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    Can’t Lock() in RPA

    For security and performance reasons, we often review what bots are doing and review any rejected bots to see how things are going.   When a bot is rejected, it is typically easy to spot the exact reason when looking at the code, but sometimes...
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    Use the Windows Azure CDN for Assets

    The most common response to running stuff in the cloud (Azure, Amazon in particular) is the that it’s too expensive for the little guy.   And generally, hosting VMs when a small shared site of something similar will suffice is a tough argument...
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    ISV Case Study: Add Geo-location with iLink GIS Framework on Windows Azure

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    Frameworks are pre-built code libraries and well defined business processes that are designed to facilitate software development and implementation of business processes. Developers can use frameworks to speed up the development of solutions and products. iLink Systems provides solution frameworks that are nearly complete solutions of pre-built code that can be used to reduce time to market, support best practices, reduce delivery cost and improve ROI.

    Once a potential need has been pinpointed, these frameworks can be leveraged individually, in parts or in combination with other frameworks. Frameworks are consumable by ASP.NET, Silverlight apps, or Web Services and tie in data from various formats, including Windows Azure data storage and SQL Azure. iLink’s Geographical Information System (GIS) Framework enables to add Geolocation to solutions and products by offering rich visualization of geography sensitive data.

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    Firestarter: Transforming IT with Cloud Computing

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    As a fitting complement to last Fall’s Windows Azure Firestarter series put on by my colleagues Brian Hitney , Peter Laudati , and myself, East Region IT Professional Evangelists, Bob Hunt and Yung Chou , will be kicking off the new year with their own...
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    Big Data in Windows Azure–On-line Presentation

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    If you haven’t checked in on what Microsoft is doing in the Hadoop and Big Data arena yet, now’s your chance! I’ll be presenting as part of the on-line Windows Azure User Group , tomorrow, July 11th from 4-5:30 (ET).   Registration is free , so I...
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    Practical Azure #21 - HDInsight

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    “Big Data” is undeniably one of the more prevalent buzzwords of the last year or two, and given the scalability inherent to the cloud, it’s a natural fit for Windows Azure. Microsoft's specific foray into this burgeoning technology is the HDInsight service...
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    Inside the Cloud

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    The Global Foundation Services team, the folks at Microsoft who 'run the cloud,' have just released a video tour of a few of the Microsoft data centers (including the Azure data centers in Chicago, Illinois and Dublin, Ireland). The clip is a little over...
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    Antimalware in the Windows Azure

    On most (or perhaps even all?) of the production servers I’ve worked on, antivirus/antimalware detection apps are often not installed for a variety of reasons – performance, risk of false positives or certain processes getting closed down unexpectedly...
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    SQL Data Services: Look at Us Now!

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    Being the data and services geek that I am, I’ve spent a fair amount of time of over the last couple of months working with ADO.NET Data Services as well as the SQL Data Services portion of the Azure Services Platform . SQL Data Services is built on top...
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    Fun with the Service Bus (Part 2)

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    In Part 1 , we looked at a scenario using the Service Bus as a WCF relay endpoint that allowed clients on the web to communicate with a WCF service hosted on my local machine.  The workflow looks something like below, where a publically available...
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