“Getting Started with Windows Azure” Code Camp Session

I had a great time at my “Getting Started with Windows Azure” session at So Cal Code Camp today! If you would like a copy of the slides you can get them here!

First Cloud University Web Cast a Success!

Bruno Terkaly and I finished up the inaugural Cloud University web cast a little over an hour ago.  Bruno covered how to create a RESTful service in Azure and consume it from a Windows Phone application.

Be sure to stay tuned to Cloud University in the future for more great web casts on Windows Azure and all things cloud!

Watch live streaming video from clouduniversity at livestream.com

Loving “Mouse Without Borders”

If you have used Synergy in the past to share a keyboard and mouse between multiple computers you may have loved its functionality, but not been a fan of the setup.  If that is the case there is a free download from Microsoft called “Mouse Without Borders” that gives you much of the same functionality as Synergy but with a much simpler installation and configuration for Windows PCs.

In less than a minute I had my two laptops connected, and was seamlessly sharing my mouse and keyboard between the two.  If you work on more than one computer at the same time, you really ought to check it out!

Cloud University Live Web Cast – Thursday 01/19/2012 at 8am pacific

I am really excited to announce that I, and my counterpart in Northern California, Bruno Terkaly, will be presenting an ongoing series of web casts on Azure, and all things cloud.  We’ll kick things off this Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 8:00am pacific time.  Our first session will start with the basics of Getting Started with Windows Azure.


In this session we’ll:

  • Answer “What is Windows Azure?”
  • See how to get started & build your first app
  • Understand the key Windows Azure concepts

You can grab the content for the slides and labs associated with these web casts here:

Come check it out live.  If you can’t make the live session, it will be available on demand after the session.

Microsoft Virtual Academy has FREE Azure Training!

Microsoft Virtual Academy (www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com) offers a collection of free online training that you can access!  It has tracks on multiple products and technologies including Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Office 365, Hyper-V and more. Check it out yourself!


New Year, New Blog, New Job…

If you know me, or were a reader of my previous blog (blogs.netconnex.com), you know that I have made my living off of Microsoft’s products.  In fact, I have been doing that for over two decades.  It has always been a goal of mine to eventually work at Microsoft, and I am proud to say that has finally happened.  On January 3rd, 2012, I started a new job with Microsoft as a Developer Evangelist for Southern California. Oh Yeah!

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As a Developer Evangelist I get to spread the enthusiasm that I have for Microsoft’s products and technologies to other developers.  I have really been doing this all along throughout my career.  Now, I just get paid to do it! Initially, I’ll be focusing on the Azure family of cloud services, but don’t let that stop you from asking me about other Microsoft products, technologies, APIs, languages, or whatever!  If I can’t help you with something, I can find somebody who can! 

Along with my new job, I am starting a new blog (bretstateham.com).  The reason for that was two fold:

  • My old blog was on Blogger, and I wanted to move to WordPress.  This was a good opportunity to do that.
  • My old blog was tied to my own training and consulting company, Net Connex.  In my new role at Microsoft, I wanted a blog that wasn’t so tied to my personal company name. 

I will keep my old blog in tact, and will in fact possibly continue to use it from time to time for posts specific to Net Connex (my company).

If you were a subscriber to my old blog, and liked the content, subscribe to my new blog as well.  As a Developer Evangelist, I am tasked with blogging much more frequently than I have in the past, and I’ll have a ton of great new content and resources to share with you.  I hope you come along for the ride! 

And make sure to drop me a note if I can help you out!