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Date & Time: Wednesday, 2007/01/17, 7:00 PM [Welcome Time: 6:30 PM]
Location: Building SW5 room 1840, BCIT Burnaby Campus, 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC, V5G 3H2

Title: "Web Services in a Post Web 2.0 World" by Mike Culver of

What's possible in a post Web 2.0 world? Innovation continues at a mind-bending pace, and this presentation will showcase some thought-provoking new directions that Web Services are headed in. The presentation will provide an overview of Amazon Web Services, and feature a code demonstration showing how .NET developers are able to easily build managed clients for these services. Amazon spent ten years and over $2 billion developing a world-class technology and content platform that powers Amazon web sites for millions of customers. Most people think "" when they hear the word; however developers are excited to learn that there is a separate technology arm of the company, known as Amazon Web Services or AWS. Using AWS, developers can build software applications leveraging the same robust, scalable, and reliable technology that powers Amazon's retail business. AWS has now launched eleven services with open API's for developers to build applications, with the result that over 200,000 developers have registered on Amazon's developer site to create applications based on these services. Of course, the session will also feature code, in the form of writing a C# WinForms client that consumes Amazon Simple Storage Service. You'll see that as easy as writing a WinForms app is, consuming the Web service is even easier. More importantly, it's an opportunity for an interactive discussion about what the future, shaped by Web services and Web Scale Computing, looks like.

Speaker: Mike Culver
Mike Culver joined Amazon Web Services after almost eight years in evangelism at Microsoft, where he saw .NET move from a provocative idea to the preeminent development platform for serious development. During that time, Mike managed a team of evangelists in Microsoft's Developer Division (and later in Developer and Platform Evangelism) that were responsible for a number of high-profile implementations of .NET, ranging from innovative Compact Framework applications for devices to complex mission-critical applications such as the City of London's Traffic Congestion Project. As an Amazon Evangelist, Mike works in the Developer Relations Group of Amazon Web Services. In that capacity he once again helps developers take advantage of cutting-edge technologies that are going to change the way we think about computer applications. is sponsoring the pizza and pop at this event.

As usual, there will be giveaway items at the end of the presentation.

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