This year, I was very privileged to be asked to present the Cloud Hack event. In these videos we go behind the scenes and talk to the participants and to the API partners who kindly gave us access to their web APIs for the day.
I’m presenting at this year’s Microsoft Hack Day. This year’s theme is Microsoft Azure and using cool APIs to write innovative applications for the cloud.
Hooking Stuff Together
The Cloud Hack event is a celebration of all that is good about Web 2.0 development on the Microsoft stack. To paraphrase great all-round architecture dude and high priest of SOA, Microsoft’s Pat Helland, it’s really all about Hooking Stuff Together.
Whether we’re talking about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), or Platform as a Service (PaaS), the cloud is really just another place to run your applications.
I’ve just come across another great video from Jason Zander at the UK Tech Days event in Reading. This time it’s about mobile applications and the Azure platform.
I’ve been following the Microsoft cloud service offerings for a couple of years since the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference 2008. What started as SQL Server Data Services and the nascent BizTalk Services, has now grown into an offering that in my opinion does not just complete with Amazon and Google cloud services, but far exceeds the capabilities of their model.
I’ve been hosted with WebHost4Life for a couple of years now. They give me a couple of GB of space, SQL Server, albeit highly contended, and ASP.NET – once again, on a server with a high contention ratio of other people hosted on the same box. In return, I give them money. About $250 US per year.