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GeekPost Weekly Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 11

By James Hippolite, in , posted: 28-Dec-2009 17:35

Geek Post

Volume 1 Issue 11

Friday 25 December 2009

Hippolite Musings

Tena Koutou Katoa,

Merry Christmas.  Posting a bit late (again).  Last for the year, and all that.  Hope it's going well with you, yada, yada, yada.

Christmas was different for us this year.  We stayed put and family came visited us.  It was nice.


Developer News

The year is almost done and the outlook is Cloudy.

Editorial: Mike Zeff UNPLUGGED Tour, it's a wrap.

Our latest UNPLUGGED tour of 5 cities is done and we've already started planning the next one. If you didn't manage to make it to one of the sessions we will be making recordings of the sessions available here in the next day or so. Windows Azure

One of the MSDN UNPLUGGED sessions on our recent tour focused on Windows Azure, Microsoft's Cloud platform for application development.

Windows Azure makes use of the tools and programming languages you are already familiar with and lets you build cloud applications that can scale massively and have access to an almost unlimited amount of storage. Obviously, you need to architect your applications to take advantage of this elasticity and scale. I've included some resources below that will be useful as you explore the Windows Azure platform.

The MSDN Azure Developer Centre is the best place to start. It contains links to the Windows Azure Training Kit, some "How Do I?" videos, and information about both SQL Azure and Windows Azure platform AppFabric which we touched on briefly during the UNPLUGGED session.

You can also download the Windows Azure SDK and Tools for Visual Studio (for both VS 2008 and VS 2010) to get started developing your own applications.

There are some useful sessions from the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference on architecting applications for Windows Azure. I'd recommend watching the following sessions:

There are a whole lot more videos available from PDC as well as the above. We also have PDC 2009 Discs with highlight video sessions and presentations. Email us your name and postal address and we will send one out to you, New Zealand only, supply is limited. Win an MSDN Subscription in our Windows Azure Competition

As we mentioned during our session, the Windows Azure platform will 'go live' (i.e. commercial availability) on the 1st January 2010. In the meantime, the current Community Technical Preview platform is still available for you to build and deploy your cloud applications. Don't forget the competition we are running for the next couple of weeks. You could win an MSDN Premium Subscription and Visual Studio Professional. Nigel has posted all the details on his blog. You'll need to hurry though as we only have a few Windows Azure tokens left and the competition closes 31st December. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

This is our last MSDN Flash for 2009. We hope you have a happy and safe Christmas break and you get a nice restful holiday. We'll see you all again in the New Year.

Thanks for reading!

Mike Zeff
ISV Developer Advisor
Microsoft New Zealand

Telecom News

Telecom Shut-Down Period

We were scheduled to work until Thursday 24 Dec.

Shut-down period is from Friday 25 December 2009 to Sunday 10 January 2010.

I will be back at my desk on Monday 11 January.

Product News


Partner News


Situations Vacant


Go get a tan

Training News

I'm booked for my exam

On Tuesday 19th January @ 12:30pm.  We'll see how it goes.  Usually, I like to sit as soon as practicable after studying, so that everything's fresh in my mind.  But I couldn't this time, because there were no slots left in the last week of the year!  (Probably Auldhouse and ACE are both closed for the holidays).

Trainer News



I joined the SQL PASS Linked-In Group

You can too, here:

Events Schedule

In this section, I highlight dates, times and venues of events either I am presenting at, or of interest to METTLE.  I'm available for bookings.

Date Event Venue Speaker
25-Dec-09 Christmas Day All Over The World None
11-Jan-2010 First day back at work Telecom Wellington James
19-Jan-2010 Exam 70-561 Auldhouse, Wellington James
25-29 Jan 2010 SharePoint 2010 Ignite for Developers Microsoft, Wellington Wayne Ewington
22-26 Feb 2010 Exchange 2010 Training Auldhouse, Wellington ?
22-Mar-10 Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch All Over The World Various
21-23 April 2010 PASS European Conference Neuss, Germany Various
18-May-10 NZ SharePoint Conference Bay of Plenty Lots


Child Draws Humorous Picture of Christmas

A little girl came home from Sunday school waving a paper for her mother to see. "Look Mommy," she exclaimed, "Teacher says I drew the most unusual Christmas picture she ever saw!"
Her mother took one look and had to agree with the teacher. Hoping her daughter could explain her creation, the mother asked, "Why are all these people riding in the back of an airplane?"
"Well, Mommy, that's the flight into Egypt."
Accepting that, mother asked another question: "Who is this mean-looking man in the front?"
Her daughter answered quickly and knowingly: "That's Pontius, the Pilot."
Looking at the picture even more closely, the mother said, "I see you have Mary and Joseph and the baby. But who is this large man sitting behind Mary?"
"Can't you tell?" the little girl asked, beginning to shake her head in disappointment. "That's Round John Virgin."

-John Beukema, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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James Hippolite
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Welcome to my technical blog. 

Here, I attempt to distill the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer knowledge I have accumulated since first qualifying MCP in 1996.  This blog started on 13 September 2007 as an off-shoot from my mixed up personal blog.  But it took a shot in the arm from Scott Hanselman's talk at TechEd New Zealand 08 "32 Ways To Make Your Blog Suck Less".