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    Cloud Computing and the Importance of Code Diagrams

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    Most mature development shops use various code diagrams to give a symbolic representation of high-level and database code structures. Standards such as Business Process Model Notation (BPMN), Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERD) and the Unified Modeling...
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    Quote of the Day: On Where to Make Your Decisions

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    A page of history is worth a volume of logic. - Oliver Wendell Holmes
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    Quote of the Day: You are a reflection of your opinions

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    People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    Windows Azure Use Case: Fast Acquisitions

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    SQL Azure Use Case: Department Application Data Store

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    Quote of the Day - On Communication

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    The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said. - Peter Drucker
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    SQL U - Cloud Computing - Class 1

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    Class Description: This Cloud Computing course at SQL University explains the Distributed Computing paradigms used by major vendors, and covers information useful to the data professional for implementing proper architecture designs. Pre-Requisites:               ...
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    SQL U Class 2 – Use Cases

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      Class Description: This Cloud Computing course at SQL University explains the Distributed Computing paradigms used by major vendors, and covers information useful to the data professional for implementing proper architecture designs. Pre-Requisites...
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    SQL U Class 3 – Objections to Cloud Computing

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    Class Description: This Cloud Computing course at SQL University explains the Distributed Computing paradigms used by major vendors, and covers information useful to the data professional for implementing proper architecture designs. Pre-Requisites:               ...
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    SQL Azure Use Case: Shared Data Hub

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    Quote of the Day: On the Speed of Life

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    The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. - Harry Emerson Fosdick
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    Quote of the Day: On learning from history

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    More and more I see those who have not learned from history. From the highest politicians in the land to the schoolchildren we’re raising, in most cases, they don’t even study history. And we do so at our own peril. One of my favorite quotes on this topics...
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    SQL Azure Use Case: Web-based Applications

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    This is one in a series of posts on when and where to use a distributed architecture design in your organization's computing needs. You can find the main post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/buckwoody/archive/2011/01/18/windows-azure-and-sql-azure-use-cases...
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    Windows Azure Security Review

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    Current as of 08/01/2011 - Check the Resources listed below for more up-to-date information on this topic Background: Security for any computing platform involves three primary areas: Principals (users or programmatic access to an asset or other program...
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    Windows Azure Storage - Creating a Hierarchy View

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    When you declare and use storage in Windows Azure - specifically in a BLOB object - it’s just a grouping of storage. There are two types of BLOBs - Page and Block. To use storage, you need a storage account, which hold Containers, and then you put...
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    The Conundrum of Cloud Computing Evidence

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    “Who is using Windows Azure? How are they doing it?” I get asked this all the time as I speak to our clients when we mention Windows or SQL Azure as a possible solutions to an architectural problem the company has. I completely understand the question...
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    Using the @ in SQL Azure Connections

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    The other day I was working with a client on an application they were changing to a hybrid architecture – some data on-premise and other data in SQL Azure and Windows Azure Blob storage. I had them make a couple of corrections - the first was that...
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    Book Review (Book 1) - Programming Windows Azure by Siriram Krishnan

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    As part of my professional development, I’ve created a list of books to read throughout the year, starting in June of 2011. This a review of the first one, called Programming Windows Azure by Siriram Krishnan . You can find my entire list of books...
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    Creating a Distributed Computing System Using a Windows Azure Queue

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    The Windows Azure Queue component, like all Windows Azure components (Roles, Storage, App Fabric, SQL Azure) can be used by itself or with other Windows Azure components. That’s why I refer to Windows Azure as “Distributed Computing” rather than “cloud...
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    How I Prepare For Presentations, And My Speaking Schedule For This Quarter

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    I do a little speaking here and there and I’ve been asked about the method I use to get ready for a talk. I thought I might share the method I use, although as you read through this remember that not everyone has the same style, processes and procedures...
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    Demand Capacity Real World Example on Windows Azure

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    I recently had a fascinating conversation with CoreConnex, a company that has a Financial Analysis dashboard called Corelytics. Corelytics is an Azure based SaaS product with about 1,000 customers supported in 11 countries. Last week Corelytics was announced...
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    Book Review (Book 3) - Favorite Folktales from Around the World

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    This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career - one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here . The book I chose for August 2011 was: Favorite Folktales from Around the World, by Jane Yolen . Why I chose...
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    Plan for Diagnostics in Cloud Computing From the Git-Go

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    “Git-Go” is something we say in the South that means “right at the start”. I’ve seen several applications for on-premise systems that don’t have much in the way of diagnostics - the developers rely on a debugger, the event logs on the server and client...
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    Rip and Replace or Extend and Embrace?

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    As most of you know, I don’t like the term “cloud” very much. It isn’t defined, which means it can be anything. I prefer “distributed computing”, which is more technically accurate and describes what you’re doing...
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    Query SQL Azure and On-Premise Data in One Codeset

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    I was asked recently how to query SQL Azure along with an on-premise data source. There are actually lots of ways to do this, but a quick and simple method is to use LINQ - or Language Integrated Query. There are always pro's and con's for any data access...
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