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My name is David Lemphers, and I'm a Senior Program Manager on the Windows Azure team, based in Redmond, WA, United States. I'm originally from Australia, so make sure you drop me a line and say g'day mate!

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    What's with the "programming test"!?

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    I was having a chat to a mate of mine this morning, who had just returned from a job interview where they had asked him to conduct a programming test. I asked him what the test entailed, and what more importantly was the point of said test. His answer...
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    Go Elf Yourself!

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    Franky sent me this link! It's the best in the world! http://www.elfyourself.com/ This was mine: This was Frank (using that timeless airbrushed image ;)): Simply upload your picture, align it to your Elf body, and dance baby, DANCE!
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    Windows Azure - Sending SMTP Emails!

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    A question popped up today about sending emails from within the Windows Azure environment, specifically using SmtpClient . So, to cover off some basics: The Windows Azure environment itself does not currently provide a SMTP relay or mail relay service...
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    Demo text...Lorem Ipsum!

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    LOL, check this site out: http://www.lipsum.com/ It’s got all that sample text you see at demos etc., turns out it’s dummy text used by the printing and typesetting industry since back in the day! Love it!
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    Windows Azure and Web Services!

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    So I've had a couple of questions about hosting web services (SOAP style services in the form of *.aspx pages in a Web Role or *.svc files in the form of WCF services) in Windows Azure, specifically, how to get them to work? Now, as I've mentioned before...
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    Windows Cloud! What Would It Look Like!?

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    So with all the energy and activity going on in the cloud at the moment, I'm starting to see three key tiers emerging (in my pea brain anyway): 1. User Layer - The first touch into the cloud through web product. 2. Service Layer - Many specialized services...
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    Help get the Finalizer to Tech.Ed '05 Oz!!

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    This is the Finalizer: And I've been told by the power's that be ( Frank Arrigo should anyone require details) that if I can get: 100 Comments in support of the Finalizer @ Tech.Ed '05 Oz on this post, then the Finalizer will be there! ...
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    WCF, REST and URL Rewriting with Windows Azure!

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    So there is nothing I find nicer than a well formatted, REST based URL. Take for example: http://myhost/customer/2/orders As a way to retrieve all orders for customer number 2. There is also nothing I like more than WCF ! The flexibility to declaratively...
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    SQL Server 2005 and Database Diagrams!

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    So I’m creating a portal for my riding buddies so we can organise rides and communicate easily, and I’ve started getting back into App Dev with anger. The first hiccup has been with SQL Server 2005; specifically, the database diagram functionality...
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    Why you should get a degree in Computer Science or Software Engineering!

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    Well firstly, let’s cover off the obvious, because you will be the envy of your friends and also become more good looking. No, seriously! Anyhoo, why post such an article? I’m back on the train (jeez, the ole’ VLine is definitely...
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    OMG! Bill you're like animal!

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    G$ sent me this article about the DoS attack on the IT Screen Goddess calendar website, and I couldn’t help but look through the feedback , which had some really good points. One of them linked to a post on Monkey Methods (the post takes a while...
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    Breaker Breaker...this is Party Pooper!

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    Yil brought home a Family Guy special episode the other night, and I couldn't but help watch my favorite Stewie sections for like the 50th time tonight, and I picked up on this funny scene when Stewie and Brian are about to take Quagmires Winnebago to...
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    Low rider drives a little slower!

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    Due to the popularity of the city based events that we've been running in Melbourne @ lunch times, I've decided to invest some of our travel and entertainment budget in some new wheels. Now, because parking is so expensive in the city, I've had...
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    Office Development Lifecycle!

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    I'm listening to the latest installment of the Microsoft Developer Show on TPN , and this week Nick spoke with Coatesy and Paul Stubbs about developing applications that integrate with Office. What's really interesting about the conversation the guys...
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    Windows Azure Logs!

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    So I've been playing around with the logging capabilities in Windows Azure, and have some thoughts to get down. Firstly, Windows Azure provide provides an object called the RoleManager as part of its Runtime API . With the RoleManager, you can WriteToLog...
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    Windows Azure - What Happens in the Data Center?

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    So I've been wading through internal documents, watching PDC sessions, and having 1:1's with the team, all in an attempt to get my head around Windows Azure . There's a lot of moving parts, and a lot of complexity as you'd expect, but it also makes a...
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    8 Little Known Things About Me...

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    Cat and Andrew have tagged me as part of the chain meme going around, so here are 8 little known things about moi. But first: The background/rules:- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged need to write...
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    Total eclipse of the heart

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    I've been busy these last few months, having a sticky beak at a few J2 bits. Not for any particular reason, I just think there are some great Java technologies, such as Eclipse, JBoss, and JNote :) But this really blew me away...I was checking out the...
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    Cobol.NET!!!! Woot!

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    I was having a dig around some technical material the other day, and I came across a CD that discusses a technology called Cobol.NET!!! My first reaction was a short fit as I thought about my days in Uni doing Introduction to Cobol. But the more I looked...
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    I Got A New Job!

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    In keeping with my intense desire to constantly improve my top line, I've accepted a new job! I'll be taking on the role of Chief Weapons Controller at SkyVault , where my colleague Crystal and I will dispatch systems to our team of Centurions as they...
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    Marketing Pics...Where Do They Get This Stuff!?

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    I got this email about an internal update for Office 2007 , so I went to the site to download/install it, and they have this picture on the front page: Now I'm working in Franky's office today, and so I looked at him, I looked at me, and thought, we don...
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    Windows Azure: Settings Are Settings Are Settings..? Maybe Not!

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    So I’m back from Oz and have been tinkering with a small worker role app that grabs my Twitter feed and aggregates how many posts my friends have been doing as a scoreboard (I’ll post that tomorrow). One of the design decisions I’ve had to make has been...
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    BeatBox Mixer...Oh Yeah!!

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    Yil sent me this link to Verizon BeatBox Mixer !! It is definitely the bomb! Pretty much, you select your BeatBox crew, and get bizzy! You can save and share your mixes... great idea Verizon!
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    What's better than being an MVP?.. An MVP Nominator!

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    I received a really nice surprise this morning in my pigeon hole, a certificate of recognition for nominating MVP’s! Now, I was an MVP (as I always tell people, it was only for a couple of days, but they were special) so I know how important the...
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    Windows Azure - Accessing the Request.Url Property!

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    So I've blogged previously about a known issue regarding port translation/mapping in Windows Azure , and today (well, today and a few weeks ago) I came across an interesting side effect of this issue when accessing the Request.Url property within a Windows...
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