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- The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Windows Azure SQL Database
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2013 May/Jun
Release Date: Saturday, April 06, 2013
Quick ID: 1305041
In virtually every CODE article I’ve written since 2004, the proverbial 99% of the content has been based on things I’ve done in production. Well, every technical person has to “go back to school” at some point,-and my return to school has been in the last month as I finally took a look at SQL Azure. This article represents my findings as I recently finished “kindergarten” and am now ready for the trials of first grade!
- Introducing Windows Azure Hosted Node.js
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2013 Jan/Feb
Release Date: Monday, December 10, 2012
Quick ID: 1301051
In a previous article, I wrote about how simple it is to deploy an ASP.NET MVC Web Application to Windows Azure using Team Foundation Service hosted at tfspreview.com. In this article, I will build on those concepts and show you how to build and deploy a simple Node.js website to Azure using Git as the source code repository. One of Azure’s core strengths is its openness. In addition to the .NET SDK, Azure has SDKs for Java, PHP, Python and for the purposes of this article, Node.js. That openness also extends to Azure hosted Virtual Machines where Ubuntu, openSUSE and SUSE Linux are supported in addition to core Microsoft server technologies such as Windows Server 2012/2008 and SQL Server. In this article, I’ll provide a brief primer on Node.js, Git and how those technologies are first class citizens in Azure. One technology you will not find in this article is Visual Studio! We’ll use Notepad as our sole developer IDE!
- The Simplest Thing Possible: Windows Azure Web Site Deployment with TFS 2012
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2012 Nov/Dec
Release Date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
Quick ID: 1211081
In the last 12 months, Windows Azure has undergone a dramatic transformation. It’s gone from “What is it?” to “We need it!” in very short order. Much, if not all of this, can be attributed to the stellar leadership of Scott Guthrie and his team. It should come as no surprise the ASP.Net team, which includes all the goodies from ASP.Net MVC, Web API and SignalR to name a few, were and continue to be under ScottGu’s leadership. It’s another reminder of what the power of people (really smart people to boot), working together in furtherance of a common vision can accomplish. Today, Windows Azure is a manifestation of that accomplishment. Windows Azure is actually many things. It can host TFS, Windows (obviously), SQL Server as well as other non-Windows technologies like PHP, Ubuntu, Java, Node.js to name a few. Windows Azure also has the capacity to host “Big Data” and to be a full-fledged media server. One of the biggest catch phrases today is “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS). Though its virtual machine features, Windows Azure delivers this capability as well. For the full details on what Windows Azure can deliver, navigate to windowsazure.com.
- SharePoint Applied: Azure ServiceBus and SharePoint 2010
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2012 Mar/Apr
Release Date: Saturday, February 18, 2012
Quick ID: 1203021
The cloud means many things. It means Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Bing and - oh yes - Windows Azure! Windows Azure, as you know, is Microsoft’s cloud operating system. It consists of many parts, but at a high level you can say it includes Compute (web and worker roles, plus storage), SQL Azure and AppFabric. AppFabric, in turn, consists of AppFabric Access Control, ServiceBus, and Cache. This article concerns ServiceBus, and its integration with SharePoint 2010 and Office 365.
- Introducing Queues and Topics in Azure Service Bus
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2011 Nov/Dec
Release Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Quick ID: 1112041
In 2007, Microsoft unveiled a new vision called “Software + Services” that would fundamentally change the way that both Microsoft and their customers build software and have a gradual, yet marked ripple effect throughout the software giant’s entire strategy.
- Cloudy SharePoint: Office 365 and Azure
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2011 Jul/Aug
Release Date: Monday, July 04, 2011
Quick ID: 1108021
Everyone is excited about the cloud! Well, at least that is the theory. Microsoft introduced Azure such a long time ago - how many of us are really using it? SharePoint BPOS is around, but we still run servers in our backyard! So, why now? And why are things different this time around?
- Creating Self-Scaling Applications with Azure Services
Magazine/Issue: CoDe Magazine, 2010 Mar/Apr
Release Date: Friday, February 12, 2010
Quick ID: 1003061
Microsoft’s Azure platform has finally been released into production. This new entry into the cloud computing market provides .NET developers with a scalable, robust platform for developing applications.After over a year in CTP, Azure is finally ready for prime time. At PDC 2009, Microsoft announced the release of new components, such as the management API, that make Azure worth considering for use in production environments. In this article, I’ll demonstrate how to use the different components of Azure Services to build a self-scaling application.