Pie in the Sky (October 28, 2011)

As usual, this week’s work led Larry and me to a varied assortment of reading topics…everything from a comparison of cloud offerings to changes in Node.js v0.06. Be sure not to miss the announcement about lowered Windows Azure storage costs… Supporting Billions of entities/rows for Mobile – Android Series – Part 2 – What are…


Learning Behavior Driven Development

I have a confession to make; In college, I was the guy who wrote his flowcharts after writing the program (yes flowcharts describing program flow, it’s been that long since I was in college.) It just seemed a worthless exercise to me at the time. I also didn’t do a lot of testing. If it…

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Pie in the Sky (October 21, 2011)

Once again, here’s the list of interesting reading that Larry and I ran across this week in our travels across the web. My personal favorite is the first link…running memcached for PHP applications in Windows Azure… Running Memcached on Windows Azure for PHP: Need a distributed cache for PHP applications in Windows Azure? Check out…


Using SQL Azure to Store PHP Session Data

In my last post, I looked at the session handling functionality that is built into the Windows Azure SDK for PHP, which uses Azure Tables or Azure Blobs for storing session data. As I wrote that post, I wondered how easy it would be to use SQL Azure to store session data, especially since using…


Handling PHP Sessions in Windows Azure

One of the challenges in building a distributed web application is in handling sessions. When you have multiple instances of an application running and session data is written to local files (as is the default behavior for the session handling functions in PHP) a user session can be lost when a session is started on…


Ruby and Node on Windows Azure Learning Plan

As Brian mentioned in an earlier post, we’ve been working on an internal training plan for our team around using OSS languages with Windows Azure. Brian posted some resources for PHP, so it’s my turn with some Node and Ruby resources. Node.js Resources Learning Node.js Introductory video Node.js Step-by-step: Introduction Setting Up Your Local Environment…

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Pie in the Sky (October 14, 2011)

LOTS of very exciting news this week! As you will see from the first few links, Microsoft has announced that it is working on Hadoop for Winodws Server and Windows Azure, AND it is working on a SQL Server ODBC driver for Linux. Those are two big steps toward support for Open Source technologies and…


Sending Windows Phone 7 Notifications from Ruby

Windows Phone 7 supports push notifications that let you do things like send alerts to a WP7 application, or update the tile (icon) for an application. The notifications are sent using the Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS), a free service that Microsoft provides. You’re reponsible for somehow creating the notification message and passing it to…

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Pie in the Sky (October 7, 2011)

This week’s reading list is lengthy and heavy…perfect for a rainy weekend (as is forecast for the Seattle area). This week’s list includes two white papers, one looking at a class of algorithms for distributed load balancing, and the other looking at Windows Azure as a NoSQL data store. When you finish those papers, there’s…