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  • Blog Post: Categorizing the Cloud Part 2: Where does my business fit?

    Last time we discussed various categorizations of the cloud and determined that there were three dimensions against which we could categorize a Cloud offering. Those dimensions are Service Model, Deployment Model and Isolation Model. Given that the cardinality of the dimensions is 3, 3, 2, we have 18...
  • Blog Post: Categorizing the Cloud …

    I’ve been thinking about the Cloud a lot lately.  I’ve also been talking to a lot of customers both large and small about Azure .  I’m getting some fairly consistent messages.  On the good side, most of my customers indicate that they are interested in the Cloud and what the Cloud can...
  • Blog Post: Good Azure sites …

    Check out AzureScope . It’s got some good best practices, benchmarks and some small code samples for developing on Azure . Also check out patterns & practices Windows Azure Guidance site and the WAAG - Part 1 - Release Candidate .
  • Blog Post: Azure Skittles Part 5

    Last time , we got our Worker Role pulling from our Queue. Now, let’s take a look at debugging and some of the scale-out options. Debugging You can add a breakpoint as normal in Visual Studio and see the Queue Messages build up in the database (a little bit since I don’t handle the timeouts). ...
  • Blog Post: Azure Skittles Part 4

    Last time , we got our worker role up and running. This time, we will feed him. WPF Application We will construct a quick driver application to feed items to our Web Role. In your WpfApplication1 project, add a Service Reference to our Web Role ( right-click on References->Add Service Reference...
  • Blog Post: Azure Skittles Part 3

    Last time , we got our service up and running. This time we will jump in and write some code. Web Role The job of our WCF Service is to grab requests from clients and put them on an Azure Queue. Start by modifying our contract (IService1.cs by default). I made mine pretty simple. For a non-skittles...
  • Blog Post: Azure Skittles Part 2

    Last time , we did all the setup work necessary to get our Azure Skittles project up and running. This time, we will jump into Visual Studio .NET and get our service up and running. Creating the Project In order to debug an Azure application locally, you must run VS2K10 with elevated privileges...
  • Blog Post: Azure Skittles Part 1

    This skittles game is a very simple walkthrough of creating and debugging a Windows Azure application locally on a Windows 7 development machine with Visual Studio 2010 . Here is the simple architecture I’m going to build … (Azure is RGB 0, 127, 255; all 2 n -1). We will have a WPF application...
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