A couple of new resources have become available in the past few days that will likely be of interest to you.



The Developer and Platform Evangelism team has just released a new version of the Azure training kit (Dec 23 2008). It’s a great way to learn about Azure. If you’ve not gotten a feel for what’s coming, check out the videos. It’s an easily digestible set of videos that go through the various pieces that make up the Windows Azure platform. Remember folks, this is not science fiction far future stuff, this goes live on Jan 1 2010 (this Friday!), and becomes chargeable on Feb 1.

The training kit includes a series of:

  • hands on labs
  • presentations (PPTX and videos)
  • demos
  • samples and tools

You can get it at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=130354



There’s a new issue of the always-informative BizTalk Hotrod available, featuring some really cool articles on how to augment the return on your investment in BizTalk, extending its reach, and benefiting from capabilities you may not have known you had.

Among others, this issue includes articles on:

  • ESB Toolkit
  • BizTalk and SharePoint (including one I contributed)
  • BizTalk management with PowerShell
  • HL7
  • BizTalk Adapter Pack 2.0
  • much much more!

Lots of good stuff in there, I’d encourage you to check it out, and if you’ve not seen them, browse through the back issues also.

You can get it as a PDF at http://biztalkhotrod.com/Documents/Issue8_Q4_2009.pdf