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  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Load Testing – Part 2

    Guest Post by Ahmed Al-Asaad In the previous blog post, I showed how easy it is to initiate a load test from Azure by just providing a URL of the web page you want to load test, specify the number of users and the duration. This is great for websites where requests are GET requests or you are not...
  • Blog Post: Using Python with Azure

    Guest Post by Gerald Britton Welcome to our weekly MVP series where we discuss some of the most useful solutions, tips & tricks and how to’s on integrating OSS & Microsoft technologies. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate and drop us a comment below or reach out to...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Unity WebGL games on Azure

    Recent updates to the Unity engine have brought some significant advancements in WebGL deployment. In this video, I show how easy it can be to get your game up and running in minutes with Azure. During the process, we also cover a fix for a very common error developers are facing when deploying their...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #2. How to publish your first site using BlogEngine.NET

    Open the Azure management portal, by going to https://portal.azure.com . Sign in with your DreamSpark/Azure account. You will see the following page: The Azure management portal gives you access to all the web sites that you have created and browse all available resources. But since we just...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #1. How to create your free student DreamSpark Azure account

    Before we start coding we need to prepare everything so we can create and publish our web site to Microsoft Azure. Wondering what is Microsoft Azure? You already know how to visit web sites using a browser. In general, a web site is made up of a set of pages/documents which contain instructions that...
  • Blog Post: Web Development starts here! - 8 tutorials for Elementary and High schools students

    Lego robots, Scratch, Microsoft Kodu – all these tools help kids to take their first steps in software development. Now we can add Microsoft Azure to the list and it’s available to all kids for free . Using Azure your children can create web sites quickly and share their web sites with friends...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #6. Other templates and next steps

    In the previous tutorials we learned how to use Azure to create at web site without any coding. Now, you have a website you can show to your friends. In the next tutorial you will learn how to create a new web site from scratch! But, for now let’s look at a few other tools you can try in Azure...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #5. How to back up your data

    Thanks to Microsoft Azure your blog will be available all the time and in theory you should not lose any data but.. what if you accidentally delete one of your posts, or somebody hacks your password and deletes all the information in your blog. It’s a good idea to have a copy of your data so that...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #4. How to publish new pages and posts

    Okay, you’ve created your website, set up the look and feel now it’s time to add some great content! You put content on your web page by adding posts. You can publish posts on just about anything that interest you. It’s more fun if it’s something you love. For example, you...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial #3. How to configure the site and add some components from Web

    In this tutorial you will learn how to setup your BlogEngine.NET blog Go to the website you created in the previous tutorial. Log in using admin as a login and the password you set up in the previous tutorial. Once you have logged into your site in administrative mode you can start editing lots...
  • Blog Post: Azure Cloud Load Testing Made Easy

    Guest Post by Ahmed Al-Asaad Load testing is a very import milestone in your development lifecycle that is usually ignored. Load testing allows you to discover how your system behaves while x number of users are using your application. It may uncover performance issues and hence you can optimize the...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft OSS

    Welcome to our weekly MVP series where we discuss some of the most useful solutions, tips & tricks and how to’s on integrating OSS & Microsoft technologies. In case you have any questions, don’t hesitate and drop us a comment below or reach out to us via Twitter and Facebook! Enjoy! It's an exciting...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Config & Consumer Pattern

    Configuration In this video I quickly go through how I set up configuration for the projects that I work on. I go through the reasons why I have come to only using configuration when the value needs to change depending on environment. Queue: Competing Consumers Pattern The competing consumer...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Deployment & MQC

    Deployment Cadence During my last start-up our team started extremely lean. We utilized Azure Web Apps and wanted to build our site fast, and respond to user feedback in near real-time. By using Git (GitHub) as our deployment mechanism and Web Apps, 2 of us were able to push upwards of 220 builds...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Entropy & Precision Scheduling

    Cloud: High Entropy Systems A mad dash through computer history, and onto why high entropy systems work well in cloud environments. I outline a few reasons why entropy is important and summarize why as an industry are looking at breaking down systems into small pieces, such as the introduction of...
  • Blog Post: How to use Visual Studio Online to Streamline Your Application Development with Agile Methodology

    Have you ever worked on a personal project with some cool people you met in class and then 6 months later you ended up with a half-boiled mess of a codebase and feature-set that was nigh unusable? More than likely, what your project was missing was direction. In a project with no form of work tracking...
  • Blog Post: How to Incorporate Application Insights into a JavaScript Web App

    Have you ever wondered why your site is painstakingly slow? Of course you have. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see why exactly it’s being sluggish with the glance of an eye? Using Application Insights, you can diagnose where your site is hanging. Additionally, you can track custom user events on your...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Data & Secrets

    Data Platform Choices Understanding what options you have to store your data is critical. At a high level this video tries to simplify and layout of Data Systems SQL databases Object data stores (NoSQL) Table data stores (NoSQL) Binary data stores (NoSQL) My Scalability...
  • Blog Post: How to create a MySQL Database on Azure

    This post shows you how to create a ClearDB MySQL Database on Azure and how to create a table in the database using the My SQL Workbench client tool. Students get free Azure benefits through DreamSpark , one of those benefits is a MySQL Database. This post will cover: Pre-requisites Creating your MySQL...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Projects & Advanced Dequeuing

    General Project Layout My general thoughts that guide me in deciding which services to use and also how to structure the code projects to add the most value to the project. PaaS over IaaS Projects layout & SDK's Dequeue Dynamics A deeper look into dequeuing; this wraps...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Data Processing

    Image Processing This video should help you realize simple but powerful techniques in getting images to cloud backed storage, and processing them for common views. Upload strategy Queue for background processing Enable CDN for low latency For more information check out his Open...
  • Blog Post: Azure Mobile Services with Node

    Guest Post by Guy Barrette Here’s an interesting scenario: you're using Azure Mobile Services with a Node backend and you use version 1.0 of Package A. You then install Package B that has a dependency on a newer version of Package A. Package A is now updated to version 2.0 but your code...
  • Blog Post: Flying in the Dark? Add Instrumentation

    So… Windows 10 has been out for a while now. Have you noticed an uptick in downloads? Where are your downloads coming from and from whom? In this blog I often lament about my own shortcomings and then, hopefully, fill in what I did to overcome them with the intent that others might also benefit...
  • Blog Post: How to Steal the Microsoft API Prize at Hack the North

    It’s dangerous to go alone, take this all-in-one guide to winning our hackathon API prize! Follow and reach out to Mansib ( @gaessaki ) on Twitter for more insights on how students are taking over the world, how the cloud is taking over the universe and to learn about Azure powered toaster drones. If...
  • Blog Post: On a Cloud: Queue Batches

    Queue: Batch Sizes Building up on the queue fundamentals, in this video I cover the important of using batches of messages when you are trying to optimize for messaging throughput. Enabling high-throughput messaging systems Concerns to think about during design Queue: Dynamic...
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