Cloud Tip #6-Encrypting the web.config with Visual Basic

One of the great things about Windows Azure is that it is a platform that is for the most part agnostic about what frameworks and languages you want to use. While I tend to do most of my demos in C# there is no reason we couldn’t use VB, PHP, Node.js, Java or any other…

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Cloud Tip #5-Secure your settings in Web.config with Encryption

In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure application specific settings like connection strings and other…

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Cloud Tip #4-How to migrate an existing ASP.NET App to the Cloud

Suppose you have an existing application that you want to migrate to the cloud. There are many things to look at, from the data to the architecture to considering how you plan to scale beyond one instance. For simple web sites which don’t use a lot of data or stateful information the migration to the…

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Cloud Tip #3–Find good examples

Yesterday in Minneapolis we delivered the first Windows Azure Kick Start event of the series we’re running this spring to help developers learn and understand how to use the new tools and techniques for building cloud based applications. As part of that event we wrote a lot of code as a demonstration of how this…

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Cloud Tip #2–Finding Cloud Content that works for You

There are many ways to learn a new technology. Some of us prefer to read books, others like videos or screencasts, still others will choose to go to a training style event. In any case you need to have a reason to want to learn, whether it’s a new project, something to put on the…

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More Windows Azure Webcasts

In case you’re interested here are the latest scheduled additions to the Windows Azure Boot Camp webcast series (http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011). These include: 11/22 – http://bit.ly/btlod-65 SQL Azure and Windows Phone 11/29 – http://bit.ly/btlod-66 Scaling in the Cloud 12/13 – http://bit.ly/btlod-68 Cloud + Mobile Game – building Rock Paper Scissors on Windows Phone 12/20 – http://bit.ly/btlod-69 Cloud…

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Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone

Yesterday I delivered a talk on how to build a cloud connected mobile game for a local user group here in Minneapolis. We showed how to use the Identity Management features of Windows Azure App Fabric and Access Control Services to identify a user, then play the classic Roshambo game against a cloud service. A…

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