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  • Blog Post: MSDN Wiki Article: Q&A on Open Data Protocol (Odata)

    MSDN has created a Q&A article on Odata (Open Data Protocol). OData applies web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores. As web development continues to move forward, learning about...
  • Blog Post: Considerations When Building Database Schema with Federations in SQL Azure

    Cihan Biyikoglu has written an interesting article on database schema when working with Federations. “With federations, you take parts of your schema and scale it out. With each federation in the root database, a subset of objects are scaled-out. You may create multiple federations because distribution...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and Optimizing Queries with SQL Azure

    Dinakar Nethi has written an interesting TechNet Article about how the Dynamic Management Views that are available in SQL Azure and how they can be used for troubleshooting purposes. Take a look and get a feel for how easy it is to use SQL Azure. Click here for the TechNet article, “Troubleshooting...
  • Blog Post: Video How To: Synchronize and Share Data

    This walkthrough shows how to use SQL Azure Data Sync to provide bi-directional synchronization and data-management capabilities with on-premises and cloud databases. The video covers both the benefits and features of SQL Azure and explains how businesses can use SQL Azure Data Sync to share information...
  • Blog Post: FAQ about Features of SQL Azure

    We’ve been receiving questions about top on-going trends with regards to SQL Azure surrounding SQL Server limitations, and the access capabilities of co-administrators. Fortunately, the answers to both of these questions have been addressed in a MSDN article about SQL Server limitations , and a...
  • Blog Post: Integrating SQL Azure with SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure

    Steve Peschka wrote a great TechNet article a little while back about how to integrate SQL Azure services with Sharepoint 2010. He shares a few SQL Azure tips and tricks to get you more incorporated more quickly into new development projects. He provides detailed steps and instructions to how to...
  • Blog Post: Video How-To: Creating Line of Business Applications using SQL Azure

    This walkthrough explains how to easily create Line of Business (LOB) applications for the cloud by using Visual Studio LightSwitch and SQL Azure. The video highlights the benefits of Visual Studio LightSwitch and explains how you can quickly create powerful and interactive Silverlight applications with...
  • Blog Post: Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure Data to Android and Other Platforms

    This video demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with mobile and heterogeneous applications using other programming platforms via an OData service. The video shows how easy it is to expose data by creating an OData service and how a variety of different...
  • Blog Post: Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure to Microsoft Applications

    This walkthrough demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with Microsoft applications via an OData service. The video starts by reviewing the benefits of using SQL Azure, then goes on to show you how to enable cloud application to expose the data via an OData service...
  • Blog Post: Video How-To: Basic Architectural Considerations

    We’ve prepared a new how-to video which talks about basic architectural considerations when developing on SQL Azure. This walkthrough provides an overview that you can use to establish best practices and optimize your SQL Azure databases. Specifically, the video discusses standard database...
  • Blog Post: Video How To: Advanced Business Intelligence with Cloud Data

    We’ve created a new readiness video that introduces some of the features of SQL Azure Reporting and demonstrates the use of advanced analytical tools, such as using SQL Azure data with Excel and PowerPivot. Specifically, users will learn how to use SQL Azure data with Excel and create two pivot...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Connection Security

    Selcin Turkarslan has written an in-depth TechNet wiki article about connection security considerations when using SQL Azure. The article is primarily concerned with writing secure connection strings for SQL Azure Database. I’d highly recommend reading it, as it details good procedures and...
  • Blog Post: Video How To: Business Intelligence with Cloud Data

    This walkthrough discusses how businesses can take business intelligence to the cloud with SQL Azure. The video covers the benefits of SQL Azure—including the ability to establish business intelligence without adding hardware costs or IT overhead—and it also introduces SQL Azure Reporting...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Diagnostics Tool Available

    Evan Basalik has written a post which details the arrival of CSS SQL Azure Diagnostics (CSAD), developed by the our support team. The tool has been developed to shorten the data collection process when troubleshooting SQL Azure issues. You can point CSAD to your SQL Azure instance, provide the appropriate...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper on NoSQL and the Windows Azure Platform

    I wanted to bring to your attention a great whitepaper on “NoSQL and the Windows Azure platform” written by Andrew Brust , a frequently quoted technology commentator and consultant. This paper is important because there is a renewed interest in certain non-relational data stores which...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article: How to Connect to SQL Azure through ASP.NET

    MSDN has written an article on how to bind data from Microsoft SQL Azure Database to ASP.Net controls. The article provides a basic walkthrough and an example on how to do it. The article also shows how similar it is working with SQL Azure is to SQL Server. Your web application can continue running within...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki- Overview of Security of SQL Azure

    TechNet has written an article which provides an overview of the security features of SQL Azure. Getting a clear understanding of security in the cloud, is something that we cannot encourage learning enough about. Click here for the article. We covered this topic recently in another post where...
  • Blog Post: MSDN: Article Guidelines for Connecting to a SQL Azure Database

    The flexibility of SQL Azure database allows you to work with a myriad of applications from familiar Microsoft products to other programming languages such including PHP and Java . MSDN has written an article on some of the consideration guidelines that developers should be aware of when connecting to...
  • Blog Post: Technet Wiki: Handling Transactions in SQL Azure

    Just like SQL Server, SQL Azure fully supports local transactions. TechNet has released an interesting wiki article more about how SQL Azure handles transactions, as well as describing some of the basics. I would suggest taking a look, just to get more up to date on what capabilities SQL Azure has to...
  • Blog Post: Migration to SQL Azure–Screencast

    Lynn Langit, a Senior Developer Evangelist, has developed a comprehensive video presentation on migration to SQL Azure. This presentation includes demos using the following tools: SQL Azure Migration Wizard Access to SQL Azure Migration Wizard SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 - scripting...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki- SQL Azure Data Sync Scenario: SQL Server-to-SQL Azure Synchronization

    Two weeks ago, we talked about an update to SQL Azure Data Sync . One of the topics surrounding Data Sync that comes up often amongst developers is synchronizing SQL Server to SQL Azure. TechNet has a great wiki article that discusses the considerations around syncing SQL Server to SQL Azure, as well...
  • Blog Post: How to: Connect to SQL Azure Through WCF (ADO.NET) Data Services

    WCF Data Services (formerly known as ADO.NET Data Services) enables you to create data services that are based on representational state transfer (REST) and that are accessible through .NET Framework client applications. MSDN has written an article which explains how to connect to a SQL Azure database...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki- Connection Management in SQL Azure

    Developers are always interested in how to get the best performance out of applications that connect to SQL Azure. This TechNet wiki article provides a detailed introduction of SQL Azure and its network topology. It goes deeper by explaining some of the reasons for connection-losses or throttling cases...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki- Overview of Security of SQL Azure

    TechNet has written an article which provides an overview of the security features of SQL Azure. It provides a great overview of security considerations for SQL Azure and you should definitely take a look as you start putting your data into SQL Azure. Click here to look at the article. In a previous...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Article: How to Connect to SQL Azure using PHP

    For developers creating an application using PHP, you can connect to Microsoft SQL Azure Database. MSDN has written a walkthrough article on how to do this. Check out the link below to see you how you can do this. The great thing about this is that you can run your PHP application on your own server...
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