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Free eBooks on Azure and other Microsoft topics

If you’re interested in Azure or other Microsoft technologies then you might be interested in this collection of free eBooks. Tags: Microsoft, Windows Azure

Some quick Azure observations

Here’s a couple of quick observations and reminders that came to mind while doing some recent work to convert a legacy application from being hosted on a customer’s VPS up into Azure. Working with Azure places a large emphasis on your DNS registrar of choice Your domain names are important, you want to protect them and choose a good registrar. Your #1 criteria should probably be security (which I something I’ve talked about before), but you also want a good and flexible user interface. A number of registrars have UIs that try to hide the complexities of how domain names work...

Google launches cloud-based tools for iPhone developers

Google launches cloud-based tools for iPhone developers and they're beautiful – that last bit is from the article title, not me. Interestingly this really feels like a move designed to counter/compete with Microsoft’s Azure Mobile Services, which look excellent (not necessarily the development of the services, but opening them up to iOS developers). The bullet points of the offering look to match Azure’s exactly, which is probably unsurprising that two large companies decided that developers would want/need similar features. Here’s a silly generic cloud diagram. Surely there’s a default PowerPoint template for “generic silly cloud diagram” by...

Windows Azure - New Mobile Services Samples

These New Mobile Services Samples are interesting (to me) for a couple of reasons. One is that mobile services looks like an incredibly useful offering for anyone building a mobile app, and it’s good to see it being talked about. Another is that a Xamarin sample has been added. Xamarin is something that I’ve been looking to play with for a while, so playing with it in the context of mobile services looks like a great way to kill 2 birds with one stone. If you’ve got a Pluralsight account and want a good dose of in depth detail...

Testing Azure transient fault handling

One of the thoughts that went through my mind when implementing The Transient Fault Handling Application Block was how to test it, and prove that it’s actually doing something. It’s not that I don’t trust it, but more thinking about needing to demonstrate to customers/people that they need it in their application, and to be able to show them why they need it. I was planning to put together a little demo when I had time, however my procrastination has paid off and Robert Moore (creator of the NHibernate specific module for transient fault handling) has put something together:...

Epic Fails in Azure Architecture

I bring you: Epic Fails in Azure Architecture! What is this? It’s a quick list of things which should be considered when architecting an application for Windows Azure (although a lot of this is relevant to other cloud technologies). These points are all results of a real world code audit, where each of these items was neglected. Why? From real world experience, it feels like various aspects of Azure architecture might be worth emphasising, and also that the tight integration offered by Visual Studio might be shielding some developers and architects from thinking about PaaS/IaaS (aka...

Azure and Visual Studio integration–it’s the little things

While upgrading an Azure project to target version 2.0 of the SDK, I got curious as to how things might look for anyone who didn’t have the new Azure tools installed. For this project, the team is incredibly geographically distributed (5 countries and counting), so I thought I’d fire up another machine and take a peek. I don’t know what I was expecting, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be handled as cleanly as this: It’s the little things like this that make developing in Visual Studio so pleasant. It’s also why it’s...

Link Roundup–6th of May 2013 (Azure special)

I’ve spent the last couple of months involved with a project that makes heavy use of Windows Azure. On top of that, there’s been a lot of recent enhancements and improvements in the world of Azure, hence this post has an Azure theme, covering Azure related things which have appeared over the last few weeks. Windows Azure: Active Directory Release, New Backup Service + Web Site Monitoring and Log Improvements – some new features released on the 8th of April - cloud based Active Directory, Windows Azure backups, and diagnostic improvements to Azure Web Sites. Introducing the Event-Driven...