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Build Web and Mobile Apps Faster

Tools, Platforms, and APIs Grand Ballroom A
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You need to build a rich, modern, robust web or mobile app from scratch. And make it scaleable. And secure. And get to v1.0 by Friday. Can you do it?

In this session, we’ll experience what it’s like to use a cloud-based backend for your app, seeing how it eliminates the need for a self-managed web server or database, and automatically provides exactly the kinds of data stores, authentication, native push notifications, and support for custom server-side JavaScript code that modern apps require. The focus will be on demonstrations of Microsoft’s Windows Azure Mobile Services platform and how you can use it to build cross-platform mobile and web apps.

Steve Sanderson is a developer on Microsoft’s Mobile Services team. Despite his obvious bias, he’ll strive to give you an honest and realistic coder’s perspective on the pros and cons of embracing cloud services in your next web or native mobile application.

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Steven Sanderson


Steve Sanderson created Knockout.js in 2010, and has since started working at Microsoft on the team that produces Upshot.js and builds support for Node.js on Windows and Azure. Steve has built web applications professionally for a decade, always focusing on pushing JavaScript to its limits and coping with the consequences of doing that!

Steve wrote the first two editions of Pro ASP.NET MVC Framework for Apress, and has been a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2007. He blogs at and maintains open source projects at


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