What’s going on across Canada? Lots! Check it out!

There are so many great events coming up in Canada, I wanted to list some of them here, so you don’t miss out! TechDays isn’t your only opportunity to get out and learn about the latest technologies from experts. We hold a number of smaller events throughout the year, and we also sponsor and present…

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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:…


A Whole Week of Windows Azure Training Opportunities

This week is jam-packed with opportunities to learn about and get started using Windows Azure. If you haven’t had a chance to look into Windows Azure yet, take some time this week and give it a try by attending these LIVE ONLINE events: Details on Windows Azure Camp Online >> Details on Learn Windows Azure…


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 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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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…