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Hi, I'm Claus! I am taking some time off from my life as an IT consultant in Norway to travel, work on exciting projects and build a business.

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The big list of IT and tech conferences in 2016

Everybody loves a good tech conference. It's a chance to get away for a while, get some inspiration, hang out with some nice interesting people, catch up and get a bit tipsy!

Tech Conferences 2016

I've been looking at conferences that could be interesting to attend in 2016, and decided to make a list and share it. The list it not exhaustive, and very skewed towards things I find interesting. Expect to find things like: Cloud, DevOps, software craftsmanship, functional programming, .NET, architecture and design, continuous delivery and Big Data.

You'll find two lists here.

  • A list of conferences with set dates
  • A list of conferences that I expect to appear again in 2016, but which haven't got a date yet (some of

It's business time

When I started this blog it was my intention to write about two topics: Technology I've tried and found interesting, and my experience starting a company.

So far, there hasn't been much writing about the business side of things. I've been working on a product for a while, and some of the technology I've written about has been related to that. But I haven't written much about actually starting a business.

Well, there have been some changes recently. I've decided to give starting a business an actual go, and I've quit my job to do so.

There are going to be more business related posts in the future. Today I will opt for a smooth transition, something in between. I

Custom connectors, taking Azure Logic and API apps for a spin - Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote about Azure Logic apps, a sort of "BizTalk light in the cloud" promising easy integration using a visual drag and drop "connectors"-based approach. You can take a look at the first part here.

So what happens now?

We left Logic Apps after having successfully used standard connectors to create a logic app that would do the following.

  1. Run every minute
  2. Search for the latest tweets containing a given string (the URL of this blog)
  3. Send the first result as a text message

This was achieved using the "Recurrence", "Twitter" and "Twilio" connectors respectively. The problem with the logic app was that it runs every minute, and always send a text message, even though

Yet more apps, taking Azure Logic and API apps for a spin - Part 1

It has been a couple of months since Microsoft announced the Logic and API apps as part of the Azure App Service suite. I've been wanting to take the new offerings for a spin to get an idea of whether this is something I can see myself using.

What are these apps?

Logic Apps allow you to create integration workflows by joining together a kind of API apps called "connectors". It provides a visual way of constructing integrations where one connector exposes some capability that after being triggered will be piped into other connectors. By chaining these triggers and connectors you can create potentially powerful integrations between applications.

If you want a bit more background before we continue I suggest