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 interoperability with Microsoft technologies. But don’t be blinded by those announcements…there is lots of other good reading in this week’s list…including more news coming out of this week’s SQL PASS Community Summit, a couple of Node.js tutorials, and a look at a Ruby framework.
- Microsoft, Hadoop and Big Data: Gianugo Rabellino, Sr. Director of Open Source Communities at Microsoft, announced "...we are adopting Hadoop by announcing plans to deliver enterprise class Apache Hadoop based distributions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure." Yeah!
- Microsoft makes its move with Hadoop on Azure and Windows Server: More on the Hadoop announcement above.
- Microsoft Announces SQL Server ODBC Driver for Linux: This isn’t Azure-specific, but it’s such exciting news (to me, anyway), that I couldn’t help but include it.
- Announcing Windows Azure Camps - Free 2 Days of cloud computing: Announcing a 2-day camp (Oct. 28-29) in Silicon Valley.
- The Cloud Gourmet 30-Minute Meal: Static Web Site Migration to Windows Azure: A cool idea! Using Blob storage for static web sites.
- Azurescope: Benchmarking and Guidance for Windows Azure: Wonder how fast Windows Azure Storage is? Check out this site.
- Creative Software Consultancy Uses Cloud Operating System for Twitter Push Alerts: "United Kingdom (U.K.) creative software consultancy Red Badger wanted to provide push notifications to users of its Birdsong for Windows Phone Twitter client. Birdsong is a popular social networking application on Windows Phone 7, used in 32 countries. Windows Azure provides a low maintenance platform as a service (PaaS) infrastructure for Birdsong, so Red Badger can scale up to meet demand as its user base grows, without requiring additional capital investment."
- http://rhomobile.com/products/rhodes/: "Rhodes is an open source Ruby-based framework to rapidly build native apps for all major smartphone operating systems (iPhone, Android, RIM, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7)."
- Just Announced at SQL PASS Summit 2011: Upcoming Increased Database Limits & SQL Azure Federation; Immediate Availability of Two New SQL Azure CTPs: Azure-related announcements made at the SQL PASS Summit this week.
- Using node-inspector to debug node.js applications: Using node-inspector to debug node.js applications including on Windows (and using ryppi for modules).
- Using Event Tracing for Windows to track and diagnose node.js applications hosted in IIS/iisnode: How to use ETW with iisnode.
- Using the Windows Azure Service Bus - Queuing: The code in this post is .NET, but I found the introduction to be a good overview of Windows Azure Service Bus.
- Cloudberry Explorer for Windows Azure Blob Storage: From the site: "CloudBerry lets you manage your files on cloud just as you would on your own local computer." I would also recommend this tool for managing objects in Windows Azure Storage (Blob, Table, and Queue storage): Azure Storage Explorer.
- Real World Guidance: A summary of real world guidance for using the Windows Azure platform.
- Sam Ramji: Cloud makes open source 'inevitable' for Microsoft, others: This is definitely an interesting read.
Have a great weekend.