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What is Windows Azure Media Services

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I am a program manager currently working on Windows Azure Media Services(WAMS) team. This blog is my first tempt for trying to explain what WAMS is. We released Windows Azure Media Services Preview in June 2012. Currently we offer a 90 days free trail period for developers. If you are a Azure subscriber, you have up to 1 TB encoding volume per month. And if you are on Azure 90 days free subscription plan, you will have up to 20 GB data in your storage account. You could check out this blog – how to sign up for Windows Azure Media Services. What is Windows Azure Media Services
rel="gallery"> Figure 1: Windows Azure Media Services
Windows Azure Media Services offers a collection of components and technologies from Microsoft and third parties to enable end-to-end media solutions, leveraging on Windows Azure platform. If you are looking for end-to-end media solution with the power of cloud computing, Windows Azure Media Services is the right service you should consider. Read the full article here. 
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Team Foundation Service Updates 8/27

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It’s that time again!  Today we deployed the results of our latest sprint (Sprint 35) to Team Foundation Service. You can read the release notes here: As usual, it might take a few hours for all features to show up in all accounts. Note, we’ve now got perma-link support for the news so you can bookmark it and get the latest news.  We still need an RSS feed, etc but we’re making progress. Also, we’ve updated the cross platform command line client that comes with Team Explorer Everywhere to work with
the hosted service using the new basic auth capability.  You can download the updated command line client here: Brian
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An "is" operator puzzle, part two

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As I said last time, that was a pretty easy puzzle: either FooBar, or the type of local variable x, can be a type parameter. That is: void M()
  int x = 0;
  bool b = x is FooBar;  // legal, true if FooBar is int.
  FooBar fb = (FooBar)x; // illegal
} or struct FooBar { /* ... */ }
void M()
  X x = default(X);
  bool b = x is FooBar; // legal, true if X is FooBar
  FooBar fb = (FooBar)x; // illegal
} This not only illustrates an interesting fact about "is" -- that an "is" expression
can result in true even if the corresponding cast would be illegal -- but also an interesting fact about casts. Generally speaking, a cast is allowed if the conversion either is know at compile time to always succeed, or possibly succeed. But in these cases we have a situation where the cast could possibly succeed but is still illegal. What's up with that? There are two main factors that come to mind, based on the dual nature of casts that I've mentioned before: a cast can mean "I know that this value is of the given type, even though...(Read whole news on source site)

Fabulous Adventures In Casting

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I've written a lot about casting over the years in this blog, but always in the context of the "cast operator": the operator that instructs the compiler to make an explicit conversion from a value of one type to a value of another type. I have recently taken up a new hobby that is casting of an entirely different sort: the casting of molten metal into a mold made of sand to form a desired shape. I have no experience whatsoever with any kind of metalworking, so I'm learning as I go here and making mistakes along the
way. I'm going to document the results of these experiments on my new blog, Fabulous Adventures In Casting. If this subject interests you, check it out! We now return to our regularly scheduled discussion of the "is" operator in C#.
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Upcoming Events for August 27th, 2012

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Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next couple of weeks for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest…this list includes events imported from the UGSS event calendar, and user group events entered in Community Megaphone are also automatically synced to the UGSS event calendar: MD Windows 8 Dev Weekend Day 1
Friday, August 31, 2012 6:00 PM, Severn, MD
Day 1 of our 3 Day Windows 8 Dev Weekend hosted at Unallocated Space, a Severn, MD area hackerspace,

If you wish to attend, please visit the site and register via
the provided link.

Today's itinerary is:

6p – Welcome/Introduction/Reg
6:15p – Install Win 8 – RTM ISO/Disk/Bootable drive available on site – available on file server
7p – Visual Studio Introduction / Installation – available on file server
8p – C# Basics / Introduction
9p – Managed vs Unmanaged code, insight into MS’s development technologies

Windows 8 Dev Weekend Day 2
Saturday, September 01, 2012 10:00 AM, Severn, MD
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Daily Windows 8 Development News 27 Aug 2012

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Daily Windows 8 Development News 27 Aug 2012: Getting Started with Windows 8, MVVM Light and EventToCommand Why start developing for Windows 8 Windows 8 XAML Tips - Async Search Suggestions A C#/XAML FlipView Context Indicator for Windows 8 Getting started with SQLite in Windows Store / WinRT apps Most people are doing MVVM all wrong. Are you? Media Playback: What you need to know about playing media to make your app shine in Windows 8 Windows 8 Beauty Tip: Using a VariableSizedWrapGrid in a GridView makes Grids Prettier Integrating with Windows 8 Experiences You can also subscribe to our 
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Daily Windows Phone Development News 27 Aug 2012

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Failure You may also find interesting our Daily Windows 8 Development News 27 Aug 2012 Subscribe to our News feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Announcement: Windows Azure Training Kit Updated

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The Windows Azure Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs and presentations that are designed to help you learn how to use the latest Windows Azure features and services. If you’ve not heard of it before this is a great learning resource and well worth taking the time to explore. The training kit is updated from time to time and the August update is now available. August 2012 Update
The August 2012 update of the Windows Azure Training Kit includes 41 hands-on labs and 35 presentations. Some of the
updates in this version include: Added 7 presentations specifically designed for the Windows Azure DevCamps Added 4 presentations for Windows Azure SQL Database, SQL Federation, Reporting, and Data Sync Added presentation on Security & Identity Added presentation on Building Scalable, Global, and Highly Available Web Apps Several hands-on lab bug fixes Added the Windows Azure DevCamp 1-day event agenda Updated Windows Azure Foundation Training Workshop 3-day event agenda Download the Training Kit Now!
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