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A Hitchhiker's Guide to Azure Mobile Services


Microsoft Azure Mobile Services provides a straightforward way to expose backend services to multiple applications on multiple devices. In this presentation, David Giard will show how to expose cloud data access and other processes via a REST interface, and then connect to that data from applications running on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOs and Android. You will also learn how to secure these services; how to scale these services to meet volatile demand; how to push notifications to client apps; and how to manage Mobile Services from within Visual Studio

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over two decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons. 

We also will have a brief presentation about the forthcoming Startup Weekend event from David Griffith. 

We will be awarding some awesome subscriptions from our sponsor Pluralsight(!) and will have some tasty pizza to eat part-way through the evening, nourishing your belly as well as your mind. Although the IL-173 road construction might still be going at full-bore in the vicinity of Rockford Speedway and the new PV venue might be slightly unfamiliar, we think tonight's meeting will be worth any valiant efforts required to get through any of the road work which might still be happening on the night of the meeting. 

As usual, this is a free event to attend, but we appreciate your RSVP  so we will be able to have a general headcount for the pizza. 

If anyone/everyone is up to it, we'll go out for beverages afterwards someplace near our group's sponsor Practice Velocity's building. This part of the meeting is at your own expense and is generally unstructured, but is still a great way to continue the conversations from the meeting over a beverage and/or appetizer. 

We look forward to seeing you on WEDNESDAY, September 24th at 6 p.m.! 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting. Azure has come a very long way.

    September 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time meeting everyone and would like to thank Chris and Greg at Practice Velocity for graciously hosting NIC meetups.

    September 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time meeting everyone and would like to thank Chris and Greg at Practice Velocity for graciously hosting NIC meetups.

    September 24, 2014

  • Jon W.

    For those of you who need help finding Practice Velocity's new digs, take IL 251 (North Second Street) to Roosevelt Road. Turn West onto Roosevelt (it's the stoplight with the Burger King) and travel westward for about 2-3 blocks towards the Machesney Park Village Hall/Police Station. Turn right/north onto Velocity Drive, which is the roadway directly east of said Village Hall/Police Station. For those of you who have lived here for a long time, you will remember the new Practice Velocity building location as being where Kohl's was once located at Machesney Park Mall. The road to the gray-painted "former big box" building has been repaved and the parking lot is looking really spiffy.

    September 12, 2014

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