Troubleshooting and Optimizing Queries with SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Dinakar Nethi has written an interesting TechNet Article about how the Dynamic Management Views that are available in SQL Azure and how they can be used for troubleshooting purposes.  Take a look and get a feel for how easy it is to use SQL Azure. Click…


Announcing WCF Express Interop Bindings

[This article was contributed by the AppFabric team.] Today, we are pleased to further simplify the WS-* interop challenge by providing the WCF Express Interop Bindings Extension for Visual Studio 2010, launched at wcf.codeplex.com. This new extension enables WCF developers to avoid much of the formerly needed guesswork to configure a WCF service to connect…


Video How To: Synchronize and Share Data

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This walkthrough shows how to use SQL Azure Data Sync to provide bi-directional synchronization and data-management capabilities with on-premises and cloud databases. The video covers both the benefits and features of SQL Azure and explains how businesses can use SQL Azure Data Sync to share information…


Updated IP addresses for AppFabric Data Centers

[This article was contributed by the AppFabric team.] Today (6/10/2010) the Windows Azure AppFabric has updated the IP ranges on which the AppFabric nodes are hosted. If your firewall restricts outbound traffic, you will need to perform the additional step of opening your outbound TCP ports and IP addresses for these nodes. Please see the…


FAQ about Features of SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] We’ve been receiving questions about top on-going trends with regards to SQL Azure surrounding SQL Server limitations, and the access capabilities of co-administrators. Fortunately, the answers to both of these questions have been addressed in a MSDN article about SQL Server limitations, and a MSDN blog…


Integrating SQL Azure with SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Steve Peschka wrote a great TechNet article a little while back about how to integrate SQL Azure services with Sharepoint 2010. He shares a few SQL Azure tips and tricks to get you more incorporated more quickly into new development projects.  He provides detailed steps and…


Video How-To: Creating Line of Business Applications using SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This walkthrough explains how to easily create Line of Business (LOB) applications for the cloud by using Visual Studio LightSwitch and SQL Azure. The video highlights the benefits of Visual Studio LightSwitch and explains how you can quickly create powerful and interactive Silverlight applications with little…


Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure Data to Android and Other Platforms

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This video demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with mobile and heterogeneous applications using other programming platforms via an OData service.  The video shows how easy it is to expose data by creating an OData service and how a…


Making an activity’s display name readonly in the Workflow 4 designer

[This article was contributed by the AppFabric team.] To make an activity’s display name readonly, it isn’t enough to use the ReadOnlyAttribute on the DisplayName. In order to do this, create a custom PropertyValueEditor that displays a string in a text block, then declare an editor attribute on the “DisplayName” property of your activity. The…


Video How-To: Extending SQL Azure to Microsoft Applications

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] This walkthrough demonstrates how easy it is to extend, share, and integrate SQL Azure data with Microsoft applications via an OData service.  The video starts by reviewing the benefits of using SQL Azure, then goes on to show you how to enable cloud application to expose…