SQL Azure Date and Time Functions derived from the Operating System

Transact-SQL includes a number of date and time functions that have values are derived from the operating system of the computer on which the instance of SQL Server is running. With SQL Azure these functions are all standardised on UTC (as you would expect) so you will receive the same result irrespective of the datacentre…


Ruby on Rails on Windows Azure with SQL Azure

I was recently talking to a customer about the possibility of moving a web site from Linux to Windows Azure. The hosting costs of the application are not excessive, and the customer is happy with the service received. Nevertheless they were very interested in exploring the hosting costs and potential future benefits of the Windows…