A Voyage to Android-land on a dotNet Ship: Getting Started

This year, I’ve been writing about using Android phones to access Windows Azure Mobile Services (aka “WAMS“) and was briefly writing about Service Bus Notification Hub. I’ve also done a lot of Server Scripting writing, and playing with Windows Store apps. Now I’m back writing more Android code. So how has the journey to Android-land been for this dotNet developer?…

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These ARE the Androids you’ve been looking for!

That’s the title of my latest post over on Larry Franks’ Silver Lining Blog. It deals with using Windows Azure Mobile Services to hook up an Android phone to an Azure back-end data store. And in some cases, to Google Cloud Messaging, in order to enable push notifications. Go check it out! There’s a lot…

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The CAP Theorem: Why “Everything is Different” with the Cloud and Internet

This is a continuation of last Wednesday’s post, which featured the intro section to my forthcoming white paper, “Data Architecture in a Cloudy World”. In that overview, I briefly mentioned the bewildering array of choices facing developers today in the data architecture area. But the array of choices is actually much longer than I was…

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Data Architecture in a Cloudy World

Like many Microsoft bloggers, I’m somewhat erratic, partly because of my own workload, and partly due to company decisions about what product information can be blogged about prior to public release. Anyway I’m back (for a while, at least). I am writing a White Paper, tentatively titled “Data Architecture in a Cloudy World“, (feel free to critique…

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Windows Azure Performance: Best Practices

This topic, Best Practices for Performance in Windows Azure Applications, appeared with the recent Windows Azure Spring 2012 refresh. It’s focussed on design issues that affect performance. A related topic that was published at the same time, Troubleshooting in Windows Azure, discusses the run-time side of things. A lot of my topic deals with Windows…

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Versioning SQL Azure Schemas by Using Federations

This topic is now published on the MSDN Library at Versioning SQL Azure Schemas by Using Federations. The bottom-line idea of the topic is that because SQL Azure Federation members can have different database schemas, therefore you can use this in order to upgrade your schema incrementally. This can be handy if you have an…

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Now for Something a Little Different: Translating Technet Wiki Articles into Spanish

I’ve read quite a few posts on the Wiki Ninjas blog discussing translating articles from English into other languages, mainly Italian and Brazilian Portuguese. I checked on Wiki: Non-English Language Title Guidelines, and there didn’t seem to be a lot of translations about Entity Framework into Spanish (despite the copious translations by Ed Price on other…

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Windows Azure Prescriptive Guidance Released

A virtual team of us released this last Friday. It provides you with “best practices and recomendations for working with the Windows Azure platform”. So if you find yourself overwhelmed and intimidated by “The Cloud”, this is a really good place to go to get specific recomendations and “best practices”. My contribution to this, largely…

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More on the CAT Team’s SQL Azure Dropped Connections Framework

In my preceding post I talked about the Windows Azure Customer Advisory Team (“CAT”)’s framework for handling transient connections in SQL Azure client connections. This framework has 3 components to it: a classification scheme for connection exceptions that tells you which ones are worth trying to reconnect, since not all of them are a set…

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Transient Connections in Windows Azure: Useful Resources

This is a collection of resources I have encountered while researching the problem of intermittent connections in Windows Azure. I will be writing about how these affect not just Entity Framework, but Windows Azure more generally. “Transient connections” is a polite way of saying “dropped connections”. These are of course a fact of life when developing distributed…

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