Lately, I have been trying to live the “cloud life” as a
I have a Windows Phone, Surface 3.0 Pro, and a desktop with
Windows 8.1. For development, I use Office 365, Windows Azure, and GitHub. The
only thing I really need on the client is a copy of Visual Studio 2013. As with
most things, there are pros and cons to this approach for SharePoint
One thing I really like is that (for the most part) I can
leave my bulky laptop behind. You know, the one that weighs 15 pounds, runs
three virtual machines simultaneously, and can fry eggs on top of the power
supply. The Office 365/Azure set up is great for most of the work I have to do,
and I can get it all done with just my Surface Pro 3.0.
The big negative, however, is finding a good Internet
connection. Most of the hotels and hotspots are awful. The connection
experience is bad and that really slows down the work. I’ve tried carrying my
own hotspot or using the Windows Phone with mixed results.
Losing connectivity a few times makes me nervous to leave
the laptop behind when it really matters – like at a conference. I’m sure we’ve
all seen that poor speaker whose demo relies on Internet connectivity, but the
signal is swamped by a thousand tablets and phones. I know some presenters who
record their demos and simply play the video, but that seems like you’re
admitting defeat – can you really do a cloud demo acknowledging that you can’t
connect to the cloud?
Anyway, it seems to me that the whole cloud idea for
developers only works when we have rock solid connectivity – like a hard
connection. Interestingly, some conferences are now providing hard connections
just for speakers. I’m planning on making use of a hard connection at
DevConnections next week in Las Vegas. However, I’ll still be bringing my
laptop just to give me that confident warm feeling while presenting. Or maybe
that feeling is just the heat from the giant power supply.