Richard Astbury demoes an Azure package management system useful for porting applications to Microsoft’s PaaS.
Samidip Basu demoes using Push Notifications, OData, Live Services and Azure WP7 Toolkit for Windows Phone applications connected to the Azure cloud.
Tomas Petricek demoes server-side and client-side asynchronous programming with non-blocking code and without inversion of control in F#.
Glenn Block demoes deploying Node.js apps with npm to Windows Azure, leveraging storage and service bus services.
Yossi Dahan introduces Windows Azure, the platform and its main capabilities, detailing on services, VMs, data management, CDN, caching, messaging and business analytics features provided.
Scott Guthrie has a hands on session demonstrating some of the Windows Azure’s main features, such as storage, websites, services, SQL, blobs, cache, etc.
Phil Trelford suggests domains, such as modeling, DSLs, concurrency, for which functional programming is well-suited, and areas for which an OO or a mixed approach has better results.
Jay Harris offers tips on using unit testing to improve the performance of applications.
Joe Kuemerle demoes using AOP to separate some of the concerns –logging, exception handling, security, etc. - from a codebase.
Mark Rendle introduces the basic services offered by Windows Azure along with examples of various platform choices that can be used: RavenDB, ASP.NET MVC, Node.js + Express, MongoDB, Sinatra, etc.
Yves Reynhout discusses event sourcing and storage, demoing implementing a conceptual event storage model on top of AWS Storage and Azure Storage Services.
Kevin Houstoun and Rupert Smith discuss the creation of Java and .NET libraries for a FIX Protocol implementation without generating garbage in order to avoid the latency spikes associated with GC.