Practical Azure #25 – The Client Layer

It’s been a great ride, and in this final session of my Practical Azure series on Channel 9 MSDN DevRadio I cover that final, topmost section – the Client Layer – in the feature map I introduced months ago. Given the recent announcements at Build and the transformation of Microsoft into a “Devices and Services”…

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Practical Azure #24: Windows Azure Mobile Services

Well, this one went a bit longer than most, but only because Windows Azure Mobile Services has so many cool features that are relevant to just about anyone building mobile applications today – regardless of platform. Join me for this pre-Build 2013 session, in which I build a Windows Phone 8 application complete with data,…

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Practical Azure #23: Windows Azure Media Services

Ok, I admit it, of all the episodes in this series, Windows Azure Media Services is one I dreaded the most. It’s just not a feature I’d ever really touched nor one that I’d presented on. Of all the services in Azure it’s probably the most niche one, but it’s actually quite cool and gave…

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Practical Azure #22 – Windows Azure Marketplace

The Windows Azure Marketplace is a textbook example of "eating your own dog food." As the One-stop shop for premium data and applications hosted on Windows Azure, the Windows Azure Marketplace provides a platform on which third-parties, like you, can host services and data sets for sale and consumption by others. And to you as…

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Practical Azure #21 – HDInsight

“Big Data” is undeniably one of the more prevalent buzzwords of the last year or two, and given the scalability inherent to the cloud, it’s a natural fit for Windows Azure. Microsoft’s specific foray into this burgeoning technology is the HDInsight service (previously known as Hadoop on Azure). With HDInsight, Microsoft has become a significant…

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Practical Azure #20 – SQL Reporting Services

One of the many values of the cloud is the ability to leverage services that on-premises would require non-trivial hardware and software configurations and to be able to tap into those services in a just-in-time and pay-as-you-go manner. SQL Reporting Service is just such a capability, offering a feature set commensurate with (and in some…

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Practical Azure #19 – Windows Azure Virtual Network

The latest episode of Practical Azure covers the topic of networking in Windows Azure: a means to connect disparate cloud services you’ve deployed as well as to join on-premises assets with the cloud services you’re hosting in Windows Azure in one big happy, virtual network! Download: MP3 MP4 (iPod, Zune HD) High Quality MP4 (iPad,…

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Practical Azure #18 – Windows Azure Service Bus

It was incredibly hard to distill a feature as powerful and versatile as the Windows Azure Service Bus into a 10 minute-ish segment, but I gave it a shot. Hopefully this latest episode of the Practical Azure series on MSDN DevRadio provides a few usage scenarios that will resonate in your own projects and prompt…

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Windows Azure – Discover the Cloud and Win Cash!

Over the past few months, I’ve been working with a lot of student and professional developers enabling them to take advantage of promotions for building applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, such as the ongoing Keep the Cash.  If your head’s a bit more in the cloud – like the Windows Azure cloud –…

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Two Azure Hands-on Opportunities

The other day I posted on some of the newest development in Windows Azure, and if that’s spurred you on to learn more, there are two great immersive (hands-on) opportunities coming up in Boston and beyond. Saturday, April 27th is the day of Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, a one-day, deep dive class to get you…

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