Visual Studio Magazine Article on Cloud Development

I recently co-authored an article for Visual Studio Magazine titled Cloud Development in Visual Studio 2010 which in now online! The article covers the end to end experience of building and running an application on Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010.  Check it out and let me know what you think!


“OutputPath Property is not set for Project” Error when building a Windows Azure Cloud Service in VS 2010

If you’ve even seen the following error when trying to build a Windows Azure Cloud Service Visual Studio 2010: OutputPath property is not set for project ‘CloudService1.ccproj’.  Please check to make sure that you have specified a valid combination of Configuration and Platform for this project.  Configuration=’Debug’  Platform=’HPD’.  The solution is to delete the Platform…


Fixing the Silverlight Design Time in a Windows Azure Cloud Service

This is a workaround for the following configuration: Visual Studio 2008 (works fine on VS 2010) Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio February 2010 Release Silverlight 3 Tools for Visual Studio 2008 Building a Silverlight application in a Windows Azure Cloud Service This is the issue reported in this forum thread. To reproduce the…


GAC Listing for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1

The following is a list of the contents of the GAC for Windows Azure Guest OS 1.1 (Release 201001-01) Please see this post: for a walkthrough of how this listing was obtained and how you can obtain the listing for any Windows Azure OS you choose. Microsoft (R) .NET Global Assembly Cache Utility.  Version 3.5.30729.1Copyright…


Viewing GAC’d Assemblies in the Windows Azure OS

One of the main issues you can run into when deploying is that one of your dependent assemblies is not available in the cloud.  This will result in your cloud service never hitting the running state, instead it will cycle between the initializing, busy and stopping states. (the other main reason is that a storage…


Channel9 Show – Cloud Cover

Since Steve and Ryan listed my blog as one of the daily tips and just interviewed me for their Cloud Cover show, I felt compelled to plug the show 🙂 In all honesty, it’s a good show, lots of good Windows Azure Platform information in very consumable pieces (i.e. not too long, not too short). …


Videos of the Windows Azure Sessions at MIX10

Had a great time at MIX10 this year, talked to a lot of customers and got a lot of great feedback – thank you. If you weren’t able to attend and are interested in Windows Azure, here are links to the Windows Azure sessions.  Videos of all of the sessions are available at: (some of…


Mix ‘10 Session – Building Windows Azure Applications is now online

My session at Mix ‘10 is now online: If you want to get a solid understanding of what a developer needs to know in order to successfully build Windows Azure applications using Visual Studio both in terms of a new application or migrating an existing application (including the use of SQL Azure) this is…


Hope to see you at my Mix ‘10 Windows Azure session

  I’m really excited about Mix ‘10 this year.  There’s going to be a lot of cool announcements and sessions. One of the sessions I’d love to see you at is my session on building Windows Azure applications with Visual Studio (Tuesday right after the keynote at 11:30 in Breakers L): Building and Deploying Windows…