I Can See Patterns In The Cloud

Well, we finally did it. After many months of redesign, reconsideration, rewrites, and recombination we’ve let loose on the web our first release of the Cloud Design Patterns guide. The guide is a combination of design patterns that are especially applicable to cloud-hosted applications and services. It explores the patterns in detail, provides good practice…

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How Much Computing Power Do You Need?

I discovered this week that online shopping is not something new and exciting, but has been around here in England since 1984; five years before the World Wide Web saw the light of day at CERN, nine years before the first commercially available web browser hit the streets, and eleven years before Amazon sold its…

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Do Only Old People Buy Bicycles?

Some years ago I was forcefully introduced to the concept of statistical quality control, where the overall quality of a batch of items could be determined from an examination of a small sample. This came to mind as I’ve been immersed in watching demos of the new “Big Data” techniques for analyzing data. My rude…

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A Database By Any Other Name…

Some friends have just adopted a rather cute ginger cat and decided to name it Juno, perhaps after the Queen of the Roman Gods. Though it regularly leads to the interesting conversation: “What’s your cat’s name?” – “Juno” – “No I don’t, that’s why I’m asking”… Meanwhile, here at p&p we’re just starting on a…

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What Color Is Your Field?

So, at last, we’re done. After fighting with multiple new versions of the Windows Azure SDK, updated features in the management portal, changes to the functionality of services, and the regular changes to the names of various parts of Windows Azure, we’ve shipped the third editions of two of our Windows Azure guides and the…

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Cloudy, But No Rain So Far…

It’s been a month or so since I swallowed the Azure blue pill and moved all my local and community websites to Windows Azure Web Sites and Windows Azure SQL Database. Into each life, they say, a little rain will fall (well, actually Longfellow said it) but so far it’s been pretty much sunshine all…

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A Prolonged Burst of Frenetic Procrastination

Following a discussion last week about how the most successful national clubs and societies have evolved, I was amused by a response from someone who professed to setting up the National Procrastination Society. He reckons that this is the most successful society ever because none of the members has so far decided to return their…

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You Don’t Need Fourpence to Make the Internet Disappear

So I just found out this week why Automobile Association patrolmen didn’t need to carry four one-penny coins around at all times. According to an item on the program “QI”, in the early days of Britain’s acquisition of a nuclear attack capability they worried how they would contact the Prime Minister when he was out…

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Fully Cloud-Enabled!

Yes, another episode in my continuing onslaught on the cloud. But this week it’s a heartwarming story of intrepid adventure and final success. At last I’m fully resident in the cloud – or, to be more precise, several clouds. And I might even have saved some money as well… Over the past couple of weeks…

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I Nearly Found Nirvana In The Cloud

So it’s been a week of semi-fruitful searching for lots of people. In China there’s a team setting out on a million-pound expedition in the mountains and forests of Hubei province to find the Yeren or Yeti that’s supposedly been sighted hundreds of times. In Geneva, scientists have revealed that they’ve probably found the Higgs…

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