MUGH Monthly Tech Meet on July 1, 2011

Microsoft User Group Hyderabad

I will be doing a talk on WCF REST Services during our next user group meeting on July 1st 2011.
Will be doing best to do it from the ground up and wrap it up with bunch of demos. Do register at the link below.


graphic courtesy- Sudhakar S/ MUGH


All things Windows8

Truly Awesome: First look at Windows 8 User Interface

Official announcement

Steven Sinofsky’s interview

Complete article: Making Sense of Our First Look at Windows 8

Qualcomm confirms Windows8 on ARM

Learning Windows Azure from TechEd 2011 North America

The North America teched witnessed some excellent speakers on the cloud computing front right from the likes of “David Chappell”, the man known for his articulation skills doing the “why you should care” talk for Cloud Computing. There is also a talk by “Mark Russinovich” who did Inside Windows Azure talk. And none other than “Michelle Leroux Bustamante” did a talk on Architecting for a Secure Cloud. Below is the list you could use to ramp up on “Windows and SQL Azure” (in that order):

Introducing the Windows Azure Platform– David Chappell

Using Windows Azure Storage– Jai Haridas

Moving Applications to the Cloud– Scott Densmore

A Lap around Windows Azure AppFabric– Clemens Vasters

Ten Must-Have Tools for Windows Azure– Brian Prince

Inside Windows Azure– Mark Russinovich

Architecting for a Secure Cloud– Michele Leroux Bustamante

Design Patterns, Practices and Techniques with the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus– Juval Lowy

Microsoft SQL Azure Overview: Tools,Demos and Walkthroughs of Key Features– David Robinson

Microsoft SQL Azure Advanced Administration: Backup,Restore and Database Management Strategies for Cloud Databases– David Robinson

Introduction to Windows Azure AppFabric Composite Applications– Karandeep Anand, Jurgen Willis

Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus: New Capabilities– Clemens Vasters, Sunghwa Jin

Building Windows Phone Applications with the Windows Azure Platform– Wade Wegner

Developer’s View on Single Sign-On for Applications Using Windows Azure– Vittorio Bertocci

AppFabric Caching: How It Works and When You Should Use It– Jon Flanders

Tips & Tricks: Low Latency Web Applications on the Windows Azure Platform– Matthew Kerner

There are many more sessions above is for initial ramp. For other sessions visit msteched.

TechEd on the road

 The Hyderabad “teched on the road” event which happened on 22nd May was a grand success with lot of quality sessions and quality speakers. It was worth every min spent. Since I am an app dev, I would focus on the Developer track.

We started with MVC3 session. Shravan made it look really easy. He spent good time explaining about @razor.

This was followed by #ranganh, Harish did HTML5/ IE9 session was wonderful with variety of demos that he showed- he was really to the point.

Saranya’s Azure/Facebook session was really great. Very well executed/ presented.

TFS Continuous Global delivery by Vishal Mehrotra (below)- was very interactive and informative.

Javasctipt&ECMA5 by Krishna Chaitanya was really wonderful, learnt a lot about specifics on ECMA5. Loads of cool demos!

This is me, coordinating the event, making announcements and asking quiz questions:

(Giving away #DevExpress T-Shirts)

Special thanks to #Pluralsight for sponsoring 3 free subscriptions to 3 winners- Harsha Nihanth (@spiharsh), Rajesh Varma Kalidindi and Nirmal Surapaneni (@parinirmal). This time instead of raffling off the licenses we did a technical Quiz for the same and the winners were the ones who were the most interactive and who could answer the questions asked by the speakers. Also, special thanks to #Devexpress for T-Shirts, courtesy #MehulHarry- was given to people who asked questions and who were answering quiz questions.

Some core members from MUGH gang present at the event: (End of day snap)

Overall a wonderful catching up and learning experience!

bdotnet community tech-ed 2011

I will presenting a session on Test Automation in VS 2010 at the community tech-ed by bdotnet.

The overall schedule is as below:

Day 1 – 22nd Jan 2011 Saturday

Developers Track 1 Developers Track 2
TIME Session Speaker Session Speaker
09:00 – 9:55 Keynote  —  Ram Kumar Kothandaram, Panini Consulting NA
10:00 – 11:00 The Daily Scrum: One of the most popular Agile project management and development methods. Stephen Forte , Chief Strategy Officer, Telerik, USA Bringing data to life with WPF Data binding: Deep dive Gowtham, Microsoft
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Tea
11.30 – 12.30 Integration between WCF 4.0 and WF4.0 Meena, SymIndia OData for open web : beginner level Lohith, Sungard
12.30 – 01:30 Lunch Lunch
01.30 – 02.30 HTML 5 Vic Parmar, Principal Technical architect (Microsoft MVP), Aditi technologies Monetising your .NET apps through Intel AppUp center Intel
02.30 – 03:30 Services application in SharePoint 2010 Arun, Microsoft MVP ASP.NET Localization & internationalization Dr. UB Pavanaja, ExcelSoft, Mysore (Microsoft MVP)
03.30 – 04:30 Tea Tea
04.30 – 05.30 What’s New on Windows Azure – post PDC 2010 Manoj Kumar , Independent Consultant MVVM Pooran, Independent Consultant

Day 2 – 23rd Jan 2011 – Sunday

Developers Track IT PRO – Track
TIME Session Speaker Session Speaker
09:00 – 9:55 Moving your applications to cloud Niraj, Microsoft MVP SQL Server Tips and Tricks Vinod Kumar, Microsoft
10:00 – 11:00 TBD Sachin Rathi, Microsoft Desktop as a Service Vijay Raj,
11:00 – 11:30 Tea
11.30 – 12.30 ADO.NET Entity Framework 4.0 & LINQ Chaitra, Thomson Reuters (Microsoft MVP) Windows7 Lite Touch Installation by using MDT2010 Kaliyan, DELL (Microsoft MVP)
12.30 – 01:30 Lunch
01.30 – 02.30 Developer Productivity and reduce bugs with Telerik Developer and Testing Tools Christopher Eyhorn ,

Executive VP, Telerik’s automated testing tools division. USA

Active Directory Migration windows 2003 to Windows 2008R2 MS Anand, Microsoft
02.30 – 03:30 Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol

Stephen Forte , Chief Strategy Officer, Telerik, USA

SQL Scalability Praveen Srivatsa, Ashtra
03.30 – 04:30 Tea
04.30 – 05.30 Test Automation at the skin (Unit testing, coded UI testing, web testing & data driven testing) Phani, BrainScale Consulting TBD TBD

VENUE: PES Institute Of Technology
100 Feet Ring Road,
Banashankari 3rd Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560085

You can register here-

cheers, see you all this week-end…


2010 in review

My blog stats as reported by

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 11 posts. There were 31 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 45mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 26th with 105 views. The most popular post that day was Highlights from DevCon Hyderabad- 24 Oct 2010.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for install sharepoint 2010 rtm on windows 7, sharepoint 2010 edit in datasheet, and sharepoint foundation 2010 datasheet view.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Highlights from DevCon Hyderabad- 24 Oct 2010 October 2010
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Installing Sharepoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 April 2010


Cannot edit in Datasheet view in Sharepoint Foundation 2010 with 64-bit office 2010 April 2010
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Process for localization when resource files are used in Windows Forms Application May 2010


Presentation and code sample for UG session on SharePoint 2010 May 2010

Community Tech Days- Dec 2010, Hyderabad

On 18th December (sat) we had the community tech day for Hyderabad chapter at Microsoft campus. We had dev track and IT pro track. The turn out was amazing around 240 or so. And hardly 5% from colleges this time around, a bit surprising! I did a session on “Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010”. I used 15% ppt, around 15 % dreamspark based presentation (courtesy speakflow) and 70% demo- MTM and all that. Find the link for the presentation here. We had other interesting sessions like Security mgmt in Azure, state mgmt, Windows Phone 7 and WCF Exception handling. All useful and excellent sessions. you can ask follow up questions or provide feedback about my session as comments for this post. btw, this was relayed live, so we should get the recordings sometime. I will post it as and when I hear about it.