Boston Azure Bootcamp
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:30 AM - Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
THERE IS A SHORT WRITE-UP ABOUT THIS EVENT: http://blog.codingoutloud.com/2011/10/19/boston-azure-bootcamp-was-a-success/
This free two-day event is a hands-on bootcamp -- with the goal of learning a whole lot about the Windows Azure Platform.
GETTING THERE/PARKING: The event will be held at the Microsoft NERD Center at 1 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA 02142. Use your favorite mapping tool for directions, or use this link from NERD.
There is a parking garage in the building (you enter from Memorial Drive side of the building) - and the parking apparently costs $27 before 4:00 PM on a Friday (daytime), $10 on a Saturday... there are other options, such as this lot which is cheaper and about a 2 block walk.
The closest MBTA stop (public transportation) is Kendall Square on the Red Line which is about a 5 minute walk.
WHEN WE START/FINISH: The plan is the same for both Friday Sept 30 and Saturday October 1: Registration/social/light breakfast is 9:00 - 9:30, with the event content commencing at 9:30. We expect to wrap up no later than 6:00 PM (though might be earlier).
FOOD: A light breakfast will be served (bagels, coffee), pizza will be provided for lunch, and an afternoon snack (cookies). Dinner will not be provided.
PREPARATION: Please see below for things you should be doing to prepare your Windows 7 (or Vista, but not XP) laptop (SDK, tools, Azure account) or to prepare yourself to use a loaner laptop (Azure account). If you are coming Saturday, but not Friday, please pay extra attention to being ready with your laptop ready to go.
Also mentally prepare yourself to answer the following question: "Some people requested that they be paired up with someone else. Would you be willing to team up with one of them during the labs? This is a great way to meet new people and to enhance learning for both of you."
WIRELESS/WIFI: The NERD does provide wifi access. We will provide access information on site.
CONTACT INFO: Please follow us on the twitters at @bostonazure (Boston Azure cloud user group). If you tweet about this event, please use the #bostonazure hashtag. To create a tweet, try clicking here.
Emergency phone number for day of event (only best-effort in answering, and unlikely to answer after 9:25 AM): 424-44-AZURE (424-442-9873).
SPONSORS: We have some SWAG sponsors (who we surely appreciate, and they are recognized elsewhere), but there is no event without the following two sponsors:
This event is being provided free to you because our Gold Sponsor SNI TECHNOLOGY is generously sponsoring the food, and Microsoft NERD is donating the space. Many thanks to these major sponsors!
Without these sponsors this event would simply not have happened.
STAFF: It is a lot of work to put on an event like this! The following are the expected Instructors and Staffers for the Bootcamp.
- Bill Wilder is instructor for most of the modules and labs, with exceptions as noted below
- Andy Novick is instructor for SQL Azure module/lab on Friday
- Maura Wilder is instructor for Azure Tables module/lab on Saturday
- Jim O'Neil and Nazik Huq will be supporting labs Friday and Saturday
- Arra Derderian will be supprting labs on Friday
- George Babey will be support labs on Saturday
- Jack Fellers (from Gold Sponsor SNI TECHNOLOGY) will staffing the sign-up table on Friday and Saturday and will be on hand to talk to anyone wishing to make a connection. They specialize in technology placements for both direct hire and contract basis.
- Joan Wortman will be staffing the sign-up table on Friday
This free event is a two-day, hands-on bootcamp with the goal of learning a whole lot about the Windows Azure Platform. The primary programming environment will be Visual Studio 2010 (a free version is available). Coding will be primarily done in C#. (Other programming environments and other languages are available for Windows Azure. If you plan to program in other than Visual Studio and C#, please let us know it advance in the "Any Other Comments" section of the sign-up form.)
The two days will largely consist of a sequence segments where important general topics in cloud computing will be introduced, and the Windows Azure approach will be discussed in detail. Each of these segments will include both a lecture by an Azure expert followed by a hands-on lab where you code a basic solution to get it to really sink in. Azure experts will be in the room to help you with any questions or issues with your labs.
At the end of this two days, you will have learned key cloud and Windows Azure concepts, and have hands-on experience building, debugging, and deploying real applications. You need bring your own Azure-ready laptop - or let us know on the signup form if you would like a loaner - or would like to pair with someone for the coding part.
For those brining an Azure-ready laptop, please install some form of Visual Studio (paid or use a free trial) or free Express tools (caveats and guidance here is still valid) - http://www.azurebootcamp.com/whattobring
Then install the 1.5 SDK (tools, runtime, etc.) which are all free - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sdk/
Part of the tooling installed with 1.5 SDK includes a Cloud Simulator that runs on your laptop, allowing a rapid dev/test cycle with high-fidelity debugging - it is pretty awesome, frankly. However - some of the labs assume you have an Azure account. Further, to really explore Azure (get familiar with the Portal for instance) there are certain things that only make sense online. So it is best that you have access to an Azure account...
Enable a Windows Azure Account - There are two options for enabling an Azure account: use the Azure Trial or use your MSDN benefits (if you have them). If you sign up for the Azure Trial, you will need to give a credit card, but the amount of usage from the bootcamp labs is well below the amount of free usage - so it should not cost you anything out-of-pocket. (We will show you that you will need to take down your deployments so that you don't get charged - and we'll show you how to accomplish that.)
Create Azure account for the Azure Trial here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/
Claim your MSDN Benefits (if you have a high enough MSDN account already): http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/msdn-benefits/
We are hoping to serve food, though details to be worked out. (Do you want to be a SPONSOR? Please let us know if you do - or perhaps if you know someone who would make an appropriate sponsor.)
NOTE: The dates are firm, but we may tweak the start/end times each day. These are FULL DAY events. Stay tuned.
NOTE: While the material across the two days of the bootcamp is cumulative, it is nevertheless possible to come for one or both days. Please choose your ticket accordingly. If you plan to skip Friday, you will miss a lot of valuable information that may be important for your success on Saturday. We only recommend this option for those who absolutely can't make it Friday and can live with the big knowledge gap -- or who already have substantial experience on the Windows Azure Platform.
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