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  • Blog Post: Applying some DevOps Rigour to Azure Websites’ AppSettings

    Summary: Configuring Azure Websites Application Settings in the portal is fine for quick and dirty prototypes, but for anything serious you need to apply some DevOps rigour. This post describes how you can store your Application Settings into a per-environment JSON file that can be checked into source...
  • Blog Post: Unattended authentication to Azure Management APIs with Azure Active Directory

    19/06/2015: See also this new post explaining how to authenticate using Certificates to call the Azure Resource Manager APIs from .NET. Updated 29/11/2014 with info on authenticating to APIs from PowerShell Microsoft Azure provides two management APIs, the older Service Management API and the new...
  • Blog Post: A/B Testing with Azure Websites

    In the context of websites, A/B testing, or Testing In Production, is a technique whereby different users of a website will be randomly presented with different versions of the site. This is commonly used to test proposed enhancements with a limited number of real users, allowing the website owner to...
  • Blog Post: Automated Build and Deployment with Windows Azure SDK 1.6

    A few months ago I posted on how to automate deployment of Windows Azure projects using MSBuild. While the approach documented in that post continues to work, Windows Azure SDK 1.6 has introduced some new capabilities for managing Windows Azure credentials and publishing settings which I wanted to leverage...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Windows Azure MSBuild post for SDK 1.5

    Just a quick note that I’ve edited my previous post Using MSBuild to deploy to multiple Windows Azure environments based on some changes to the platform that have come with the Windows Azure SDK 1.5 and Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets 2.0. The main changes are to the MSBuild targets added to...
  • Blog Post: Environments for Windows Azure development

    What is an Environment? Anyone who has worked on a software development project will be familiar with the concept of an “environment”. Simply put, an environment is a set of infrastructure that you can deploy your application to, supporting a specific activity in your software development...
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