Speaking at GR DevDay Tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI

Tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI is GR DevDay. GR DevDay is a one-day software development conference that is completely volunteer-run and organized by developers with other developers in mind. GR DevDay grew out of the rapid growth and popularity of the GR Day of .NET conference which was organized by the West Michigan .NET User Group. While the historical ties remain strong, the scope of topics at GR DevDay will reflect the diverse nature of modern software development. A wide range of technology topics will be explored and developers of all backgrounds are welcome. A couple of things that I’m heavily involved in today are Cloud Computing with Windows Azure and Mobile development with Windows Phone. I will be giving two talks tomorrow and will cover both areas.

Architecting for Massive Scalability
The Cloud now makes seemingly infinite amounts of computing power accessible to everyone. However, to maximize this power, your applications need to scale. In this session, we will explore patterns that enable massive scalability. We will examine Brewer’s CAP Theorem and contrast it to the ACID principles that guide traditional line-of-business applications. And finally, we will explore how to apply these patterns when building applications for the Cloud using Windows Azure.

Making $$$ With the Windows Phone
The release of Windows Phone has created a rare opportunity for app developers to get in on the ground floor of a new and high-growth mobile app marketplace. In this session, we will explore the ins and outs of the Marketplace and how to get started building and monetizing apps for the Windows Phone. We will take a look at the successes and case studies of other Windows Phone developers and explore their strategies for monetizing their apps. Finally, we will explore Marketplace trends and analytics and identify a number of strategies to increase your app revenue.

The speaker and session line-up is fantastic with speakers like Jeff Blankenburg, Matt Hidinger, Samidip Basu, Chris Woodruff, Adam Ryder, and Jeff McWherter presenting a range of talks on Mobile, Cloud and Web.

If you are coming to GR DevDay, I hope to chat with you tomorrow! And if you’re interested in crossing the pond and heading to Chicago, Milwaukee or Madison, let’s talk.