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  • Blog Post: PHP, Memcache, and Windows Azure Caching

    Yesterday, my colleague Larry Franks posted about Windows Azure Caching (Preview) and Ruby Cloud Services . As he points out, most of his post is relevant to any application using Windows Azure Caching , not just Ruby applications. He also pointed out that Windows Azure Caching supports the Memcache...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Caching (Preview) and Ruby Cloud Services

    One of the new features introduced in the spring update to Windows Azure is the ability to use memory in your compute instances for caching. This cache is distributed across all instances of your application, so it scales with your application and data stored in it is available to all your instances...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Websites, Web Roles, and VMs: When to use which?

    The June 7th update to Windows Azure introduced two new services (Windows Azure Websites and persistent VMs) that beg the question “When should I use a Windows Azure Website vs. a Web Role vs. a VM?” That’s exactly the question I’ll try to help you answer in this post. (I say...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (June 15, 2012)

    Hey, it's Friday already! We've got a bunch of links today, most of which are related to the recently published spring update for Windows Azure. Overview of the New Windows Azure Package Format : The format for .cspkg files has been updated (and simplified!). Generating SSH key pair for Linux...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure spring update and OSS

    You may have noticed that Brian and I have been absent from the blog a lot recently, that's because we've been working on content for the Windows Azure spring release that went live earlier today. Here's a short guide on what's new in this update that is of interest to Open Source developers: Languages...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Storage and Concurrent Access

    A lot of the examples of using Windows Azure Storage that I run across are pretty simple and just demonstrate the basics of reading and writing. Knowing how to read and write usually isn't sufficient for a multi-instance, distributed application. For applications that run more than one instance (i.e...
  • Blog Post: Pie in The Sky (February 17, 2012)

    Just a few links this week. It's been super busy here for both of us as we prepare to present a session on Open Source at the MVP Summit. Hopefully we'll have more time next week to work on the blog. Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony? : Andrew Burst writes “By responding to potential...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (January 20, 2012)

    Another busy week, another batch of links for your Friday enjoyment. This week we have a wide selection of links, covering such diverse topics as language, IDE, cloud services and even… comedy? Enjoy! Windows Azure Queues and Windows Azure Service Bus Queues - Compared and Contrasted : If...
  • Blog Post: Testing Ruby Applications on Windows Azure - part 2: Output to File

    In part 1 , I presented an overview of testing on Windows Azure. One thing that I missed in the original article is that while there’s no testing framework for Ruby that exposes a web front-end, it’s perfectly possible to have your test results saved out to a file. The Test For this...
  • Blog Post: Update: Deploying Ruby Applications to Windows Azure

    Back when Brian and I first started this blog, I wrote about several methods for deploying Ruby applications to Windows Azure . There’s a new way to deploy that I wanted to cover before continuing on the testing Ruby Applications on Windows Azure, as this new deployment method is going to be the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure December Update - What's Important for OSS Developers

    As you may have heard by now, Windows Azure went through an upgrade over the weekend and gained some new features. We thought a blog post summarizing the changes as they affect OSS developers was warranted, so here we go! New and updated Windows Azure SDKs This release includes the expected updates...
  • Blog Post: Thoughts on Testing OSS Applications in Windows Azure

    I’ve been spending quite a bit of time lately thinking about the best ways to test PHP applications in a Windows Azure environment. I think that, at a high level, my ideas are applicable to any OSS/Azure application that can be tested using any of a variety of testing frameworks. In this post,...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Federations and Open Source Software

    One of the things that will be introduced in the next update to SQL Azure is a database sharding solution called SQL Azure Federations. Brian and I will have some examples of using this feature with specific languages once it releases, but we thought it would be nice to have an introductory article to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Social Applications

    One of the projects I’m working on during my day job is pulling together information on how Windows Azure can be used to host social applications (i.e. social games.) It’s an interesting topic, but I think I’ve managed to isolate it down to the basics and wanted to put it out here for...
  • Blog Post: Designing and Building Applications for the Cloud

    Since this blog will focus on OSS and device development for the Windows Azure platform, we want to develop a shared understanding of what it means to design and build applications for the cloud. To make sure that we start with that common understanding, we’ll pose answers to these three questions...
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