Azure SQL Data Premium Now Available

Recently at the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Satya Nadella announced a new Premium service for Windows Azure SQL Database that delivers more predictable performance for business-critical applications. This limited preview has now been expanded. SQL Database customers with account administrator rights can immediately request an invitation to this preview by visiting the Windows Azure Preview…

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WebMatrix 3 Released

For those that aren’t aware, WebMatrix (available for download here) is a free, lightweight web development tool that was first introduced in 2010 which provides a great, focused web development experience for ASP.NET, PHP, and Node.js. New Features Summary Windows Azure Integration When you create local projects, you’ll be able to instantly get a companion website in…

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Build 2013 Developer Conference

I can’t believe almost 6 months has passed since the last Build conference. This year the event will be held between June 26–28 in San Francisco where Microsoft will share what’s next for Windows, Windows Server, Windows Azure, Visual Studio, and more. Visit the Build site to get yourself registered on April 2 for three days of…

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Windows Azure Services on Windows Server

Yesterday, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which brings the full range of System Center management to Windows Server 2012 for private and hybrid cloud. With this release, you will be able to use Windows Server, System Center 2012 SP1 and Web Sites service in your datacenters to offer…

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Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…

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SQL Server 2012 Virtual Labs

I enjoy learning by doing as opposed to a lecture based format so having access to a free lab environment via Microsoft Virtual Labs is too good to pass up. Combine this with SQL Server 2012 RTM and it’s the perfect time to learn about some of the new features it provides. There are quite…

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SQL Server Power View (aka Project Crescent)

I remember when creating reports were a daunting task and one that I generally left for last to complete. I think almost every developer I’ve come in contact with throughout the years is under the same impression (although there are exceptions to every rule) however with the release of SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (SSRS), this…

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Technical Readiness

Fortunately I’ve had the chance to attend many events dealing with technology but my favorite, for a number of reasons has to be a semi-annual internal Microsoft conference held in Seattle that brings together all ‘softies from all over the world. I recently attended this conference (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) and…

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SQL Azure Import/Export Service

Cirrus clouds are certainly beautiful but “the cloud” within technology is truly a wonderful thing. It offers so much versatility and almost limitless possibility that it’s now become a focal point when talking about development (new or migration). It’s great to have the ability to scale out web services, enable single sign-on via access control,…

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Deep Dive into TFS Reporting

If you haven’t used the reporting capabilities of Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you’ve certainly been missing a big piece of the product. There are standard reports but more importantly you have the ability to customize and extend those reports as well as create your own. Steve Borg, Principal ALM Consultant from Northwest Cadence had…

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