wussow, Senior Developer, and Mark Bourland, Chief Technology Officer, provide further detail.
Building on Azure: Sneaky Games: