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Taking Care of a Cloud Environment (slides)

It looks like I’m only doing sessions lately :-) Here’s another slide deck for a presentation I did on the Architect Forum last week in Belgium.

Abstract: “No, this session is not about greener IT. Learn about using the RoleEnvironment and diagnostics provided by Windows Azure. Communication between roles, logging and automatic upscaling of your application are just some of the possibilities of what you can do if you know about how the Windows Azure environment works.”

Thanks for attending!

Linuxwochen Austria

As part of my global domination plans, I this week visited Vienna, Austria for a session at Linuxwochen around PHP on Windows.

PHP on Windows

Abstract: “Ever wanted to get started with PHP development on Windows? This session covers the basics of running PHP on the Windows platform and will help getting your development environment ready.”

Thanks for being in this session! I know it is a controversial one on a Linux event :-)

Slides of our VISUG session

As promised, here are the slides of the VISUG session me and Kris van der Mast did yesterday.

Being a pimp without Silverlight!

Abstract: “Don't tell us you're jealous of those Silverlight fanboys! We'll show you that applications with bling can be developed using ASP.NET MVC and jQuery. We're talking MVC, template helpers, AJAX, JSON, transitions, live bindings, ...”

TechDays 2010 Portugal slides and demo code

First of all: thank you for attending the sessions Kevin Dockx and I gave at TechDays 2010 Portugal! A wonder we made it there with all the ash clouds and volcanic interference based in Iceland.

Just Another Wordpress Weblog, But More Cloudy

Abstract: “While working together with Microsoft on the Windows Azure SDK for PHP, we found that we needed an popular example application hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Azure. Wordpress was an obvious choice, but not an obvious task. Learn more about Windows Azure, the PHP SDK that we developed, SQL Azure and about the problems we faced porting an existing PHP application to Windows Azure.”

I can not disclose demo code at this time, sorry. Here’s a list of good resources to get you started though:

PHP and Silverlight

Abstract: “So you have an existing PHP application and would like to spice it up with a rich and attractive front-end. Next to Adobe Flex, you can also choose Silverlight as a solution. This session shows you around in Silverlight and shows that PHP and Silverlight can go together easily.”

Demo code: PHP and Silverlight - DevDays.zip (1.00 mb) (based on Silverlight 2, bug Kevin for a recent version :-))

Running PHP on Windows Azure

Yesterday I did some talks on PHP and Windows Azure at JumpIn Camp in Zürich together with Josh Holmes. Here are the slide decks and samples we used.

Scaling Big while Sleeping Well

Josh talked on what Windows Azure is, what components are available and how you can get started with PHP and Windows Azure.

Running PHP in the Cloud

I did not do the entire deck, but showed some slides and concepts. This is mainly the same content as Josh’s session with some additions.

Windows Azure Storage & SQL Azure

This deck talks about the different storage concepts and how to use them in PHP.

Sample code

As a demo, I had ImageCloud, a web application similar to Flickr. Here’s the sample code: ImageCloud.rar (5.00 mb)

Put your existing application in the cloud!

As promised during my talk, here's the slide deck for "Put your existing application in the cloud!".

Abstract: "Leverage the highly scalable Windows Azure platform and deploy your existing ASP.NET application to a new home in the clouds. This demo filled session will guide you in how to make successful use of Windows Azure’s hosting and storage platform as well as SQL Azure, the relational database in the cloud, by moving an existing ASP.NET application to a higher level."

And here's the live recording:

Thanks for joining TechDays 2010 and my session!

Running PHP in the Cloud slides and sample code

Just got back from London where I did a fun talk on PHP and Windows Azure yesterday evening. It was the first time I did a presentation after three beers, but I think it went allright. As promised, here's the slide deck and sample code (ImageCloud.rar (5.00 mb)).

Abstract: "This session covers the basics of Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform. Learn how you can develop and deploy a PHP application in Windows Azure, using the tools and libraries Microsoft provides. Creating a photo upload application, the different aspects of the Windows Azure platform are leveraged for creating a performant and scalable PHP application."

Thanks for joining the conference and my session! Also, Robert Castelo, your talk on Drupal and its community was interesting. Did not know the active developer base and security teams were that big.

Just Another Wordpress Weblog, But More Cloudy

4322759659_6cab114506_b Slides of my talk at the PHPBenelux conference last weekend are online. Bit of a pity my live demo went wrong due to my www.azure.com trial account going into read-only mode while doing the demo.

Abstract: "While working together with Microsoft on the Windows Azure SDK for PHP, we found that we needed an popular example application hosted on Microsoft’s Windows Azure. Wordpress was an obvious choice, but not an obvious task. Learn more about Windows Azure, the PHP SDK that we developed, SQL Azure and about the problems we faced porting an existing PHP application to Windows Azure."

Thanks for joining the conference and my session! And thanks to the PHPBenelux crew for organizing their first conference ever, it rocked!

Vote to help me speak at the MIX 2010 conference!

Everybody knows the Microsoft MIX event, right? The one in Las Vegas? The one with all the fancy web-related stuff? Rings a bell? Ok, great. In the beginning of December 2009, Microsoft did an open call for speakers, which I answered with some session proposals. Who doesn’t want to go to Vegas, right?

The open call proposals have been processed (150+ sessions submitted, wow!) and a voting has started. Yes, you hear me coming: please go ahead and vote for a session I submitted. Voting ends January 15th, 2010.

Since I could not decide which color of the voting banner matched best with my blog’s theme, I decided to put them all three online:

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Thanks in advance!

Maarten

PS: There's also Elijah Manor, Justin Etheredge, K. Scott Allen, and many others who submitted good looking sessions.

kick it on DotNetKicks.com

Cloud computing and the Windows Azure Services Platform (KU Leuven)

It was a fun session yesterday at KU Leuven university! I did a session on cloud computing and Windows Azure there for the IEEE Student Branch Leuven.

Abstract: "This session covers the basics of the Windows Azure Services Platform and drills into some architectural challenges. Learn what components the Windows Azure Services Platform is built of and how they can be leveraged in building a scalable and reliable application."

If you want more info about Windows Azure and how to develop, architect or benefit from the platform as a whole, register freely at the Azure User Group Belgium.

Thank you for attending!