Thursday night, I gave a talk to folks at an Orlando .NET User Group meeting, telling them all about how easy it is to spin up all kinds of computing resources to serve a Web app for a short period of time. There were a little over 30 people there (some were recruiters and left after I started), and it was really well-received. You can get the code on CodePlex.
The genesis of this little open source project was last year's media event at Cedar Point for GateKeeper, where my PointBuzz partner Walt and I decided to "live blog" stuff that day, and through the weekend. Building it in a way that would make it scaleable and impossible to knock over was total overkill, but I suppose I was looking for a reason to do it. It was not time consuming.
In the last few months, I decided it would be fun to clean up the code a little and release it as open source. As it turns out, it's also a good topic to present, and obviously it does sell Windows Azure a bit as something amazing and awesome.
I really dig sharing stuff this way. Most of my career advancement can in part be attributed to the shared knowledge of other people. I feel like I have an obligation to pay that forward. It helps me play a part in solving the problem of not having enough qualified people to do the every increasing body of work there is.