My notes from PDC10 day 1 Keynote


Keynote 1

  • New IE9 preview out. No real news apart from they are putting a lot of emphasis on HTML5
  • There is a new profiling tool for Windows Phone 7!
  • New OData SDK

Keynote 2

All about Azure

  • Extra small instance ($0.05/hour)
  • Remote desktop
  • New “Virtual Machine” role. Take a Windows Server 2008 R2 image and upload
  • Enhancements to Azure Access Control Service. Can federate authentication to Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.
  • App fabric caching available
  • New Azure app composition service

Other links

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My notes from PDC09 Day 2 Keynote


  • Scott Gu Rickrolls the entire PDC audience
  • Silverlight 4 beta is out now!
  • Silverlight can now access local resources on your computer like cameras, filesystem, drag/drop support
  • Silverlight has updated WCF support
  • IE9 is announced
  • Work on IE9 has been going on for 3-4 weeks. Performance and Acid3 results are improving
  • There will be videos on

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My notes from PDC09 Day 1 Keynote

    Day1 is on Azure and backend services


    Day2 is on client side, Win7, IE9 and Silverlight
    The keynote can be downloaded from of today

  • Windows Azure can now have apache, tomcat and others installed
  • You can have full control of your instances, install what you want on it, then set that as your new baseline to deploy apps to
  • App fabric is a new add-on for Windows Server. Lets you deploy applications to your servers easier. Also lets you easily deploy to either on premise or Azure
  • Dallas CTP announce. Is a way of exposing your data feeds in an easily discoverable and consumable way

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My notes from PDC08 Day 2 Keynote 2

COMPLETEY demo driven, but I wouldn’t really recommend watching this one

Azure is built using web standards (uri, HTTP, XML)
Exposes functionality so you can use it
Gives you choices/options for how you can take your code and hook your apps into it

Show an application that they built that lists processes on a box via a RESTful service.
Var request = WebRequest.Create(url
Showing how to manually call GET or DELETE against a RESTful service to list/kill the processes.

Net services Service bus
Going to host this service so that others can use it

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My notes from PDC Session ES 02

Notes from ES 02: Architecting Services for Windows Azure

Presentation will cover how to architect Azure services
Describe the service life cycle management
Show how azure architecture enables automation
Show how developers are freed from cloud platform issues

Main points of the presentation
• Cloud services have specific design considerations
○ Are always on, distributed, large scale, failure is expected so how to handle
• Azure is an OS for the cloud
○ Handles scale out, dynamic and on-demand.
○ Each machine is running its own kernel
○ But all the services sitting on top are what make up the Azure OS
• Azure managers services not just servers
○ Tell it what you want, and it will help automate the details
○ Servers, load balancers, etc.
○ Just describe what you want, and it auto deploys it all
• Azure frees devs from all the underlying stuff
○ Allows developers to concentrate on the business logic instead of cloud logic
They need our help building services. If we build it correctly, MS can help us automate things and make them healthy.Cloud computing is based on scale out not scale up (scaling outwards with lots of parallel computers, rather than scaling up and just beefing up a single computer with more ram)
Automation is the key to reducing costs

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My notes from PDC Session ES 01

Notes from ES 01: Developing and deploy your first cloud service

Talk is composed of 90% demos, so noting down what he does

In this session he is aims to create a blog website hosted on Azure using ASP.Net MVC & Azure storage

Azure SDK provides a “consistent, familiar development” environment.

Can use .Net, IIS7, WCF

The ‘cloud on your desktop’ development environment is a lot like cassini. When I develop my website and click run, my webpage is launched. But instead of cassini, the developer fabric spins up instances and runs my website.

Can develop in Visual Web developer Express

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My notes from PDC Session ES 16

Notes from ES 16: A lap around Windows Azure

Windows Azure is an OS system for the cloud


“What is the cloud” it is a set of connected servers on which developers can

  • Install and run services
  • Store & retrieve data

To put it into perspective. Right now if you want to go build and run a desktop app.

  • Need to select hardware, find device drivers, write a file system
  • Write a job scheduler
  • Write an application installer
  • Etc.

Why are we all doubling up on this? We’re also replicating the same stuff with cloud services today.

  • We need to respond to hardware failures,
  • handle increases in traffic
  • Increase storage
  • Apply OS patches
  • Perform live upgrade on our service
  • And want to expand

Then we finally write some logic on top of all of this

On the desktop an OS helps abstract some of this away

Windows Azure is an OS in the cloud to help us just concentrate on writing business logic and not how to handle all the other stuff

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