LIDNUG & Scott Guthrie – 15th Q&A on the 9th of January



LIDNUG presents Scott Guthrie’s 15th Open Q&A and the first event of 2013.


Scott has been coming back to LIDNUGs members each quarter for the past couple of years and it’s been one of the best sessions to get answers directly from The Gu himself.


In this session Scott answers questions on technical solutions, advices on implementations and draws comparisons between methodologies – all in the span of 90 minutes where his sole focus is to answer whatever question that comes in from the attendees.


My name is Scott Guthrie, and I am a Corporate Vice President in the Microsoft Server and Tools Business. I run a development team that works on the following products/technologies:scott-guthrie

  • Windows Azure
  • Entity Framework
  • WCF
  • WF
  • IIS
  • Service Bus
  • Cache
  • BizTalk
  • Visual Studio Tools for Web
  • Web Services and Workflow

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Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Use the following link and send us a question

Is there sufficient parking available at the venue?
Yes, parking is available at this Virtual Online Event. Just make sure you park the car in your drive-way, have a cup of coffee and log in.

Who can I blame if I can’t access the session?
Just blame Brian (it’s easier that way) =>

Will attending this event help my career prospects?
Of course, you will be able to bring a treasure trove of knowledge with you to your next job interview.


ASP.Net MVC 4 hits beta & Scott Hanselman’s letter

If you, like me, have become a big fan of ASP.Net MVC then you’ll be happy to know that MVC 4 has just hit the beta.

Ever since MVC 4 hit CTP I’ve been hanging out for the closing date for the final release…it’s not here just yet, but at least it’s hit beta.

Obviously the support for mobile devices and HTML5 has been on the forefront of the teams delivery list and one of the features that enables this across a range of clients (that’s browsers, mobile devies etc) is the ASP.Net Web API.

With this release it’s also obvious that a lot of work has gone into learning material as it’s available from the get-go.

Of course, web forms (or classic ASP.Net) isn’t dead…as a web developer there’s so much innovation happening out there that it’s almost impossible to keep track of everything.

Scott Hanselman, who’s probably one of the most known (next after Scott Guthrie of course) ASP.Net team members has this to say..

Letter from Scott Hanselman

It’s an interesting time to be a web developer. HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, and the excitement around them, are moving the web forward faster than ever. As the web evolves, the folks at the web team here at Microsoft are evolving with it. The next version of Visual Studio will include lots of new features for web developers. The HTML, CSS, and JavaScript editors have all been gone over with a fine-toothed comb with a clear focus on your everyday workflow. Little things like IntelliSense for CSS vendor-specific prefixes, a hex-code aware color picker, and snippets that expand into the features you use every day all work together with the promise to smooth your way.

ASP.NET Web Forms offer the comfortable control-based model with server-side events, ASP.NET MVC gives you an environment that promotes unit testing and separation of concerns, and ASP.NET web pages combine all the power of the lightweight and expressive Razor syntax with the convenience of inline scripting. ASP.NET itself is at the core; it’s the system that makes ASP.NET Web Forms, ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET web pages possible. Each can create modern and powerful HTML5 sites and each use all the power of today’s modern JavaScript frameworks like jQuery, Knockout, Backbone, and much more. New frameworks like SignalR build directly on top of ASP.NET and make possible scalable real-time applications with cutting edge tech like Web Sockets.

Don’t think of ASP.NET as an island. It’s a citizen of the larger community. More and more of ASP.NET is open source, and we push hard every day to stay open and be open. We want to make ASP.NET more pluggable, more open, more fun. We’ve got big things planned – some that will surprise you. I hope you’ll join the conversation and the community.

Read about the next version of ASP.NET at

Scott Hanselman

Being and ASP.Net MVP it’s easy for me to get excited about what’s coming up…oh boy!!!

Scott Guthrie’s Letter To You – “I have not left .Net for Azure”

We’ve heard it before – Scott Guthrie HAS NOT LEFT the ASP.Net team – but the rumours are still floating around. During Scott’s quarterly Q&A session for LIDNUG he’s answered the question many, many times already.

But to cement the rumours, here’s a letter from Scott Guthrie to you (published February, 2012 MSDN Flash Magazine):

Letter from Scott Guthrie
CVP, Azure Application Platform

.NET and Windows Azure Progress

There’s a lot of great work going on in the .NET and Windows Azure space, and the months ahead are going to be exciting ones for developers.

A few people have sent me email recently about whether I had “left .NET for Azure.” On the contrary – I’m still very involved in .NET, and the teams that build the server pieces of .NET (including ASP.NET, WCF, WF, and the corresponding Visual Studio teams) work for me. Making .NET applications in the cloud be amazing is a huge part of the Windows Azure promise, and one of the reasons I’ve recently also been working on Windows Azure. This past fall we began rolling out some major improvements (visit to learn about them). You will see even more significant updates and features in Windows Azure in the months ahead.

You are also going to be able to soon take advantage of some great improvements that will ship with Visual Studio 11 and the .NET 4.5 versions of ASP.NET, WCF, WF – as well as with the new releases of ASP.NET MVC and the Entity Framework (which will support both .NET 4 and .NET 4.5). These releases are packed with great new features that will significantly improve productivity as well as enable some fantastic new scenarios – including mobile web, web sockets, web APIs, HTML5, database migrations, integrated async language support, and much, much more. These improvements are going to enable you to build really amazing applications.

In addition to delivering great products, we are also increasing our commitment and support of open source and the community. In December, we announced that we were open sourcing the Windows Azure SDKs on GitHub. We are also releasing new features of ASP.NET including NuGet, SignalR and Web API under an open source license. You’ll see us invest even more in open source in the months ahead.

I’m really looking forward to 2012 – it is going to bring a bunch of improvements for developers, and enable you to build better applications than ever before.

Scott Guthrie

This should surely put a lid on the doubts that ASP.Net is dissapearing, that Scott has left the team etc etc…

Exciting times ahead!!


Next up, scalability from thousands to millions at LIDNUG

Just a quick heads up to all of you that the next event at LIDNUG is happening on the 31st of January (10AM PT).

This time around it’s presented by no other than Omar Al Zabir and he’s going to take us through how he sorted out scaling a web site from thousands of hits to millions of hits.

Learn how I have scaled an ASP.NET AJAX Web 2.0 startup and an high volume enterprise webapp to millions of users. You will learn some advance tips like optimizing cookies, fine tuning membership stored procedures, implementing CDN, distributing content for faster parallel load, tuning pipeline for maximum performance out of commodity hardware.

 About the Presenter:

Omar is the Chief Architect of Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) Platform in BT, living in London, UK. As the name suggests, I get to do the cool stuffs at BT.

He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Did his B.Sc. in Computer Science. When he was 9, Omar won the Best Competitor Award in the first Nationwide Computer Programming Contest. Media made his life complicated for a year. Omar’s first startup, when he was 15, was quite successful, where he built 4 multimedia titles and sold in a CD. There was a fun app for pre-school kids to learn alphabets, rhymes, puzzles; one app for teenagers to learn Chemistry with animations, 3D illustrations and a sci-fi style user interface and one app for learning Astronomy with hundreds of videos and clips from Nasa, and one for Tourism in Bangladesh with interactive maps, nearly 400 popular attractions’ photo and description. Omar had built an HTML rendering engine that could render styled text, inline image and video, using Visual Basic 5. If you know VB 5, you would recognize that as a noble-prize candidate effort.

Omar has been awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award 6 times in a row.


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