Take Your Cloud Like Your Coffee–Half and Half

What is it that you do with your cup of coffee that makes it taste exactly the way you like it? Aside from the selection of the coffee itself, it is probably how much sugar, milk, and/or cream you add. But what happens if you want the texture of cream, but want a lower butterfat…


Your FREE Trial is Actually FREE, Now…

Too often I get asked whether the Windows Azure trial is actually FREE because you have to enter a credit card when signing up. With the introduction of Spending Limits, yes, yes, it is. Here’s the situation – you’ve been following the Canadian Developer Connection, my blog, or wherever you get your updates on what’s…


2012 Will Sure Get You Starting Something New

As 2011 comes to a close and 2012 about to begin, now’s the time to start thinking about starting something new. Whoa! I can’t believe it. 2011 is already coming to a close. Where did this year go? Looking back, there were some really amazing things that happened. Just off the top of my head:…


Update! Update! Get Your v1.5 Update!

A few weeks ago, the Windows Azure SDK v1.5 was released with many enhancements and fixes that further simplifies development, deployment, and management of applications on the Windows Azure platform. As soon as it was released, I headed over to the SDK download page (Web Platform Installer), downloaded the latest version, and started exploring the…


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 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…

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Leveraging Windows Azure for Your Next App Idea

If you’re not already using Windows Azure somehow in your applications, I’m sure you’ve been hearing more and more about how Windows Azure can help you build applications faster by focusing on development and not infrastructure or how it can help you respond faster to customer needs by having IT resources at your disposal the…


Developer Lunch and Learn Webinar: Windows Azure

I’ve been talking a lot about AzureFest recently as we’re travelling around the country introducing developers to the concepts of Cloud computing, and more specifically, what’s possible with Windows Azure. Many of you have told me that with a schedule defined by the constraints of application build, test cycle, and deployment milestones, taking the time…


AzureFest Makes A Surprise Visit to Calgary This Weekend

AzureFest is making a surprise visit to Calgary this weekend! If you haven’t yet heard of AzureFest, check out this post where AzureFest is described in full. Remember, AzureFest is a hands-on event. This means that you’ll be following along on your own laptop and actually deploying your solution during the event. In order to…