Coping with “It’s all been done” syndrome …

Sometimes I get down on myself.  You see, dear reader, I’ve been trying to think up a good application to write for WP7.  I’ve thought of a few good apps, a couple of mine are actually up in the marketplace and earning money.  But, then I say to myself, “It’s all been done before!  Every…

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Cloud Economics … You’re Fired!

We just published a great paper on the Economics of the Cloud.  It does a very thorough analysis of current IT practices and gives some concrete ways that the Cloud (both Public and Private) can lead to IT cost savings.  Unfortunately, it also white washes one of the most important economic factors of the Cloud,…

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Post Architect’s Master Class initial thoughts …

I must tell you, I hate training.  I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! This is me in a training class … Just a sad sack. Why? Because most training sucks, that’s why!  I always feel like give an equivalent amount of undisturbed time, I could learn more on my own.  In one…

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Why does your Windows Phone 7 app need access to my phone calls?

If you’ve been playing around in the Windows Phone 7 marketplace or downloading apps to your shiny new Windows Phone 7 (w00t!), you may have noticed something interesting.  Some applications seem to require a lot more privileges than you’d expect.  Take for example my little game (Zune link, plug) … Why would a little kids’…

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Windows Phone 7, Reactive Extensions, OData, MVVM

Download source: RxTests.zip No, this is not an attempt to get spidered by putting every hot technology in the title!  It’s actually self-induced attempt to give myself a brain hemorrhage by stuffing as many new to me technologies in one sample application as possible and trying to building it out … In this corner, you…

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Windows Phone 7 Development Tools RTM …

If you’ve been using the beta tools to develop for Windows Phone 7, you’ve had to do without for a little while – but no longer.  The RTM tools are available for download!  There are a ton of great things included in the package and they have been and will remain completely without cost.  So…

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Categorizing the Cloud Part 2: Where does my business fit?

  Last time we discussed various categorizations of the cloud and determined that there were three dimensions against which we could categorize a Cloud offering.  Those dimensions are Service Model, Deployment Model and Isolation Model.  Given that the cardinality of the dimensions is 3, 3, 2, we have 18 possible categorizations.  To answer the question…

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Categorizing the Cloud …

I’ve been thinking about the Cloud a lot lately.  I’ve also been talking to a lot of customers both large and small about Azure.  I’m getting some fairly consistent messages.  On the good side, most of my customers indicate that they are interested in the Cloud and what the Cloud can do for their business. …

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Three ways to interact with SQL Azure …

There are several different tools that one can use to interact with a SQL Azure database.  Each tool has scenerios that it is best for and an audience to whom it will appeal.  Here are three along with some thoughts on each. Method #1: Tried and True, SSMS There has been plenty written on this…

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