September 2009 - Posts
The LA Code will be November 21 and 22, the weekend right after PDC 09 at the USC campus. Several teams from Microsoft including Team System, Languages (C# and VB.NET) and ASP.NET plan to be presenting sessions. I’m to entice some from the Windows Azure team to join in as well. This will be a great opportunity to catch some of the latest info on just released and soon to be released development tools. You can get more information at http://www.SoCalCodeCamp.com and http://www.lacodecamp.com. Sign up and if you also want to present a session, sign up for that as well. Hope to see you there.
INETA is again organizing the Birds of a Feather (BOF) discussions at PDC. BOF sessions are a bit different from the normal formal presentations. They are discussions on topics originated by and facilitated by volunteers. They are a great way to get involved in topics you care about with your peers. I have submitted a proposed session on Scrum. Hope it is one of the sessions selected.
Title: Can Scrum Help You Deliver Successful Projects?
Description: Scrum is an increasingly popular agile framework for managing software development. Can Scrum help you deliver successful projects? This session will pragmatically explore using Scrum. We’ll talk about what how to get started adopting Scrum, what kinds of organizational commitments are needed and even how Scrum works with Team System.
Scrum is incredibly simple on the surface but touches profoundly on people, process and technology. While Scrum works for some, it isn’t for everyone. What should you expect if you do it right, and what if you don’t? Join our discussion and see if Scrum is right for you.
Interested in hosting a session for a topic you are passionate about? You can get more information at http://microsoftpdc.com/WhatsHappening/Announcing-Birds-of-a-Feather-Sessions-at-PDC09.
On November 17, Microsoft will be officially releasing Windows Azure. Now is the time to get up to speed on cloud computing and Windows Azure. A lot of industries and organizations are moving toward the cloud. For the September 17 SoCal .NET Architecture meeting I covered several areas including an intro to Windows Azure, SQL Azure, building applications, scaling out and more. I used material from the Windows Azure Training Kit (August 2009) that includes tons of good material for getting up to speed fast. I highly suggest downloading and going through the material at your own pace. You’ll find presentations, demos and hands-on-labs.
One of our members, Abhijit Gadkari, built this aspx page that pulls the data from the Azure cloud using SQL Azure - http://zimbatech.com/mycloud/Default.aspx. For October, we’ll be going deeper into Windows Azure. If you are in the Orange County area on October 15, hope you can join us.