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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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    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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    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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    Azure Design Patterns

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    I have a lot of learning resources you can find here at my blog, but I wanted to point one out this morning. It's a Silverlight application called "Azure Design Patterns". You can find it at http://azuredesignpatterns.com/, and it's an interesting way...
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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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    Should All Data Be Encrypted By Default?

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    Recently several IT industry information outlets have reported that there has been a 10-year concentrated, organized effort on breaking through computer security at some of the largest companies in the world. Government sites have also been attacked in...
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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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    Book Review (Book 2) - Rhetoric by Aristotle

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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 July 2011 was Rhetoric, by Aristotle. You can read it here for free: http://ebooks...
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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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    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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    Should I learn Cloud Computing Next?

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    My previous role at Microsoft was in the SQL Server team. I spent quite a bit of time there, and had some really great experiences. I was able to travel and speak as well as doing my “regular” job in the programming team, so I got to meet a lot of people...
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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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    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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    Session Evaluations

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    I do a lot of public speaking. I write, teach, present and communicate at many levels. I love to do those things. And I love to get better at them. And one of the ways you get better at something is to get feedback on how you did. That being said,...
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    You Probably Already Have a “Private Cloud”

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    I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a fan of the word “Cloud”. It’s too marketing-oriented, gimmicky and non-specific. A better definition (in many cases) is “Distributed Computing”. That means that some or all of the computing functions are handled somewhere...
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    Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

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    I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently...
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    Hello Seattle….I’m Listening….. The Windows Azure Team Wants Your Feedback

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    That line ( well, the first part anyway ) is from the TV Show “Frasier”, set here in Seattle in the U.S. I’m putting on my studio headphones, leaning over the Internet and listening intently. The Windows Azure team wants to hear from you. And we’re happy...
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    Quote of the Day–On Determination versus Talent

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    A determined soul will do more with a rusty wrench than a talented loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop. - Robert Hughes
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    Cloud Computing and the Code-Based Infrastructure

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    In an on-premise system, most of us start fulfilling business computing requirements by making decisions around buy or build. If there is a software package that fills the need of the business, depending on the price of the software and other factors...
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    Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

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    I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course...
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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 Predestination

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    I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road. - Stephen Hawking
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    SQL Azure Use Case: Shared Storage Application

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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: 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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    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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