Monday, February 16, 2009

MSDN Movies - Azure, .NET, and Live Framework

Microsoft has posted instructional videos for developers that we would like to share with you regarding Windows Azure, .NET, and Live Framework.

Get Started Developing on Windows Azure?
If you’re a developer and you’re new to Windows Azure, start here! You’ll see what you need to download and install, and how to create a simple “Hello World” Windows Azure application.
Deploy a Windows Azure Application
You’ll see what it takes to move your application into the cloud – you’ll see how to request and register a token, how to upload your Windows Azure application and how to move it between staging and production in the cloud.
Store Blobs in Windows Azure Storage?
Learn how to leverage Windows Azure storage to store data as blobs. You’ll learn about blob storage, containers and the API that makes it easy to manage everything from managed code.
Leverage Queues in Windows Azure?
Learn how to use queues to facilitate communication between Web and Worker roles in Windows Azure.
Debugging Tips for Windows Azure Applications
The Windows Azure SDK includes a development fabric that provides a "cloud on your desktop." In this screencast, learn how to debug your Windows Azure applications in this environment.
Get Started with .NET Services?
.NET Services are a set of highly scalable building blocks for programming in the cloud. In this brief screencast, you'll learn about the registration process, the SDK and the built-in samples - everything you need to know in order to get started.
Harness the Microsoft .NET Service Bus?
The .NET Service Bus makes it easy to access your Web services no matter where they are. In this brief screencast, you'll see how to take a basic Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service and expose it to the Internet with the .NET Service Bus.
Get Started with the Live Framework?
If you are looking to get started developing with the Live Framework, this is the place to start! In this screencast you'll learn how to get a Live Services token and what you need to download in order to start writing Live Framework applications.
Use the Microsoft Live Framework Resource Browser?
The Live Framework Resource Model is a simple, straightforward information model based on entities, collections and relationships. In this brief screencast you'll learn how to navigate the relationships between entities by using the Live Framework Resource Browser, which is a tool that ships with the Live Framework SDK.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

nsquared Microsoft Surface Training goes world wide!

So far we have delivered training to a select group of Microsoft partners in the UK, Paris, and this week in Munich. This is the first time any external Surface training has been delivered outside of the USA (and probably outside of Redmond).

The agenda covers a wide range of topics, with focus on the non-technical issues of building magical applications for Microsoft Surface. We cover the following topics:

  • The Surface Vision
  • The Architecture of Surface applications
  • Setting up a Surface device and the out of the box applications
  • Working with the Simulator
  • Integrating with the Surface Shell
  • Designing Surface experiences
  • Using the Surface Controls
  • Vision Recognition with Surface
  • End to end building a Surface application

The course is 50% seminar and discussion, and 50% hands on, with Surface units available to test the code written during the course. It is great to engage with so many Microsoft partners who are getting involved with this new technology. If you are interested in helping to build a Surface application and have it delivered to market, feel free to contact us.