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SignalR - The Real-time Web for Real-time People

SignalR is described as "Incredibly simple real-time web for .NET", and that's exactly what it is. In this talk, Nathan will dive deep into SignalR, showing examples on various topics throughout the demo from Extensibility & Configuration to Performance Tuning & Deployments in Webfarms (including the Azure Service Bus). The demo application will be a fully functional application to take Little League baseball game updates from multiple sources and display them in a dashboard to users in real-time. We'll deploy in the Azure cloud for all to play with and see it all come together.

About Nate:

Nathan Duchene is a software engineer for Net Health Systems, Inc. in the Strip District and has been working with the .NET framework, SQL Server, and other Microsoft technologies since 2006.

Co-Author with Richard Dudley in writing "Microsoft Azure: Enterprise Application Development", published in 2010 by Packt Publishing, he's been watching the Azure cloud grow from it's early pre-beta releases. You may recognize Nathan from the Code Camp in April 2009, who was a part of a group demo on Silverlight 2 in the Azure cloud. If you do, you may also recall both technologies being pre-beta at the time, which made for an interesting (and non-working) demo, but fun and informative nonetheless!

When Nathan's not sitting in front of a computer, he enjoys spending time with his family, chasing the 3 kids around through their adventures and all that comes with it!

Sports update: The Pirates are out of town.

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  • Jeff L.

    I am still mystified why it worked in Chrome but not IE. It would not be very useful to me at UPMC since everyone is mandated to use IE for internal sites.

    August 14, 2013

    • Rich D.

      P.S. Aahhhhh the joy of cross-browser!

      August 14, 2013

    • Nathan D.

      Jeff, Jeffrey and Rich are correct & it was a json parser issue. Douglas Crockford's json2.js library seems to be the answer. I could have written some feature detection and loaded it as needed but that was unnecessary for the demo. I actually wrote the demo using chrome so I never saw it until the live coding. Hopefully IE's javascript engine will include better JSON parsing in the near future.

      August 18, 2013

  • Rich D.

    Thanks everyone who showed up--it was a packed house last night. I talked with Nate on the way to our cars, and he's agreed to do a deeper-dive in the spring. I've challenged him to use no slides--code only, and round out his baseball game sample he showed at the very end. I'll see if I can get permission from QL to show off our use, too.

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • Sriharsha

    It is a great tool and i am looking froward to implement this in future. I was really impressed with the features displayed in the last demo and i will certainly dig into more to use this tool in the upcoming solutions.

    August 14, 2013

  • John M.

    Unfortunately had some things come up for this afternoon. Apologies,

    August 13, 2013

  • Jay D. S.

    Unexpected issue came up and I cannot attend this evening.

    August 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just scheduled sth out and RSVPed this morning, hope it's not too late for the name tag.

    August 13, 2013

    • Rich D.

      Just downloading the list now, you get a name tag!

      1 · August 13, 2013

  • Michael

    Does anyone know if they have free parking?

    August 13, 2013

    • Philippe

      Metered parking goes until 6 pm.

      1 · August 13, 2013

    • Rich D.

      You can sometimes find free parking on Federal or one of the side streets. The lot is around $4 on non-Pirates nights like tonight.

      2 · August 13, 2013

  • Jeremy W.

    Is this at Microsoft or the other place?

    August 13, 2013

  • nagasindhura

    i thought i will through wedir... :-(

    August 12, 2013

  • Janel (stickovich) S.

    Robert Fields will be joining me

    August 12, 2013

    • Rich D.

      Awesome! Please have Robert sign up and RSVP so we can have an accurate count for dinner and print him a nametag. Thanks!

      August 12, 2013


    I will be attending

    August 11, 2013

  • Steven H.

    Ah! Can't make it now. Company stuff in San Diego this week.

    August 2, 2013

  • Harry D.

    Where I may roam

    July 24, 2013

  • Jason R.


    July 18, 2013

  • Nathan D.

    I guess I better show up, huh?

    1 · March 19, 2013

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