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Global Windows Azure Bootcamp – Hampton Roads

I’m getting excited about an upcoming event: the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp! This is a worldwide deep-dive into Windows Azure, where we’ll actually be writing code that will push the limits of scalability in Windows Azure. I’ve been working with Azure a lot over the last 3 months, and I’m really enjoying it. This event will be a great way for developers to jump in and see what all the fuss is about.

If you are interested in attending, please register as soon as possible. There’s a limited number of seats and you want to be sure to get a seat. The event will be hosted at SNVC’s Learning Lab. My company has done a lot of work to create a place where people can train. It’s a great environment. We’re partnering with the Hampton Roads .NET User Group, and I’m sure it’s going to be a great time. Lots of fun to be had by all.

Oh, and I forgot to mention. It’s a free event, and there will be food provided. April 27, 8 AM – 5 PM. Register now!


HealthTracker rough design

So I’ve begun diagramming out HealthTracker.  So far here’s what I’m looking at.


Now I understand this isn’t really groundbreaking stuff, but I like to get my stuff down on “paper”, even if it’s just a rough drawing of the very basics.

I have a database design I’ll post another time.  I’ve gotten the initial “Hello World” app up and running also.  My next step is to get the very basic data entry going and I’ll deploy that out to Azure and see what it looks like.


New Beginnings

I’m starting a new project, affectionately called HealthTracker.  This will be a place that I can track statistics related to my health.  This is not a revolutionary product, and there are many other fitness tracking applications out there.  However, I have not found one that tracks the items I’m interested in, such as triglycerides or  blood sugars.

In addition to wanting to track this data, I also want to learn some new technology.  I tried out ASP.NET MVC back in Nov 2007 when it was first released, but had to move back to web forms because of some IIS 6 incompatibilities, the details of which I don’t remember.  Well, with the release of Visual Studio 2010 and MVC 2, I’m ready to give it another go.  I have a developer account on Azure, so that’s where it will be hosted.  Lastly, I plan on picking up a Windows Phone 7 device when they’re released, so I might as well build a Silverlight client.

That’s quite a series of new stuff for me, especially considering I’m going to try to keep things in accordance with best practices of Dependency Injection, Unit Testing, etc.  But I think it should be fun, and will definitely be a learning experience.