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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...
22 Jun 2011
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...
20 Jun 2011
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...
15 Jun 2011
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...
13 Jun 2011
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...
8 Jun 2011
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...
6 Jun 2011
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...
3 Jun 2011
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...
1 Jun 2011
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...
30 May 2011
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...
23 May 2011
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...
18 May 2011
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...
11 May 2011
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...
11 May 2011
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...
9 May 2011
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...
4 May 2011
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...
2 May 2011
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...
29 Apr 2011
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...
27 Apr 2011
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...
25 Apr 2011
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...
22 Apr 2011
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...
22 Apr 2011
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...
20 Apr 2011
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...
18 Apr 2011
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...
15 Apr 2011
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...
13 Apr 2011
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