The Microsoft Cloud Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

By now, you’ve heard a lot about the “Microsoft Cloud”. We’ve talked a lot about what is Windows Azure, the problems it solves, the business opportunities it presents, and even more so, about its capabilities, functions, APIs, and developer tools. But there’s one aspect of Windows Azure that has always been a mystery to most…


SQL Azure Federations (Because you have a lot of data)

Last week I explained SQL Azure Essentials for the Database Developer where I covered some of the differences between working in SQL Azure instead of an on-premise database from the perspective of a SQL Server database developer. Today I will continue in that vein and explain one of the upcoming features for SQL Azure: Federations….

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By The Way There Is No Documentation…

Have you ever been asked to make changes or fixes to someone else’s code? Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? A developer leaves the team and now you have to continue with their code. A consulting company develops an application and then your company decides to do the maintenance themselves to save money and…


SQL Azure Essentials for the Database Developer

  I admit it, I am a SQL geek. I really appreciate a well designed database. I believe a good index strategy is a thing of beauty and a well written stored procedure is something to show off to your friends and co-workers. What I, personally, do not enjoy, is all the administrative stuff that…


How to Get Consensus in a Meeting with the “Fist of Five”

Have you ever been in a meeting and asked “Is everyone okay with this plan?” only to be answered with silence. You prompt again “any concerns or questions"?” again nothing. Finally you announce that you are going to assume silence means consent and move on to the next topic. But here is the big question:…

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Free Training on .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 on YOUR schedule

The Visual Studio Team has released a new Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Course. You can complete it online, or if you prefer you can download the training kit and work offline. For those who don’t have the training budget to take an in person course, these training kits are a fantastic…

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