The Cool Wall is Back

For those of you who are fans of the BBC show Top Gear, you may remember the Cool Wall, and now you can get your very own Cool Wall along with the launch of IE9 beta and BBC’s Top Gear site. I have been very fortunate to be a member in the team to develop…


Security Best Practices in Azure

Recently the Azure and security community published the “Security Best Practices for Developing Windows Azure Application” paper on download.microsoft.com: download available here Outlining the security considerations developers should consider when building a service on Windows Azure. As I have worked on Azure before and have an interest in security I found this a very interesting…

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Consuming data from Codename “Dallas”

Codename “Dallas” as part of Windows Azure is an Information Service offering which makes it easy to find and consume data from a number of different languages, both managed such as C# and VB.NET, and other web technologies such as javascript and php due to the interface it provides. For a good overview and the…

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Eye On Earth on BBC News

A couple of announcements to be made, Firstly: BBC news has written an article on Eye On Earth, my previous project with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8499059.stm Also a proud post from Dom Green, who worked alongside me on this project and let everyone know about the article first: http://domgreen.com/2010/02/05/eye-on-earth-hits-bbc-news/ EyeOnEarth is a rich Silverlight…


Using WCF Tester with Azure

If you’ve tried to use the wcf testing tool wcftestclient.exe (\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\IDE\WcfTestClient.exe) which comes with visual studio on an azure project, you will probably have come across this problem… As the WCF service runs locally or in the cloud hosted in azure you will notice that the addresses are different between…


Add Eye On Earth to your site

If you have an environmental site, or would like to embed Eye On Earth to your site this can be done very easily with the following code. <iframe name="eoe_frame" src="http://eyeonearth.cloudapp.net/Default.aspx?latitude=55.676&longitude=12.569&zoom=10&showpushpin=true" style="height:500px; width: 875px;" /> I have changed the zoom parameter to be 1 rather than 10 to show europe below, I have also added it…


Add SSL Security to your Azure Webrole

As the new Azure toolkit allows upload of certificates to be associated with the roles, and multiple web roles, it is possible to set up 2 sites (2 webroles) one which would be secure, and one which would be unsecured. The first thing you will need is some testing certificates on your local machine which…

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Eye On Earth Launch

Last week during PDC the press release went out launching our project Eye On Earth (AirWatch). http://eyeonearth.cloudapp.net/ or http://eyeonearth.cloudapp.net/home.aspx if you do not have Silverlight enabled. Below shows the initial screen with the station light points, for visual clustering, along with the flyout showing air quality in Canterbury, and water quality in the closest station…

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Differences in Azure November 2009 SDK

I have been playing around with the new SDK and VS Tools for Azure when I have had time and have noticed a few changes to the development experience, so thought it would be a good to note them down here. The first thing is while Azure Development Fabric and Azure Development Storage still install…


Installing Azure SDK and Tools November 2009

It seems a long time since I last blogged as I have been on a long azure project which is launching soon, so watch this space… I am very excited about this! Also I hope to get some good posts going again on this blog from what I have learned during the project.  Also for…