Videos from DevWeek: Catching up with Aaron Skonnard

I was lucky enough to have a chance to chat with Aaron Skonnard at DevWeek last month and I captured a few videos which I thought I’d share here.

Aaron (as you probably know) is a co-founder of the Pluralsight company and is a great trainer and technical presenter and was keynoting DevWeek with a talk about Cloud Computing so I manage to snag him and ask him a few questions about “the Cloud”.

I’ve broken this down into a couple of sections, the first one here mostly being about timelines as we head towards Cloud;

and then the second one here being more about how developers can prepare for Cloud computing;

and then this last one here was really more of a “fun” question where I asked Aaron what he was currently playing with. I always find this an interesting question as I think all developers are always secretly toying with some bit of technology even if it means staying up late 🙂

Here’s Aaron’s answer;


Windows Azure – .NET Services and the Service Bus

I’ll be honest.

I haven’t done much with Windows Azure at this point.

The list of technologies that I need to “spend time on” never seems to shrink and the pieces in Azure have so far escaped me although I do have a long-standing interest in all this service-based stuff spanning back through WF, WCF, ASMX and BizTalk.

I did spend some time with some of the Live Services so that puts a small tick into one of the boxes on the block diagram from the PDC;

but, as always, there’s a tonne more to do.

However…one thing that I definitely picked up at DevWeek is that I need to take a bunch more interest in what falls into that category of Microsoft .NET Services, namely;

  • Access Control
  • Service Bus
  • Workflow Services

so that’s been pushed onto my stack marked “TO DO” ( along with a tonne of other stuff 🙂 ).