Azure resources

Microsoft Azure Services platform allows the creation of logical application ecosystem from the applications spread across proprietary data centers. This reduces IT inertia in meeting the changing business needs and thereby improving business agility. Microsoft made a slew of announcement at PDC 2008 and the following are a few resources to get more information on…


Microsoft loves everyone!

CEO of suggests that Microsoft hates everyone( by suggesting that we are not an open cloud platform. His assertions are debatable and even his love to everyone is not unconditional (please see ) 🙂 When it comes to openness of the cloud platform, one has to differentiate between application portability (design time)…


Silverlight2 RTW Announcement

Here is the Microsoft press release on Silvelright2 RTW: It will be available for public download on October 14th (tomorrow) at With this press release we also announced the technology preview of the Soyatec project available today at, with a complete version available in second half of 2009. More information and the…


Apache httpd configuration for IE7 standard mode rendering in IE8

(Note: The following instructions are for information purpose only and correspond to Apache 2.2 on Windows. It should be pretty straight forward to translate them to LINUX and other UNIX variants. The guidance shown here has to be thoroughly tested in a non-production environment before applying it to production web servers. ) IE8 allows web…


Distributed in-memory cache – Velocity

Distributed in-memory cache from Microsoft at last! Velocity is the code name for this distributed in-memory cache with the following features: Distributed in-memory cache A cluster of cache hosts provides fault tolerance Supports optimistic as well pessimistic locking of cached objects Manage the memory footprint through cache expiration (TTL) and LRU based eviction Supports named…


.NET 3.5 SP1 Beta Feature Information

The best all-up run-down of all the features (WPF, ASP.NET, WinForms, VS etc.) can be found on Scott Guthrie’s blog: Tim Sneath’s write-up of the WPF-specific features on his blog: And lastly, Brad Abrams’ post has a ton of screenshots of the various features:   Cheers, Hanu


Silverlight 2 Beta 2 is available now

We recently released Silverlight 2 Beta2 for public.   Silverlight 2 Beta 2 plug-in (runtime), Beta 2 SDK, Silverlight 2 Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008 can be installed together from the following link: Blend 2.5 June Preview provides Silverlight 2 Beta 2 support and can be installed from the following link:  …


Silverlight for the Enterprises – where are my dlls?

I recently spoke to a customer who wanted to know if Silverlight extracts the dlls (from the XAP) and stores them in the temp directories before building the type system in memory. The reason for the question was that they have a monitoring system that looks for patterns of unwanted files (e.g. *dll) and gets…


Silverlight for the Enterprises – Application Partitioning

In this post we will look at one of the architectural aspects of the enterprise class applications – application partitioning. Application partitioning is done for variety of reasons including the following: To optimize download times To chunk the application down to a set of manageable deployment units To isolate sensitive parts of the application from…