Last night at the Twin Cities Cloud Computing User Group we officially kicked off Project Thor. We had some great discussions about the project is, why we’re doing it, and what we hope to accomplish. At the end of the meeting a total of 12 people volunteered to help deliver Project Thor.
However, we don’t want to limit participation in the project to just people who attended last night’s meeting. If you’re interested in working on this project contact me via one of the following methods:
- adam.grocholski @rbaconsulting.com
When you contact me, let me know which area you’d be interested in working on (i.e. UI, middle tier, storage, etc.) This will help me allocate resources for the project. Last night we mentioned there are a several things you should do now to get ready to start working on the project. Here’s the list:
- Request an invitation code for a Windows Azure Account here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=129453. Do it now, I’ll wait. There is a waiting list, so once you make the request, send me the email address you used to request the invite code. I may know of someone who can expedite the process for you.
- If you want to work with SQL Azure, you’ll need to request and invitation code for that as well. You can make the request here: https://connect.microsoft.com/Survey/NominationSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=5719&ProgramID=2089&SiteID=547.
- Sign up for an account on CodePlex.com. Once you have your CodePlex username, email it to me so I can add you to the project.
- Download the design document from the project’s website (http://thor.codeplex.com). Keep in mind, this is a first cut document, and will undoubtedly will be modified greatly in the coming days.
You’ll also need to get your development environment set up. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista w/SP1
- IIS 7.0 (with ASP.NET, WCF HTTP Activation, and optionally CGI)
- Visual Studio 2008 SP1 or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1
- SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (or above)
- If you’re going to be doing PowerShell development on Windows Vista you’ll need to download the PowerShell 1.0 Installation Package here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C6EF4735-C7DE-46A2-997A-EA58FDFCBA63&displaylang=en
Here’s a list of resources that you may find useful during the development process:
- Windows Azure Platform Training Kit http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en
- Powershell Windows Azure Service Management CmdLets http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/azurecmdlets
- Exchange Web Services Reference: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb204119.aspx
We will be hosting a weekly status meeting via LiveMeeting. The idea is to open a LiveMeeting session up for a couple of hours one night a week where people can drop in and discuss what they’ve been working on and any issues they’ve run into. I’m working out the details now, but I’d like to have this meeting on Thursday evenings from 7-9. If there’s a better day of the week and/or timeslot let me know. We’ll use our first meeting next week to really dive into the guts of the various components. I’ll send out a meeting request later today/this weekend. Finally, if you know of anyone else who might be interested in working on this project feel free to invite them. The more people the better.