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  • Blog Post: Whitepaper: Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services

    I just hade some time to browse through and read portions of a new whitepaper that was released and titled: Best Practices for the Design of Large-Scale Services on Windows Azure Cloud Services . It is an amazing overview of core concepts around Windows Azure, followed by best practices that were derived...
  • Blog Post: Database Sharding in the Cloud: SQL Azure Federations

    I just had some time on my hands to try out the new Windows Azure feature called SQL Azure Federations. While it is not fully obvious from the name, SQL Azure Federation basically enables building elastic and scalable database tiers. Your application can now scale beyond a single SQL Azure database and...
  • Blog Post: Live Now: Enterprise Library 5.0 Integration Pack for Windows Azure

    A new version of Enterprise Library has been released by the Patterns & Practices team @ Microsoft. This library has been extended with an Integration Pack that focuses specifically on the development patterns and architectural guidance of the applications running on Windows Azure. So what is in...
  • Blog Post: P&P: Windows Azure Auto-Scaling Block (Preview)

    Patterns & Practices team is working hard to enhance the Enterprise Library with new functionality. The version Enterprise Library 5.0 will include also guidance on how to auto-scale Windows Azure applications , which really optimizes the dynamic allocation of cloud resources. The beta preview of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles

    Released less then a month ago, I believe this accelerator really makes it easy to deploy multiple web sites across your Windows Azure Web Role instances… Get details here , short description follows: “The Windows Azure Accelerator for Web Roles makes it quick and easy for you to deploy one or more websites...
  • Blog Post: Building Composite Applications with Windows Azure AppFabric

    I recently reviewed a great blog post on the topic of Composite Applications on top of the Windows Azure Platform . It explains briefly the concepts around the Composition Model , based on .NET Framework, that enables to define the components of your Windows Azure application along with their characteristics...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 is Live!

    This might be interesting for all the architects that want to do things structurally. Microsoft Enterprise Library 5.0 is ready to download , basic description goes like this: “Enterprise Library is a collection of reusable software components (application blocks) designed to assist software developers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition

    I just had the time to quickly review the 2nd Edition of Microsoft Application Architecture Guide . It was published already back in Oct’09 and it thoroughly describes all key aspects of the Application Architecture on Microsoft Platform. Available freely on-line or via Amazon , Barnes & Noble or...
  • Blog Post: New Web Application Toolkits Available!

    Web Application Toolkits help ASP.NET web developers quickly complete common tasks.  Each Web Application Toolkit download contains reusable assets - i.e. controls, class libraries, endpoints etc. and a sample application that shows how to use them. So far the following Toolkits were available:...
  • Blog Post: Gartner: Maturity of AJAX Technologies and RIA platforms

    In case your next investment or product will include inter-/intranet facing components (which app today doesn't ;)), it is interesting to check out the latest Gartner report on the evolution of AJAX Technologies and RIA Platforms. Good Read! The Report: MarketScope for Ajax Technologies and Rich Internet...
  • Blog Post: By 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets …

    Gartner recently posted a list of predictions for IT organizations and users in 2010 and beyond … Some things on the list are really interesting as the statement that “20% of businesses will not own any IT assets”, which basically means that the future looks really “cloudy” indeed ;)!
  • Blog Post: Microsoft .NET Services November CTP Release

    Hey, news about .NET Services November CTP are available at the team’s blog . They have outlined the launch functionality available @PDC in 2 weeks time: Access Control Service Feature-Complete Capabilities The Access Control Service provides an easy way to control access to REST web services and Service...
  • Blog Post: Oslo and the Data Programmability stack

    Read this interesting post by Doug Purdy describing the direction Oslo is taking. Basically the Data Programmability team is merging with the Oslo team in Microsoft, so we can expect a tighter alignment of the M with EF/EDM, which in my opinion makes sense at the end. Anyway PDC will reveal a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Team System for Oracle Developers

    TeamFuze ( www.teamfuze.net ) is working on a Visual Studio Team System 2010 add-in that will bring database manipulation and versioning capabilities for Oracle databases into the Visual Studio environment, of course, by leveraging Team Foundation Server. This is basically an add-in that enriches functionalities...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC V2 Preview 1 Released

    The ASP.NET team has released a first public preview of the ASP.NET MVC Version 2 and it can be downloaded here . For the quick overview of the new features including Areas Support DataAnnotation Validation Support jQuery Validation Plugin (coming later) Strongly Typed UI Helpers UI Templating Support...
  • Blog Post: SDL Process Template for Visual Studio Team System available

    I just came across the following process template for Visual Studio Team System that can include Security Development Lifecycle features into your VSTS project. It is a great template that really helps you integrate security concerns and checks into all of the stages of the development lifecycle and...
  • Blog Post: Geneva Beta 2 and Identity Developer Training Kit

    I just found out that Beta 2 release of the “Geneva” products (Geneva Framework, Server and Windows CardSpace) are available for download here . You can read a quick overview of what Geneva is all about on the Forefront Team Blog . For those who would like to try out Geneva functionality in your applications...
  • Blog Post: SOAP vs REST: a must read by David Chappell

    If you are wondering which type of communication to use with your services in the future I would definitely recommend this blog post by David Chappell (go and read the PDF file). He basically tries to compare two ways of exposing services: via SOAP or REST-fully and he comes to some interesting conclusions...
  • Blog Post: Application Architecture Guide Cheat Sheets

    I was just revisiting Application Architecture Guide on CodePlex and found Technology Cheat Sheets (look under Appendix) excellent reference when deciding about which technology to use in a certain part of your application. So go check the details about pros and cons of a certain approach under these...
  • Blog Post: MGrammar, Oslo and YACC …

    I just got to play around with Microsoft Oslo which is basically a modeling platform (or set of technical investments as officially described) and is currently available as a CTP download . Part of the platform is also a so-called “M language” that helps you write you own modeling constructs that can...
  • Blog Post: SOA is Dead; Long live Services

    There is an interesting post on the Burton Group blog talking about the SOA buzzword and the end of it's era... I can say that I can agree with lots of things written in the post, so check it out for yourself as well.
  • Blog Post: Distributed Cache and Microsoft Project Velocity

    One of my favorite topics with software architecture and development is definitely storage of data in distributed applications. If you basically look at the fact that data in distributed apps is usually stored in all layers in all sorts of different ways, you soon end up thinking about a way on how to...
  • Blog Post: Biztalk 2009 Public Beta available

    I have just had time to catch up on some news around Biztalk Server and implementation of Enterprise Service Bus. If you are really keen on getting up-to-speed with the latest release of Biztalk Server 2009, you can access a public Beta through Microsoft Connect Site . What is new in BizTalk Server 2009...
  • Blog Post: Debugging the Cloud

    A couple of days ago I started playing around with Azure applications and tried to review the whole process of developing applications in the Cloud. First thing that I have noticed is that the Cloud brings additional complexity to our development and especially testing part of the whole app lifecycle...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's road from Zermatt to Geneva @ PDC

    I was attending a great session about (newly codenamed) Geneva platform and services. Basically it is the evolution of the so called Zermatt project you might have read about in the past. The new Geneva stuff totally blew my mind away... Imagine that you actually don't have to worry about user identities...
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