My SELA Developer Practice Talk: Node.js on Windows Azure

November 28, 2012

The SDP started last Sunday in the shadow of rockets fired on Israel and an alarm and evacuation around 10:30AM. Nonetheless, attendance was almost full and all sessions were delivered as planned. We had three tracks with a total of 18 talks, and mine was concerned with running Node apps on Windows Azure. This was a similar -- although not identical -- talk to what I did at the Israeli Windows Azure User Group last month. You can find the slides and demos here, but you will have to substitute your account names and keys if you want to run...
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BUILD Day 4: My Summary (2/2)

November 12, 2012

The last two talks I went to at BUILD… Spending all my time preparing for the Windows Azure Conference next week, where I have two sessions: one on Node.js and one on Windows Azure Mobile Services. Herb Sutter – The Future of C++ Herb has been giving this talk for a few years in a row now at major conferences, and there’s something new every time – this really tells you a lot about the excitement in the world of C++ during these years, culminating with last year’s standard, C++11. Herb shared the...
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BUILD Day 4: My Summary (1/2)

November 8, 2012

I had barely time to blink, and BUILD is almost behind us. The fourth day was shorter than the rest, but there was one session that made my morning and my day: Subramanian Ramaswamy – Deep Dive into the Kernel of the .NET Framework on Windows Phone 8 This long title was well-justified, as the .NET Framework on Windows Phone has been revamped as dramatically as the underlying Windows CE –> Windows NT kernel drop-in. This talk was divided into two parts – one about the productivity enhancements for .NET developers on Windows Phone,...
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BUILD Day 3: My Summary

November 2, 2012

No keynote today, but Scott Hanselman’s 8:30AM talk was a great replacement – he himself called it an “unkeynote”. Also, before the talk Scott looped some hilarious videos, such as MacBook Wheel from The Onion. Scott Hanselman – One ASP.NET and the Cloud This was really keynote material in that Scott highlighted some of the recent developments in what the cloud means for developers. He started by showing the Azure PowerShell cmdlets, which give you provisioning of websites or virtual machines by virtue of a few keystrokes. These are the “five computers” somewhere in...
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BUILD Day 2: My Summary

November 1, 2012

Satya Nadella and others – Day 2 Keynote Day two started with Satya Nadella orchestrating an amazing keynote with Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, Josh Twist, Jason Zander, and David Campbell. This amazing lineup of speakers showed multiple demos, including live coding, covering the most recent developments – mostly around the Windows Azure Platform. Satya’s point of view on the current state of Windows Azure is that it is a complementary offering to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, in that it provides a great backend for mobile apps. This great backend is not just words...
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