AzureFest: Cloud Development Crash Course
Finding the time to learn about the Cloud and how to extend your skills to build solutions for the Cloud can be a challenge when your schedule is defined by application build, test, and deployment milestones. With this type of schedule, chances are you find learning new concepts in one condensed sprint much easier than trying to squeeze some learning into an hour here and an hour, between your other tasks. If that’s the case for you, you’ll want to check out AzureFest, a hands-on educational event designed by Canada’s own MVPs Cory Fowler (@SyntaxC4) and Barry Gervin (@bgervin) from ObjectSharp. At AzureFest, you’ll see how developing and deploying applications to Windows Azure is fast and easy, leveraging the skills you already have (.NET, Java, PHP, or Ruby) and the tools you already know (Visual Studio, Eclipse, etc.).
AzureFest sessions are delivered with examples using .NET and Visual Studio, but the concepts are the same regardless of the language and tools. You’ll learn everything to you need to know to get up and running with Windows Azure quickly including:
- Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure
- Setting up the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio
- Setting up your Windows Azure account
- Migrating a traditional on-premise ASP.NET MVC application to the Cloud
- Deploying solutions to Windows Azure
AzureFest is a hands-on event. This means that you’ll be following along in your own development environment and actually deploying your solution during the event. In order to get the most out of the experience, you’ll need to bring a laptop with you that is running Windows Vista SP1 or Windows 7 and has the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio installed.
You’ll also need to bring a credit card. Windows Azure activations require a credit card even for the trial period, but don’t worry, nothing will be charged to your credit card as the last part of the event shows you how to take down all of your Windows Azure instances.
We’re taking AzureFest across Canada, and will be coming to a city near you. Check out the listings below to get all the information you need about each of the cities. Don’t see a city that’s near you? Keep checking back as we will be adding more cities and dates as we confirm them. If you’d like to help organize an AzureFest in your city or at your user group, please contact me via email, Twitter, or LinkedIn.
|Where and When|
Downtown Toronto Microsoft Canada Ernst & Young Tower 222 Bay Street, 12th floor Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:00PM – 9;00PM Click here to register
Mississauga Microsoft Canada 1950 Meadowvale Boulevard Thursday, March 31, 2011 6:00PM - 9:00PM Click here to register
Vancouver BCIT, Burnaby Campus 3700 Willingdon Avenue Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:00PM – 9:00PM Click here to register
Ottawa Algonquin College Campus 1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa Saturday, April 16, 2011 12:45PM – 1:30PM Click here to register
Presenters: Christian Beauclair (@cbeauclair)
|Calgary University of Calgary, Rm 121 ICT Building 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Click here to register Presenters: Michael Diehl (@MikeDiehl_Wpg) and Tyler Doerksen (@Tyler_gd)|
|Moncton Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce Board Room – First Floor 1273 Main Street, Suite 200, Moncton, NB Friday, May 6, 2011 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Click here to register|
Fredericton UNB Campus Room 317, ITC Saturday, May 7, 2011 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Click here to register
|Halifax The Hub 1673 Barrington St., 2nd Floor, Halifax, NS Sunday, May 8, 2011 1:30PM – 4:30 PM Click here to register|
Quebec City l'École National d'Administration Publique (ENAP), salle 4114 555, boul.Charest Est, Québec, QC Thursday, May 12, 2011 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM Click here to register Presenters: Frédéric Harper (@fharper)
|Montreal Microsoft Canada 2000 McGill College, Montreal, QC Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Click here to register Presenters: Frédéric Harper (@fharper)|
|Winnipeg Online Business Systems, Assiniboine Room, 2nd Floor 200-115 Bannatyne Ave., Winnipeg, MB Thursday, May 19, 2011 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM Click here to register Presenters: John Bristowe (@jbristowe)|
|Kitchener Holiday Inn - Kitchener 30 Fairway Road South, Kitchener, ON Tuesday, May 31, 2011 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Click here to register Presenters: Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit)|
|Virtual Lunch and Learn Series Online Part 1: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST Part 2: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST Part 3: Thursday, June 2, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST, CST, MST, PST Click here to register Presenters: Jonathan Rozenblit (@jrozenblit)|
Make sure you register early as space is limited. Make sure to find me when you’re are the event – it will be an opportunity for us to chat about what you’re working on, possible projects to move to the Cloud, and how I can help you grow your skills and career.