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About aWorkBlogByGus

My name is Gus Perez and I'm a Principal Development Manager at Microsoft on the Cloud Tools team. We're responsible for the Windows Azure Tools and the Live Framework Tools as well as some other stuff. Prior to this project, I've worked on J++, C++, the first three versions of C#, and DTG. This blog is mostly work related topics (hence the wildly creative and witty name) while my personal blog covers everything else. I can also be found on Twitter from time to time here.

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    The BPT team is hiring...

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    If you want to make a difference to a lot of people—users and developers alike—working on a product with many millions of users is a great place to start. The Browser Programmability and Tools team is building a new, faster, more scalable...
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    Windows Azure Tools and Live Framework Tools Refreshed

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    We’ve just refreshed the MIX releases of the Windows Azure Tools and the Live Framework Tools . The updated versions address an issue that would cause Visual Studio to close unexpectedly if run on specific language editions of Windows (e.g., German)....
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    Just updated my Windows Azure Links page

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    I've just posted an updated set of Windows Azure resources I've come across over time. While some of these sites are just getting started (and therefore don't have much content), I figured I'd include them since they seem to be targeting the Windows Azure...
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    Silverlight Debugging in Windows Azure Web Roles

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    In the latest release of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio , one of the new things you'll find is that we've added support for Silverlight debugging (i.e., hitting breakpoints in your Silverlight code). I originally posted some quick steps but...
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    Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools Updated - Jan 2009 CTP

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    We've just released the latest version of the Windows Azure SDK and the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio . For the most part, we've concentrated on making things more robust, improving performance, and fixed plenty of bugs. The areas...
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    Created a Windows Azure Links page

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    After yesterday's post, I've decided to create a single page that I'll update whenever I get a chance with links to sites that are focusing on Windows Azure. It includes both Microsoft and Community sites. Here's a link to it and I'll be adding it to...
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    Azure community off to a great start...

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    While we're busy planning and working on the next release of the tools it seems a vibrant community has begun to rise around Windows Azure and other related services. It's been really fun to watch this happen as quickly as it has and with great quality...
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    Install blocked on Visual Studio SP1?

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    The Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio runs on top of either Visual Studio 2008 Standard (or above) or Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition. However, it requires the SP1 version of these and the installer will block if either of these...
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    User name with spaces?

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    Turns out there's a bug in the October CTP of the Windows Azure SDK having to do with user names that contain spaces. It looks like the right folks are on it at this point and it will hopefully get addressed in our next release (still figuring out our...
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    F# Worker Role type available now too!

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    I'm not quite sure anymore who was first (doesn't really matter anyway) but I just noticed Luke from the F# team recently posted an MSI that will install an F# Worker Role template that will work against our CTP bits. You can find Luke's post with the...
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    Windows Azure enabled Windows Live Tools CTP is now available

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    Check out the first release to extend to our set of "Role" projects one can use for developing Windows Azure services. Vikas , a PM on the Windows Live Developer Platform team, just posted the details on their latest release. It includes instructions...
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    Windows 7 Support

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    Yesterday I spoke to two folks trying to get the Windows Azure SDK and our tools working on Windows 7. Unfortunately, we've found that there's something around the time when you try to run your Azure service locally that fails. The right folks are looking...
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    Danny introduces the other side of our team...

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    Our team, the Cloud Computing Tools team , is responsible for the bits I've been talking about so far but our team is also responsible for delivering the Live Framework Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio. Here's a link to his post and be sure to check...
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    Windows Azure Gallery

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    Steve Marx has shared out a link to the Windows Azure Gallery . If you've got a cool app that you want to share and already received a token (i.e., you can deploy your app), feel free to submit it to the Gallery.
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    PDC 2008 Hands On Labs are now available

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    Jim, our team's PM, points to the Hands On Lab walkthroughs folks have been getting through at the PDC. Here's a link to the details. If you didn't get a chance to do it at the PDC (either because you saw the lines and didn't have the time or you're not...
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    Video streams of PDC sessions on Windows Azure

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    If you weren't able to attend the PDC or did but missed any of these keynotes/sessions, the video streams for some are already up and actually really good quality (go Silverlight!). I'll update the links as they come on live but for now feel free to check...
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    Our DevCenter is now up...

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    The Cloud Computing Tools DevCenter is now up here. You can check it out here . As always, any comments/feedback are welcome.
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    Windows Azure. A big day for us.

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    Today was a great day for those of us working on the project . I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be in attendance at the PDC to watch our bits in action in several of the sessions (including the first demo of the keynote today) but also to get a...
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    Blog Redux

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    My last post was well over a year ago. Since then, after shipping VS 2008, I moved to a small new team working on some bits that will be announced and made available next week at the PDC. Good times indeed. Pretty sure that also means this blog will start...
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    It's been a while, eh?

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    Wow, it's been about a year and a half since I posted on this blog and I've recently been pinged a few times by folks wondering what I've been up to so I figured it was worth checking in. About a month or so after my previous post (soon after shipping...
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    Another C# team member blogs...

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    Vijay has started blogging . Note that he's had a blog for a while now (Jan 2004) but he's now actually adding entries. :) Head over to his blog and read up on some of his great work and background testing Whidbey's C# Edit-N-Continue feature. Good stuff...
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    New Snippy is out. Finally.

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    You can get the latest version of Snippy from GotDotNet . There is a beta 2 version as well as one based on the latest RTM RC so most people should be covered.
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    New version of Snippy coming...

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    Turns out Snippy has had a growing set of users over time which have been emailing me quite a bit recently inquiring about future updates. I haven't been able to work on it for a while but I have now found it a new home. Some of the good folks on the...
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    Introducing Hovervue...

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    Got a chance to code some today and I finally got around to getting Hovervue all packaged up and usable by anyone who's interested. You can get the full scoop on my personal blog . You can also see screenshots here which are pretty self-explanatory as...
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    Nullable DCR

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    Lots happened with Nullable pretty late in the game and it sure was a big effort by a bunch of people across several teams to make it happen. Check out Soma's post about the Nullable DCR and get a quick summary of how things are changing...
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