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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    The New, Improved Windows Azure Trial

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    Last week was a big step forward for Windows Azure. There was storm of new technology announcements, highlighted at the Learn Windows Azure event (held in Redmond, streamed live, and available for viewing on Channel 9 ): Node.js support Updates...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Couchbase on Azure: Creating a Virtual Network

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    This is the second post of a walkthrough to set up a mixed-mode platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service application on Windows Azure using Couchbase and ASP.NET. For more context on the application, please review this introductory post . Why Do I Need...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Adding Notifications to Your Windows 8 Game

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    Successful apps are sticky; they make us want to come back again and again, whether it’s to check in on Foursquare, send a Tweet, or get a quick answer from ChaCha. Of all the types of apps, games can be the stickiest – Angry Birds anyone? or in my case...
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    Calling Stored Procedures from Windows Azure Mobile Services

    I was surprised, yet delighted, that Windows Azure Mobile Services uses a SQL database.   Schema-less table storage has its place and is the right solution at times, but for most data driven applications, I’d argue otherwise. In my last post...
  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Windows Azure Benefits for MSDN: New and improved

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    If you have an MSDN Premium or Ultimate subscription, hopefully you’re aware of and have perhaps taken advan tage of a free monthly allotment of Windows Azure benefits. If you haven’t provisioned your account yet, well now’s the time...
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    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. ...
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    Just One More Week To Enter The Rock Paper Azure Fall Sweepstakes!

    Week #3 of the Rock Paper Azure Challenge ended at 6pm EST on 12/9/2011. That means another five contestants just won $50 Best Buy gift cards! Congratulations to the following players for having the Top 5 bots for Week #3: AmpaT choi Protist RockMeister...
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    Windows Azure Security Best Practices – Part 6: How Azure Services Extends Your App Security

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    image[5][3][3]Several Windows Azure services help you extend your application security into the cloud.

    Three services can help you in providing identity mapping between various providers, connections between an on premises data center, and abilities for applications (where ever they reside) to send messages to each other:

    • With Windows Azure Active Directory you create single sign on application with the authentication brokered in an application residing in the cloud. Using Access Control Service feature, you can map identities from various providers to the claims that your application understands.
    • Windows Azure Connect uses industry-standard end-to-end IPSEC protocol to establish secure connections between on-premise machines and roles in the cloud. This allows you to connect to your cloud app as if it were inside the firewall.
    • With Service Bus you can use secure messaging and relay capabilities to enable your distributed and loosely-coupled applications.
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  • Jim O'Neil - Technology Evangelist

    Azure@home Part 9: Worker Role Run method

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    This post is part of a series diving into the implementation of the @home With Windows Azure project, which formed the basis of a webcast series by Developer Evangelists Brian Hitney and Jim O’Neil.  Be sure to read the introductory post for the...
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    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...
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