Sessions tagged as WIndows Azure

Putting the Cloud in Your Pocket - A Guide to Using Windows Azure Mobile Services to Build Cloud Enabled Mobile Apps
Submitted by: John Garland

Time: 4:10 PM – 5:20 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: One Mem Drive, Horace Mann

In addition to the tremendous amount of power available in today’s mobile computing devices, the abundant availability of network connectivity provides the ability to create extremely rich and robust apps that take advantage of resources in the cloud. However, many mobile app developers often are constrained by limited time and financial resources and cannot afford to invest large amounts of either to set up an elaborate back-end to support their apps’ needs. Windows Azure Mobile Services aims to fill that need by providing a low-friction service infrastructure that can be used to support the needs of most mobile apps, including data storage and manipulation, authentication and authorization, connection to notification services, access to messaging services, custom server-based job scheduling, all within a framework that can be scaled to meet an app’s growing needs. Tapping into this framework allows developers to focus on their app development and achieve the cloud-connectivity within their apps. This session will introduce how Windows Azure Mobile Services addresses these concepts, with an emphasis on consuming the services from within Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps.

How do I architect for the cloud?
Submitted by: Bill Wilder

Time: 2:50 PM – 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: One Mem Drive, Horace Mann

If you want to be awesome at building applications for the cloud, there are a few surprising lessons you need to first learn - so come learn them in this talk, not after your first cloud application goes live. The architecture of a cloud-native application is different than the architecture of a traditional application and this talk will explain why. How to scale? How do I overcome failure? How do I build a system that I can manage? And how can I do all this without a huge monthly bill from my cloud vendor? We will examine key architectural patterns that truly unlock cloud benefits. By the end of the talk you should appreciate how cloud architecture differs from what most of us have become accustomed to with traditional applications. You should also understand how to approach building self-healing distributed applications that automatically overcome hardware failures without downtime (really!), scale like crazy, and allow for flexible cost-optimization. The concepts in the talk apply to multiple cloud platforms (such as Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine, and others), but all examples are drawn from the Windows Azure Cloud Platform. Co-presenting with Joan Wortman. Joan is a UX expert who can better address how certain patterns can impact the way we interact with users, but can still deliver a great UX. She will provide examples from the real world.

Cloud Storage (Azure Blob and Amazon S3)
Submitted by: Udaiappa Ramachandran

Time: 1:30 PM – 2:40 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: One Mem Drive, Deborah Sampson

If you're interested in learning tips and tricks that cover the spectrum of Cloud Storage (Azure Blob and Amazon S3) , this will be a session of interest to you. Topics covered in this session include basics of cloud storage, APIs, Signing URL for private content, Consuming from Web site, CDN, Implementing interfaces to connect multiple cloud storages using Unity Framework. Samples will be provided for this topics.

Machine Learning with .NET
Submitted by: Frank Wu

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:10 AM, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: One Mem Drive, Thomas Paul

Machine Learning is playing increasingly important roles in Microsoft stack – from Bing search engine to Microsoft Office. You probably will be asked to embed Machine Learning based features in your application development. This session introduces how to use .NET SDKs to implement some commonly used Machine Learning algorithms.

Identity and Access Control with Visual Studio 2012, MVC 4.5, Azure Websites and Azure ACS
Submitted by: Marshall Rosenstein

Time: 11:40 AM – 12:50 PM, Saturday, March 9, 2013
Location: One Mem Drive, Deborah Sampson

Claims-based security is the foundation of the .NET 4.5 user security model and therefore has become a core competency for any developer who builds applications that require authentication or authorization. Azure Access Control Services (ACS) enables developers to easily implement claims-based security with users' existing Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, Facebook, or Active Directory accounts. And best of all, Azure ACS is FREE! In this session, we'll learn how to develop a secure Azure Website (also FREE!) using Visual Studio 2012, MVC 4.5, and Azure ACS. *Recommended prerequisites*: some familiarity with an earlier version of ASP.NET MVC (any of 2.0 - 4.0); rough understanding of what is a "claim"; have previously seen a demo of Azure table storage; able to stay awake for an hour in a dark room listening to a monotone voice.