Move Existing NodeJS Site To Windows Azure Websites

Background Mr Glen Block (formerly of Microsoft) has really good video he did while at the Sencha Conference in 2013 in Orlando on how to work with NodeJS as an Azure Web Site.  Azure Websites are a great way to easily spin up low cost web sites that can scale in a big way.  I will not go into all the details of the setup but will fork part of his discussion on how to take an existing azure web site and push it to node.  There are a couple interesting differences in my discussion that are particularly useful.   The value add here is I’m assuming you already have a Git repository For your node project that does not have the root as the NodeJS directory.  That is, in Glen’s talk he assume you are starting a node project from … Continue Reading

Presenting Tonight In San Francisco on Windows Azure Development Real World Experiences

Tonight, at the Microsoft office (see this announcement for more details: ) I’m going to be talking about what it is really like to build a full service application using Microsoft’s Windows Azure Cloud Computing Platform. For those that don’t know what I’m going to talk about, here is a prelude. First, I’m going to go through about 10 slides talking briefly about what is azure.  That is, Azure is basically a family of hosted services that Microsoft provides in the cloud.  I’m going to talk about: Compute Storage Cache Service Bus SqlAzure Then, I’m going to got through and actually show all the things I do on a daily … Continue Reading

With VS2010 Debugger, Step Into, From a Windows .Net App Directly into a Windows Azure Web Role Hosting a WCF Service In The Developer Fabric

  OK, I think this is the longest post title I’ve ever made, but if you understand it, you’ll know why it needs to be so long.  I discovered this totally by accident.  I would never ever have pressed F11 (step into) from a client side proxy and expect to get into anything but a bunch of ugly machine generated proxy code (especially with Azure).  To my total surprise, I landed right inside my WCF service as if I had started the Windows Azure Developer fabric in debug mode and set a break point. So, I’ll step through the process an show screen shots on the outside chance I was dreaming and can’t reproduce it. If I can, now I will have proof so I can do it again.  Sorry for the work in progress code you will … Continue Reading

How To Gracefully Stop and Windows Azure Deployment From Visual Studio 2010

The way I do Windows Azure development is that I have OneClick Deployment setup on my Azure host.  This means I can simply and quickly update what I have on my Azure WebRole and test it without going through the 10 to 20 minute deployment process.  Sometimes, when I’m tired, I accidentally press the “Debug” or “Run” button on my Visual Studio 2010 cloud project.  This launches a 2 or 3 minute process that I have trouble killing. Today, I accidentally figured out a way to stop it.  Simply go to the web project and right mouse button on your project and say “Publish”. You will be immediately presented with an option to stop the deployment! That’s it.  Simple, but pretty undiscoverable IMHO.     … Continue Reading


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