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Cory Fowler is the Canadian MVP for Windows Azure, an ObjectSharp Consultant, and a good friend of mine. He will be presenting on Windows Azure at, you guessed it, AzureFest! We have two half day events on December 11th 2010 (two days from now – see what I did there?) at Microsoft’s office in Mississauga and it’s chock full of everything you need to know about getting started with Windows Azure. You can register by clicking here.
What You'll Learn
- How to setup your Azure Account
- How to take a traditional on-premise ASP.NET applications and deploy it to Azure
- Publishing Applications to Azure Developer Portal
- Setting up the Azure SDK and Azure Tools for Visual Studio on your laptop
- using the development App Fabric
- The tools you will need on your machine to prepare yourself for Azure
- Hands on instruction and expert assistance
- Power and network access
- Snacks and refreshments
- For every azure activation – funding for your User Group
- Post event technical resources so you can take your skills to the next level
- Your own laptop
- Your own credit card (for Azure activations this is required, even if you only setup for a trial period, but this event is free!)
- Your experience in building ASP.NET Applications and Services
Seats are still available. Register!
P.S. Did I mention this event is free?
Just a quick update to let everyone know that Miguel Carrasco and I are switching sessions so he can get back home for a prior engagement. As such, I will now be doing OPT315: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Tips and Tricks. This session is on the 2nd day at 3:40pm - 4:45pm.
Yet another presentation on the docket! I submitted an abstract to SharePoint Summit 2011 and they accepted! I will be presenting on SharePoint and how it manages Identity. More specifically, how SharePoint 2010 uses WIF to handle Claims based authentication and Federation.
Here are the details
Event: SharePoint Summit 2011, January 31st 2011 – February 2nd, 2011
When: 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. February 1st, 2011
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto
Abstract: Managing identities within an organization is relatively easy. However, as business changes, we need to be able to adapt quickly. Identity is something that often gets overlooked in adaptation. In this session we will discuss the Windows Identity Foundation and how SharePoint uses it to adapt easily to change.
Similar to the TVBUG presentation, I will be presenting on the Windows Identity Foundation to the Metro Toronto .NET User Group.
Here are the details:
When: November 10th, 2010
Where: KPMG, 333 Bay Street, 10th Floor, Toronto
Abstract: Identity is a tricky thing to manage. These days every application requires some knowledge of the user, which inevitably requires users to log in and out of the applications to prove they are who they are as well as requiring the application to keep record of the accounts. With the Windows Identity Foundation, built on top of a Claims-based architecture, there is a fundamental shift in the way we manage these users and their accounts. In this presentation we will take a look at the why's and dig into the how's of the Windows Identity Foundation by building an Identity aware application from scratch.
Earlier this morning I got an email from John
Bristowe congratulating me on being selected to present a session for the local
flavours track at TechDays in Toronto!
up my count to 2. Needless to say I am REALLY excited.
I was a little disappointed to find out there weren’t any sessions on the Windows
Identity Foundation, so that just meant I had to submit my own to the local flavours
track…and they accepted it! Here are the details:
October 27, 3:40 PM to 4:45 PM
Breakout | LFT330: Windows Identity Foundation Simplified: All the Scary Things
The Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing
user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built
security logic and integrated .NET tools. This presentation is an intimate discussion
on the basics of the Windows Identity Foundation and its claims model. In this session,
you’ll learn how to refactor an existing sample set of applications to use WIF, to
connect identities to the Cloud, and to remove the burden of managing multiple disparate
Location: Metro Toronto Convention
Centre - South Building (255 Front Street West, Toronto)
Rob Windsor and TVBUG are letting me present on
November 8th on Claims-Based Authentication and Identification. Here are the
Location: Room 1, Library, 2nd floor, North York Public Library
Date: Monday, November 8, 2010
6:30 to 6:50 (Pizza - Meet and Greet)
6:50 to 7:00 (Group Business)
7:00 to 9:00 (Presentation)
Topic: Changing the Identity Game with the Windows Identity Foundation
Abstract: Identity is a tricky thing to manage. These days every application requires
some knowledge of the user, which inevitably requires users to log in and out of the
applications to prove they are who they are as well as keep a record of their accounts.
With the Windows Identity Foundation, there is a fundamental shift in the way we manage
these users and their accounts. In this presentation we will take a look at the why's
and dig into the how's of the Windows Identity Foundation by building an Identity
aware application from scratch.
All TVBUG meetings are held at the North York Public Library or North York
Memorial Hall. Both are located in the same building at Yonge Street and Park
Home Avenue (North of the 401 between Sheppard and Finch across from Empress Walk).
If you are taking the Subway get off at the North York Centre Station.
The library meeting rooms are on the 2nd Floor. Memorial Hall meeting rooms are on
the Concourse Level near the food court.
Sometime last week I sent out an email to quite a few people:
As is the way of things in the tech industry, jobs change. More specifically,
Sometime around October 1st this email will be turned off as I am starting
a new position with ObjectSharp working with some of the brightest minds in Toronto.
If you need to get in touch with me after that date you can do it through a few channels.
My personal email is email@example.com, which
gets checked more often than it should, and my O# email will be firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Syfuhs, MCP
Soon to be ex-Software Developer / Database Analyst
Woodbine Entertainment Group
416.675.3993 Ext 2592
While I really enjoyed my job here at Woodbine (even though I complained about it
from time to time), it’s time for change and to move on to new opportunities.
Barry Gervin offered me such an opportunity and I start with ObjectSharp on October
1st. Bonus for starting on a Friday.
My role has many functions. Some internal; some external. Some loud; some…notsomuch.
It sounds like it will be an amazing experience!
So… I leave you with this:
Joey Devilla has graciously offered me the opportunity to present at Techdays
in Toronto this year! The Toronto event is October 27th-28th.
Here is the session abstract:
DEV355: Build Web Sites Fast with
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (click for more information)
Day 1 - 1:00pm - 2:05pm
Learn about the new Web developer innovations in Visual Studio 2010. Visual Studio
2010 makes development of standards-based Web sites better than ever with new support
Visual Studio 2010 also makes it easy to deploy applications from development to test
and production environments with new support for Web Configuration Transforms and
integration with the IIS Web Deployment Tool.
For more details:
*Early Bird discount ($349.99 + taxes) expires on September 16, 2010.
Toronto October 27-28, 2010
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
255 Front Street West
Toronto ON M5V 2W6
Tonight at the IT Pro Toronto we did a pre-launch
of the Infrastructure 2010 project.
Have you ever been in a position where you just don’t have a clear grasp of a concept
or design? It’s not fun. As a result, CIPS
Toronto, IT Pro Toronto, and TorontoSQL banded
together to create a massive event to help make things a little more clear.
To give you a clearer understanding of how corporate networks work. Perhaps
to explain why some decisions are made, and why in retrospect, some are bad decisions.
Infrastructure 2010 is about teaching you everything there is to know about a state-of-the-art,
best practices compliant, corporate intranet. We will build, from the ground
up, an entire infrastructure. We will teach you how to build, from the ground
up, an entire infrastructure.
Sessions are minimum 300 level, and content-rich. Therefore:
Well, maybe. (P.S. if you work for Microsoft, pretend you didn’t see that picture)
After getting my camera back from Mitch Garvis after Techdays and
FailCamp in Toronto, I decided to upload photos from the events, and to my surprise
there were some pretty good shots. Here is what I came back with: