Announcing the Northeast MSDN Roadshow March 2010 Tour!

The Northeast RoadshowThe plans are set for our next Northeast MSDN Roadshow series, and Jim and I will be consuming coffee aplenty and taking to the roads of the northeast to visit four cities in March.

These are free events with technical sessions for developers and architects. We’ll be covering Windows Azure, data and services (including WCF Data Services and SQL Azure), and taking a look at what’s new in Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.

Full session descriptions are at the end of this post.

The Schedule

The Roadshows are 1-5 PM and, like our Fall 2009 series, several will be the same day as morning TechNet IT Pro events. (They’re separate events, so if you want to attend both, please register for each.)

Also, keep an eye on the “Northeast Roadshow – Before You Leave the House!” page for any last-minute updates on venues and logistics.

The Roadshow in Rochester

After the tour, we’ll post materials and record screencasts based on the sessions on the Northeast Portal on Channel 9 (head there now for content from previous Roadshows.)

We’ll see you on the road!


The Northeast MSDN Roadshow - "Driving Toward a New Horizon" Tour

It’s a new year and road and code warriors Chris Bowen and Jim O’Neil just can’t wait to return to the highways of the northeast to talk about major technology releases and what’s important for developers.

The Roadshow - Somwhere on I-90...From writing applications that leverage Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud operating system that went live on January 1st, to new ways of working with services and data like WCF Data Services and SQL Azure, to a look at what’s just around the bend with Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4, let Chris and Jim be your GPS of technology travel.

The Northeast MSDN Roadshow is a free series of deep technology sessions for developers and architects. Register today and join Chris and Jim for these relaxed events to gain practical insights.

So, rev up those developer engines and get ready to roll toward new sights and destinations!

The Agenda: Cloudy (but Clear) Skies, Driving Data, and Visual (Studio) Sights

Windows Azure: What? Why? And a Peek Under the Hood

What is Cloud Computing and where can it take you? In this session, we’ll first focus on showing the potential benefits of creating applications for the cloud with Windows Azure. Then, we’ll pop open the hood to show you around the main parts of the engine, including web roles, worker roles, and queues. You’ll see how Windows Azure plugs in for interoperability with other on-premises and cloud applications via the App Fabric. You’ll also learn how Windows Azure can be used to host technologies other than .NET – such as Java and PHP – and get a glimpse into what’s coming next with project “Sydney” and the integration of Windows Workflow into the cloud.

Data: At Your Service

Services are more than just executable bits of business logic; data too can be provided as a service, and the Microsoft stack offers a number of ways to host your data on and off-premises. Windows Azure provides highly scalable table and blob storage, and SQL Azure brings the relational model to the cloud, but there’s other options as well including exposing your domain data via WCF Data Services and leveraging vetted data service providers such as the Associated Press and the via Microsoft “Dallas”. Think of this session as a pit stop to help you examine the data and modeling options best suited to tune your applications.

Visual Studio 2010: That’s a 10-4, Good Buddy
There’s a buzz in the air as Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are arriving soon, and they’re bringing plenty of cargo that developers will enjoy, from new features to improved productivity. We’ll hop on and take a tour, giving you the lay of the land in terms of what will help you as a developer. The sights will include parallel application development, new editor features and debugging capabilities (including a new historical debugger), improvements for web and Windows development, new .NET language features, and much more.