The call for sessions is now open for SoCal Codecamp IV. If you’ve never been to one, Codecamp is a great way to see sessions from the community, for free. Have an idea or a session you’d like to present? Submit it! Want to go? Visit to register.

I missed the last one, and felt guilty about it, so I just submitted the sessions below. Hope to see you there!

Windows Azure Overview

Cloud technologies are transformational, and one of those rare paradigm shifts that we don’t see often. The Windows Azure platform represents a tremendous investment by Microsoft, one that developers can benefit from today. Some of the results of those investments are live today, and you can use them to enable solutions that previously would have been impossible or prohibitively expensive to create. This session will provide an overview of Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform, both the present offering as well as a roadmap of what’s ahead.

Windows Azure Architectural Patterns

Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform is a full Platform-as-a-Service offering, and is much, MUCH more than “Hosting Version 2.0”. Yes, you could do things the way you always have, but as an architect or developer on the Windows Azure platform there are some exciting new architectural patterns that enable the next generation of software. As an architect evangelist on the Microsoft Azure ISV team, I see new patterns regularly. The key takeaway from this session is “question everything”, come and see why.

Windows Azure: what’s in it for an ISV?

Are you currently an Independent Software Vendor, or do you think you have an idea that could be the next Twitter or Facebook? Are you a startup, or would you like to be? As an architect evangelist on the Microsoft Azure ISV team, I get to help people and companies realize their dreams of becoming an ISV, or evolving to the cloud. In this session, we will cover the capabilities and architectural patterns that make the Windows Azure platform so attractive to ISVs, and how it enables possibilities (applications, services, business models) that could not have been done otherwise.