PHP, Memcache, and Windows Azure Caching

Yesterday, my colleague Larry Franks posted about Windows Azure Caching (Preview) and Ruby Cloud Services. As he points out, most of his post is relevant to any application using Windows Azure Caching, not just Ruby applications. He also pointed out that Windows Azure Caching supports the Memcache wire protocol. So, putting 2 and 2 together…


Windows Azure Caching (Preview) and Ruby Cloud Services

One of the new features introduced in the spring update to Windows Azure is the ability to use memory in your compute instances for caching. This cache is distributed across all instances of your application, so it scales with your application and data stored in it is available to all your instances. The other cool…

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Windows Azure Websites, Web Roles, and VMs: When to use which?

The June 7th update to Windows Azure introduced two new services (Windows Azure Websites and persistent VMs) that beg the question “When should I use a Windows Azure Website vs. a Web Role vs. a VM?” That’s exactly the question I’ll try to help you answer in this post. (I say “help you answer” because…


Pie in the Sky (June 15, 2012)

Hey, it’s Friday already! We’ve got a bunch of links today, most of which are related to the recently published spring update for Windows Azure. Overview of the New Windows Azure Package Format: The format for .cspkg files has been updated (and simplified!). Generating SSH key pair for Linux VM deployment on Windows Azure: “Linux…

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Windows Azure spring update and OSS

You may have noticed that Brian and I have been absent from the blog a lot recently, that’s because we’ve been working on content for the Windows Azure spring release that went live earlier today. Here’s a short guide on what’s new in this update that is of interest to Open Source developers: Languages &…

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Windows Azure Storage and Concurrent Access

A lot of the examples of using Windows Azure Storage that I run across are pretty simple and just demonstrate the basics of reading and writing. Knowing how to read and write usually isn’t sufficient for a multi-instance, distributed application. For applications that run more than one instance (i.e. pretty much everything you’d run in…

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Pie in The Sky (February 17, 2012)

Just a few links this week. It’s been super busy here for both of us as we prepare to present a session on Open Source at the MVP Summit. Hopefully we’ll have more time next week to work on the blog. Big Data and SQL Server: Disruption or Harmony?: Andrew Burst writes “By responding to…

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Pie in the Sky (January 20, 2012)

Another busy week, another batch of links for your Friday enjoyment. This week we have a wide selection of links, covering such diverse topics as language, IDE, cloud services and even… comedy? Enjoy! Windows Azure Queues and Windows Azure Service Bus Queues – Compared and Contrasted: If you have ever wondered how Windows Azure Queues…

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Testing Ruby Applications on Windows Azure – part 2: Output to File

In part 1, I presented an overview of testing on Windows Azure. One thing that I missed in the original article is that while there’s no testing framework for Ruby that exposes a web front-end, it’s perfectly possible to have your test results saved out to a file. The Test For this example, I’m using…

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Update: Deploying Ruby Applications to Windows Azure

Back when Brian and I first started this blog, I wrote about several methods for deploying Ruby applications to Windows Azure. There’s a new way to deploy that I wanted to cover before continuing on the testing Ruby Applications on Windows Azure, as this new deployment method is going to be the basis of the…

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