MSDN Wiki Article: Q&A on Open Data Protocol (Odata)

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] MSDN has created a Q&A article on Odata (Open Data Protocol). OData applies web technologies such as HTTP, Atom Publishing Protocol (AtomPub) and JSON to provide access to information from a variety of applications, services, and stores. As web development continues to move forward, learning about new…

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Considerations When Building Database Schema with Federations in SQL Azure

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] Cihan Biyikoglu has written an interesting article on database schema when working with Federations. “With federations, you take parts of your schema and scale it out. With each federation in the root database, a subset of objects are scaled-out. You may create multiple federations because distribution…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Video How-To: Basic Architectural Considerations

[This article was contributed by the SQL Azure team.] We’ve prepared a new how-to video which talks about basic architectural considerations when developing on SQL Azure. This walkthrough provides an overview that you can use to establish best practices and optimize your SQL Azure databases. Specifically, the video discusses standard database optimization techniques, database sharding,…

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