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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Dev Camps – Spring 2012 Series – 5/24, 30, & 31

    Our next round of Windows Azure developer events on the US east coast is happening later this month!  Last fall, Brian, Jim, and I brought the Windows Azure Dev Camp series to 5 locations in the east .  Now, we’re bringing the Azure Dev Camps to three more locations:  Atlanta, New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: Node.js on Windows & Windows Azure at Node.Philly

    On April 23rd, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking at the first Node.Philly event in Philadelphia.  It was a fantastic event and I enjoyed meeting lots of folks who are excited about Node and building solutions with it today!  While this was a one time event, I got the feeling that evening...
  • Blog Post: Rock Paper Azure Challenge - Spring Fling Winners: Weeks 1 & 2

    In April, I announced the the Rock Paper Azure Challenge was back with a new Spring Fling round with winners every Friday through June 15, 2012.  I’m a little late in getting this information posted, but wanted to share the winners for weeks 1 & 2.  Congratulations to the top 3 bots from...
  • Blog Post: 30 to Launch Azure Challenge Events in NYC and Philadelphia

    My colleagues on the Microsoft Startup Evangelism team are throwing a Windows Azure App Challenge in both NYC and Philly during the month of May. I’ll be doing the “NJ Turnpike shuffle” to help out in both cities. Join us over 3 weeks to build your Azure app! If you are looking to...
  • Blog Post: Wade Wegner on Managing Concurrency with Multiple Instances: May 2nd, 2012 @ the NJ Windows Azure User Group

    Last month, the NJ Windows Azure User Group had a great presentation from Jim Priestley on migrating a real world e-commerce site to Azure.  Jim shared his experiences and lessons learned migrating PLCCenter.com to the cloud.  There was a lot of insight regarding performance of SQL Azure and...
  • Blog Post: Top 7 Concerns of Migrating an ASP.NET Application to Windows Azure

    This post is part of a series called “ Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer ” written by Rachel Appel , Adam Hoffman , and Peter Laudati . You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US DPE Azure Connection site. In the previous post of this series , I covered how...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: Async Patterns For The Cloud

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/12/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fifth screencast in the @home series: Async Patterns In The Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March 15, we hosted...
  • Blog Post: Andrew Brust is now Big On Data

    Yesterday, I posted about Visual Studio Live! and the new discount offer available from Andrew Brust .  Today, I wanted to let folks know about one of Andrew’s newest adventures.  Many folks here in the New York metro area know Andrew Brust as the co-leader of the NYC .NET Developers Group...
  • Blog Post: New: Windows Azure Trust Center

    A couple of new Windows Azure announcement were made today.  As my colleague Bruce Kyle covered earlier, the Windows Azure team announced the availability of two new datacenters in the US:  East US & West US.  For what I assume are security purposes, the exact location of these data...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure Webcast: – Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud - 4/5/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 4/5/2012) at noon ET (9am PT) we have our fourth screencast in the @home series: Debugging and Troubleshooting in the Cloud ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Saturday: April 21, 2012 @ Iselin, NJ

    I’m happy to announce that on Saturday April 21, 2012, the New Jersey SQL Server user group will be hosting a “SQL Azure Saturday” event!  This will be a FREE full-day event on SQL Azure & data in the cloud related topics.  The event is something that I have been working with the group...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure: Webcast – Diving into Azure Storage Options–3/29/2012 12:00pm EDT

    Tomorrow (Thursday, 3/29/2012) at noon ET or 9am PT, we have our third screencast in the @home series: Diving into Windows Azure Storage Options ! During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project. On March...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure: How Do I Get Started On My Developer Workstation?

    This post is part of a series called “ Windows Azure for the ASP.NET Developer ” written by Rachel Appel , Adam Hoffman , and Peter Laudati . You can see the complete list of posts in the series at the US Cloud Connection site. Whether you’re looking to build a new ASP.NET application...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure + Node.js => anode : An Experiment

    I just saw a pretty cool video posted up on Channel 9. Elad Ben-Israel and Saar Yahalom from Microsoft Israel have been cooking up an interesting experiment in their development lair.  They have built an experimental platform for rapidly prototyping web apps on Windows Azure using node.js. They...
  • Blog Post: @home with Windows Azure : Can I Deploy Multiple Instances?

    During the first week of March 2012, my teammates Brian Hitney , Jim O’Neil , and I announced the re-launch of the @home with Windows Azure project.  On March 15, we hosted a kick-off webcast providing an overview of the project.  I wanted to use this post to more widely answer a FAQ we have...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8

    Back when Windows 8 was announced at the //build conference in September 2011 , the Windows Azure team released a Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 to make it easy for developers to create Windows Metro Style applications that can harness the power of Windows Azure.  Earlier this week, they announced...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure FAQ #145: What Size VM Should I Go With?

    A fresh new entry was recently placed into the treasure trove of “buried” Windows Azure content .  This one is certainly a frequently asked question I get when talking to folks about hosting their applications in Windows Azure’s compute service.  Check out: Real World: Considerations When Choosing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Service Disruption on February 29, 2012: Post-Mortem

    On February 29th, Windows Azure experienced a service disruption that impacted the Service Management interface and some customers of the Windows Azure Compute service. The issues were triaged and resolved by the early morning of March 1st.  At that time, Bill Laing, the Corporate VP of Server &...
  • Blog Post: Less Lincolns: Windows Azure Extra Small VM Now Only $0.02/hour!

    Less than a month after significant price drops were announced for SQL Azure , yesterday the Windows Azure team lowered prices on compute & storage !  The price of hosting an application in an extra-small VM has dropped 50% from four Lincolns an hour to two!  Translation: the starting cost...
  • Blog Post: Learn The Cloud, Make A Difference, @home with Windows Azure

    I’m excited to announce that the project I’ve been working on with my teammates Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil the past month or so has just launched!  It is technically a “re-launch”, but everything old is new again.  Check out “@home with Windows Azure” .  It is an online activity you can...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with SQL Azure: Resources

    Earlier this month, SQL Azure prices were drastically reduced , and a new 100mb for $5 bucks a month pricing level was introduced. This news has certainly gotten some folks looking at SQL Azure for the first time.  I thought I’d share some resources to help you get started with SQL Azure. Unlike...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Computing: Soup to Nuts Webcast Series with Mike Benkovich

    My colleague, Mike Benkovich , is hosting a series of webcasts that provide a great on-ramp for getting started with Windows Azure.  In this latest “Soup to Nuts” series, Mike will walk you through putting Windows Azure through its paces.  The webcasts are an opportunity to learn “live” from...
  • Blog Post: WOW! Watch Out For Falling Prices: SQL Azure Price Drop Explained

    Monday night I spoke at the Microsoft Business Intelligence NYC user group on SQL Azure Reporting.  Wednesday night I was at the NYC Azure user group doing an update on the new features & services that came online in December 2011.  In between, there was a bit of a bombshell for fans of...
  • Blog Post: Get Started with Node.js + Windows Azure: Resources

    I previously posted the recordings of a Node.js + Windows Azure presentation I gave at the NY Alt.NET user group in January 2012. As a follow-up, here is a bookmark-able post of Node + Azure resources. Want to get started with Node.js on Azure yourself? First, go NOW and get a free 90-day Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure + Node.js at NY Alt.NET

    On January 25, 2012, I gave a presentation at the NY Alt.NET user group about running Node.js on Windows Azure.  It was the first time I’ve given a presentation on Node, so I was a little concerned the talk might be a little rough around the edges.  Luckily I managed to escape without any tomatoes...
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