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All about Azure Queues + some Cerebrata AMS Pro Tips from Azure MVP Mike Wood

Mike Wood, a Microsoft Azure MVP out of Kentucky, is our featured speaker. 

Mike works as a Developer Evangelist for Red Gate Software, focusing on the first commercial Azure tool many of us used "back in the day" (now known as Cerebrata Azure Management Studio (AMS for short)). Mike's featured talk is A Queue By Any Other Name Would Still Work the Same … Or Would It?  (you can see a full description below). And since we happened to have one of the top experts in Azure Management Studio in the house, and so many of us use it, I asked Mike if he'd be willing to give us a demo and show us some awesome tips & tricks along the way - and he graciously agreed - so that will happen before the main talk.


6:00-6:25 - Gather, have some pizza, grab a cold drink, socialize

6:25-6:30 - Call to order, grab a seat

6:30-7:00 - Azure Management Studio - demo from the expert!

7:00-8:15 - FEATURED TALK: A Queue By Any Other Name Would Still Work the Same … Or Would It?

8:15-8:30 - Giveaways, announcements

8:30-?:00 - Possibly grab a cold beverage nearby


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

[Windows Azure – 200 Level]

When Microsoft 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 a few years and now 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.


Mike Wood (@mikewo) is a Technical Evangelist for Red Gate Software on the Cerebrata Team. He describes himself as a problem solving, outdoorsy, user group founding, 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 a Microsoft MVP in Windows Azure. You can catch up with Mike on his blog at and on twitter under the handle @mikewo.

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  • Bill W.

    Great job by Mike Wood digging deep into an important topic.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Corey R.

    Definitely spurred a lot of thought on how to approach retooling and optimizing our product for Microsoft Azure.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Julie T.

    Hey, Bill. You were asking about possible topics. I think there are people who are new to the cloud, it might be nice to have some n00b lectures on developing for different cloud patterns. I know that is totally your forte. 8-)

    April 24, 2014

    • Chris L.

      I agree I'd like to see some topics related to infrastructure and getting set up. How to set up clusters would be a great example. Or how azure networking works as it is different than server based networking.

      1 · April 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I would like to see a session on debugging for an azure service

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there possible for people who cannot make it there meet through VOIP like Skype ?

    April 10, 2014

    • Bill W.

      Broadcasting is something we've considered occasionally, but never implemented. Sorry. This will be in-person only.

      April 17, 2014

  • Julie T.

    I like the idea of an over view of Cerebrata and what it can do re: Azure outside of manage it. Not to mention best-practices for Azure management and how the tool helps you implement them.

    1 · April 7, 2014

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