Nike Application Shows Off Windows Azure Features

23 Check out It’s a five gigapixel “social mosaic” of photos of Air Jordan shoes submitted by fans.

Windows Azure currently supports the following two types of roles:

  • Web role: A web role is a role that is customized for web application programming as supported by IIS 7 and ASP.NET.
  • Worker role: A worker role is a role that is useful for generalized development, and may perform background processing for a web role.

Fans submit photos of their shoes online. Then every ten minutes Azure worker roles create a profile of new photos. The code inside the worker role looks at the colors in the user-submitted picture to decide where is the “right place” in the mosaic for the photo.

Azure Web roles work on the front end in collaboration with Silverlight Deep Zoom.

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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