The meeting last night was very good. John Clayton educated us on AZURE, Microsoft’s hosted internet-scale cloud services platform. If you would like to try it yourself you can register at http://www.microsoft.com/azure/register.mspx. John will also be putting up more information on his site www.codemonkeylabs.com.
I did find on the site they are going to eventually price it on a consumption based module. http://www.microsoft.com/azure/pricing.mspx It will be interesting to see the fee associated with the consumption, maybe a poor girl like me can afford it, we will see.
Next month we need suggestions for a topic and a presenter to present it. I thought we had an INETA speaker for next month but they had to postpone. So, Kathleen Dollard will be presenting for us in May. She is a consultant, author, trainer, and speaker. She’s been a Microsoft MVP for over ten years and has spoken about .NET in 28 states and 5 countries. She’s written dozens of articles including the “Ask Kathleen” column in Visual Studio Magazine. She also wrote “Code Generation in Microsoft .NET” (Apress). Her passion is helping programmers be smarter in how they develop by learning to better use .NET languages, libraries and platforms. She works with WPF, WF, as well as core technologies including System.AddIn. She’s currently creating template infrastructure for code generation using VB XML literals. After working on the problem of capturing business intent in metadata and test definitions for years, she’s working with industry improvements in these areas. She’s also working on full life cycle improvements, such as unit testing, better debugging and static analysis (FxCop). When not working, she enjoys woodworking, snowshoeing, and kayaking depending on the outdoor temperature.
We are also confirming the date for September’s meeting with Tim Huckaby as the speaker. Tim Huckaby is CEO of InterKnowlogy – a software, infrastructure and network engineering firm dedicated to system and application architecture, software design, development, deployment and network engineering. As Lead Technical Architect, Software Development Lead, Microsoft Regional Director, writer, speaker, Microsoft .NET Partner Advisory Council member, and International .NET Association speaker, Tim has over 20 years of industry experience. Tim is one of the rare technologists whose expertise spans developer, system, network and infrastructure areas.
More info to come on both of those speakers. But in the mean time if you have ideas for March and April please let Adrien know.