Archive for December, 2013

bootcamp-300x202In April of 2013 a bunch of MVPs held the first Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at more than 90 locations around the globe! Unfortunately Greece was not in the list of participants mainly due to bad timing.

This year though I’ve decided to organize the event for Greece, so we plan to offer up a one day deep dive class to help thousands of people get up to speed on developing Cloud Computing Applications for Windows Azure. In addition to this great learning opportunity the hands on labs will feature pooling a huge global compute farm to perform research for charity!

If you’re not familiar with the event you can learn more about it from this site http://global.windowsazurebootcamp.com/

Call for action

So, if you’re interested and you’d like to help in organizing this event for Greece I’m currently looking for a co-organizer and of course if you’d like to speak and have a topic you wish to present drop me a line and we’ll talk.

Looking forward to see you all there.


0009It’s been almost a month since this year’s ITPro|DevConnections and it’s been at least a couple of weeks since this post has been sitting in my drafts folder waiting to be published. A lot of things have changed this summer (but this is the topic of another post) and things have been pretty hectic so I haven’t been able to keep up with my blogging. And haven’t been able to tell you all about this years’ ITPro|DevConnections.

For those of you that are still not aware of what ITPro|DevConnections is, every year around November the IT professionals community, www.autoexec.gr, in cooperation with the developers’ community, www.dotnetzone.gr, present a two days event with lots of parallel tracks! The event has been running for four years now, each year with more success. During these two days we get to speak a lot about all the cutting edge Microsoft technologies meet and discuss with fellow professionals and generally have a great time.  If you speak Greek then you can also hear how the event was captured by one of the largest TV networks in Greece (ANT1)

To organize for these two days we spend the whole year around planning and preparing for it. As well as try to find the necessary funds, as nothing is free, to minimize the risk of having to put money from our pocket. It comes without saying that it requires a lot of energy and it can get really stressful at times but it gets very rewarding at the end.

This year, around 600 IT professionals and developers attended the event, making it the largest community organized event in Greece. Although we faced a number of issues during the event, I believe that everyone was satisfied at the end with the quality of the content offered. Surely we’re learning from our mistakes and we’ll make ITPro|DevConnections even better next year.

My Session this year was about searching in the cloud. Boost your searching with Windows Azure.

Talking with a lot of customers I’ve discovered that one of the major pain points when developing or migrating their applications to Windows Azure is searching. A large majority currently used SQL Server Full Text Search for searching text in their database. Unfortunately SQL Server Full Text Search is not currently supported in Windows Azure. So in my session we explored our searching options and discussed the benefits and drawbacks of each solution.

You can find my slide deck here…

I’m looking forward for next years event.


Summernote is a simple, clean and flexible WYSIWYG Editor that is built on top of jQuery and Bootstrap.

It supports Bootstrap’s both active versions (2 and 3) and has keyboard shortcuts for all major tasks.

Summernote WYSIWYG Editor

There is a powerful API which provides lots of customization options in means of design (width, height, active items..) and functionality.

The project also has integration samples for major scripting languages (PHP, Ruby, Django, Nodejs).