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  • 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

    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...
  • 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...
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    One Azure Web Role, Multiple Websites

    Windows Azure has been capable of running multiple websites in a single web role for some time now, but I found myself recently in a situation with 2 separate Azure solutions and was looking to combine them to create a single deployment.   Just...
  • 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

    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...
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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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  • JrzyShr Dev Guy

    Rock Paper Azure At YOUR User Group Or Class

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    Do you lead a User Group? Are you part of one? Are you a professor?  Teach a programming or cloud computing class of any sort?  If you’re looking for an activity that will mix fun and learning among friends, consider hosting your own Rock Paper...
  • 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

    Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone Webcast 1-11-2012

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    What?! Another post on Rock Paper Azure? Yup. One of my colleagues, Mike Benkovich , has brought the game to Windows Phone! Mike is hosting a live online webcast tomorrow, January 11, 2012 at 4pm EST/3pm CST. The webcast is from the nationwide online...
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