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CloudTip #17-Build Connected Windows 8 Apps with Windows Azure
Yesterday in Dallas we had Scott Guthrie ( @ScottGu ) and the Azure team put on a great event at the Irving Convention Center to show off what’s new in the Microsoft Cloud story and to dive into getting started with the tools and services that make it work. Chris Koenig did a great job of coordinating...
11 Jul 2012
CloudTip #16-Meet the new HTML based Windows Azure Management Portal
Windows Azure has seen a number of upgrades. The latest announced today, along with a series of events to showcase and explore the features and capabilities of the Microsoft cloud platform ( http://aka.ms/MeetAzMB ), clearly shows the move towards simplicity, ease of use, and the speed to which you can...
7 Jun 2012
CloudTip #15-MEET Windows Azure
The Cloud comes in many flavors, types and shapes and the terminology can be daunting. You’ve got Public vs. Private. vs. Home grown. You’ve got compute, storage and database not to mention identity, caching, service bus and many more. Then there are the several players including Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace...
21 May 2012
CloudTip #14-How do I get SQL Profiler info from SQL Azure?
Your application is running slow. You need to find out what’s going on. If you’ve used SQL Profiler on a local database you might be familiar with how you can capture a trace of database activity and use it to figure out where your resources are going. The visibility makes it MUCH easier to tune a database...
18 May 2012
CloudTip #13-What do you need to know to get started?
There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it's a new project, something to put on the resume or just the challenge...
17 May 2012
Cloud Tip #11-Activate your MSDN Benefits
If you have an MSDN Subscription you get Azure benefits which you can use to develop in the cloud. In this post I’d like to share what’s involved in activating these. As you can see there are some pretty hefty benefits available that you can start using immediately. To get going log into the MSDN Subscription...
18 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip#10-Use the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 to add interaction to your Metro Applications
Yesterday in Bangalore at the GIDS conferences I did a session on working with Windows 8 and Notification Services. In it we talked about the live tiles that make up the new start screen in Windows 8 and how as a developer you have new ways to interact with your users thru the use of Toast, Tile, Badge...
17 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #9-Add Microsoft.IdentityModel to the GAC with a Startup Task
Access Control Services is one of the many services that are part of the Windows Azure Platform which handles an authentication conversation for you, allowing you an easy way to integrate cloud identity from providers like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Live ID with your application. You need an active...
7 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #8-Using ACS without SSL
Today I showed a work around for when you are showing ACS on a site that is running without setting up the SSL piece. < system.web > <!-- Hack to get past request token on non-SSL site —> < httpRuntime requestValidationMode = " 2.0 " /> < pages...
6 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #7-Configuring your firewall at work for cloud development
I had a question after a Windows Azure Camp about what ports need to be opened and enabled at my work environment to enable working with Windows Azure . While the services work with REST there are a couple services that will benefit from adjusting the firewall to allow traffic between on-premise and...
5 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #6-Encrypting the web.config with Visual Basic
One of the great things about Windows Azure is that it is a platform that is for the most part agnostic about what frameworks and languages you want to use. While I tend to do most of my demos in C# there is no reason we couldn’t use VB, PHP, Node.js, Java or any other language. In fact the developer...
3 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #5-Secure your settings in Web.config with Encryption
In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure application specific settings like connection...
2 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #4-How to migrate an existing ASP.NET App to the Cloud
Suppose you have an existing application that you want to migrate to the cloud. There are many things to look at, from the data to the architecture to considering how you plan to scale beyond one instance. For simple web sites which don’t use a lot of data or stateful information the migration to the...
1 Apr 2012
Cloud Tip #3–Find good examples
Yesterday in Minneapolis we delivered the first Windows Azure Kick Start event of the series we’re running this spring to help developers learn and understand how to use the new tools and techniques for building cloud based applications. As part of that event we wrote a lot of code as a demonstration...
31 Mar 2012
Cloud Tip #2–Finding Cloud Content that works for You
There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it’s a new project, something to put on the resume or just the challenge...
29 Mar 2012
Cloud Tip #1–How to set a connection string in Web.config programmatically at runtime in Windows Azure
The scenario is I’m migrating an application to the cloud. I’ve got a database connection defined in my web.config file which uses an on-premise SQL Server database and what I’d like to do is to move it to a Web Role on Windows Azure and use a SQL Azure database. The basic process is to add a Windows...
28 Mar 2012
More Windows Azure Webcasts
In case you’re interested here are the latest scheduled additions to the Windows Azure Boot Camp webcast series ( http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011 ). These include: 11/22 - http://bit.ly/btlod-65 SQL Azure and Windows Phone 11/29 - http://bit.ly/btlod-66 Scaling in the Cloud 12/13 - http://bit.ly/btlod...
30 Nov 2011
Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone
Yesterday I delivered a talk on how to build a cloud connected mobile game for a local user group here in Minneapolis. We showed how to use the Identity Management features of Windows Azure App Fabric and Access Control Services to identify a user, then play the classic Roshambo game against a cloud...
23 Sep 2011
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