Redis Cache Service on Azure

We just previewed a Redis cache service on Azure.  A good writeup is also on ScottGu’s blog. This is Redis hosted within azure as service. You can create a cache via the portal, and then access it via Some highlights: Hosting Redis 2.8 on Azure VMs accessible via redis clients from any language. My recommendation…

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Hosting interactive code in the Cloud

Azure WebJobs SDK alpha 2 makes it very easy to host code in the cloud and run it interactively.  You can now invoke your SDK functions directly from the dashboard. Some great uses here: Provide admin diagnostic commands for your live site. Easily host code in azure for testing benchmarking code within a datacenter. Sharing…

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Who wrote that blob?

One of my favorite features of the Azure WebJobs SDK is the “Who wrote this blob?” feature. This is a common debugging scenario: you see your output is incorrect (in this case, a blob) and you’re trying to find the culprit that wrote the bad output. On the main dashboard, there’s a “Search Blobs” button,…

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Azure Storage Bindings Part 2 – Queues

  I previously described how the Azure Webjobs SDK can bind to Blobs. This entry describes binding to Azure Queues.   (Binding to Service Bus Queues is not yet implemented) You can see some more examples for queue usage on the sample site. Here are some supported queue bindings in the Alpha: Queue Input for BCL…

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Azure Storage Bindings Part 1 – Blobs

The Azure WebJobs SDK provides model binding between C# BCL types and Azure storage like Blobs, Tables, and Queues. The SDK has a JobHost object which reflects over the functions in your assembly.  So your main looks like this: static void Main() { string acs = "DefaultEndpointsProtocol=https;AccountName=???;AccountKey=???"; JobHost host = new JobHost(acs); // From nuget:…

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Converting between Azure Tables and CSV

I published a nuget package (CsvTools.Azure) to easily read/write CSVs to azure blobs and tables.  It builds on the CSV reader, also on Nuget (see CsvTools) and GitHub (https://github.com/MikeStall/DataTable ). Azure Tables are very powerful, but can be tricky to use. I wanted something that: handled basic scenarios, such as uploading a CSV file to…

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