Book Review (Book 7) – Think Stats

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for December 2011 was: Think Stats, by Allen B. Downey.  Why I chose this Book: I originally chose another book for…

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Windows Azure Storage (WAS) Internals – Achieving Consistency

Windows Azure Storage has three primary components – a Queue, a Binary Large Object (BLOB) store (two types of these), and Table Storage. Storage of data on-premises is fairly well understood – but there components of it that you may not consider. When you move to a distributed architecture, certain factors should be taken into…

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How Microsoft helps you NOT break your Windows Azure Application: Storage Services Versioning

One of the advantages of using Windows Azure to run your code is that you don’t have to constantly manage upgrades on your platform. While that’s a big advantage indeed, it immediately brings up the question – how do the upgrades happen? Microsoft upgrades the Azure platform in periodic increments, and the components that are…

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Windows Azure Best Practices: Affinity Groups

When you create a Windows Azure application, you’ll pick a subscription to put it under. This is a billing container – underneath that, you’ll deploy a Hosted Service. That holds the Web and Worker Roles that you’ll deploy for your applications. Along side that, you use the Storage Account to create storage for the application….

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Book review (Book 6) – Wikinomics

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for November 2011 was: Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, by Don Tapscott   Why I chose this Book: I’ve heard a…

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The Data Scientist

A new term – well, perhaps not that new – has come up and I’m actually very excited about it. The term is Data Scientist, and since it’s new, it’s fairly undefined. I’ll explain what I think it means, and why I’m excited about it. In general, I’ve found the term deals at its most…

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Developing a Cost Model for Cloud Applications

Note – please pay attention to the date of this post. As much as I attempt to make the information below accurate, the nature of distributed computing means that components, units and pricing will change over time. The definitive costs for Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure are located here, and are more accurate than…

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Windows Azure Use Case: Supplementing Infrastructure

I’ve explained before that Windows Azure is a Platform as a Service – at its simplest, that means that you write software and Azure runs it for you. But what if you are a shop that normally buys “off the shelf” software, and the only software you write is an internal utility here and there…

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Book Review (Book 5) – The Cloud of Unknowing

This is a continuation of the books I challenged myself to read to help my career – one a month, for year. You can read my first book review here. The book I chose for October 2011 was: The Cloud of Unknowing, Anonymous: The role of faith in life. Once again, this is out of…

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Bonus Rant: Conference Speakers and the Golden Rule

Fair warning: This isn’t a technical post. This is my opinion, and not Microsoft’s. I’ve been a public speaker at events since 1980. Interestingly, even though I’ve done this, it’s never been my paid job. I’ve spoken on technical topics at groups as small as 5 people to over 10,000, inlocal and global events. I’ve…

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