Preparing Oracle Linux VHD for Windows Azure Cloud

At the time of this writing (December, 2013) Windows Azure supported Linux distributions from Canonical (Ubuntu), Open Logic (CentOS), SUSE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), Open SUSE and Oracle Linux. However no documentation existed for preparing your own VHD on-premise and use it as a base for VM creation on Azure. This process should also work for…

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Which Windows Azure Cloud Architecture? PaaS or IaaS ?

Overview Those who have been associated with cloud computing for some time knows how to select a cloud deployment architecture. However, a few ISV partners our team works with consistently asks questions about the cloud architecture selection criteria and hence this post. It is really hard to decide IaaS or PaaS without the application context…

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Generating SSH keys for Linux on Windows Azure –updated

This is a modification to the post I did a while ago: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/hanuk/archive/2012/06/07/generating-ssh-key-pair-for-linux-vm-deployment-on-windows-azure.aspx. Install openssl and edit OPENSSL_HOME before executing this script. The following shell script will help generate the necessary keys for Window Azure Linux deployments on Windows 7 or Windows 8 clients: gensshkey_win.cmd: @echo off if "%1" == "" goto error set OPENSSL_HOME=C:\OpenSSL-Win64…

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Data Binding in Windows 8 compared to Android

In data driven apps, developer has to write a lot of boiler plate code to bridge the impedance mismatch between the business objects and the way the information is viewed by the end users. A business object model generally represents the semantics of the relationships between various business entities while the visualization of the information…

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Enabling USB Debugging for Nexus 7 on Windows 8

While preparing for my BUILD talk that introduces Windows 8 to Android developers, I went to the nearest GameStop and brought home a brand new Nexus 7 to try it out. I enabled USB debugging before I fired up the IDE.  When I tried to deploy the app to Nexus 7, to my frustration it…

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Introducing Windows 8 for Android Developers – Part 2

Part 1 covered a few fundamental aspects of Android and Windows 8 development from the perspective of applications that are self-contained. In part 2 we will focus on the application integration with external services through the platform’s built-in networking capabilities. Internet Integration No application runs in its own silo and hence remote data and storage…

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Introducing Windows 8 for Android Developers–Part 1

Introduction This two-part series (Part 1 & Part 2) is aimed at the Android developers who are looking for opportunities to build Windows Store applications. In order for the easy onboarding of an Android developer to the Windows 8 platform, we will take a fundamental approach towards outlining the mobile development tasks and show how…

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