Jason Haley

Ramblings from an Independent Consultant

North Boston Azure Cloud User Group–August 29

Last night was the NBA group in Burlington.  We had a great turn out!

The main event was: Bill Pratt: Application Insights can be Your Best Friend

Last night was the first meeting that I tried a new format of having a shorter talk before the main talk (like Bill Wilder does for the Boston Azure Cloud User Group).

For the opening talk I did a walk through of Azure Tips and Tricks – (all inspired by Michael Crump) - He came up with the tips, I just did the live demoing and added a little color to it Smile

Here are the tips and links to his blog entries that I covered:

For Bill’s talk, we had a lot of interaction and questions – which is always nice to see.  We also have some positive feedback in the comments on the meetup site about the event.

On another note

It is hard to believe the group will be one year old next month.  I skipped December (due to meeting on the last Tuesday of the month) but have more than made up for it with other events and double meeting months – a total of 14 events since September 2016.

The membership is now up to 369 which is hard to believe … seems like it was just hitting the 200 number a few months ago.

Nice to see the user group community growing well at the Microsoft Burlington office.

Talk: WebApps and WebJobs

Last month (December 14, 2016) I presented at the Western Mass Development Technology User Group.  The group meets in Agawam, MA about two hours west of Salem, MA – if you are in the area you should check out their meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/Western-Mass-Development-Technology-Users-Group/

I was a fun time and a great group of people interested in learning more about Azure. 

I split the time between WebApps and WebJobs and tried not to make too many comparisons with Cloud Services (since only one person was familiar with them).  We spent most of the time in either the Azure portal or in Visual Studio, but for anyone interested my power point presentation files can be downloaded from this link: https://jhaleyfiles2016.blob.core.windows.net/public/Western%20Mass%20Dev%20Tech.zip

Late November 2016 Update on Azure Cloud Certification Studying

The day after I posted my last update (November 2016 Update on Azure Cloud Certification Studying) I found out the 70-534 exam (the one I am studying for) was going to have some major changes on November 22 - Azure Architecture Exam (70-534) Gets ARM Refresh.

So I had two choices: Cram for the exam and take it before Nov 22 or Step back and widen the material I’ve got to learn to pass it.

Since then, I’ve decided to postpone taking the exam this year.  I am not really doing this to just get the certificate (ie. pass the exam) I want to know that I know the material … and right now I don’t know some of the new things they are adding to the exam.

Also, I’ve been meaning to get back to blogging and have decided to start writing about some of the topics I am learning while studying for the 70-354 exam – so this week I am planning my first blog post (or set of blog posts) … still in the planning stage.