With the recent announcement that Azure now has two data centres located in Australia, I thought it was appropriate for the Adelaide .NET User Group (ADNUG) to spend some time looking at what’s involved in hosting your applications in the ‘cloud’.
The session will review what features Azure offers, and then we’ll step through hosting a simple web application and then scaling it up and out.
Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 6.00 pm at Marcellina Adelaide (273 Hindley Street, Adelaide)
6.00 Pizzas and Networking 6.20 What’s New (Ryan Spears) 6.40 A Developer’s guide to Microsoft Azure (David Gardiner)
Look forward to seeing you there!
Not a lot of veggies planted at the moment. It has been an unusually warm spring so far. This week we had one day that got up to at least 36°C. That’s more common for January than October.
A globe artichoke that Narelle planted last year has shot up again.
We planted a lime tree a couple of years ago. It doesn’t like our cold winters, but now the weather has warmed up it has put on a fresh lot of leaves. I’m hoping this tiny fruit will stay on the tree and grow to full size!
The roses are having their first bloom after winter. They are looking very colourful.
Plenty of weeding to do at this time of year too – but I’m not going to take photos of those!
This week was my first working for RL Solutions, a software company which provides solutions for the healthcare sector. RL have their main office in Toronto, Canada (checkout the pictures on their careers site). I couldn’t find a bus that would travel that far each day, so (sensibly) I’ve joined the development team based in their Adelaide office.
I get the impression from the four interviews I had before being offered the position (including with Sanjay, the founder and CEO) that RL have definite ideas about the kind of people they want to hire (not just looking for technical expertise). One of the things that appealed to me was the approach RL is taking in creating a modern, mature, healthy, fun and social work environment. That seems to manifest itself in a number of ways (some just relevant to Toronto or Adelaide and some in common) and I think it’s a really positive thing.
My first few days have been spent getting to know the other Adelaide staff (helped in no small way by going out to lunch together on my first day), working through the company’s induction programme (they are pretty organised around this), and starting to familiarise myself with the application and codebase that I’ll be calling home.
I will also say it is nice to work in a modern building again – one where you don’t have nagging doubts that the lifts will deliver you to the floor you requested, and that (a bonus for occasional bike commuters) has shower facilities! I’m still in the CBD though, so no changes to my daily commute.
A nice surprise was the ‘welcome’ pack waiting on my desk on my first day – including a company-branded backpack.
It’s going to be an interesting time, especially learning a whole new business (hospitals etc.) – quite a contrast to my previous industry areas of commodity handling and higher education online teaching and learning. It might prove quite useful to be married to someone with a nursing background, not to mention that our family seem to be rather regular consumers of the health system!
I’m looking forward to it