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April 2012 Entries

Clemens Vasters @ Sweden Windows Azure Group Stockholm
Clemens Vasters was kind enough to round off his visit to Norway and Sweden by presenting a session on Hybrid Applications for the Sweden Windows Azure User Group (SWAG) in Stockholm. After presenting two sessions at TechDays he ditched Power Point and gave a two hour improvised presentation that spread across three whiteboards. He covered a number of scenarios where the Windows Azure Service Bus could be used to enhance the reach of existing on-premise systems, and also how internet enabled devices ......

Posted On Saturday, April 28, 2012 2:37 PM | Comments (0) |

Weekly Cloud Newsround 2012-17
Filtering the informative, insightful and quirky from the fire hose of cloud-based hype. Google’s “Google Drive” has been leading the news this week, and has sparked off some debate about the data storage “In the Cloud”. LA Times has a nice comparison of the different storage options available, and also asks “Who owns your stuff in the Google Drive cloud?” Two more stores on the data storage side, Microsoft will bundle CommVault Simpana with Windows Azure “The new bundle, unveiled Monday, provides ......

Posted On Friday, April 27, 2012 8:49 AM | Comments (1) |

Stockholm, Friday 27th April: Hybrid Applications with Clemens Vasters + Win a Hot Air Balloon Ride!
The Sweden Windows Azure Group (SWAG) will hold a session on “Hybrid Applications – Building Solutions that span On-Premises Assets and the Cloud” with Clemens Vasters, principle technical lead for the Windows Azure Service Bus. It should be a great session with a lot of inside information from the guy behind the technology. Microsoft Sweden has been kind enough to give us three “Windows Azure Hot Air Balloon” ride tickets, which we were tempted to use ourselves, but will raffle to three lucky attendees ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2012 10:55 AM | Comments (0) |

Weekly Cloud Newsround 2012-16
Filtering the informative, insightful and quirky from the fire hose of cloud-based hype. The announcement of the Windows Azure hosted media platform has been leading the Azure news stories this week with articles my Mary-Jo, streamingmedia.com and V3. I’m keen to get into testing the preview of this, it would be a great technology to use for the webcasts on my CloudCasts site. Hovhannes Avoyan continues his Windows Azure Overview series with part 4 looking at Security. The links to the four articles ......

Posted On Friday, April 20, 2012 9:14 AM | Comments (0) |

Windows Azure Service Bus Scatter-Gather Implementation
One of the more challenging enterprise integration patterns that developers may wish to implement is the Scatter-Gather pattern. In this article I will show the basic implementation of a scatter-gather pattern using the topic-subscription model of the windows azure service bus. I’ll be using the implementation in demos, and also as a lab in my training courses, and the pattern will also be included in the next release of my free e-book the “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”. The Scatter-Gather ......

Posted On Monday, April 16, 2012 9:53 AM | Comments (0) |

Weekly Cloud Roundup 2012-15
Filtering the informative, insightful and quirky from the fire hose of cloud-based hype. Irving Wladawsky-Berger provides some great insight into The Complex Transition to the Cloud, sharing his views on the slow adoption of cloud computing in organizations. “…a prediction by the research firm Gartner that while cloud computing will continue to grow at almost 20 percent a year, it will account for less than 5 percent of totally IT spending in 2015.” With a more positive mindset, Balaji Viswanathan ......

Posted On Saturday, April 14, 2012 10:15 AM | Comments (0) |

Windows Azure Service Bus Splitter and Aggregator
This article will cover basic implementations of the Splitter and Aggregator patterns using the Windows Azure Service Bus. The content will be included in the next release of the “Windows Azure Service Bus Developer Guide”, along with some other patterns I am working on. I’ve taken the pattern descriptions from the book “Enterprise Integration Patterns” by Gregor Hohpe. I bought a copy of the book in 2004, and recently dusted it off when I started to look at implementing the patterns on the Windows ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:35 AM | Comments (0) |

Transactional Messaging in the Windows Azure Service Bus
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 ......

Posted On Monday, April 2, 2012 9:46 AM | Comments (2) |

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