Community report–Vic.net August 2010, SQL Clustering

A few months ago Bill Chestnut, aka “Biztalk Bill” (@biztalkbill) talked at the August Vic.Net usergroup on SQL clustering. I didn’t realise that it was so involved. It is a good quick intro if you’ve never seen it set up before. Please note the final 10minutes of his talk was missed due to a flat battery on my camera


http://www.vimeo.com/15776278

By David Burela

Silverlight Firestarter 2010 keynote

Summary

  • Silverlight 5 coming out end of next year (2011).
  • Silverlight 5 will have lots of performance improvements
  • Some new features that brings it closer to WPF
  • XAML debugging
  • Profiling tools for CPU & memory. looking forward to that
  • They say “Media applications” way too many times in the first 15 minutes to try and emphasise that that is the focus of Silverlight
  • WAY too many similar apps shown and reshown from different companies, their own spin on a “Silverlight Line of Business application with interactive charts”.
  • Lots of nice new 3D accelerated capabilities that were played down. In my opinion THIS should have been the target of the keynote/Silverlight. This is something that HTML5 doesn’t do so well yet.

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Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 4–Reactive Javascript

This is the final lightning talk I’ll be uploading of the August Melbourne Alt.Net meeting. In this video Tarn Barford (@tarnacious) demonstrates how events can be composed using Reactive Javascript (unfortuantely as this was the final talk of the night, my camera ran out of battery, so the final 5 minutes are missing).

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford


http://vimeo.com/16585635

By David Burela

Community report–Vic.net November 2010, Ayende, RavenDB

Last night Ayende (Twitter:@Ayende  Website:http://ayende.com/) presented at the Victoria.Net usergroup. He discussed http://RavenDB.net, a NoSQL document database geared towards .Net developers.

Personally I’d seen a few NoSql talks before; MongoDB and CouchDB. But both times the API seemed too difficult (javascript query engines?). Ayende discussed how he HATES friction and tried to make RavenDB as simple as possible for .Net developers to just pick up and use.

I was really impressed with how easy it was to get up and running with RavenDB, and the query language was Linq directly. Even some of the other features he mentioned were great. Such as the automatic index creation based on your queries, meaning that your database speeds up over time instead of slowing down. The way Raven handles indexing is also interesting, instead of slowing down writes by updating all indexes on write, Raven updates the indexes asynchronously with Lucene!

All in all a great talk that I recommend watching.


http://vimeo.com/17352893

By David Burela

Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 3–An agent of change

Here is the third lightning talk at the August Melbourne Alt.Net lightning talk night.

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford

In this talk Jimmy P. (@pjimmy) gives a very frank and open retrospective of his experiences acting as an “agent of change”. It was good to hear him being so honest about how they started the project with great goals, “this time we will do things RIGHT”, “we will do everything Agile this time, we can’t fail”, but even with the best intentions things still went wrong.

Thanks a lot for this talk Jimmy.


http://www.vimeo.com/16585170

By David Burela

Community report: Melbourne Alt.net lightning talk 2–CouchDB

The second lightning talk at the August Melbourne Alt.Net lightning talk night.

Here are links to the 4 lightning talks at the August 2010 meeting

  1. Monotouch – Mark Trinder
  2. CouchDB – Andrew Browne
  3. My experience as an agent of change – Jimmy P
  4. Reactive Javascript – Tarn Barford

In this talk Andrew Browne (@adbrowne) gives an overview of how to use CouchDB


http://www.vimeo.com/16583316

By David Burela

Azure free to trial for 30 days

If you currently have an MSDN account (paid for or a Bizspark account), then you should be taking advantage of the 750 free compute hours you get each month. Just look at your subscriber benefits.

However if you still haven’t been able to give Windows Azure a try, you are now able to get a 30 day free trial https://blogs.technet.com/b/webtech/archive/2010/11/24/it-s-back-30-days-windows-azure-platform-no-credit-card-required.aspx

By David Burela