Scott's a great speaker and his presentations are well worth your time. Before the conference, I quipped on Twitter that his presentations have the potential to expand your mental abilities:
Scott's presentation featured the dynamic duo of web development today:
In case you've been living under a rock for the past 3 years, the cloud and browser are eating the world right now.
Scott used a number of analogies that resonated with me during his talk.
For starters, Scott started off by sharing his experience with his attempts to teach an industry veteran of low-level programming the fundamentals of "the Internet". He employed the analogy of the building blocks of a modern operating system to the building blocks of modern web development. (Truth be told, I've done the same in the past. When teaching, I find it's useful to connect the dots with something folks know already.)
Another analogy made by Scott is the idea that a virtual machine is much like a hotel room; it's a temporary place that you're free to trash with the expectation that everything will return to normal upon your return. Here, with the cloud, you can commit apocalyptic-style operations against a virtual machine, all with the experience that the state of the world can be returned to normal. Or, easily replicated to service the business requirements of an organisation. Here, Scott made reference to the door you're find in hotel rooms that join the adjacent room. With sufficient funds, you can have both rooms to scale out, much like with the cloud running on Windows Azure.
I liked this one a lot.
The following day, Scott delivered another presenation. This time, to the fine folks at the Brisbane Azure User Group and the Brisbane .NET User Group.
Telerik was proud to help sponsor this event. It's rare that we get folks like Scott down here. That's why we felt it was a good event for us to support for the Brisbane community.