In the Cloud, Everything Costs Money

I’ve been teaching my daughter about budgeting. I’ve explained that most of the time the money coming in is from only one or two sources – and you can only change that from time to time. The money going out, however, is to many locations, and it changes all the time. She’s made a simple…

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Windows Azure End to End Examples

I’m fascinated by the way people learn. I’m told there are several methods people use to understand new information, from reading to watching, from experiencing to exploring. Personally, I use multiple methods of learning when I encounter a new topic, usually starting with reading a bit about the concepts. I quickly want to put those…

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Book Review (Book 11) – Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform

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, and the entire list is here. The book I chose for April 2012 was: Applied Architecture Patterns on the Microsoft Platform. I was traveling at…

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Preparation is key to a successful cloud deployment

If you want to be wise, watch the actions and outcomes of others. Emulate the successful actions, and avoid the actions that cause failure. That’s true in life in general – and in technology projects in specific.  I’ve worked with several clients who have created or migrated an application to “the cloud” – meaning using…

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I was going to call this post “Windows Azure Best Practices” but I’m not allowed to

For reasons I don’t completely understand, I’m not allowed to call the following advice "Best Practices" – apparently there is some liability or something there. So let’s say these are "really good ideas" for developing applications for Windows Azure. (Did you see how I worked it into the title anyway so the search engines find…

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Pay in the future should make you think in the present

Distributed Computing – and more importantly “-as-a-Service” models of computing have a different cost model. This is something that sounds obvious on the surface but it’s often forgotten during the design and coding phase of a project. In on-premises computing, we’re used to purchasing a server and all of the hardware infrastructure and software licenses…

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Application Lifecycle Management Overview for Windows Azure

Developing in Windows Azure is at once not that much different from what you’re familiar with in on-premises systems, and different in significant ways. Because of these differences, developers often ask about the specific process to develop and deploy a Windows Azure application – more formally called an Application Lifecycle Management, or ALM. There are…

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How I Prepare For Presentations, And My Speaking Schedule For This Quarter

I do a little speaking here and there and I’ve been asked about the method I use to get ready for a talk. I thought I might share the method I use, although as you read through this remember that not everyone has the same style, processes and procedures they use. As long as you…

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Head in the Clouds–Eyes on the Books

I normally post technical topics here on this blog, but I’m extending this post a bit to include a little professional development. Don’t worry; there’s some tech (and Distributed Computing tech, no less) in this post as well. I recently presented a few sessions on a “SQL Cruise” to Alaska (more on that here) and…

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