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  • Blog Post: Using WebSockets with Windows Azure Web Sites

    If you missed the announcement the other day, WebSockets are now supported in Windows Azure Web Sites. This means you can now use things like Socket.io from web sites instead of having to use a Cloud Service worker role. To get this working Create a an application that uses WebSockets using...
  • Blog Post: Using Memcache to access a Windows Azure Dedicated Cache–Take 2

    Back in October, I wrote a post that showed you how to set up a role as a dedicated cache and then access it using the memcache protocol . The steps involved were many and tedious, and in the post I said that you could expect tooling that made the work much easier. Well, that tooling is here! Now, all...
  • Blog Post: PHP 5.4 available in Windows Azure Web Sites

    I’m happy to share that PHP 5.4 is now available in Windows Azure Web Sites ! You have always been able to install a custom PHP runtime in Web Sites , but now you can have PHP 5.4 available with the click of a button. And, you can customize the runtime ( add/enable extensions , modify configuration...
  • Blog Post: Getting Database Connection Information in Windows Azure Web Sites

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post that suggested you use app settings in Windows Azure Web Sites to store your database connection information. This approach allowed you to access database connection information as environment variables in PHP and Node.js applications. As I thought about it more, I wondered...
  • Blog Post: Getting Error Info for PHP Sites in Windows Azure Web Sites

    This is just a short post about how to get error information for PHP sites running in Windows Azure Web Sites . We all want to know when something goes wrong, and better yet, we want to know why something goes wrong. Hopefully, the information here will help get you started in understanding the *why...
  • Blog Post: Node.js specific diagnostics for Windows Azure

    I've been researching how to troubleshoot Node.js applications hosted on Windows Azure recently, and while I'm don't have a complete story yet I wanted to share what I do have. So here's a brain dump of diagnostics information that Node.js developers might find useful. Also, don't be depressed/upset...
  • Blog Post: Store DB Connection Info in Windows Azure Web Sites App Settings

    This post is really just a Pro Tip: Use app settings in Windows Azure Web Sites to store your database connection information. A question on Stackoverflow the other day made me realize that using app settings in Windows Azure Web Sites to store database connection information was the key to migrating...
  • Blog Post: How to Enable XDebug in Windows Azure Web Sites

    This past weekend, the Windows Azure Web Sites team released several great improvements. For an overview of everything that was released, I suggest reading Scott Guthrie ’s blog post on the subject: Announcing: Great Improvements in Windows Azure Web Sites. A couple of the consequences of these...
  • Blog Post: Continuous Deployment with Windows Azure Web Sites

    Last Friday, Windows Azure added support for continuous deployment from GitHub and CodePlex repositories to Windows Azure Web Sites. Continuous deployment notifies Windows Azure when updates are made to a Git repository on GitHub or CodePlex, and Windows Azure will then pull in those changes to update...
  • Blog Post: Using Custom PHP Extensions in Windows Azure Web Sites

    I’m happy to announce that with the most recent update to Windows Azure Web Sites , you can now easily enable custom PHP extensions. If you have read any of my previous posts on how to configure PHP in Windows Azure Web Sites ( Windows Azure Web Sites: A PHP Perspective and Configuring PHP in Windows...
  • 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 Websites: Node.js

    Earlier this week, Brian posted Windows Azure Websites: a PHP Perspective which covers a lot of generally useful information, even for non-PHP developers. In fact, probably 90% of it is generically useful to anyone interested in using the new web sites feature. But there are some specific things that...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Websites: A PHP Perspective

    The spring update to Windows Azure was big. Of all the updates, one of the most interesting is the addition of Windows Azure Websites. Essentially, Windows Azure now supports the ability to quickly and easily deploy ASP.NET, Node.js and PHP web-sites to a highly scalable cloud environment that allows...
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