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May Meeting Announcement

The May 2012 meeting will be held on Monday, May 14th from 6pm – 8pm at TechColumbus.

We are very happy to have Windows Azure MVP Mike Wood joining us this month to talk about Windows Azure storage queues vs. Service Bus queues.

Please continue to tell your friends about COCCUG! They can find us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/coccug and also at www.meetup.com/coccug. Please RSVP for meetings via www.meetup.com/coccug.

We are happy to have Halcyon Solutions joining us this month as a sponsor!

Topic

A Queue By Any Other Name Would Still Work The Same … Or Would It?

Abstract

When Windows Azure was originally released a built in queuing feature was included. The Windows Azure Storage Queues were the suggested way for compute instances and applications to talk to each other. Flash forward to just a few months ago and another queue feature appears on the Windows Azure scene with Service Bus Queues and Topics. So, why are there two queue technologies? How do they differ? When should you choose one over the other? These are the questions we’ll look to answer in this session.

Speaker

Michael Wood is a Senior Application Developer for Resurgent Capital Services. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group leading, dog-loving, blog writing, solution creating, event planning, married, technology speaking, father of one kind of guy. When he’s not living up to that title he’s an avid reader, (horrible) violinist and gamer. Michael is one of the Founding Directors of the Cincinnati .NET User Group as well as the founder of the Cincinnati Software Architecture Special Interest Group. He is also the instigator of the informal code pairing Bitslinger events in Cincinnati and a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure. You can catch up with Mike on his blog at mvwood.com/blog and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.

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April Meeting Announcement

The April 2012 meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th from 6pm – 8pm at TechColumbus.

Windows Azure MVP Michael Collier will be joining us this month to talk about SQL Azure Federations!

Please continue to tell your friends about COCCUG! They can find us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/coccug and also at www.meetup.com/coccug. Please RSVP for meetings via www.meetup.com/coccug.

We are happy to have Halcyon Solutions joining us this month as a sponsor!

Topic

Scaling Your Database with SQL Azure Federations

Abstract

Traditionally when we talking about scaling a database, we talk about getting a bigger machine.   Discussions of sharding the database are typically greeted with groans.  With SQL Azure Federations, database sharding doesn’t have to be painful at all.  SQL Azure Federations allows us to scale our database tier in a way previously reserved for the application tier.  In this session, find out what it means to scale out a database instead of scaling up.  We’ll get a grip on the concepts, what it means for your application, and see database sharding via SQL Azure Federations in action!  We’ll also review a few of the newest updates to SQL Azure.

Speaker

Michael Collier is a Windows Azure MVP and serves as a National Architect for Neudesic, a Microsoft SI partner that specializes in Windows Azure. He has nearly 11 years of experience building Microsoft-based applications for a wide range of clients. Michael spends his days serving as a developer or architect – helping clients succeed with the Microsoft development platform. He gets very “geeked up” about any new technology, tool, or technique that makes his development life easier. Michael spends most of his spare time reading technology blogs and exploring new development technologies. He is also an avid golfer and attempts to be good at shooters on the Xbox 360. Previous speaking engagements include Central Ohio Day of .NET, Central Ohio .NET Developers Group, Cloud Connections, DevConnections, Cloud Expo, and multiple Windows Azure Boot Camp events. You can follow Michael on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/michaelcollier and on his blog at www.MichaelSCollier.com.

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