Using Windows Azure Blob Storage to store aerial images

The scenario I have an ASP.NET web application, which is used to search and navigate over a very large number of aerial images. Currently there are nearly 400.000 images consuming 2 TB of storage + backups. I thought it would be a good idea to see how the Windows Azure Blob storage could be used…

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How to create and Publish your first Windows Azure application

Signup for a Windows Azure account First you need to signup for a Windows Azure account and get an invitation code to setup the server. Visit http://www.azure.com for that. Setup the development environment Download and install the following from http://www.microsoft.com/azure/sdk.mspx Windows Azure SDK Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Create a new Windows Azure…

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Windows Azure announced

Today at the PDC 2008 keynote Windows Azure and the Azure Services plattform was announced by Ray Ozzie. What is Azure? Windows Azure is a new operating system and platform for building and running applications and services, that will be hosted on a cloud-based infrastructure. Windows Azure will maker it easier to write applications and deploy them in…

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What is the PDC 2008 all about?

Have you heard that PDC2008 is the place to see the coolest new technology? That’s right, at PDC2008, you’ll discover what is in store for the future of ASP.NET. Have some fun with XNA and game development, or go in-depth with IronRuby. Other topics include: Live Mesh, Office Communications Server, SQL Server 2008, FAST, Silverlight,…

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Using LINQ to Objects to simplify procedural code

How many times haven’t you written procedural code to loop through lists to do sorting and filtering of items like this? List<Position> positions = GetPositions();   // Sort the list and filter SortedList<string, Position> openPositions = new SortedList<string,Position>(); foreach (Position position in positions) {     if (position.Quantity > 0.0)         openPositions.Add(position.Paper, position);  } The above…

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How does LINQ to SQL affect the architecture of your application?

During the past week, I have been converting a few applications to using Visual Studio 2008 and LINQ. It’s nice to be able to remove all of the SQL query strings from my code and replace them with nice and clean LINQ syntax. In the beginning, I was a bit confused on how to structure…

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Howto enable Windows Search Service in Windows Server 2008

I found that the Windows Search Service in Windows Server 2008 is a bit hard to discover. The Windows Search Service is actually burried as a Role Service under the File Services Role.  These are the steps to add and enable the Windows Search Service in Windows Server 2008: 1) Start Server Manager 2) Click on Roles in…

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Windows Presentation Foundation (Avalon) Databinding to objects

Databinding to an object datasource is really simple in Windows Presentation Foundation. I didn’t find any good samples around, so I’m posting some code here to help you save some time. My scenarion is really simple, I would like to create an WPF application to visualize my DVD collection. The code also shows how to…

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