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  • Blog Post: These ARE the Androids you've been looking for!

    That's the title of my latest post over on Larry Franks' Silver Lining Blog . It deals with using Windows Azure Mobile Services to hook up an Android phone to an Azure back-end data store. And in some cases, to Google Cloud Messaging, in order to enable push notifications. Go check it out! There's a...
  • Blog Post: The CAP Theorem: Why “Everything is Different” with the Cloud and Internet

    This is a continuation of last Wednesday's post, which featured the intro section to my forthcoming white paper, "Data Architecture in a Cloudy World". In that overview, I briefly mentioned the bewildering array of choices facing developers today in the data architecture area. But the array of choices...
  • Blog Post: Data Architecture in a Cloudy World

    Like many Microsoft bloggers, I'm somewhat erratic, partly because of my own workload, and partly due to company decisions about what product information can be blogged about prior to public release. Anyway I'm back (for a while, at least). I am writing a White Paper, tentatively titled " Data Architecture...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Performance: Best Practices

    This topic, Best Practices for Performance in Windows Azure Applications , appeared with the recent Windows Azure Spring 2012 refresh. It's focussed on design issues that affect performance. A related topic that was published at the same time, Troubleshooting in Windows Azure , discusses the run-time...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance Released

    A virtual team of us released this last Friday. It provides you with "best practices and recomendations for working with the Windows Azure platform". So if you find yourself overwhelmed and intimidated by "The Cloud", this is a really good place to go to get specific recomendations and "best practices...
  • Blog Post: More on the CAT Team's SQL Azure Dropped Connections Framework

    In my preceding post I talked about the Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team ("CAT")'s framework for handling transient connections in SQL Azure client connections. This framework has 3 components to it: a classification scheme for connection exceptions that tells you which ones are worth trying...
  • Blog Post: Transient Connections in Windows Azure: Useful Resources

    This is a collection of resources I have encountered while researching the problem of intermittent connections in Windows Azure. I will be writing about how these affect not just Entity Framework, but Windows Azure more generally. "Transient connections" is a polite way of saying "dropped connections...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Technet Wiki Windows Azure Tutorial

    I am currently ramping up my Windows Azure skills (ramping up on new technologies is one of the many fun parts of my job), and there's a great tutorial on the Technet wiki written by Jonathan Gao. I'm kind of a fanatic about the "first time experience" that someone has who comes to a technology for the...
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