Workshops at Sela Developer Practice, December 2013: Improving .NET Performance and .NET/C++ Interop Crash Course

Thursday, December 19, 2013

In addition to my three breakout sessions, I've also had the pleasure of delivering two workshops at the Sela Developer Practice: Improving .NET Performance and .NET/C++ Interop Crash Course. Although these workshops are quite time-tested, I always try to add new materials and tools to make them more interesting for both myself and the audience. There's also constant interest in these topics -- I had 110 people registered for the performance workshop and more than 40 people at the interop course. In the performance workshop, we cover various performance measurement tools. I always try to squeeze in new tools in...
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Talks from Sela Developer Practice, December 2013: State of the Platforms, Native Mobile Apps, Xamarin, IntelliTrace, And More

Organizing two major conferences every year can have you pretty much drained by the end of it. Especially if you also speak at these conferences. This December, I've had to pleasure of presenting and co-presenting 3 breakout sessions and 2 workshops at the Sela Developer Practice, the biggest conference in Israel covering the Microsoft development stack. The conference started with me missing the first day because -- wait for it -- I was snowed in, in Jerusalem. The biggest snowstorm in over 60 years hit the Jerusalem area during the weekend, and on Sunday morning my street was covered with...
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Building the Next YouTube: Windows Azure Media Services

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My third (and last) talk at the SELA Developer Practice was about Windows Azure Media Services. If you haven't explored it yet, it's a SaaS offering for uploading, encoding, managing, and delivering media to a variety of devices, scaled by the power of Windows Azure. A couple of months ago this blog featured a detailed overview of one of the proof-of-concept workflows I built with Windows Azure Media Services, so I won't repeat myself. If you are considering Windows Azure Media Services for your own application or service, feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help. If...
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Attacking Web Applications

Monday, May 6, 2013

My first breakout session at the SELA Developer Practice covered the most common attacks against web applications and how to defend against these attacks. When planning this talk, I knew 60 minutes are hardly enough to cover all common vulnerabilities -- especially if I wanted to show any demos -- so I decided to focus on the three most prevalent vulnerability types, according to the OWASP Top 10: Injection (command injection and SQL injection) Broken authentication or session management Cross-site scripting (and CSRF as a bonus) I've demonstrated these common vulnerabilities in a series of demos using...
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Next Week: Sela Developer Practice 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Next week, May 5-9, is our biggest developer conference yet. We have developers from more than 150 software companies attending more than 70 sessions and workshops taught by local and international speakers. We are very happy to host industry rockstars like Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, and Udi Dahan -- and we're looking forward to make SDP even bigger and more interesting for software developers everywhere. We are expanding our technology reach beyond the traditional .NET stack, with talks on Node.js, PhoneGap, RavenDB, Hadoop, Solr, TypeScript, and more. Fourteen of the workshops have sold out, and some of the breakout session...
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Announcing: SELA Developer Practice, May 5-9, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

I’m very happy to announce our next conference—the biggest one yet—SELA Developer Practice, May 5-9, 2013. This time we opened the call for papers to local and international speakers, and here are the results, in numbers: 5 conference days: 3 days of full-day workshops and 2 days of breakout sessions in 4 tracks each 37 speakers, including 11 international speakers Among the speakers are 11 Microsoft MVPs and tech rockstars including Jesse Liberty, Shawn Wildermuth, and Udi Dahan A total of 76 sessions...
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Call for Papers: SELA Developer Practice, May 5-9, 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

I'm very happy to announce that the call for papers is now open for the next SELA Developers Practice! Our last conference has been a huge success, with over 1350 registered attendees and a number of workshops that we had to duplicate due to high demand. We want our next conference to be even bigger -- and you can be a part of it! We are looking for breakout sessions (60-75 minutes) as well as full-day workshops covering any topic related to the Microsoft stack -- from Windows 8 to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, WCF and Entity Framework, ASP.NET...
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My SELA Developer Practice Talk: Node.js on Windows Azure

Wednesday, 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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Announcing SELA Dev Academy Canada—November 5-7 in Toronto

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

SELA conferences are going international: we’re now announcing SELA Dev Academy, a three day technical conference in Toronto, with a great lineup of speakers and sessions immediately after Microsoft’s BUILD. If you’re in the Toronto area or flying back home from BUILD, this is a great opportunity to get up to speed on the latest Microsoft technologies with sessions on Windows 8, WCF, Parallel Programming, Windows Azure, ASP.NET Web API, and many more. The location is the Hyatt Regency Toronto, which looks awesome from the pictures although I haven’t visited. Registration is here. There’s...
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SELA Developer Practice: Post-BUILD Event

Monday, August 6, 2012

Oh, I was so happy when I discovered the ever so slight pun in “post-BUILD event”. Programmer humor, very sad. Moving on. The November SDP is going to be the biggest one yet. We’ll kick off the conference on Sunday, November 18 with three tracks in parallel, for “Client and Web”, “Server and Cloud” and “ALM”. With keynotes from leading Microsoft speakers and an additional five sessions in each track, this day should bring you up to par with the technological novelties from Microsoft in your area of expertise. Some examples: Bnaya...
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