First, let’s note that the October Boston Azure meeting marked our two-year anniversary!
I believe we are the oldest Windows Azure user group in the world, still going strong. Our first meeting was held in October 2009, less than a year after Windows Azure was announced at PDC 2008, and a few months before it went RTW for real (which was, I believe, January 2010).
Now, back to our Oct meeting. Here are links to a few topics mentioned:
- The Enterprise Library Integration Pack for Windows Azure includes two new blocks: Autoscaling Application Block (“WASABi”) and Transient Fault Handling Application Block. Beta bits are available. http://entlib.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=EntLib5Azure, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/avkashchauhan/archive/2011/10/14/windows-azure-autoscaling-application-block-wasabi-beta-is-ready-for-you-to-try.aspx
Also, here is the slide deck from the main presentation – given by yours truly (that’s me, Bill Wilder) – called Big Ideas in Software Architecture (Cloud and Otherwise):
- PPTX file: boston-azure-big-ideas-in-software-architecture-cloud-and-otherwise-bill-wilder-27-oct-2011
At the meeting we also discussed some topics for future meetings. Here is that list (okay, I actually can’t find the list – may have forgotten to save it – sorry – so going from memory here) — note this list is in no particular order:
- Introduction to Cloud, Azure, and developing for Windows Azure
- More hands-on with the platform
- Using languages, libraries, and software other than .NET/Microsoft – e.g., Java, Python, Node.js, NoSQL (MongoDB), …
- Idempotency – look at a more challenging case than a simple thumbnailer
- Security in the Cloud
- Comparing Cloud platforms
- Azure AppFabric topics: Service Bus, Caching, Access Control Service (can Curt come back?), …
- More architecture patterns