Tuesday (Tomorrow) Night, At The Microsoft Office in SF, I’m talking SYNC SYNC SYNC

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It seems like every project I’m involved in at some point turns into a sync project.  Tomorrow night, I’ll talk about the different efforts Microsoft has put forth in this area, I’ll talk specifically about Azure Sync and of course many of my efforts.  Specifically, I’ll give lots of opinions on how to sync between mobile clients and back end services (my favorite topic at the moment).  We’ll talk about what Azure Mobile Services is, and we’ll talk about what I’m guessing it will be. Come down and join the talk!  There will be many interactive parts as always.   http://www.bayazure.org/events/97585082/   … Continue Reading

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

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Tonight, at the Microsoft office (see this announcement for more details: http://www.meetup.com/The-San-Francisco-NET-User-Group/events/21982451/?a=cr1p_grp&rv=cr1p ) 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

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  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

IT SURE WOULD BE NICE IF There was a 1-click Deploy for a Windows Azure Web Sites

Microsoft’s Windows Azure is truly a revolutionary way to have web sites hosted.  The beauty of it is practically all the IT type stuff is just taken care of for you.  The kind of thing you do not have to worry about are Security patches to the operating system Worrying about what happens if the server goes down and you are not around Database backups if your system crashes unexpectedly Scaling servers to meet high demands Other platform provided features such as Cache The penalty for this unfortunately is that you have to spend more time up front specifying your configuration exactly so that Azure knows how to exactly boot and provision your web site in the cloud. The Windows Azure I imagine is one where, … Continue Reading

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