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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Satya Nadella at MassTLC Cloud Mixer

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    MassTLC and the New England Research & Development (NERD) Center are hosting a free mixer featuring Satya Nadella , the President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business, at NERD next Thursday, January 26th, commencing with networking from...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure Behind The Scenes @N3UG

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    Last Tuesday I had the privilege of speaking at the Northern New Jersey .NET user group (aka “ N3UG.org ”).  It was a great time talking to folks here in Jersey about the Windows Azure platform.  Thanks to everyone who attended and participated...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure User Groups in NYC and NJ

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    Many of you know that Windows Azure is my favorite topic these days.  I think the shift to cloud computing over the coming years will represent a monumental change for our industry.  For those designing systems and implementing them, having...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure Service Bus Queues vs. Windows Azure Queues

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    Cage match alert!  Anytime you put a “vs” in your title, you’re setting up an epic battle for folks to argue one way or the other which is better.  That’s not my intention here.  But, hey, you clicked, so I win.   The Windows Azure...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure Service Bus Demo from Brian Loesgen

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    Yesterday I referenced a new MSDN whitepaper that does a “cage match” analysis between Azure Queues and Service Bus Queues.  While we’re on the topic of the Windows Azure Service Bus and “What is it good for?”, I thought I’d share a reference to...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Found: Windows Azure Document Treasure Trove!

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    Often when I talk to developers, they tell me they can never find anything on Microsoft’s websites. “It’s too big” or “it’s too complicated.” “Stuff gets buried”. And on and on, and so forth…...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    David Pallmann Takes a Fresh Look at the Windows Azure Development Experience

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    As you may or may not know by now, in December 2011, a slew of new Windows Azure features, services, & tools came online . This included a complete overhaul of the WindowsAzure.com website. If you’re a developer who has not looked at Windows...
  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Windows Azure + Node.js at NY Alt.NET

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    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...
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    ISV Video: Whitewater Backup to the Cloud on Windows Azure Storage

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    Whitewater from Riverbed automates backup for enterprises into Windows Azure. Azure Architect Evangelist Allan Naim talks with Riverbed Marketing Director Bob Gilbert about Riverbed's decision to support Windows Azure for their Whitewater backup appliance.

    imageISV Video: Whitewater Backup to the Cloud on Windows Azure Storage

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    How to Choose Between Windows Azure Queues, Windows Azure Service Bus Queues

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    WinAzure_rgbOne of the key patterns in building scalable applications is queues. Let’s say you have a Website or Web Service (in your Web Role) that responds quickly to a user request, but there’s another process that takes longer. It might be a long data base inquiry or video encoding or extensive calculation would be in a Worker Role. You may want to spin up more processors to work on those long term items too. The way the Web Role talks to your Worker Role is through queues.

    You could choose Windows Azure Queues as a dedicated queue storage mechanism built on top of the Windows Azure storage services.  You add an item on the queue, and the Worker Role checks the queue and performs the work.

    Of you might choose to use a Service Bus Queue when you want to run process messages in a particular order (guaranteed first-in-first-out. Or maybe you need to hold the item in a queue and store it for a while. Or maybe you need automatic duplicate detection.

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