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IUpdateable has moved to ericnelson.wordpress.com Please visit http://ericnelson.wordpress.com February 2010 Entries
Links from .NET Developer Network session on Azure
A big thanks to everyone who came along last night (Feb 25th 2010) to the .NET Developer Network and to Guy for inviting me along and being a great host. I had lots of fun and enjoyed it being so interactive. As promised, some links relevant to the conversations during the evening and the many questions. I will also do a post on Monday summarising the many “limits” we discussed on instances, roles etc: New Windows Azure Platform online community in the UK – ning hosted community site for UK fans ......

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 2:52 PM

Jesse Liberty Silverlight Tour of the UK and Ireland in April
I was presenting at the excellent .NET Developer Network in Bristol last night run by the awesome Guy Smith-Ferrier. Guy reminded me of this awesome news which needs broadcasting widely – Jesse Liberty is in town in April. Sweet. Stolen directly from Guys post: “Jesse Liberty, Silverlight Geek (Microsoft US Developer Evangelist for Silverlight), is doing a tour of the UK and Ireland in April to coincide with Microsoft UK's week of TechDays (#techdays) events. Jesse is speaking at Bristol, London, ......

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 9:44 AM

Q&A: How do I find out the status of the Windows Azure Platform services?
The Windows Azure Platform includes a status dashboard as well as RSS feeds for individual services and regions. You get to see the current status: As well as the history of an individual service: As I’m based in the UK, I subscribe to the North Europe feeds for each of the services: AppFabric Access Control AppFabric Service Bus SQL Azure Database Windows Azure Compute Windows Azure Storage Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:53 PM

Windows Azure Portal surfaces the relationship between billing and deployed
I previously posted on when you get charged with Windows Azure as it is contrary to many folks expectations. Today (25th Feb 2010) I was pleased to see a new warning on the portal. Note that you only need to delete the deployment not the service. And to delete you must first stop it. Well done team. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:38 AM

I have a funny feeling this actually reflects my life at the moment
Every so often I Wordle my delicious account to see “where I’m at”. This is a spookily accurate depiction of my online life at the moment :-) Therefore… Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – UK Online community for Azure fans http://www.eurogamer.net/ My favourite online fix for gaming news http://badcompanytwo.com/ My next Xbox 360 game – should keep me busy for many months http://bit.ly/ef4resources All the best Entity Framework resource links in one place :-) ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 24, 2010 11:53 AM

Visual Studio 2010 Conversion Wizard and Azure solutions – do not change target to .NET 4
I am currently (Feb 2010) moving lots of Azure samples originally built in Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010 RC. I just realised there is a simple mistake folks can fall into. Easy to do, easy to avoid. When opening an Azure solution originally built in Visual Studio 2008 you will see the Conversion Wizard. Once you click Finish you will see this dialogue box with a default of Yes. Do not click Yes! Instead click No. The reason is simple. As of Feb 2010 the Windows Azure Fabric in Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 1:54 PM

In person events Feb through April 2010
Just a brief note about events where you can expect to see me over the next few months in the UK (and TBH this post will be helpful reminder to me!) February DotNetDevNet - Thursday 25th February 2010 – talking Windows Azure and SQL Azure Azure Open Space Coding Day Feb 27th – coding on Azure March Qcon London 2010 March 11th – manning the Interop stand CloudCamp London March 11th – just being nice to people :) Cloud Computing Congress March 16th – talking on Azure DevWeek March 17th and 18th – talking ......

Posted On Monday, February 22, 2010 3:49 PM

FREE Microsoft UK Tech Days April 12th to 16th in London, including Windows Phone 7
While I was on holiday last week we announced Tech Days. Tech Days is shaping up to be something rather good. It is a week-long series of free events run by Microsoft and technical communities to “Celebrate and inspire developers, IT professionals and IT Managers to get more from Microsoft technology” You can attend for 1 day or all 5 days. You can just attend the developer days or mix it up with the IT Pro days. It is entirely up to you. I will be doing my bit delivering sessions on Azure, Entity ......

Posted On Monday, February 22, 2010 3:16 PM

GuesPost: Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework
This is the second guest post from Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking . The first was an Introduction to Mocking. Typemock Isolator – Much more than an Isolation framework In my last post, I showed how to fake a dependency. But this involved doing a couple of things. First, it involved changing the original method. Then, I had to write wrappers (a real wrapper and the fake wrapper) and finally, I had to inject the fake object in the test. ......

Posted On Monday, February 22, 2010 1:51 PM

GuestPost: Introduction to Mocking
I have previously posted on the area of Test Doubles and Mocking under the guise of Project NEric. I also have blogged on specific tools such as Pex and TypeMock – but I wouldn’t claim to be an expert on the area. Far from it. Luckily I know a man who is. Meet Gil Zilberfeld who works at TypeMock and kindly agreed to do a couple of guest posts on Mocking. This is the first of those two. I should get the second online next week when I return from holiday. Thanks again Gill. Introduction to Mocking ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 2:50 PM

Slides and links from Entity Framework 4 session
On Monday 15th Feb 2010 I gave an overview session on Entity Framework 4 for the Developers Group. A big thanks to those who attended and asked great questions. My slide deck from the session: Entity Framework 4 In Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 View more presentations from ericnelson. A related set of screenshots from the demos I gave (or at least, a similar set of demos I did in Oct 2009): Dev305 Entity Framework 4 Emergency Slides View more presentations from ericnelson. Related Links: 101 EF4 Resources ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:21 PM

Is Visual Studio 2010 RC crashing on you? Then install the patch
I did a session yesterday on Entity Framework 4 using Visual Studio 2010 RC. Unfortunately VS2010 crashed on me 4 or 5 times during my presentation whilst editing code (I resolved it by copy and paste from Notepad!). I was pretty convinced the issue was related in some weird way to the amount of other beta stuff I have on my machine plus a history of various CTP installs of VS2010. However it turns out there is a more fundamental problem with Intellisense in the release candidate. The good news is ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 12:44 PM

UK MSDN Flash Podcast made it onto Zune.net
Great to see the MSDN Flash Podcast I host has made it onto Zune.net – even if I can’t access it myself as I’m in the UK :-( However a US colleague pinged me about it and sent me the following. Looks rather grand :-) The latest episode was on Azure – and I’m thinking about spinning off a second podcast show just on Azure. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:20 AM

SyncToBlog #9 Cloud Links that caught my eye last week
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Dec 2009. Not everyone seems to know that Roger Jennings does a rocking job of collating links on Azure – e.g. Sunday Feb 14th. Recommended read - Using SQL Server Client APIs with SQL Azure Version 1.0 Q&A: Looking Ahead at Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Tim O'Brien, director of Microsoft's Platform Strategy Group, discusses the future of Windows Azure, Silverlight, and developing with .NET. Getting MySQL ......

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 9:11 AM

Getting Windows Azure development working with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate
If like me your are interested in Azure and want to use Visual Studio 2010, then you probably: Removed Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Installed the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate (Which all worked great for me) And then tried to create a new Cloud Service and got this error: “Method not found: ‘System.Collections.Generic... No need to panic. Notice there are two project types – Cloud Service and Cloud. Click on Cloud and notice that there is another step to do – Enable Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:43 AM

Vote for future Entity Framework and Data Services Features
Blatant repost alert from the ADO.NET team blog! But important IMHO. The Microsoft data team are looking for help to prioritize future work. Is there a feature that you’ve always wanted to have? Or a bug in VS2010 RC? Then provide feedback directly to the teams at the new Connect site. Including: ADO.NET Entity Framework WCF Data Services Thanks all ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 10:50 PM

Brad Smith on the Cloud in the 21st century
Something a little different. No mentions of web roles, nodes or queues – but interesting nevertheless. Brad Smith gave Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing devoted to the economic success of Europe. The event was organized by E!Sharp in the Auditorium of the Museum of Art and History, in Brussels, on January 26th. Brad Smith is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation. Brad gives a strong steer on our commitment to (amongst other things): First class Interop Supporting ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:09 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast 020 – David Gristwood and AWS talk Azure
On January 1st I switched focus to 100% Azure. My friend and colleague David Gristwood has been firmly focused on Azure through 2009 working with early adopters. We decided to record a podcast talking about what we are up to and how Microsoft UK has been helping early adopters using deep dive labs, workshops and training. We also have a stab at describing the Windows Azure Platform in 1 minute (I hopelessly overrun by 100%) and we finish with an interview between David and Active Web Solutions (AWS). ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:38 AM

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate now available
Stonking good news. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to all MSDN Subscribers. It will be available to my dad (who is not an MSDN Subscriber) on Wednesday (Feb 10, 2010). Even better, my dad (and you) can take advantage of the go-live license to deploy code into a production environment. If you are a subscriber, download now. More detail over on Jason Zanders blog. P.S. If you are a UK developer interested in Azure head over to http://ukazure.ning.com ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 8:02 AM

Q&A: How can I calculate the TCO and ROI when considering the Windows Azure Platform?
[In the UK? Why not join http://ukazure.ning.com] Awareness of the existence of the Windows Azure Platform TCO and ROI Calculator remains pretty low based on some conversations I have had lately at events. It is available in both online and offline versions and aims to help measure the potential savings of product development or migration to the Windows Azure Platform. Lets take a quick example of a brand new car insurance site (Based on my depth work with… car insurance sites!). In brief: We will ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 3:37 PM

Try Windows Azure in February and Win for the UK!
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] I just stumbled upon some work by my US colleagues and CodeProject to create a competition around deploying applications on the Windows Azure Platform. Looks to me like it is open to UK developers – hence I would encourage you to have a shot at winning and bringing the prizes back to Blighty. Give Windows® Azure a try in February and you could win an HP TouchSmart laptop (approximately $1000 USD value) ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 12:55 PM

Q&A: Do I get charged compute hours for every role in my Windows Azure Hosted Service?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] [Check out my other QandAs] A common question I get is “Do I get charged compute hours for every role type in my service?” The short answer is “Yes you do”. Now for the longer answer… Every role type is created as at least one Virtual Machine instance on the Windows Azure Platform – more if you have instance count > 1 for a role. In this hosted service example I have 2 WebRoles and 3 WorkerRoles with ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 11:39 AM

Being Agile with Visual Studio 2010 training from Ivar Jacobson International March 18th
A colleague just pointed me at something a little different. Ivar Jacobson International are delivering their first training using Visual Studio 2010 in Reading next month (March 18th and 19th, 2010). I found this particularly interesting because of some “history” I have with Ivar Jacobson. I hosted a dinner table with him at an evening event of a large Microsoft UK conference a few years back. It sticks in my mind as whilst Ivar was interesting to talk to, he was also pretty negative towards a lot ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 9:30 AM

Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform?
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 third 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 Which of these Windows Azure Platform technologies have you already evaluated or plan to evaluate ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 2:30 PM

Real World Azure Projects – Factonomy
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] Fellow UK Azure Evangelists David just published an interesting interview with Factonomy on why they went with Azure. Just putting it on http://ukazure.ning.com/ .. once I’m sure about the embed code :-) ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:15 AM

Free UK Azure Training Workshops in Reading and Edinburgh in February
As part of Microsoft UKs Azure Awareness Week in February (2010) we have three training workshops for partners taking place. I have added them over on the new Fans of UK Azure community site. Don’t delay – I expect the places to vanish quickly! February 23 Tuesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 24 Wednesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 25 Thursday Edinburgh Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:28 AM

Q&A: I have a new business idea. How can I implement it cheaply using the Windows Azure Platform?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] I have been asked this one a few times recently. The question is often driven by the realisation that that the Windows Azure Platform is actually a little more expensive that alternatives such as shared hosting/dedicated hosting in the early stages of a new application – i.e. when you have no/few users and you don’t need all that elasticity and high availability isn’t really a priority. It turns out ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:09 AM

Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform
I wrote this short article for the 27th of January edition of the UK MSDN Flash newsletter. I thought it would be useful to sneak it in here as well especially as it will be the basis of a number of upcoming blog posts – probably about seven of them :-) Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform January 2010 is when the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing moved from beta to live. We have three services live and already serving applications developed in the UK: · Windows ......

Posted On Monday, February 1, 2010 1:33 PM

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