D-1- Featured session is Why Middleware? by Christian Horsdal

Before you head to the pre-conference aperitivo, one last session: Why Middleware?. We asked Christian Horsdal to tell us more about his session and about himself.

And we this post we concluded our overview of all sessions of the conference. After the coffee-break you can choose between:

Q: Tell us a bit more about your session

A: My session is about OWIN and ASP.NET 5 Middleware, which is a subject that seem to confuse many developers. But you “get it” it really not that hard, and it turns out to be very useful. Middleware is often a good place to handle all sorts of cross cutting concerns: It’s decoupled from the application logic, it’s “lightweight” and can be nicely testable. If that wasn’t enough, middleware also lends it self nicely to be reused across a system of (Micro)sevices, so you don’t have to implement the same plumbing code over and over.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself

A: Christian works as consultant, trainer and coder. He helps clients grow and deliver awesome solutions. All at the same time. When he isn’t coding he just might enjoy a good single malt or a ride around the country side on his road bike.

D-1: featured session of the day - Short Introduction and methodes for Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions by Davide Persetti

Tomorrow at this time you'll be probably already registering at the conference location, but maybe you haven't made up your mind yet. The last session of the day will be Short Introduction and methodes for Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions and we asked Davide Persetti to tell us more about his session and about himself.

The last session of the day has to be chosen wisely, otherwise you might fall asleep after a long day at the conference. Here your options:

Q: Tell us a bit more about your session

A: In this session, and with the help of a colleague of mine, we’re going to talk a little bit of developing applications in Microsoft Azure that is the Microsoft cloud platform. Before showing some examples we’ll try to set the scene giving an overview of the various cloud models existing nowadays; so the session will be a mix of theory and practice with the aim of giving an overview of the most important concepts to consider.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself

A: Pre-sale and Project manager in the cloud area with a specific focus on the Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure platforms. Through the adoption of Microsoft Azure I try to help customers to start and move to the cloud world with native or hybrid solutions, integrating on-premise and in-cloud resources.

2 Days to the kick off: featured session of the day - Seriously, you should start testing that JavaScript code by Kuba Walinski

Just 2 days to the Conference: are you excited as much as we are?

If not yet, here is a session that should get you excited, becuase seriously, you should start testing that JavaScript code! We asked Kuba Walinski to tell us more about his session and about himself.

Just before the afternoon's coffee break, from 15:00 to 16:00, you can choose among the following sessions:

Q: Tell us a bit more about your session

A: I will be doing my best to convince you that you should have some automated testing set up for your JavaScript code. This can have the form of linting, which will help you avoid some basic errors related to language syntax and style. It can also entail running unit tests on every build of your app, which I can't recommend enough. Ideally you should employ both of those techniques and probably even add some integration (end-2-end) tests for good measure. In my session I will show you how to configure all this test automation using grunt or gulp - the 2 most popular build tools for frontend projects.

Finally, I will be showing a bunch of real unit tests from one of my earlier projects. I also plan to share some of my thoughts and insights on using ES2015 and JSPM.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself

A: I have recently quit my corporate job and started my own software services company together with all the other members of my former team. Our company is called "Happy Team" (https://twitter.com/happyteamio) and we are currently developing a brand new eCommerce service for a big client in the UK. Because this project has a really tight deadline (we have to release it well before the Christmas shopping spree) we decided to go with a technology we already knew instead of trying out something new. That's how we ended up doing it in AngularJS and this is one of the reasons why I will be talking about AngularJS during my session at Web European Conf.

In my free time I usually play football or go for a bike ride in the woods. I often listen to audiobooks, right now I am in the middle of "Metro 2034" and I enjoy it immensely.

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If you want to attend this session but haven't registered to the Web European Conference yet, you still have some time: go register before all 900 tickets are gone.

2 Days to the kick off: featured session of the day - From Mobile Services to Mobile Apps: how mobile backend is evolving on Azure by Marco De Sanctis

We are not featuring a session from track immediately after the keynote:From Mobile Services to Mobile Apps: how mobile backend is evolving on Azure and we asked Marco De Sanctis to tell us more about his session and about himself.

You can now choose what you want to listen to after being amazed by Scott:

Q: Tell us a bit more about your session

A:I started working and experimenting with Azure since the very first days (who remembers the management portal based on Silverlight??) and, month by month, I saw it growing, becoming bigger, more complete and powerful. It's an evolving platform, but with evolution come changes and doubts.

Think about the mobile PaaS offering, today: Mobile Services or Mobile Apps? Which one shall we pick? You start a new project, you want to build a mobile backend, and this is the number one recurring question. My team made no exception: the choice between the two is the usual tradeoff in dev's world, between old and stable vs. new and powerful: there's no doubt that eventually everyone will move to mobile apps, but understanding when it's the right time to do can be crucial for the project success.

So, what about this talk? Well, it will be a very practical one, that's for sure, we're going to write a lot of code to explore together some of the critical differences between those two services: we'll point out the different approach the App Service team is taking with Mobile Apps, highlight the new feature and some of the hassles which still remain unsolved.

The ultimate hope is that sharing my personal experience on the field, will be useful when the time will come to chose the PaaS for your mobile backend, so that you'll be able to take a wiser and perhaps more conscious decision.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself

A: I'm a Microsoft MVP in ASP.NET and I've been working with Microsoft's web stack since the first beta of ASP.NET. I've been incredibly lucky to be part of many projects based on the Azure platform, ranging from startup size to the big enterprise.

Today I consult as a tech lead in one of the biggest companies in the UK and I'm a very proud member of the Azure Advisors.

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3 Days to the kick off: featured session of the day - Gulp by Kris van der Mast

A bit less than 3 days and still 5 sessions to feature: the first of the last group of session is Gulp and we asked Kris van der Mast to tell us more about his session and about himself.

With this we completed all the session for the time-slot between 14:00 and 15:00. So you can start making up your mind on what to follow after lunch:

Q: Tell us a bit more about your session

A: Do you like preprocessing or minifying your css or javascript files with some tool you found, then updating your browser, refresh to see the results. No? Well, me neither. Luckily I found gulp.js, a great node.js based task runner that takes out those pesky tasks I needed to perform after each edit.

Gulp saved me time and helped me to focus on what I need to be doing: writing applications for the end users. This session will give you an introduction to gulp.js as well as nice takeaways you can add to your current or future project. Don't miss out on this one.

Q: Tell us a bit more about yourself

A: Kris van der Mast is a Microsoft MVP and ASP + Azure Insider. He likes to learn new things and pass on that knowledge. Coming from Belgium he likes beer and chocolate but doesn't say no to a tasty Italian wine or tiramisu either.

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If you want to attend this session but haven't registered to the Web European Conference yet, you still have some time: go register before all 900 tickets are gone.

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