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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Tip #12-Get Started with SQL Azure

    Business Software is in the business of data management. Creating, updating, deleting and using information in new ways as well as simplifying how it is collected and reported is key to what we do as technology professionals. With the advent of Cloud Computing being able to take advantage of relational...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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