Tips and Tricks for Azure Mobile Services + Python Azure SDK

John Zablocki will open with a talk on using Python on Windows Azure, including a dip into the Windows Azure SDK for Python.

The second (longer) talk will feature Chris Risner from Microsoft who will speak about Tips and Tricks for Mobile Services.

Then, as usual, we will wrap up with some give-aways and possibly a cold beverage from up the street.

Note: Matt Grace has been rescheduled for August 29, 2013.


  • 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 - John Zablocki (@codevoyeur) will introduce the Python SDK for Windows Azure
  • 7:00-8:15 - Chris Risner (@chrisrisner) on Tips and Tricks for Mobile Services
  • 8:15-8:30 - Giveaways, announcements
  • 8:30-?:00 - Grab a cold beverage nearby


Tips and Tricks for Mobile Services

You've seen and heard about what you can do with Mobile Services by now.  This talk will go over a few of the more advanced things you don't see in the tutorial.  We'll talk about stuff like testing the REST API, doing custom authentication, connecting to table and blob storage, and more!  You'll leave with a better idea of how to extend your mobile services beyond the basics.


Chris Risner is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. There he is focused on connecting Windows Azure with mobile apps. He has been working with iOS and Android development for the past several years. Before working in mobile development, Chris worked on many large scale enterprise applications in Java and .NET. Chis is a constant learner who loves technology of all flavors and has a vast amount of experience in iOS, Android, Smart Clients, ASP.NET MVC, C#, Java, and Objective C. You can find out more about Chris at and

John Zablocki is a Director of Information Technology at the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.  He is the organizer of Beantown ALT.NET, and a co-organizer of the Boston Code Camp.  John is a former adjunct at Fairfield University, and is an author for O’Reilly.  He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Hartford.  John has worked at startups throughout his career and is interested in the intersection of .NET and open source.  Online, John can be found at  Offline, he can be found too infrequently around Boston, with his dog, daughter, and his Fender Telecaster.

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  • David B.

    Despite the humidity, I think more seats should have had occupants.

    May 31, 2013

  • David B.

    I went from MS VB to Python 2.6 on my first Windows laptop AND I discovered Whiner's difference in app creation philosophy.

    The free Python (HTML) documentation seemed like learning Sandscript for the first time - I had to buy some expensive paperbacks before I could write REAL code - the free documentation was a time waster.

    I've looked at the efforts of many other other (ex: IBM scribble) technical explanations of this-and-that and there is plenty of sizzle-talk (i.e. Apple speak) and little epiphany speak (i.e. waters parting.

    Its a big deal because I see it as my mission - putting useful images sequences with companion text.

    May 31, 2013

  • Bill W.

    John Zablocki's Python-on-Azure intro really showed off Python's power and how easy it is to run native Python on Windows Azure Web Sites. It was a bonus showing how to use the WAWS git repo and deploying directly from there. It also underscored the flexibility in the Windows Azure Cloud Platform since so many technologies are perfectly at home running on top of it.

    Chris Risner's Windows Azure Mobile Services Tips & Tricks quickly introduced WAMS, then really dug into some less traveled areas - well beyond the basics. Chris was able to highlight those advanced capabilities of the WAWS platform showing how it can be productively leveraged as a cross-platform back-end for Android, iOS, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 (or even web).

    May 31, 2013

  • Sandeep S.

    I cannot make it due to some other work

    May 30, 2013

  • @MaureenManALM

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    May 29, 2013

  • Gregory C.

    See you there

    January 14, 2013

  • marry c.

    Hi, i am new member in feel glad to join it.

    December 29, 2012

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