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  • Blog Post: Windows Azure shown to have the best IaaS performance value

    I just stumbled upon an industry report by Cloud Spectator (www.cloudspectator.com). They ran a test on the top IaaS providers, looking for who had the best performance for the buck. As far as I know Windows Azure and Microsoft had nothing to do with ...read more
  • Blog Post: APIMASH Quakes & Astronomy

    A bit overdue, but I just realized I never really announced the APIMASH project we’ve been working on.  It’s up on github .   The purpose of the project is to illustrate how to go about constructing a mashup application from a variety of ...read more
  • Blog Post: Building for Cost Part 2

    In the last post , we looked at ways to separate content using different pieces of Windows Azure for the benefit of creating a more cost-effective solution using Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) and Windows Azure Storage for storing images and other binary ...read more
  • Blog Post: Building for Cost using Windows Azure

    One of the great advantages of having a green field cloud-based infrastructure is being able tailor the app using specific features of the platform.  Sometimes, cost isn’t an issue.  But, many times – particularly for indie devs – it is.  ...read more
  • Blog Post: Creating a Great Mashup Part 3

    This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer , a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake information on Bing maps. Earthquake Explorer was based off of the Earthquakes mashup starter kit on github . Read part 1 here . Read part 2 here . We left ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) APIMASH – Earthquake and Messier Sky Object API Starter Kit for Windows Store Apps

    My latest DevRadio episode has been published – here are the details! Abstract: In today’s episode Brian Hitney demos for us the Messier Sky Object Explorer and Earthquake Starter Kits for your Windows 8 apps. Tune in as he walks us through both APIs ...read more
  • Blog Post: Creating a Great Mashup Part 2

    This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer , a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake information on Bing maps.   Earthquake Explorer was based off of the Earthquakes mashup starter kit on github .  Read part 1 here .  ...read more
  • Blog Post: Creating a Great Mashup using Windows Azure

    This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer , a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake information on Bing maps. Earthquake Explorer was based off of the Earthquakes mashup starter kit on github . Creating a mashup is pretty easy in Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: Helping an ISV look at their cloud options

    I met with a medium sized ISV the other week. They make a software application for service companies. Some of their customers are one guy and a van, and others are giant companies. Their software helps manage the service appointments from the customer ...read more
  • Blog Post: Stop the presses! Stopped VMs are no longer charged, MSDN benefits improved, and more!

    Wow, some truly exciting announcements were made today. I will summarize them here, but once again, for the nitty-gritty details, please see the original post. 1- If you stop a VM, you won’t be charged. This is very new. Until now, if you stopped a VM ...read more
  • Blog Post: How to get a sticky load balancer in Windows Azure

    Windows Azure has a load balancer that you can use for free. It is used mostly to load balance port 80 (aka web traffic) across a group of identically configured web servers, although it can be used to load balance any TCP/UDP port. It is not a sticky ...read more
  • Blog Post: Code Project’s Azure Cloud Challenge

    We have started a new Azure Cloud Challenge, in partnership with Code Project. It is already on going, but you can catch up with plenty of time to go. There are essentially five challenges that you will work through. Over time you will build a web application ...read more
  • Blog Post: Updated policies for the Windows Azure Guest Operating System Images

    I just received this email from the Windows Azure team about some updates to the Windows Azure Guest Operating System. As a side note, I have tried for years to get the team to call this WAGOS, but they won’t bite. I have pasted the complete email below ...read more
  • Blog Post: Scaffolding Tool for Windows Azure Mobile Services

    One of my biggest mantras is: “Write only the code that only you can write” What I mean is, if the code you are writing could be written by any competent developer (because it is infrastructure and not germane to the IP or ‘special sauce’ of what you ...read more
  • Blog Post: Attend a pilot event for a new tour series

    We like to play with our format for events from time to time, and this time we are looking at a series of half day events that cover a specific scenario, instead of technical features. Our goal is to cover the in’s and out’s of that scenario. With a half ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure SDK 2.0 Released!

    Go get it now! So what’s new? Web Sites – VS Tooling for diagnostics, management, and simplified publishing Cloud Services Diagnostics – VS Tooling for configuring and viewing diagnostics data on a live service without redeployment Cloud Services – Support ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 5) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Push Notifications

    Abstract: In Part 5 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Peter Laudati , Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie   show us how to quickly add the ability to implement push notifications for his GameLeader ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: Global Windows Azure Boot Camps

    The Windows Azure Boot Camps are still going strong. This year they are holding a global event, with over 60+ events around the world, on the same day. Here is a list of the events in the US. Please go to the global site to see the whole list. I think ...read more
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Infrastructure as a Service – Windows Azure Virtual Machines & What’s in it for You

    Mike Hester just had me as a guest on his TechNet Radio show. Check it out. You can see in the video that my office is the old nursery with the cute Noah’s Ark wallpaper. Matt Hester kicks off his 8 part Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) series and in ...read more
  • Blog Post: Event: Make it happen in the cloud

    Here is a new event tour around Windows Azure. For full information, go to http://www.microsoft.com/enterprise/events/make-it-happen.htm. Leave with code running in the cloud. Available in select cities, the Windows Azure Developer Camp will get you hands ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Azure Mobile Services

    Abstract: In Part 4 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series  Peter Laudati , Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how to build the same game leaderboard service on top of Windows Azure Mobile Services ...read more
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned from a cloud emergency

    I have been focusing my career on the cloud for the past five years of so, and people reach out to me from time to time with help on a project. I am always willing to pitch in when I can, and if I have the time. Of course I have to remind them the [. ...read more
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 3) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – ASP.NET Web API

    Abstract: Back for part 3 in their series for “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps”, Peter Laudati , Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how easy it is to host services built with the ASP.NET Web API using the new Windows ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Mobile Services releases HTML5 client!

    Windows Azure Mobile Services is a service platform that is part of Windows Azure. The team focuses on delivering valuable services to mobile app developers, on any platform. Their services include: 1. Easy server side data storage with service side logic ...read more
  • Blog Post: Many Windows Azure Updates

    The great thing about becoming a devices and services company is that we can now engineer in monthly intervals instead of yearly intervals. In the old days, when you had to ship software on plastic disks, we would plan on ship cycles that take years to ...read more
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