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IUpdateable has moved to ericnelson.wordpress.com Please visit http://ericnelson.wordpress.com January 2010 Entries
Q&A: What are the UK prices for the Windows Azure Platform
Lots of folks keep asking me for UK prices and to be fair it does take a little work to find them (You need to start here and bring up this pop up) Hence for simplicity, I have copied them here (as of Jan 29th 2010). Note that there are several rates available. The following is “Windows Azure Platform Consumption” Windows Azure Compute Small instance (default): £0.0728 per hour Medium instance: £0.1455 per hour Large instance: £0.291 per hour Extra large instance: £0.5819 per hour Storage £0.091 ......

Posted On Friday, January 29, 2010 10:03 AM

Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the second of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce? Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform? Part 4: My analysis How well do you understand each of the following Cloud Services? How relevant do you think each ......

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 4:00 PM

You have 10 votes. Why not use them! www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com
The Windows Azure Platform team is very keen to get your feedback on where they should be directing their efforts over the coming months. I’ve mentioned www.mygreatwindowsazureidea... in previous blog posts but it never managed its own post – well this is it :-) Everybody has 10 votes to cast. Which means you have. Go on, vote now. The current top 5 are not that surprising (I even voted for 4 of them): But I also find the “new entries” very enlightening e.g. And trust me – those 10 votes get used ......

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:48 PM

Results of Cloud Computing Survey – Part 1: Is Cloud relevant?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). A big thanks to the 100 folks who completed the survey. I have been through the results and removed a few where folks clearly dropped out after page 1 (which is fine – but I felt it wasn’t helping the results). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the first of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:05 AM

Excellent example of explaining the details of a PaaS offering – alas it isn’t Azure
The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up. Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/wi... It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not. I would encourage you ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 8:52 PM

New Windows Azure Platform online community in the UK
There is a really strong interest in Cloud Computing and Azure in the UK – but it doesn’t appear to be supported by an online community. Well, at least I couldn’t find an active community. Hence I decided to go and create one. Or at least create the skeleton of one: http://ukazure.ning.com/ Right now you can: Give a “Shout out” to what you are up to with Azure. I’m certain folks would like to know. Watch UK produced videos on Azure including interviews with early adopters Check out upcoming UK events ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 4:41 PM

QandA: How do you avoid being charged unnecessarily for Windows Azure compute hours?
[Check out my other QandAs] You would reasonably expect to be charged for the use of the Windows Azure Platform for any application you have built which is live on Azure. But you will a) want to minimise that cost and b) you would probably like to avoid it all together while doing development or learning about Azure. These “tips” should help you minimise the cost: Make the most of January 2010 You can use the Windows Azure Platform at no charge throughout January and get an insight into the billing. ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:13 PM

QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?
[Check out my other QandAs] This question keeps coming up. Hence I will have a stab at explaining it. Nothing deployed = no charge First I think we can all happily agree that the following service on Windows Azure won’t be costing me anything :) Deployed and running and being used = charge If we have code deployed and being used then you will be charged. Seems reasonable. Note that Staging and Production cost the same. Deployed and running but no one is using it = charge You will be charged even ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:23 PM

Windows Azure Platform, Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine Explained
I wanted to point folks at this great blog if you are interested in Cloud Computing. Janakiram MSV has been busily producing some great work in his role as a Cloud Computing Strategist. What I particularly like is he is looking at the Windows Azure Platform and Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine. Out of which came these three videos which are all well worth a look. You might also want to check out this video my colleague David Gristwood recorded with David Chappell in London last year which ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:58 PM

Maybe see you at London CloudCamp on the 21st January 2010
I will be popping along to CloudCamp this Thursday. I’ve been to CloudCamp once before when it coincided with Qcon London when I was a speaker in 2009. But TBH I really didn’t pay much attention last time around as it was a) the end of a long day and b) I was only dabbling with cloud at the time. On January 1st I switched full time to the Windows Azure Platform which means this time I will be paying attention :-) Find/avoid me as necessary :-) The agenda looks promising: 6.00 - 6.10 pm Introduction ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 2:51 PM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 book available and it is from a UK author
Many, many months back UK based Alex Mackey (Australia now has him) mentioned that he was starting work on a book about Visual Studio 2010 which would also be his first book. I remember at the time thinking “Poor chap – I wonder if he has the slightest idea of what he has let himself in for!?”. Why did I think that? It was certainly no reflection on Alex who is a top class developer and speaker. However, writing a book is IMHO a mammoth undertaking if it is not your day job. It can consume every ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 12:48 PM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Launch Date is Monday 12th April

Which is fantastic news. I’m really looking forward to it especially as the UK team are planning to put on a great week for UK developers with the help of the fantastic UK community. More details to follow (just keep an eye out for #uktechdays on twitter!)

Check out the UK Visual Studio 2010 page.

P.S. That is a launch date not an RTM date.

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 1:05 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast 019 – Paul Foster discusses Windows Mobile Widgets
An interview with colleague Paul Foster recorded end of December. In the first 5 minutes we talk about lego, snow, cider and robots. We do then eventually get onto the topic of Windows Mobile Widget development. Sounds fun and straight forward. Paul wrote the article for the December 16th 2009 UK MSDN Flash newsletter: “A key new feature of Windows Mobile 6.5 (WM 6.5) is the Widget runtime. The runtime provides a Microsoft implementation of W3C Widget support to Windows Mobile for the first time. ......

Posted On Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:32 AM

Step by Step sign up for the MSDN Subscriber offer for the Windows Azure Platform
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers If you are an MSDN Subscriber then you have free hours/storage etc for Azure – once you activate your benefit. MSDN Subscribers can ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:21 PM

Step by Step sign up for the 25 hour free Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform introductory special offer: This allows anyone to try the Windows Azure Platform at “no charge”. The offer will end on July 31st 2010. Included each month at no ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:39 PM

Windows Azure Accelerated Training Workshop March 30th in London
I was just “reviewing” a Windows Azure Platform developer video from Adrian Jakeman of QA and spotted at the end that they had various Azure courses up and running or in development. Given the video was excellent, Adrian is a top chap and QA consistently deliver great sessions, I felt I should point folks at: Windows Azure Platform – Accelerated Training Workshop, March 30th in London, 2 days AUDIENCE This course is aimed at software developers with at least 6 months practical experience using Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 1:15 PM

Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform Survey – just 9 optional questions!
I am keen to get a feel for the current awareness and desire around Cloud Computing and specifically the Windows Azure Platform. Hence I have created a short and hopefully very quick to complete survey: Just 9 questions All questions are optional No need to type – just click away! Please complete even if you have ruled out Cloud Computing – it won’t take you long in that case :-) Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey. Thanks in advance and yes, I will share the results. NB: For simplicity ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:36 PM

My top 5 Azure sessions from PDC 09
Having skim watched many (but not all) the Azure sessions from PDC I thought I would call out my top 5 sessions I recommend you find some time to look at if you already know the basics. Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications that Run on Windows Azure Lots of great tips for developing for Azure. There is also a companion blog post. Windows Azure Blob and Drive Deep Dive Blobs have evolved significantly since day one. This session shows all. Windows Azure Tables and Queues ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:24 PM

Windows Identity Federation Training Kit for Windows Azure
When I joined Microsoft in 1996 I worked with a certain Hervey Wilson before he headed off to join the product group in Redmond. Last week I was skim-watching a bunch of Azure content from PDC and who should show up but Hervey talking about using WIF with Azure to enable Single Sign-On for applications. Whic is odd – as back in the late 90s I was talking about Single Sign-On and the BackOffice Logo. I digress. TBH I skimmed through Hervey's session rather too quickly, got a little confused, jumped ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:50 PM

New User Group in the North East of England – 20th Jan Silverlight and Hyper-V
I love to see new user groups created but as a Geordie I'm especially pleased to hear of the creation of North East Bytes (NEBytes) - http://www.nebytes.net . The intention is to help Developers and IT Pros in the community with the constant battle to learn, stay current and broaden their knowledge. They meet every third Wednesday of the month at Newcastle University which happens to be where I did Computer Science – which brings back fond memories of the bar and the (very dangerous but hugely fun) ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 9:59 PM

How developers learn survey results – interesting
In June 2009 we created a survey for UK developers to tell us how they prefer to learn about technology which we used as input into planning for a number of activities in the UK in the second half of the year. I just “rediscovered” the raw data and thought it was interesting enough to share more widely. Top level: Most folks are generalists Web is “where it is at” for many We each have to invest a lot of time in learning technology Search trumps colleagues for answers Few of us have certifications ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 5:34 PM

Change of focus in 2010 to the Windows Azure Platform
I have been dabbling with the Windows Azure Platform for most of 2009 (Check out my past posts) but at the end of December my boss Marc H gave me the go ahead to be “full time” on Azure in 2010. This was excellent news! I think Cloud Computing is an exciting, fascinating and often misunderstood area – which has the potential to significantly change how we develop and deploy systems in the next few years. And I am the lucky chap who gets to live and play in that space – at least until Marc realises ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 3:45 PM

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