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The group got to know their neighbors a lot better this month with only half the normal room size and a pretty good turn out. Given that, I would really like to say thank you to everyone who came out on this cold evening before the first day of spring. Eric D. Boyd gave a great interactive presentation on a variety of aspects around Windows Azure. With his experience he was machine-gunned with questions and handled it like a champ. Everyone was so interested in the subject that people stayed until ...
2013 is speeding past us already with two great presentations over the last two months. For March we have asked Eric D Boyd to discuss what is new in Windows Azure and its implication to your architecture. Eric is an Azure MVP who speaks regularly at a variety of conferences in our area. The cloud has been a hot topic in the IT community lately and this presentation continues what has become a series on the subject along with Amazon and Google cloud offerings. Be sure to register here and join us ...
Today I ran into an issue provisioning web sites on Azure, an issue I had with one of the subscriptions that I work with when I’m recording webcasts and training sessions. In the past I would send an email to one of my evangelist friends to see if they knew someone who maybe knew who to talk to in order to get results, but this time I figured I’d check out what I could do online. I went to www.windowsazure.com/support and clicked on the link to get support Technorati Tags: CloudTip,Azure,Support ...
We’re back! Last night we had our first meeting in several months. Carl Franklin presented on Google Platform As A Service: AppEngine. As I spend most of my time in the Microsoft arena it was interesting to see another take on cloud services. This was also enhanced by the fact that Carl had spent a lot of time doing Microsoft platform development prior to his current stint with the Google products. He was able to compare and contrast the to environments which is very helpful as we go to make recommendations ...
A bit of a revelation this evening. I discovered something obvious, but missing from my understanding of the brilliant iOS example that ships with the Sync. Framework 4.0CTP It seems that on the server side if a record is edited, correctly only the fields that are modified gets sent down to your device (in my case an iPad). I was previously just blindly assuming that I'd get all fields down. I modified my Xcode population code (based on iOS sample) as follows: + (void)populateQCItems: (id)dict withMetadata:(id)metadata ...
It has been a fun first morning at TechEd North America. They keynote was both informative and entertaining. Some of the high points included a walk through of Windows Server 2012 and its new Hyper-V capabilities and use of ODX (offloaded data transfer). Between seeing stats like being able to being able run a Hyper-V VM with 1TB of memory and watching ODX move a 10GB file at a rate of 1GB per second was really impressive. The fun started when Scott Guthrie was doing his keynote demo and popped up ...
Effective immediately, new compute and storage resource options are now available when selecting data center options in the Windows Azure Portal. "West US" and "East US" options are now available, for Compute and Storage. SQL Azure options for these two data centers will be available in the next few months. The official announcement can be found here.In terms of geo-replication:US East and West are paired together for Windows Azure Storage geo-replicationUS North and South are paired together for ...
Our West Palm Beach Developer Group March 2012 meeting featured Herve Roggero, Azure MVP and co-founder of Pyn Logic. Herve covered multiple case studies on migrating existing application to SQL Azure. This event was quiet popular filling-in our meeting room. We would like to thank PC Professor for hosting our meeting and Sherlock Technology for sponsoring our free food. Our April 24th, 2012 meeting will feature Will Tartak who will be demonstrating how he used ServiceStack.net to quickly develop ...
Introduction I’m currently working on broadening the content in the Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide. One of the features I have been looking at over the past week is the support for transactional messaging. When using the direct programming model and the WCF interface some, but not all, messaging operations can participate in transactions. This allows developers to improve the reliability of messaging systems. There are some limitations in the transactional model, transactions can only ...
MapRedux – #PowerShell and #Big Data Have you been hearing about “big data”, “map reduce” and other large scale computing terms over the past couple of years and been curious to dig into more detail? Have you read some of the Apache Hadoop online documentation and unfortunately concluded that it wasn't feasible to setup a “test” hadoop environment on your machine? More recently, I have read about some of Microsoft’s work to enable Hadoop on the Azure cloud. Being a "Microsoft"-leaning technologist, ...
For the last decade, I have repeatedly, in my imitable Microsoft fan boy style, offered an alternative view to commonly held beliefs about Microsoft's stance on open source licensing. In earlier times, leading figures in Microsoft were very vocal in resisting the idea that commercial licensing is outmoded or morally reprehensible. Many people interpreted this as all-out corporate opposition to open source licensing. I never read it that way. It is true that I've met individual employees of Microsoft ...
Introduction I’ll be presenting a session at Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) on Monday, as well as presenting on the Windows Azure Service Bus at various other events. I thought it would be fun to look at implementing some of the Enterprise Integration Patterns using the brokered messaging capabilities. I’ll use this article in the next release of Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide, and it will probably end up as a “challenge lab” for my Service Bus course. As a long-time BizTalk developer ...
In my previous post I introduced the architecture of message bus based system, the dispatcher mode and the pulling mode. I also explained a bit about the channel mode and transport extensibility of WCF. And then, in order to make the following sample simple and easy to use I created an in process and in memory message bus. In this post, I will demonstrate how to create a WCF transport extension over this memory message bus, for the most common MEP – Request Reply mode. Before we go to the implementation, ...
Figuring out which software licensing options best suit your needs while being cost-effective can be confusing. Some businesses end up making their purchases through retail stores which means they miss out on volume licensing opportunities and others may unknowingly be using unlicensed software which means their business may be at risk. So let me help you make the best decision for your situation. You may want to review this blog post that lays out licensing basics for any organization that needs ...
I’ll be presenting a session on “Windows Azure Service Bus” for the Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) at AddSkills in Stockholm on the 26th March. It will be a demo intensive session looking at the relayed and brokered messaging capabilities of the Service Bus. Register for the event here. Sign up to Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) for notifications of future events here. Read more about the Windows Azure Service Bus in my e-book “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide” ...
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After months of plotting and planning and organizing the logistics to host a full day workshop for the local area .NET developers/enthusiasts (refer to my post, Trials and Tribulations of Running a Full Day Workshop), CTTDNUG's Mobile + Cloud App Workshop went off without a hitch! Not without some minor bumps along the way, believe you me. In the 24 hours leading up to that event, I had my fair share of concerns. Mainly the weather. Environment Canada had issued a severe weather alert that resembled ...
It is now possible to move your SQL Azure server from one subscription to another. Last week, the Windows Azure team added this new feature to the Windows Azure Management Portal. Permissions for moving a server between subscriptions simply require that you are an account administrator, Co-administrator, or service administrator in both the source and target subscriptions. Moving a SQL Azure server is simple; log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal and select the Database option in the Navigation ...
Zack Weiner from Arrow Consulting was our speaker for our February 2012 meeting. Our February meeting also celebrated INETA’s tenth birthday. We started off the meeting sharing on INETA, its history and the vital service it offers to the technical community worldwide. Zack then skillfully covered the new features in Silverlight 5 in a very interactive session. We look forward to seeing you in March, where we will be covering Migrating Application in Azure with Herve Roggero. Below, please find some ...
I’ve just added PDF and CHM versions of “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”, you can get them here. The HTML browsable version is here. I have the first delivery of my 2-day course “SOA, Connectivity and Integration using the Windows Azure Service Bus” scheduled for 3-4 May in Stockholm. Feel free to contact me via my blog if you have any questions about the course, or would be interested in an on-site delivery. Details of the course are here ...
I’ve just published a web-browsalbe version of “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”. “The Developers Guide to AppFabric” has been re-branded, and has a new title of “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”. There is not that much new in the way of content, but I have made changes to the overall structure of the guide. More content will follow, along with updated PDF and CHM versions of the guide ...
A few days ago I read an article by Richard Seroter comparing the different cloud storage options and comparing Windows Azure and Amazon S3. I commented on his blog about how Id like to see companies use these more and more for B2B data exchange when you have a batch file rather than the traditional solutions using FTP and the painful infrastructure piece that often goes with this kind of project. The normal challenges include: Who hosts the FTP service or do we both What kind of security do we use ...
Cloudstore – A marketplace for Government Microsoft Marketplace and the Everything Apple's App Store have revolutionised how we all buy and use software. It's now the best way to 'buy bits'. So why shouldn't government consumers be able to connect with their suppliers in a similar way? That was the challenge to Solidsoft from the Cabinet Office. We responded with the CloudStore. It replaces a complex system which had different applications from different providers spread across multiple locations. ...
Red Gate launched the Ants Performance Profiler 7.0 product today. This application is simply amazing! SharePoint 2010 support! Decompilation without PDB using Reflector’s engine! Azure and EC2 Support! Seriously, if you need a profiler for your .NET applications this one takes the cake. They have some great videos online to show you how the product works and the team is very interactive if you have questions or concerns. There is also a 14 day trial so you can give it a go. The license fee is only ...
Some Background The AdventureWorks database has been around for over a decade; a staple amongst sample databases. The first version of the AdventureWorks database appeared in time for SQL Server 2000. Microsoft has been good at keeping the AdventureWorks sample database up to date as new versions of SQL Server are released. Case-in-point: SQL Server 2012 is at RC0 and yet you can already find a version of AdventureWorks for it (albeit, it really isn’t that different from the SQL Server 2008 R2 version). ...
You asked for it, you got it! To help meet the needs of existing and future SQL Azure customers, Microsoft has announced that they are lowering the price of SQL Azure, and as well introducing a 100MB database option! The new pricing structure will result in cost savings from 48% to 75% of SQL Azure databases for databases larger than 1GB. Additionally, the new 100MB database option has been added to enable new customers to start using SQL Azure at half the cost of the previous price, yet still provide ...
For the first SWAG meeting of 2012 Ludwig Ahrle and Mikael Eriksson will present two developer focused sessions covering the work they have been doing for Curvande on the Windows Azure platform. This will be a great opportunity to see real-world Azure development hands-on. The presentations will take place between 18:00 and 20.30, with a 30 minute break for food, there will then be a chance to take a drink, chat and mingle with the presenters and other SWAG members. Register here. Sign up to join ...
A couple of days ago I decided to reinstall the latest Microsoft Developer Training Kits. One of those kits was the Windows Azure Training Kit. It turned out to be a web matrix install that seemed to take forever. More importantly it installed SQL Server 2012 for me. It may have prompted me but I don’t remember but once installed I entered a couple of days of nightmare mode. My RSSBus ADO connection to QuickBooks had stopped working and worst of all LightSwitch was totally broken. The problem is ...
As I was working on “The Developers Guide to AppFabric” e-book I also started developing a training course on the Azure Service Bus. The first delivery of this course is scheduled for May 3-4 in Stockholm. I’m really looking forward to delivering this, it will be exciting to be working with emerging technologies. The course will be updated on regular bases to cover the new features as they pass through CTP and into release. The course details are here. If you have any questions about the course, ...
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This blog provides links to a presentation and a sample application that shows how to load data in SQL Azure using different techniques and tools. The presentation compares the following techniques: INSERT, BCP, INSERT BULK, SQLBulkCopy and a few tools like SSIS and Enzo Data Copy. The presentation contains load tests performed from a local machine with 4 CPUs, using 8 threads (leveraging the Task Parallel Library), to a SQL Azure database using the code provided below. The test loads 40,000 records. ...
This article is written to assist SQL Azure customers to copy a SCHEMA container from one SQL Azure database to another. Schema separation (or compress shard) is a technique used by applications that hold multiple customer “databases” inside the same physical database, but separated logically by a SCHEMA container. At times it may be necessary to copy a given SCHEMA container from one database to another. Copying a SCHEMA container from one database to another can be very difficult because you need ...
The landscape of SQL Azure backups is changing rapidly. A few tools are becoming available at no charge and Microsoft is adding capabilities over time. Here a quick update.Microsoft ToolsMicrosoft offers two primary backup mechanisms so far:Export/Import feature available on the Azure Management portalThe COPY operation as part of its T-SQL CREATE DATABASE statementThese mechanisms do not offer a scheduling component and do not work together. To obtain a transactionally consistent backup, you first ...
Today I was finally able to post the registration site for an upcoming full day workshop that our .NET User Group had been anticipating for quite some time. Although this seems like a trivial thing to get head over heels excited about, getting to this point took months of planning, organizing, polling, budgeting, begging and cold calling. So pardon me while I round a few cartwheels to celebrate this milestone. When the good folks at Microsoft put forth the offer to the User Groups to host a full ...
I have seen a number of questions lately regarding how SQL Azure handles throttling and how to determine why the throttling occurred. Sometimes those questions are followed by another question asking how to handle throttling conditions in their applications. Troubleshooting SQL Azure Throttling GREAT NEWS! There actually is a way to find out if you are throttled and why, and the results of the throttling. The key is to look at the error message coming back to you. You’ll typically see an error message ...
Windows Azure Fieldnote Summary Windows Azure Drives [1] provide a means to represent a file based (disk drive) persistent storage option for the various role types within Windows Azure Compute. Each of the roles within Windows Azure can mount and utilize for persistent storage (that survives reboot, reimaging, and updated deployments, of a role instances). During the mounting of a VHD as a CloudDrive, the managed classes have no means to control the drive letter assignment this directly through ...
This is the second post about SQL Azure Federation. In my first post I described a little bit about the theory of data partitioning, included the different between the horizontal partitioning and the vertical partitioning. I also talked about the features need to be done when we implemented the horizontal partitioning. And finally, I described some basic concept about SQL Azure Federation. In this post, I will demonstrate how to use SQL Azure Federation in the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). ...
We’ve used dbdeploy.net on a number of projects and have found it to be a useful tool, especially around CI environments. We recently started a Windows Azure project that uses SQL Server and discovered that DbDeploy.Net didn’t work. There have been a few nagging issues with DbDeploy.Net as well, like the lack of support for recursive script directories, and when we looked into the code base, we discovered that it’s not really written to modern software development standards, and that getting it there ...
Once you upgrade to the Windows Azure SDK 1.6 you also get the updated Microsoft Service Bus assemblies (version 1.6.0.0) that you can use for working with Windows Azure Service Bus (yeah, no longer AppFabric Service Bus) One of the standard implementations of Service Bus is to use the CredentialType, Credentials (the service bus namespace and the issuer key and issuer name) to create the service bus namespace URI. Once you upgrade to Windows Azure Service Bus (Microsoft.ServiceBus) version 1.6.0.0, ...
I have been working on Windows Azure Service Bus for the recently concluded Azure Camps Yes, it is no longer referred as “Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus”. All the 3 components i.e. Service Bus, Access Control and Caching are hereinafter referred to as simply Windows Azure Service Bus, Caching & Access Control Service, to minimize the complexity in referring to them. Also, Service Bus and the related releases usually come as an out of bound release and are usually behind in terms of the Windows ...
Windows Azure Platform How to Sort Azure Table Store results Chronologically How to upload your Excel and CSV data to the Cloud - Blob Storage SQL Azure Database Notification and Job Scheduling Service for SQL Azure SQL Azure Tutorials – Blog SQL Azure Tutorials - Helping you with Cloud Databases How to build a SQL Server Reporting Services report with SQL Azure? Middleware in the cloud SAP meet Azure Service Bus – EAI/EDI December 2011 CTP Azure Service Bus EAI/EDI December 2011 CTP – New Mapper ...
The SQL Azure Federation had been publically launched several weeks ago and this is one of the most existing features I’m looking forward. This might be the first post of SQL Azure Federation, and hopefully not the last one. Some Backgrounds SQL Azure Federation was mentioned in about 2009. The Microsoft told that there will be a feature in SQL Azure allow users to split one database into many based on some sort of rules But from the client side perspective, user can interact their data as if in ...
I presented two talks on windows azure recently. One among them was focusing on Windows Phone 7 app development. The other one was on MVC3 ASP .Net app. The idea was to introduce how Windows Azure can be leveraged in both these exciting platforms. The talk was demo centric; below are the slides and the demo / webcasts recordings links for the same. Talk one- Building Windows Phone Applications with Windows Azure Platform and Visual Studio 2010 Demo included: Creating a Demo application from VS 2010 ...
The awesome Azure team is at it again! Earlier this month, they released an early preview of the new Windows Azure SDK for Node.js. They have just released the December Update with several new features, including: Windows Azure PowerShell for Node.js 0.5.1 update, IISNode 0.1.13 update Node.js 0.6.6 update from Joyent, Installer in-place upgrade support for all these components Numerous bug fixes in all three components Read more about it at the Azure team blog. Haven’t tried it yet? Get started ...
Wishing a very happy and blessed New Year to you in advance! A new release of Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is available on December 29th. We expect that its 11 new code samples covering typical programming scenarios in Windows Phone 7, ASP.NET, WPF, Windows Shell, and WDK would ease your development in the coming New Year. You can download the code samples using Sample Browser or Sample Browser Visual Studio extension. They give you the flexibility to search samples, download samples on demand, ...
There are a lot of reasons why the 2011 holiday season is a great time to take a look at Azure development. There are a number of offers and releases that allow you to start to explore cloud-based development on the Microsoft platform, best of all; they are all pretty much free to take advantage of. $0 Spending Limit on Azure Trial & MSDN Accounts Ever since the introduction of billing for Windows Azure it has always been an issue for many developers wanting to learn Azure that, if you are not ...

So we’ve been working on an iOS app,  that makes use of awesome power of Azure coupled with the ability to write an app that works truly offline and syncs when a network connection is available.

I am just going through App Store approval.  I will give an update as soon as I know the outcome.

I just finished reading new book on Microsoft BizTalk 2010 written by BizTalk colleagues Kent Weare, Richard Seroter, Thiago Almeida, Sergei Moukhnitski, and Carl Darski. There are many good books that explore core BizTalk features for beginners, intermediate, and advanced developers. This one stands out by the fact that it covers relatively less documented aspect of BizTalk development – integrating with different line of business applications. The subject is vast and diverse so attempt to fit it ...
I was playing with the new Membership API (System.Web.Providers) for the upcoming Virtual TechDays While I was trying out a lot of options for using as DB store, one of the obvious choices was SQL Azure. With SQL Azure, I could offload the Database hosting capabilities to Azure and just focus on my application code. Of course, it comes at a cost and SQL Azure is a subscription based database available in different sizes and rates there of. One of the challenges I faced was, working with the Membership ...
Yesterday, Microsoft announced the forthcoming release of BizTalk Server 2010 R2 on the BizTalk Server blog site. This is advanced notice, given that this new version will ship six months after the release of Windows 8, expected in the second half of next year. On this basis, we can expect the new version of BizTalk Server to arrive in 2013. Given the BizTalk team’s previous record of name changes, I wonder if this will eventually be released as BizTalk Server 2013. Microsoft has been refreshingly ...