Changes in Windows Azure Storage Client Library – Windows Azure SDK 1.3

We recently released an update to the Storage Client library in SDK 1.3. We wanted to take this opportunity to go over some breaking changes that we have introduced and also list some of the bugs we have fixed (compatible changes) in this release. Thanks for all the feedback you have been providing us via…

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Windows Azure Storage Client Library: Potential Deadlock When Using Synchronous Methods

Update 11/06/11:  The bug is fixed in the Windows Azure SDK September release. Summary In certain scenarios, using the synchronous methods provided in the Windows Azure Storage Client Library can lead to deadlock. Specifically, scenarios where the system is using all of the available ThreadPool threads while performing synchronous method calls via the Windows Azure Storage…

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Windows Azure Storage Client Library: CloudBlob.DownloadToFile() may not entirely overwrite file contents

Update 3/09/011:  The bug is fixed in the Windows Azure SDK March 2011 release. Summary There is an issue in the Windows Azure Storage Client Library that can lead to unexpected behavior when utilizing the CloudBlob.DownloadToFile() methods.  The current implementation of CloudBlob.DownloadToFile() does not erase or clear any preexisting data in the file. Therefore, if…

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Breaking Change for Windows Azure Drive Beta in Guest OS 1.8 and 2.0

Windows Azure drives support the use of a local cache to improve performance of drives. With the upcoming Guest OS 1.8 and 2.0 releases, there’s a breaking change in the way this local cache is allocated. Background A Windows Azure application can request local storage in its service definition (.csdef).  Here’s an example:     <LocalResources>…

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How to get most out of Windows Azure Tables

Introduction Windows Azure Storage is a scalable and durable cloud storage system in which applications can store data and access it from anywhere and at any time. Windows Azure Storage provides a rich set of data abstractions: Windows Azure Blob – provides storage for large data items like file and allows you to associate metadata…

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