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  • Blog Post: Virtual Memory and Performance

    There’s an interesting article about performance of server apps in the July 2010 Communications of the ACM somewhat provocatively titled “You’re Doing It Wrong”. In it, Poul-Henning Kamp, the architect of an HTTP cache called Varnish , describes the “ah ha!” moment...
  • Blog Post: Using Custom Performance Counters with Windows Azure Services

    Windows makes available a wide variety of performance counters which of course are available to your Azure roles and can be accessed using the Azure Diagnostics APIs as I described in my recent MSDN article on Windows Azure Diagnostics . However, it can be useful to create custom performance counters...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Panel Discussion Q&A

    I am at the Azure Firestarter event in Redmond today which just finished with a panel discussion and Q&A.  Here are my notes. Q: For Dallas, do I need to use C# to access the data? A: No - it's pretty easy to use C# classes but Dallas exposes an OData feed so you need a language that can access...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Apps to Windows Azure

    I am at the Azure Firestarter event in Redmond today and just heard Mark Kottke talk about his experiences as an app development consultant with Microsoft on migrating existing customer apps to Azure.  Here are my notes; slides and sample code are to be posted later and I will update the post with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SQL Notes

    I am at the Azure Firestarter event in Redmond today and just heard David Robinson from the SQL team give an overview of SQL Server for Azure.  Here are my notes; slides and sample code are to be posted later and I will update the post with them when they are. SQL Azure - David Robinson Goal is...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Developer Overview - Notes

    I am at the Azure Firestarter event in Redmond today and just heard Steve Marx give a lap around the platform.  Here are my notes; slides and sample code are to be posted later and I will update the post with them when they are. Idea behind Azure platform - we no longer think about transistors and...
  • Blog Post: A PowerShell Cmdlet for Managing Windows Azure Diagnostics

    I decided to write a PowerShell cmdlet to manage Windows Azure diagnostics.  This cmdlet will let you retrieve and delete log information in the Azure cloud for your service; right now there isn’t any easy way to do this. I started out by writing a simple spec for my tool; you can see it here . ...
  • Blog Post: ASP Forms Authentication in myFerry

    As a previous post mentioned, I’ve added the AspProviders Azure sample to the myFerry app to provide for login and profile storage. It works to allow me to login and retrieve and save profile information.  But there is – of course – a problem.  We developers live for these sorts of squirrelly...
  • Blog Post: Don’t Assume

    Just fixed a bug where a query being issued from my service to Azure table storage was returning no rows.  I have Cerbrata’s most excellent Cloud Storage Studio running in another window and when I issued the query in that window, it returned 14 rows.  Why isn’t my app working? After poking...
  • Blog Post: Updates to my Azure Ferry App

    I’ve been working on getting my ferry times app running and have recently been motivated to step it up.  I’m submitting the app to a contest that Microsoft is running for partners to encourage developing Windows Azure apps.  Here a few random things I’ve learned while I’ve been tuning up the...
  • Blog Post: Azure Service: Moving Storage from Development (local) to the Cloud

    As part of the process of moving my Azure test service from running entirely locally (on what's called "Development Fabric" and "Development Storage", i.e. for development on your local machine) to the Cloud, I followed the steps on MSDN which suggest moving to the Cloud in two steps: Run your...
  • Blog Post: MVC and CSS

    I've spent some time trying to figure out why my simple MVC site (built on Azure) isn't rendering correctly on my development machine, and of course tracked it down to the CSS file not loading. I spent time playing around with paths, etc., but finally found a simple solution: You have to enable "Static...
  • Blog Post: Simple Azure Service Experience

    I started a couple of days ago working on my first Azure service and have learned a lot. It's a cliche, but there is a ton of good information on the web on this. One of the challenges is wading through it all and piecing together the great information in one blog (but which leaves out a key part) and...
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