Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter III

After my last post I was a little bit dissatisfied with the fact that if you use the scripts frequently the blob storage container will fill up quite a bit. As already outlined this will affect the monthly charges billed to your account especially when you are deploying in a high frequency and have to…

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Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter II

After I elaborated a bit on one of the base requirements to work with the Azure Service Management API at all which is enabling a valid certificate to authenticate your calls to the API I want today share some thoughts about how to automate tasks related with Azure deployments. As already pointed out in Chapter…

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Tales About Working With The Azure Service Management API – Chapter I

For enterprises, power users and people who simply don’t like the Azure administration portal but do use Windows Azure as an deployment option for their applications or services it may be desirable to integrate deployment and administration tasks into automatic processes and/or customized tools. To support that Microsoft provides a REST based Service Management API….

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DHL Shipment Tracking Accelerator for IE8

Today it’s going to be a short and extremely non technical post however I thought this may be of interest to some of you. I had some spare time and was waiting for DHL to deliver my copy of Dragon Age: Origins. So I consulted the DHL tracking system quite a few times. And because…

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Installing IEAK IN A VPC without Disk Space Determination

If you try to install the Internet Explorer Administration Kit on a Virtual PC image you may have probably encountered the following situation The box shown above appears and stays there forever. The only option you have is to click the “Return” button and cancel the installation process. But as you may still want to…

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The Music Industry – Your Dear Pals

Due to some recent changes in licensing for LyricWiki to provide song lyrics via web service calls my famous Radio GaGa Silverlight application does no more show lyrics of the selected songs. As said this is due to some restrictions made by the music publishers and is neither my nor the fault of LyricWiki. While…

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The ViewModel Pattern in Silverlight – An Example

During the last few weeks I was working with Silverlight again quite a bit. This meant I had to write some code for several showcase projects, too. Of course no real production code (beware) but nevertheless in the end the applications were doing what they were supposed to do. However as it usually happens in…

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Physics, Silverlight and Visualization…Update!

Due to quite some unexpected demand for the sources of the knowledge management showcase published in this blogpost even now almost 2 years after the initial post I took some short time and updated the solution. So now should at least rudimentary work with Silverlight 2 and 3 Beta. Unfortunately I had to strip out…

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Using IE8 Beta2 IEAK with RC1 Bits

The release of Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is just around the corner and fortunately there is a significant number of people and organization that want to release their own customized version of IE8. Luckily Microsoft publishes a tool that can let you easily customize IE8. The tool is called the Internet Explorer Administration Kit (IEAK)…

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Building A Visual Search Service For IE8 With WCF - Part III

It’s definitely about time to publish the promised third part of this series. This time I will cover the class model which I used to let the .Net XmlSerializer generate the necessary XML structure. I want to utilize almost the full breadth of the capabilities the Visual Search component is offering with respect of information…

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