Observations in the Tech-Ed 2012 Timeframe

by Van 26. June 2012 14:22

             About a week ago I attend the 20th Tech-Ed(http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012); it was my 13th. Tech-Ed is the premier Microsoft conference for developers and It professionals. Since my trip to Tech-Ed Microsoft made a number of important announces, which I will sum up along with observations of Tech-Ed.   

Just prior to Tech-Ed Microsoft made a big announce about Windows Azure, which continue at Tech-Ed. I have to admit that their announcement made Windows Azure more appealing to me. In fact so much so that I have actually deployed a DotNetNuke Site in Azure using Sql Azure. They really expanded Azure and I think everyone needs to take another look at it.


The biggest announcement, for me, was that Lightswich will be generating HTLM5, javascript and CSS and not just Silverlight, This is big for me because now my Lightswich applications will be able run on an Ipad.


Other things of note at Tech-Ed: they showed Office (Excel) running on an arm device; new T-Sql commands in SQL Server 2012 very impressive (you can try them out at http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/learning-center/virtual-labs.aspx); TFS Service (http://tfspreview.com/) being open to every one (I have been using for a couple of month and very happy with it); the new Web Site in Azure (up to 10 free for a year); Infrastructure as a service in Windows Azure; new feature in Visual Studio 2012; and of course Windows 8.


Just days after Tech-Ed, Microsoft announce their new Surface Arm device, which I believe to be a real challenge to the IPad. The device will be made by Microsoft, taking a page out of it Xbox360 book (http://www.microsoft.com/surface ).


The next day at the Windows Phone Summit Microsoft (http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Windows-Phone/Summit ) announce a change of direction with windows phone 8. It will use the same kernel as windows 8, this means that I can very easily make a companion application for the one I am developing on Windows 8 for the phone.

About Van

Van, a Senior Web Developer for Innervisions Software, Inc. since 1996, started programming Mainframes using COBOL, JCL for AT&T in 1979. While at AT&T, Van was part of many development teams that produced enterprise level applications and systems using CICS, IMS and other mainframe technologies. 

Van bought his first personal computer in 1982, an Apple II+, and started to write programs for home use in Applesoft (Basic Microsoft created for the Apple II) . 

Van first started working with Microsoft technologies using Access 1.0 and Visual Basic 3.0. In 2000, Van attended VS Live in Orlando where he was first exposed to .Net. He started programming .Net with Visual Studio .Net Beta 2. He became an Independent Consultant in 1996 and started Innervisions Software, Inc. 

In 2003 he wrote his first professional ASP.Net app. Since 2004 Van has been subcontracting on an IRS project using ASP.Net, VB.Net, and SQL Server.

He spends his spare time working on the web site for Prince William Special Olympics which was created using Dot Net Nuke.   Van is currently working on a Silverlight app for Prince William Special Olympics to manage their volunteers.

Van has a BA in Mathematics from Lehman College in New York City and a MS in Computer Science from George Washington University. Van holds MCP certifications in Visual Basic, Access, ASP.Net and SQL Server.

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