What can you code in 6 Weeks?

The Windows PhoneGreat Canadian Apportunity” Contest has been running since February 1st 2011. This contest is a Battle of Canadian Developers to make a Great Windows Phone 7 Application or Game.


If you didn’t know about this contest you have 6 weeks left to Register, Submit Your Idea, Develop your Application [Learning Resources], and Submit your App.

Here’s a little Secret

If you look at how the applications are being judged there is one section that not many applicants have picked up on, this is the part of Cloud Integration.

Around my blog you will find many Useful Resources for Windows Azure Development, if you want to get a jump in the competition with a minimal amount of lead time [remember there is only 6 weeks left] I would look to the cloud to bring your application into the forefront.

Getting Started with Windows Azure

To begin your application you can use the Windows Azure SDK & Tools to provide a local development environment by leveraging both the Compute Emulator and Storage Emulator. These two tools give you the ability to Develop and Test your Application with an Environment similar to the Windows Azure Production Platform.

Once you’ve got your application going and tested locally it’s time to take to the Cloud. To do this Microsoft has made available Windows Azure Pass Tokens which gives you a free month on Windows Azure without the need for a credit card.

Need to get a better understanding of how Windows Azure Works? Join me for AzureFest in Toronto & Mississauga on March 30th and 31st for more details on how to get setup for your venture in the cloud. Not in Toronto? Check out the Canadian Developer Connection Blog for more AzureFest dates near you.

Good Luck & Happy Clouding!

Feeling Blue About Not Being In The Cloud?


If you’re a Software Developer in the Greater Toronto Area, and haven’t yet checked out Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Platform, Windows Azure, there is no excuse not to join me at AzureFest. Your Future is in the Clouds…


This is our Second Installment of AzureFest (Hosted by ObjectSharp and Microsoft Canada) it is an event that is targeted towards getting you past the potential hurtles and trying out Windows Azure for your very first time.

We’ll explain how the Pricing Model works for Windows Azure, Walk you through the Registration Process and Walk you through your First Windows Azure Deployment.

When is AzureFest?

For your convenience there are two dates! The same content will be presented at both events so you only need to attend one.

AzureFest – Downtown Toronto

March 30th, 2011 – 6pm – 9pm

Register Now!

AzureFest – Mississauga

March 31st, 2011 – 6pm – 9pm

Register Now!

This Event is FREE!!!!

What to Bring to AzureFest

  • An open mind
  • A Laptop [We’re all in this together now..]
  • A Credit Card [or check out Windows Azure Pass]

Get your very own Cloud Playground

Photo by Caza_No_7 on Flickr
Photo by Caza_No_7 on Flickr

Have you been waiting for the opportune moment to play in the Cloud? Wait No More!

Microsoft has released a number of opportunities for FREE time on Windows Azure.

Check out Windows Azure Pass it’s your Ticket to FREE time on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform absolutely free!


Don’t have a Ticket (Pass) for Windows Azure?

Here’s a list of different Tokens I have come across in my Trek with Windows Azure.

  • CloudCover
  • webcastpass
  • CRDPE01
  • confoo
  • MSD001
  • WABC01

What Do I Get Out of It?

Note: The actual benefits may vary per region.

Windows Azure

  • 4 small compute instances
  • 3GB of storage
  • 250,000 storage transactions

SQL Azure

  • Two 1GB Web Edition database


  • 100,000 Access Control transactions
  • 2 Service Bus connections

Data Transfers (per region)

  • 3 GB in
  • 3 GB out

Cloud Cover Show Visit

While I was at MVP Summit 2011, I was invited to join Steve Marx and Wade Wegner on my favourite Channel 9 Program – Cloud Cover Show. The show featured Corey Sanders from the Windows Azure Fabric Controller Team, he talks about his role in the Windows Azure VMRole.

It was great to be able to provide the tip of the week, which I chose to highlight Microsoft Research Project – [Windows] Azure Throughput Analyzer.

The [Windows] Azure Throughput Analyzer is a tool that can be used to test the performance of transactions to Windows Azure Storage Services from your On-Premise Application.

Enjoy the Show…

Do you want to Develop on Windows Azure without a Credit Card?
The Cloud Cover Show now gives you the ability to do so, head over
to Windows Azure Pass and use the promo-code: cloudcover