Innovation Showcase Headlines 05.12.2010

The editorial staff over at Innovation Showcase have been busy this week compiling the top stories for developers and architects. Check out the news on Silverlight, Windows Azure, Windows Phone, Office, 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7. High-Quality Touchscreens for your Windows 7 Multi-touch Applications Refactoring to the Cloud How fast is…

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SQL Server User Group Hartford, CT

You’re Invited… Hartford SQL Server User’s Group April 7th 2010 Title: Cloud Computing with SQL Azure Abstract: SQL Azure is Microsoft’s cloud database service offering. Cloud-based database solutions such as SQL Azure can provide many benefits, including rapid provisioning, cost-effective scalability, high availability, and reduced management overhead. In this presentation we will cover an architectural…

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Innovation Showcase Headlines – 02.23.2010

Some very cool topics are covered on Innovation Showcase this week including: Bing Maps Augmented Reality (a must see!), what’s new in Windows 7 Phone, an eye opening ARCast.TV episode featuring a Silverlight application that displays medial history, a Visual Studio 2010 Resource Guide from Chris Bowen and much much more. Learn How to Build…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – Moving File Content to Azure Storage

Windows Azure provides scalable, available, and durable structured storage in the form of tables, blobs and queues. The tables contain entities, and the entities contain properties. The tables are scalable to billions of entities and terabytes of data, and may be partitioned across thousands of servers. Blobs provides a simple interface for storing named files…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – The Silverlight 3 Client

New GUI Even though I created a new UI for the application, I reused much of the code as the functionality was nearly identical. I changed the color, location and size of the elements and added a few new ones. The new user interface is built using a both Expression Blend 3 and Visual Studio…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – SOAP to REST

Migrating the Sounds Familiar application services to the cloud prompted me to make a switch from SOAP to REST. Though it was not necessary to make the switch, REST has become the de-facto standard for public services. The modification to my existing services was not a major change. To assist me in my service migration…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – Visual Studio 2010 Project Setup

Setting up the project in Visual Studio 2010 is very straight forward: Click File –> New –> Project, select Cloud, provide a Name and click OK. Next select the type of Role you want to create. For hosting both a Silverlight client and WCF services, choose ASP.NET Web Role. Once the Azure project is created,…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – SQL Server to SQL Azure

SQL Azure Database is a cloud database service from Microsoft. SQL Azure provides web-facing database functionality as a utility service. Cloud-based database solutions such as SQL Azure can provide many benefits including rapid provisioning, cost-effective scalability, high availability and reduced management overhead. The SQL Azure Portal gives you a simple page to create your database….

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – System Configuration

Configure your Windows Azure Account and Development Environment To get started developing for Windows Azure you will need an account. Before you can have an account you will need a Windows Azure token. Request a token by completing the application here. Tokens are generally issued within a few hours. Once you have received your token,…

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Migrating Applications to Windows Azure – The Architecture

The architecture for a rich internet application leverages the same logical model that all modern applications are based on: the n-tier service-oriented model. This diagram depicts the n-tier service-oriented layered architecture consisting of 3 layers, Presentation, Business and Data / Interop. Of course this is the most basic version of this model and at this…

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