BRDNUG Meeting: April 13, 2011


April Baton Rouge .NET User Group Meeting


At Louisiana State University, College of Engineering

5:45 PM – 8:30 PM

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Date: April 13, 2011
Time: 5:45 pm
LSU – Patrick Taylor Hall Room 1119, 3304 Patrick F. Taylor Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, for directions see For details on the SQL Server User Group meeting please see theirwebsite.

Sponsored By: Antares Technology Solutions

5:45 – 6:15 pm: Networking and Refreshments

6:15 – 6:30 pm: Lightning Round – Introduction to SQL Azure
6:30 – 7:45 pm: An Introduction to Windows Azure
7:45 – until: Open Forum for questions and Raffle

Topic: Introduction to SQL Azure
: A high-level introduction to the cloud-based database system SQL Azure, which is already the foundation of major web-based projects taking advantage of the highly scalable Azure platform.
Speaker: William Assaf
BIO: Company: Sparkhound

William Assaf, MCITP-DD, is a senior database developer and team lead at Sparkhound Inc. in Baton Rouge, LA. He started off as a .net developer and moved into database administration and architecture, and has been lead db designer on major application and DW projects in the private and public sectors. He blogs about SQL at, where his slidedeck and sample scripts will be posted. He’s helping organize SQL Saturday in Baton Rouge in August and is VP of the BR SQL Server UG.

Topic: An Introduction to Windows Azure
Azure is Microsoft’s cloud offering. We’ll try to pin down a definition of “cloud computing” in the context of Azure, and describe what Azure is – the hardware and software that make up the platform. We’ll talk about the Azure Software Development Kit, and the cloud-specific projects, classes, and data storage options it introduces. Then we’ll write and deploy a sample cloud app. Finally, we’ll learn a bit about the pricing scheme for Azure, and when it makes sense to put your app in the cloud.
Speaker: Jim Rogers
BIO: Company: Antares Technology Solutions

Jim is a senior developer with Antares in Baton Rouge. Jim started developing in MFC and SQL back in the day, working over the years in web and windows development with most every Microsoft language and library, including recent forays into WPF, and current work in ASP.NET MVC.