Building Windows Azure Service Part7: Service Testing

In this post, you will test the GuestBook application in the Development Fabric (aka, devfabric). The devfabric is a simulated environment for developing and testing Windows Azure applications on your test machine. A Visual Studio project with source code is available at the end of this post to accompany the subject matter discussed. In Visual…

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Building Windows Azure Service Part6: Service Configuration

You can update your service’s configuration while the service is running without taking the service offline. The service configuration (.cscfg) file contains the service’s configuration. To change configuration information, you can either upload a new configuration file, or edit the configuration file in place and apply it to your running service. This does not apply…

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Building Windows Azure Service Part5: Worker Role Background Tasks Handler

In this post you will create a worker role to read work items posted to a queue by the web role front-end. The worker role performs these tasks: Extract the information about the guest book entry from the message queued by the web role in the Queue Storage. Retrieve the user entry from the Table…

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Building Windows Azure Service Part4: Web Role UI Handler

In this post, you will create the UI that enables the user to perform read, write operations on the GuestBookEntry table. You will update the web role project generated when you created the Windows Azure service. Specifically, you will perform the following tasks: Add a page to the project that contains the UI to display…

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Building Windows Azure Service Part3: Table Storage

This post shows how to create a project that contains the classes to store guest entries in Windows Azure Table Storage. The Table Storage service offers semi-structured storage in the form of tables that contain collections of entities. Entities have a primary key and a set of properties, where a property is a (name, typed-value)…

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Building Windows Azure Service Part2: Service Project

In this post, you will create a Windows Azure service project using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. To create the Windows Azure service project From the start menu, select All Programs and right-click Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. Choose Run as Administrator.If the User Account Control dialog appears, click Continue. From the File menu, click New Project….

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Building Windows Azure Service Part1: Introduction

This is the first of several posts of a walkthrough whose goal is to build a cloud guest book service while exploring Windows Azure basic elements . I wrote these posts to share my experience in learning Microsoft implementation of cloud computing. If you are new to the technology, my posts can help you to…

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Using Windows Azure Development Environment Essentials

The Windows Azure development is a simulation environment which enables you to run and debug your applications (services) before deploying them. The development environment provides the following utilities: The development fabric utility. The development fabric is a simulation environment for running your application (service) locally, for testing and debugging it before deploying it to the…

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Getting Started With Silverlight

Silverlight is a .NET Framework development platform for creating rich interactive applications (RIA) for web, desktop, and mobile platforms when online or offline. Silverlight also provides a free plug-in compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems and supporting a new level of interactivity for applications. For more information see: Getting Started with Silverlight. Tools…

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Getting Started With Windows Azure

Cloud Computing Windows Azure Platform is Microsoft implementation of cloud computing. The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines cloud computing as follows: Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and…

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