Last week I have attended ITCamp in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The conference has already established itself as the most important community-driven technology conference in Romania and lately, as the organizers put it, its focus has shifted from being a Microsoft-centric conference to a technology-centric conference. And this year it has been larger than ever before: 600 attendants, more than 40 speakers, more than 50 sessions and open panels grouped on 5 different tracks. A little bit for everybody. And with so many tracks and session it was a little bit hard to make choices for what to attend or maybe rather what to skip.

All sessions have been recorded and will be made available some time in the future (as far as I understood). In the meanwhile I wanted to point some of the things I seen and learnt at ITCamp. I actually attended more talks than the one mentioned here. Most of them were really good and I apologize to those not mentioned, but I don’t want to mention everything here, so I will try to summarize only a few things that I found the most interesting.

  • Security
    I have attended several talks on security. Paula Januszkiewicz gave all of us creeps by showing how a skillful person can extract information such as encrypted passwords and history information that the system stores on disk without most users being really aware of it. And even though the secrets are well kept for a regular user, a malicious person or software can exploit weaknesses to extract these information. On the other hand Jayson E. Street shared his experiences with compromising security in all sorts of companies around the world. Having a 100% success rate Jayson doesn’t blame it on the employees or users (explicitly saying there is no such thing as stupid user) but on the lack of education/training on security that companies are providing (or rather not providing) for their employees. His talks made us laugh but also think a lot and hopefully be more aware of things we shouldn’t do from the point of view of security. One thing for sure, I will never plugin a USB stick that I find on my desk in a blank envelope with my name on it. Thanks Jayson!

  • Internet of Things
    Who would have though several years ago that your greenhouse could be monitored and controlled from the internet? That it could send pictures to your phone? That you can make predictions on when and how much to sprinkle based on the existing data? That’s what Laurent Ellerbach, Microsoft Technical Evangelist Lead, shown in his keynote. Sensors, Raspberry PI, cameras, Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, Mobile Services, SQL Azure and others working together to create a real world system for a sprinkler for his small greenhouse at home. It was a very interesting talk with a real life project and its development over time to include more and more services.
  • PowerShell is now an OOP language
    I am not very skilled with PowerShell, though I have to use it from time to time. I had no idea though that PowerShell 5 supports many features from object-oriented programming. These includes: classes, methods, properties, inheritance, enumerations and others. Razvan Rusu delivered an entertaining talk for both developers and sysadmins showing how easy you can do things in PowerShell and what the new OOP features are. It was really interesting and will certainly look at PowerShell from a different perspective from now on.
  • .NET core
    Raffaele Rialdi gave a compelling introduction to .NET core, its components, flavors, its new deployment mechanism based on NuGet and other related topics.
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This Tuesday a Texas court ruled that Microsoft can no longer sell Microsoft Word in USA because of a patent infringement (U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449). Canadian based company i4i accused Microsoft of willingly violating this patent on a method for reading XML. Microsoft was found guilty and ruled to pay $240 millions, plus other fines for each day before the final judgment. Moreover, they can’t sell Word versions that break the patent.

You can read more about this here and here.

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Microsoft Bing

There is a new search engine in town. It’s called Bing, and was created by Microsoft. Looks like they are going to invest massively in advertising it; according to AdAge, it will be between 80 and 100 million dollars.

You can find a short video here, with Stefan Weitz, the director of Windows Live, talking about what this new search engine bring new.

In addition you can find an article about comparison searches with Bing and Google, here.

Go Bing!

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In perioada 6-8 aprilie va avea loc la Bucuresti la sediul Uzinexport un training de Introducere in .NET, sponsorizat de Microsoft Romania. Dupa cum explica Zoli pe blogul sau, acest training este

dedicat programatorilor începatori, juniorilor din firmele de software, programatorilor de FoxPro, Visual Basic, Java, dar si programatorilor care nu au reusit sa treaca de primele versiuni de .NET (1.0, 1.1…). Sunt bineveniti si programatorii de aplicatii web, care dezvolta în PHP, Ruby, Python, Perl etc, si care vor sa se familiarizeze in ASP.NET, Silverlight si restul platformei Microsoft.

Subiectele tratate in curs vor fi:

  • Programarea Orientata Obiect (OOP) cu C#
  • Platforma .NET
  • Limbajul C#
  • Programarea web cu ASP.NET
  • Programare vizuala
  • ADO.NET si acces la date
  • SQL Server si elemente de Business Intelligence
  • Dezvoltarea de servicii web si elemente de SOA
  • Programare pe SharePoint
  • Programare pe Windows Mobile
  • Dezvoltarea de Rich Internet Applications (RIA) cu Silverlight
  • Dezvoltarea de aplicatii compatibile cu Windows 7 si Windows Vista

Cursul fiind sponsorizat de Microsoft Romania, taxa de participare este de doar 150lei (lei noi, include TVA).

Informatii detaliate despre acest eveniment gasiti pe blog-ul lui Zoli.

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