YouConf and Azure with Phil Lee

I recently entered the CodeProject Windows Azure Developer Challenge, with the goal of building a site (based on Scott Hanselman's dotNetConf site at, which allows anyone to host their own virtual conference; complete with embedded YouTube video feed, and Twitter chat feed. The resulting site - - is what I came up with.

Part of the competition involved writing an article documenting what you've done, how/why you've done it etc. I've tried to document as I go, and you can find my article at This will likely change daily as the competition continues!

The session will cover items from the article, the code, and the competition in general. At a glance, I'll go over the following:

- Quick overview of Azure websites and the competition
- Integrated source control with GitHub and automated deployments
- Azure table storage
- Google Hangouts and how to embed them in your pages
- Twitter widgets and how to embed them 
- Some cool MVC 4 features
- SignalR
- jQuery
- etc etc etc

I'm open to questions, so if you'd like me to go in-depth on a given item please feel free to ask. Note that I'll most likely have to break this up into multiple sessions, so may not be able to cover all of the able items in the first session. I'll do my best to plough through though!

Finally - I'll attempt to record the session, and stream it live for those who can't make it.

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  • Darcy T.

    Hey what was the name of the git ui that you were using?

    June 4, 2013

  • Ian H.

    Really good talk, thanks organising...

    May 30, 2013

  • Phil L.

    Thanks to everyone who made it lastnight - I hope you found it useful. I've uploaded the slides to the YouConf dev repository on GitHub at If you visit that url in your browser, click the 'Raw' button and it should strart a download for you :) Any problems just post a comment and I'll see what I can do...

    2 · May 30, 2013

  • Stephen

    Thanks Phil - that was a very interesting talk. Having just start a new project, I'm now wondering if should have gone down the GitHub / Azure path...

    May 29, 2013

    • Phil L.

      Thanks Stephen. It's definitely worth a giving it a try to see if it fits your needs. You can also use TFS or another source control provider if you need - I just thought I'd give GitHub a try and found it worked quite well :)

      May 29, 2013

  • Ellery M.

    Eek I'm stranded outside. Anyone watching this conversation during the preso?

    May 29, 2013

  • Phil L.

    FYI the live feed for the presentation will be accessible via - provided that I manage to get everything setup correctly in Google Hangouts on the night :)

    May 25, 2013

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