Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Windows Azure Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.
Windows Azure is currently in Community Technology Preview. Commercial availability for Windows Azure will likely be at the end of calendar year 2009.
Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. To build applications and services on Windows Azure, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, XML, and PHP.
To help developers and architects better understand how to leverage the cloud, Microsoft is offering INETA two "train-the-trainer" sessions for user group leaders, speakers and influential contributors. Here's a great opportunity to learn more and present back to your user groups and other community events.
LiveMeeting Sessions are:
· Wednesday, September 9, 2009 5:00 PM-6:00 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
· Tuesday, September 15, 2009 8:00 AM-9:00 AM (UTC-8:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Here's What You'll Learn
- Development tools for Visual Studio
- Local debugging
- Data storage services
- Running your ASP.NET applications in the cloud
- Service hosting
- Interfacing Non Microsoft applications such as PHP
You'll get demo code and PowerPoint content ready for presentation delivery.
Last night at the SoCal .NET Architecture meeting I presented a look Windows Workflow Foundation (WF 3.5) as we have it today with a specific look at working with Windows Communication Foundation Services. I discussed ways you can harness the power of workflow in your applications. Then, I moved on to take a peek at what is coming with WF 4.0 where there will be a whole new stack to get your head around. I covered improvements that will make development more productive and changes that should significantly improve performance. Plus you'll find workflow built in to next generation development applications like Visual Studio Team System. You can download my presentation slide deck.
The July 28th meeting of SoCal Team System featured my presentation of “A Lap Around Visual Studio Team System 2010.” Here is the download for my presentation. We had a great turnout with lots of discussion. We were able to cover TFS administration, team collections, the Architecture Explorer, UML diagrams, and the Architecture Layer Diagram but just touched on test impact analysis, testing, builds and reporting. We only touched the tip of the iceberg. VSTS 2010 is BIG.