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Reminder that this blog has moved and check out www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk
Just a gentle reminder that this blog has moved to http://ericnelson.wordpress... (as I still get folks contacting me via here) and a shout out for a great initiative (probably!) I’m pulling together to offer six weeks of FREE technical and commercial help to UK companies to explore the Windows Azure Platform starting in Jan 2012. Check out http://www.sixweeksofazure.... ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2011 9:21 AM

This blog is moving to ericnelson.wordpress.com
Apologies in advance for any problems caused as I move over to http://ericnelson.wordpress... over the next few days. I will blog again on here when the move is fully complete. I have had a superb time on http://geekswithblogs.net which I moved to back in January 2009 – but it doesn’t quite match what I am after in a blogging platform right now where as wordpress.com broadly does. This will be my second change of platform in 7 years – it was back in July 2004 I created my first technology blog over ......

Posted On Friday, August 26, 2011 1:35 PM

Giving feedback on SQL Server “Denali” CTP3 and SQL Azure
SQL Server “Denali” is at CTP3 – and would therefore very much welcome feedback. SQL Azure continues an aggressive cycle of release - and would therefore very much welcome feedback. Which is why we have https://connect.microsoft.c... A great place to give feedback and to to see what others care about. For SQL Azure (and the Windows Azure Platform in general) we also have http://www.mygreatwindowsaz... Thanks in advance… ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 4:14 PM

Deciding on Windows Azure – much more than just a technical decision
This post on the Windows Azure blog caught my eye as a) it includes UK early adopter eTVMedia and b) its an interesting look at the wider picture of adopting Windows Azure – including coming up with the business strategy and transitioning a traditional company to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). It touches on: organizational structure: Looking at the trend to create new entities to pursue SaaS packaging and pricing: A SaaS app does not necessarily mean a move away from upfront billing changing from ......

Posted On Monday, August 22, 2011 12:36 PM

FREE One Day Windows Azure Discovery Workshops for product authors – first is September 12th
In September we will start to deliver monthly workshops on the Windows Azure Platform to help Microsoft partners who are developing software products and services and would like to explore the relevance and opportunities presented by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. Overview: The workshops are designed to help partners such as yourself understand what the Windows Azure Platform is, how it is being used today, what resources are available and to drill into the individual technologies ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:23 AM

Windows Azure MSDN How To tips in one place…
With thanks to Wriju for doing the work to pull these together. How to: Build a Windows Azure Application How to Configure Virtual Machine Sizes How to Configure Connection Strings How to Configure Operating System Versions How to Configure Local Storage Resources How to Create a Certificate for a Role How to Create a Remote Desktop Protocol File How to Define Environment Variables Before a Role Starts How to Define Input Endpoints for a Role How to Define Internal Endpoints for a Role How to Define ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5:17 PM

The super-slidy Windows Azure Pricing Calculator
In early 2010 I “complained” about the way we were explaining the Windows Azure Platform on our web site and pointed at a (IMHO) much better way of doing it by one of our competitors. A lot has changed since early 2010 and we now have some great resources – one of the best being “the super-slidy Windows Azure Pricing Calculator”. It comes highly recommended Check out http://www.microsoft.com/wi... P.S. and well done to the folks who created it! Related Links Sign up to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 1, 2011 5:07 PM

Quote Unquote
Bindi forwarded on this picture of me “talking Azure” at the Biztalk event we held in London on the 25th of March. Made me chuckle :) David and I had a great time with the afternoon session – which ended up pretty much a two hour Q&A. Related Links: Tell us what you are doing (or plan to do) with Windows Azure on the Microsoft Platform Ready site and in return get free technical help and more ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 6, 2011 8:13 PM

Q&A: LinkedIn questions on the Windows Azure Platform answered
Over on the LinkedIn group I asked “What is the one question you would most like answering about "the cloud" and/or the Windows Azure Platform? Bit of fun - but also an important topic for any ISV thinking about their own product roadmap. What is the one question you would really like a detailed, no bullshit answer on?” You can read the LinkedIn discussion here. This was primarily about just testing out the LinkedIn discussions and to get people more used to the idea of using LinkedIn in that way. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2011 2:46 PM

Windows Azure Platform Roadmap from Microsoft UK TechDays May 23rd and 24th
Several attendees asked me to share the roadmap slide from the developer track at Tech.Days 2011 this week. This is my summary as of May 23rd 2011. Beta Extra Small compute instance Windows Azure VM Role CTP Windows Azure Connect Windows Azure Traffic Manager SQL Azure OData Service (labs) SQL Azure Reporting (Limited CTP) SQL Azure Data Sync (labs) AppFabric Service Bus enhancements (labs) Announced SQL Azure Backup and Restore SQL Azure Federations SQL Azure codename “Austin” AppFabric Developer ......

Posted On Thursday, May 26, 2011 5:04 PM

Slides for Windows Azure Developer Track on Monday 23rd
This is a placeholder for the folks who attended the Microsoft UK tech days developer track on the Windows Azure Platform and asked me to share my decks asap. I will create a much more detailed posting once both days are done. Download decks: New Old or Pink – it is all good Windows Azure Platform Roadmap The main links from the day are: Connect with my team if you are an ISV (or similar) in the UK – http://bit.ly/ukisvfirststop (Including our blog, LinkedIn group and Microsoft Platform Ready assistance ......

Posted On Monday, May 23, 2011 8:55 PM

Windows Azure Platform announcements from TechEd Atlanta May 2011
This week was TechEd in Atlanta and an opportunity for the Windows Azure Platform product groups to make some announcements on new and future technologies and services. I’m collating them over on my team blog – check them out: Windows Azure Platform announcements from TechEd Atlanta May 2011 ......

Posted On Friday, May 20, 2011 9:51 AM

Microsoft UK TechDays 2011 less than one week off
It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted about TechDays. Today I completed the final review of all the decks for the Windows Azure developer tracks for Monday and Tuesday. All except for the keynote (always troublesome) and the roadmap session (equally troublesome) are now final – which gives me a warm and likely misplaced feeling that we are in good shape. Yesterday we had the T-1 week meeting in which everyone was smiling. Good stuff. In my case, it was also my first experience of using ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:07 PM

UK Windows Azure Bootcamp Resources – and say hi if you are attending 4th May.
Tomorrow (Wednesday 4th May 2011) I’m lab proctoring at the first of the Windows Azure Bootcamps taking place over the next month. Steve has created these Bootcamps to enable developers to get hands on experience of much of the Windows Azure Platform in a half day. If you are a follower of this blog then you are likely working for a UK ISV. If you also happen to be attending on the 4th then please say hi when you see me. Hopefully you are attending one of the labs (there is still spaces) but if you ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 3, 2011 1:58 PM

Two UK centric LinkedIn discussion groups you really should join
If you are: Involved in developing software products (aka an Independent Software Vendor) or Considering a “move to the cloud” or both! Then you should consider joining one or both of these Microsoft UK created LinkedIn groups intended to foster discussion amongst your peers in the industry. Both groups are fairly new but growing and there is already some great discussion happening on them. UKISVDEV - Developers, Software Architects and CTOs in UK ISVs This group is for UK based developers, software ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:32 AM

UK hosted Twitter Q&A on Cloud–12pm to 1pm on Friday 15th April

[These days I’m mainly active on my teams blog – but I will highlight the best over here]

Tomorrow there is a Twitter Q&A session from 12pm-1pm. A team of Microsoft experts (alas minus me as I'm on holiday) will be taking over the UK TechNet Twitter handle @ASKTechNetUK to answer your queries. More info on the team blog.

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:21 AM

Article on preparing for the Cloud
[These days I’m mainly active on my teams blog – but I will highlight the best over here] A great article by Ulf Avrin to help companies prepare for a move to the Cloud. Read the full article Introduction Cloud services is definitely passed the hype stage and into the mass adoption stage of the technology life cycle. Therefore an ISV must understand what Cloud means for them, in every aspect of their business. And the changes are not small! There are threats, and change management might be difficult, ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:15 AM

Five on-demand Webinars to help ISVs navigate the business changes involved in moving to the Cloud
[These days I’m mainly active on my teams blog – but I will highlight the best over here] This webinar series is designed for traditional on-premise ISVs navigating the internal business changes necessary to be successful in the cloud with SaaS applications. They provide best practices, key metrics, and examples from ISVs already using the Windows Azure Platform. Each is accompanied by recommendations for further reading. Find out more ......

Posted On Thursday, April 14, 2011 10:10 AM

Upcoming FREE UK events and training in March for the Windows Azure Platform
I just summarised them on my team blog. Definitely worth checking out as there is a good mix to choose from! March 31st should be the best of the best (IMVHO) ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 9, 2011 10:00 AM

Q&A: Where does high performance computing fit with Windows Azure?
Answer I have been asked a couple of times this year about taking compute intensive operations to Windows Azure and/or High Performance Computing on Windows Azure. It is an interesting (if slightly niche) area. The good news is we have a great paper from David Chappell on HPC Server and Windows Azure integration. As a taster: A SOA application running entirely on Windows Azure runs its WCF services in Azure Worker nodes. Download now Related Links: Other Q&A posts on my team blog Don’t forget ......

Posted On Monday, March 7, 2011 10:18 AM

Announcing a new Free Windows Azure Platform Trial offer
We now have a truly useful Windows Azure Platform trial. Which makes me very happy as I was a vocal critic of the original trial offer. Simply put, the small number of compute hours it included made it useless for many potential early adopters. This is now fixed. The new Introductory Special now includes a generous 750 hours of compute – enough to run a web role 24/7. Enjoy! Related Links Full announcement If you are an ISV then there is a better offer for you via Microsoft Platform Ready and Cloud ......

Posted On Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:08 AM

The king is dead, long live the king–Cloud Evening 15th Feb in London
Advert alert :-) The UK's only Cloud user group The Cloud is the hot topic. You can’t escape hearing about it everywhere you go. Cloud Evening is the UK’s only cloud-focussed user group. Cloud Evening replaces UKAzureNet, with a new objective to cover all aspects of Cloud Computing, across all platforms, technologies and providers. We want to create a community for developers and architects to come together, learn, share stories and share experiences. Each event we’ll bring you two speakers talking ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 1:59 PM

FREE Technical Update Event for UK Independent Software Vendors, 25th Nov in Reading
My team is pulling together a great afternoon on the 25th of this month to help UK ISVs get up to speed on the latest technologies from Microsoft and explore their impact on product roadmaps. The session is intended for technical decision makers including senior developers and architects. Technologies such as the Windows Azure Platform, SQL Server 2008, Windows Phone 7, SharePoint 2010 and Internet Explorer 9.0 will be represented. Check out the agenda and register before all the seats vanish ......

Posted On Monday, November 1, 2010 1:36 PM

A little gem from MPN–FREE online course on Architectural Guidance for Migrating Applications to Windows Azure Platform
I know a lot of technical people who work in partners (ISVs, System Integrators etc). I know that virtually none of them would think of going to the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) learning portal to find some deep and high quality technical content. Instead they would head to MSDN, Channel 9, msdev.com etc. I am one of those people :-) Hence imagine my surprise when i stumbled upon this little gem Architectural Guidance for Migrating Applications to Windows Azure Platform (your company and hence ......

Posted On Thursday, January 27, 2011 10:51 AM

FREE Windows Azure Platform Compute and Storage through the Cloud Essentials Pack for Partners
It can be difficult to find something to look forward to in January – but this year it was a little easier as a) I got lots of great Xbox 360 games and b) the Windows Azure Platform element of the Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft Partner Network partners went live. I have previously explained what the Cloud Essentials Pack is and how you can access – but at the time I couldn’t share the details of the Windows Azure Platform element. The Windows Azure Platform element is now available. It gives ......

Posted On Friday, January 14, 2011 3:50 PM

New Windows Phone 7 Developer Guidance released for building line of business applications
Several partners have been asking about guidance on combining Windows Phone 7 applications with Windows Azure. The patterns and practices team recently released new guidance on Windows Phone 7. This is a continuation of the Windows Azure Guidance. It takes the survey application and makes a version for Windows Phone 7. The guide includes the following topics: Prism for Windows Phone 7 Reactive Extensions WCF Services on top of Windows Azure Push Notifications Camera & Voice Panorama Much more... ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 21, 2010 12:58 PM

Slides and links from ISV Windows Azure briefing on the 13th Dec 2010
A big thank you to everyone who attended yesterdays “informal” briefing on the Windows Azure Platform. There were lots of great discussions during the day and I know we al certainly enjoyed it. This post contains (ultimately) the slides and links from yesterday. Slides: Davids on Windows Azure all up Eric on SQL Azure (which fyi is hosted on Windows Azure Blob Storage) Links and Notes Start following the UK ISV technical team (our blog and twitter accounts) http://bit.ly/firststopuk Sign up to Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:39 AM

Windows Azure powers Father Christmas
Ok it doesn’t really but the Microsoft Partner Network folks have hit gold with this rather addictive chrimbo game. It is great fun to play yet has a little serious side as it “rewards” you with a Windows Azure related link after each level. Try it now! http://bit.ly/festivegame It is a Silverlight app which is: Related In the UK we are helping partners build applications for the Windows Azure Platform (and other technologies such as SQL Server 2008 R2) through Microsoft Platform Ready. Sign up for ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 3:28 PM

Windows Azure SDK 1.3 addresses early adopter feedback
At the end of November 2010 we released a new version of the Windows Azure SDK which contains many new features driven by the great feedback of early adopters plus a shiny new portal. New Portal implemented in Silverlight: The new portal is implemented using Silverlight and replaces the (IMHO rather clunky) original HTML + JavaScript portal. It is 100% better although does still have a few bugs. Enjoy! P.S. You can if you wish still use the old portal: New runtime functionality: The following functionality ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:06 PM

FREE technical update event on Windows Azure, SQL Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone 7 and more on the 25th Nov
Just a brief reminder that if your company makes commercial software (in other words, you don’t just develop it for your own employees use) then you should check out the FREE technical event my team is putting on next Thursday (25th Nov 2010). We also with have an Xbox 360 with Kinect to give away plus free books and other goodies. I’m currently looking after the Xbox and have so far resisted peaking in… but I make no promises! :-) Note that we have gone for zero breaks with the intention of making ......

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 2:25 PM

SyncToBlog #14 Even more Azure stuff :-)
This is some pre-pdc stuff that caught my eye: Gartner on the Cloud Landscape. Windows Azure fairs extremely well. Scalability survey of cloud platforms. Benchmarking cloud alternatives – interesting stuff. FabrikamShipping SaaS, a complete demo scenario meant to help ISVs to target the Windows Azure platform for developing SaaS solution SQL Azure Best Practices and Code http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pat... SQL Azure Papers http://blogs.msdn.com/b/pat... ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 5:05 PM

You Have Exceeded 75% of Your Average Monthly Usage of Compute Hours
In the “bad old days” leaving unwanted Windows Azure hosted services running simply meant a big charge on your credit card. Thankfully it now simply means you get a polite email from Microsoft. P.S. I also should follow my own advice sometimes – check out Greybox :-) Dear Eric Nelson, This e-mail notification comes to you as a courtesy to update you on your Windows Azure platform usage. Our records indicate that you have exceeded 75% of your average monthly usage of compute hours during your current ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 4:51 PM

Slides and Links for Windows Azure Platform session at Software Architect 2010
Today (20th Oct 2010) I delivered a 90min session to architect on the Windows Azure Platform. Are you an ISV? ISV = Independent Software Vendors - that is you write some kind of product that you sell to more than one customer. My new team is all about helping ISVs and we have a team blog and brand new twitter account which I will increasingly be found on. If you are an ISV, please fave the blog and follow the twitter account. And if you are an ISV please keep an eye on (and sign up to) http://bit.ly/ukmprhome, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 20, 2010 9:52 AM

First UK Online Tech Days is this Friday – three free tracks of Windows Azure Platform goodness
[Updated 8th Feb with the three LM 2007 room links – enjoy] meet:sip:splank@microsoft.c... meet:sip:splank@microsoft.c... meet:sip:splank@microsoft.c... For many developers Friday is about a beer with colleagues over lunch or maybe leaving that little bit earlier to ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2010 1:30 PM

Slide and Links and next steps for Lap around the Windows Azure Platform session at UK Tech Days
Yesterday (5th Oct 2010) I delivered a short (45mins) session on the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who made it to the far side of beyond in London to attend the afternoon session. I think the event turned out rather well with my old team doing a top job as always – ably supported by our CEO Steve Ballmer doing the keynote :-). For folks wondering, Martin Beeby (IE9) is one of the two chaps that took my old role when I moved to the ISV team in August. Are you an ISV? Speaking of ISVs (Independent ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2010 9:45 AM

Slides and Links for Windows Azure Platform Best Practices for DevCon London
Yesterday (28th Sep 2010) I delivered a short (50mins) new session on best practices for the Windows Azure Platform. Big thanks to all who attended – I think we had fun I will expand this post with some additional links when I have a little more time but I wanted to get the main bits in place – oh, and download the free ebook. Slides Windows Azure Platform best practices by ericnel View more presentations from Eric Nelson. Links For more resources and information http://bit.ly/startazure If you are ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 29, 2010 10:56 AM

Windows Azure Platform Online Conference has moved to 8th Oct from 20th Sep

Public service announcement :-)

This online conference has now moved to 8th Oct. Steve explains why along with an updated agenda.

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 5:29 PM

Handy tool which checks if you have left Windows Azure applications running and simplifies “killing” them
This is a great tool for anyone playing with Windows Azure who would like to avoid surprises on their credit card :-) It has only had 85 downloads – I suspect we see that many folks caught out by a demo/poc being “left on” per week :) Check it out at http://greybox.codeplex.com/ Project Description The GreyBox application is designed to alert a user if their Windows Azure compute services are currently running, or are even simply deployed. Great for Azure speakers and POCs you don't want left running. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 8, 2010 12:16 PM

SyncToBlog #14 Just a little more on cloud
Just a few randoms on cloud I bumped into: Blogger Jeremy Geelan has come up with the Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem and the Top 50 Bloggers on Cloud Computing. Windows Azure Security Whitepaper is live The paper provides a technical examination of the security functionality available from both the customer's and Microsoft operations' perspectives, the people and processes that help make Windows Azure more secure, as well as a brief discussion about compliance New version of Access ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 2:52 PM

Two days of classroom based training in London on the Windows Azure Platform for £100 (Sep through April)
I just posted details of 2 weeks of FREE training in October delivered via Live Meeting but we also recognise that some folks prefer classroom based training. Hence we have scheduled four two day workshops from September through to April. This two-day intensive instructor-led workshop provides delegates with an early opportunity to gain insight into the nature and benefits of the Windows Azure Platform. Delivered through workshop style presentations and hands-on lab exercises, the workshop will focus ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 9:35 AM

FREE 2 Weeks of Windows Azure Platform training delivered online – 11th to 25th October
Back in May and June I jointly run a highly successful (IMVHO) training programme on the Windows Azure Platform over a six week period for UK developers (Check out some stats/background). We have been discussing how we can take that format forward and I am pleased to say we have our first “spin off”. Namely the “Windows Azure Platform – Accelerated Virtual Training Workshop” which will take place in October. Yippeee. The training will be delivered over a two week period and combines instructor led ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 9:16 AM

Update on the Windows Azure Platform online conference on the 20th of September
UPDATE on 14th SEP: Steve has had to move this to Oct 8th At the start of August I made a call for speakers for a multi track online conference on the Windows Azure Platform (which resulted in a great bunch of speakers stepping forward!). However at the end of August I changed job and I am no longer pulling this conference together – that role falls on the shoulders of my replacement Steve (actually I was replaced with Steve and Martin – I always knew I was worth two evangelists if only in weight!) ......

Posted On Friday, September 3, 2010 10:52 AM

Call for speakers for UK Windows Azure Platform online conference on 20th of September
I have decided to try and put together a top notch online conference delivered predominantly via UK based speakers, inspired by the very enjoyable and useful community driven MVC Conference http://mvcconf.com/ (see my write up) What I need now is top notch session proposals from folks who know what they are talking about and ideally are UK based. Which means – you! Possibly :-) The plan is: The conference will take place 10am to 5pm UK time, delivered using Live Meeting and recorded for on-demand ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 4, 2010 11:46 AM

Introducing LightSwitch – rapid development of LOB applications
Today at VSLive! we announced Visual Studio LightSwitch (link not quite up yet). LightSwitch is intended to be the simplest way to build business applications for the desktop and cloud. It provides the tools to rapidly develop professional applications from pre-built templates in a simplified development experience. It is intended to be used by professional developers. Top level features: Applications are built in Silverlight Pre-built templates Support for SQL Server, Sharepoint and SQL Azure Applications ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:26 PM

CTP1 of new admin tool for SQL Azure is now available - ‘Houston’
CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” is now available. This is a lightweight and easy to use database management tool for SQL Azure databases. It enables you to swiftly develop, deploy, and manage data-driven applications in the cloud. Project “Houston” provides a web-based database management tool for basic database management tasks like authoring and executing queries, designing and editing a database schema, and editing table data. All implemented in Silverlight. Getting Started For ......

Posted On Monday, July 26, 2010 10:52 AM

Keep October 28th and 29th clear– Professional Developers Conference with live streaming of sessions and keynotes
Exciting news. There will be a “mini” PDC this year – which reflects (IMHO) that the pace of technology coming out of the good ship Microsoft just keeps increasing. Even better than that, this year’s event will include live streaming of the keynotes, as well as concurrent live streaming of sessions. Awesome! I am blocking out both evenings right now (I’m UK based). Even better than that, if you can attend in person you will actually be at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. We’re opening the doors to ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2010 2:19 PM

SyncToBlog #13 Yet more Windows Azure stuff!
The interesting thing about the Windows Azure Platform is there is never a shortage of new stuff to explore. UK based sharpcloud save $500,000 with Windows Azure Azure Portal gets Guest OS Auto Upgrade Mode You can either manually select the operating system that you want to have deployed to your nodes via a drop down box or allow automatic mode to upgrade to the latest operating system as they are released. Steve Marx has written a Windows Azure application called Swingify that allows you to upload ......

Posted On Sunday, July 11, 2010 11:54 AM

FREE 96 page book - Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume One
Developers have been exploring the possibilities opened up by the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing. This book pulls together great articles from many of those developers who have been active with the Windows Azure Platform to hopefully help others become successful. There are twenty articles in this first volume covering everything from getting started to implementing best practices for elastic applications. The book is available in many forms at http://bit.ly/azuretrenches... It has ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 1:19 PM

Q&A: Where can I get architectural guidance on building applications for the Windows Azure Platform?
This question has come up a lot in recent weeks as early adopters move from prototyping with the platform to actually needing to deliver real applications. Whilst fundamentally you are using the same approaches and best practices for the Windows Azure Platform as you would use for a Web application or service (A good IIS7/ASP.NET based architecture is likely a good Windows Azure Platform architecture), there is still plenty of differences which impact on architecture. The good news is we are now ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 10:51 AM

6 Weeks of Windows Azure comes to and end – and some stats to ponder on
On Monday (21st June) we had our last Live Meeting for the 6 weeks of Windows Azure training virtual training we have been running out of Microsoft UK. Monday pretty much hit the mark of what we were after for the final day – good technical content mixed with a fair old sprinkling of fun. As a reminder, Adrian lost 3-1 in the “Students vs the SME” homework battle. Admittedly I was determine to make sure Adrian lost :-) This may sound a little corny, but I did want to thank all those who took part ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 22, 2010 9:55 AM

The future is looking brighter – debugging Windows Azure in the cloud with IntelliTrace
One of the “warts” on Windows Azure development has been that once your application was deployed to the cloud, if things went wrong it was pretty tough to figure out the root problem. I knew for sometime we had a solution coming for Visual Studio 2010 users and I couldn’t wait to tell folks about it once it became public. I planned to do a detailed post subsequent to briefly mentioning it when I talked about the 1.2 SDK release. However … other stuff just keeps on getting in the way. Hence I have ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:25 PM

WordPress is now nicely supported on SQL Server (and SQL Azure for that matter)
WordPress is enormously popular for blogs and full websites thanks to an awesome eco system which has built up around it, the simplicity (relatively) of getting it up and running plus the flexibility to “bend it” in all sorts of directions. When I say bend, check out the following which are all WordPress sites My “back up blog” http://iupdateable.wordpres... My groups “odd site” :) http://ubelly.com My favourite “cheap games” site http://www.frugalgaming.co.uk/ WordPress users typically run their ......

Posted On Thursday, June 17, 2010 5:08 PM

New SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer announced
This is (almost) a straight copy and paste but represents an important announcement worthy of a little more “exposure” :-) Starting August 1, 2010, we will release a new SQL Azure Development Accelerator Core promotional offer. This new offer will give you the flexibility to purchase commitment quantities of SQL Azure Business Edition databases independent of other Windows Azure platform services at a deeply discounted monthly price. The offer is valid only for a six month term. You may purchase ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:34 AM

Details of 5GB and 50GB SQL Azure databases have now been released, along with new price points
Like many others signed up to the Windows Azure Platform, I received an email overnight detailing the upcoming database size changes for SQL Azure. I know from our work with early adopters over the last 12 months that the 1GB and 10GB limits were sometimes seen as blockers, especially when migrating existing application to SQL Azure. On June 28th 2010, we will be increasing the size limits: SQL Azure Web Edition database from 1 GB to 5 GB SQL Azure Business Edition database will go from 10 GB to ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:14 AM

I’m speaking at Software Architect 2010 in October
I’m very pleased to report I have managed to slip past the quality police and get to speak for the third year in a row at the excellent Software Architect conference in London. Which makes it the only “long running” conference that I have a 100% record on speaking at year on year which gives it an extra special significance. How much longer before I am found out :) This conference attracts some great speakers including the likes of Kevlin Henney, Neal Ford and Tim Ewald (oh – and me). If you are ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:15 AM

Q&A: How do I cancel my Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special? (or any Subscription)
Short answer: Don’t! Just kidding :-) Long answer: I believe it is the same process as for other Microsoft Online Services – but I have never tried it. Hence please post a comment if you follow this successfully or not and I will amend. From http://www.microsoft.com/on... search for “cancel” and you get: What I am not clear about is whether an Introductory Special is classed as a trial. Either way, the answer is to contact support and ask to cancel. I would suggest you are fully ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:14 PM

Windows Azure Platform eBook Update #2 – 100 pages of goodness
I previously mentioned I was working on a community authored eBook for the Windows Azure Platform. Well, today I assembled the 20 articles that made it through to the end of the review process into a single eBook – and it looks (and reads) great. Still a lot more to do (and stuff in the way of me doing it) but as a teaser, here is the (very draft) table of contents: ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 12:36 PM

SQL Azure Roadmap gets a little clearer – announcements from Tech Ed
On Monday at Tech?Ed 2010 we announced new stuff (I like new stuff) that “showcases our continued commitment to deliver value, flexibility and control of data through data cloud services to our customers”. Ok, that does sound like marketing speak (and it is) but the good news is there is some meat behind it. We have some decent new features coming and we also have some clarity on when we will be able to get our hands on those features. SQL Azure Business Edition Extends to 50 GB – June 28th SQL Azure ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:49 AM

Q&A: Will my favourite ORM Foo work with SQL Azure?
short answer: Quite probably, as SQL Azure is very similar to SQL Server longer answer: Object Relational Mappers (ORMs) that work with SQL Server are likely but not guaranteed to work with SQL Azure. The differences between the RDBMS versions are small – but may cause problems, for example in tools used to create the mapping between objects and tables or in generated SQL from the ORM which expects “certain things” :-) More specifically: ADO.NET Entity Framework / LINQ to Entities can be used with ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 4:05 PM

Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.2 (June 2010)
Yey – we have a public release of the Windows Azure Tools which fully supports Visual Studio 2010 RTM and the .NET 4 Framework (When did that go public!?) And the biggy I have been waiting for – IntelliTrace support to debug your cloud deployed services (Requires VS2010 Ultimate) Download today http://bit.ly/azuretoolsjune New for version 1.2: Visual Studio 2010 RTM Support: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM. .NET 4 support: Choose to build services targeting either the .NET 3.5 or .NET 4 framework. ......

Posted On Monday, June 7, 2010 3:09 PM

Q&A: What is the UK pricing for the Windows Azure CDN?
The pricing for Windows Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) was announced last week. The prices are: £0.091 per GB transferred from North America & Europe locations £0.1213 per GB transferred from other locations £0.0061 per 10,000 transactions CDN rates are effective for all billing periods that begin subsequent to June 30, 2010. All usage for billing periods beginning prior to July 1, 2010 will not be charged. To help you determine which pricing plan best suits your needs, please review the ......

Posted On Friday, June 4, 2010 1:39 PM

Great opportunity to try Windows Azure over the next 7 days if you are a UK developer – act today
Are you a UK based developer who has been put off from trying out the Windows Azure Platform? Were you concerned that you needed to hand over credit card details even to use the introductory offer? Or concerned about how many charges you might run up as you played with “elastic computing”. Then we might have just what you need. 7 Days of access to the Windows Azure Platform – for FREE (expires June 6th 2010) If you are accepted, you will be given a Windows Azure Platfom subscription that will enable ......

Posted On Friday, May 28, 2010 9:39 AM

Q&A: Can you develop for the Windows Azure Platform using Windows XP?
This question has come up several times recently as we take several hundred UK developers through 6 Weeks of Windows Azure training (sorry – we are full). Short answer: In the main, yes Longer answer: The question is sparked by the requirements as stated on the Windows Azure SDK download page. Namely: Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows Vista 64-bit Editions Service Pack 1; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:13 PM

Conversation with David Chappell on Windows Azure and Cloud Computing
My colleague David spent some time with David Chappell recently and recorded a short interview which is now available on Channel 9. Watch now on Channel 9. They cover off: IaaS vs PaaS Private vs Public Cloud Applications that are not a great fit for Windows Azure and those which are. The threat of Public Cloud to IT departments Not bad for 10minutes :-) ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2010 4:16 PM

SyncToBlog #12 Windows Azure and Cloud Links
Some more “syncing to paper” :) Steve Marx wrote a very interesting article about using Hosted Web Core in an Azure Worker Role. Hosted Web Core is a new feature in IIS 7 that enables developers to create applications that load the core IIS functionality. Wade Wegner is a new Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure platform AppFabric Example from Wade (and how I found him) Host WCF Services in IIS with Service Bus Endpoints Google and vmware “get engaged” over cloud http://googlecode.blogspot.... ......

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2010 3:34 PM

Q&A: Does it make sense to run a personal blog on the Windows Azure Platform?
I keep seeing people wanting to do this (or something very similar) and then being surprised at how much it might cost them if they went with Windows Azure. Time for a Q&A. Short answer: No, definitely not. Madness, sheer madness. (Hopefully that was clear enough) Longer answer: No because It would cost you a heck of a lot more than just about any other approach to running a blog. A site that can easily be run on a shared hosting solution (as many blogs do today) does not require the rich capabilities ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:45 PM

Windows Azure BidNow Sample – definitely worth a look
[Quicklink: download new Windows Azure sample from http://bit.ly/bidnowsample] On Mondays (17th May) in the 6 Weeks of Windows Azure training (Now full) Live Meeting call, Adrian showed BidNow as a sample application built for Windows Azure. I was aware of BidNow but had not found the time to take a look at it nor seems it running before. Adrian convinced me it was worth some a further look. In brief I like it :-) It is more than Hello World, but still easy enough to follow. Bid Now is an online ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2010 10:02 AM

Free Windows Azure training in Reading, UK on the 25th of May for partners
The 6 weeks of Windows Azure training is full (500 registration in around a week) but it turns out we have a few places free on the 25th if you can make it to Reading. 14 places when I last checked (today, 5th May). Register now if you can make it. Workshop Outline Module 1: Windows Azure Platform overview Module 2: Introduction to Windows Azure Module 3: Building services using Windows Azure Module 4: Windows Azure storage Module 5: Building applications using SQL Azure Module 6: Introduction to ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 5, 2010 9:27 PM

Azure eBook Update #1 – 16 authors so far!
I just wanted to share with folks where we are up to with the Windows Azure eBook (Check out the original post for full details) I have had lots of great submissions from folks with some awesome stuff to share on Azure. Currently we have 16 authors and 25 proposed articles. There is still a couple of days left to submit your proposal if you would like to get involved (see the original post ) and some topic suggestions below for which we don’t currently have authors. It is official – I’m excited! ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 12:24 PM

45minute video on introduction to Windows Azure and running Ruby on Rails in the cloud
Last week I presented at Cloud and Grid Exchange 2010. I did an introduction to Windows Azure and a demo of Ruby on Rails running on Azure. My slides and links can be found here – but just spotted that the excellent Skills Matter folks have already published the video. Watch the video at http://skillsmatter.com/pod... P.S. I really need to shed a few pounds ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 27, 2010 10:11 AM

Slides and links for Looking at the Clouds through Dirty Windows :-)
Tomorrow (Friday 23/4/2010) I am delivering a session at the Cloud Grid Exchange in London at SkillsMatter (A top training company and superb supporter of development communities). To be perfectly honest – I’m more interested in attending than presenting as the sessions and speaker line up look great. But in the middle of all that I will be doing the following (rather cheekily named) session: Looking at the Clouds through dirty Windows Many developers assume that the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform ......

Posted On Thursday, April 22, 2010 4:06 PM

SyncToBlog #10 Lots of Azure and Cloud Links including MIX10 videos
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Feb 20010. Cloud Links: Article on Debugging in the Cloud http://code.msdn.microsoft.... A sample app that demonstrates monitoring and automatically scaling an Azure application in response to dropping performance etc. Basically a console app that checks perf stats and then uses the Service Management API to spin up new instances when needed. Azure In Action book is imminent :) Running Memcached ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 21, 2010 3:30 PM

Call for authors for new eBook on the Windows Azure Platform
I intend to pull together a FREE eBook on the Windows Azure Platform – but I need your help to make it rock! If you have detailed experience of any aspect of the Windows Azure Platform and can spare a few hours of time to turn that into a short article (400 to 800 words) then please get in touch. This is not a big commitment but my suspicion is the end result will make for a cracking good read. I am hoping for a mix – everything from lessons learnt from early adopters to introductions to elements ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 1:54 PM

Register now for the FREE UK Windows Azure Self-paced Interactive Learning Course starting May 10th
[Suggested twitter tag #selfpacedazure] We (myself and David Gristwood) have been working in the UK to create a fantastic opportunity to get yourself up to speed on the Windows Azure Platform over a 6 week period starting May 10th – without ever needing to leave the comfort of your home/office. The course is derived from the internal training Microsoft gives on Azure which is both fun and challenging in equal parts – and we felt was just too good to keep to ourselves! We will be releasing more details ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:01 AM

Links from UK TechDays 2010 sessions on Entity Framework, Parallel Programming and Azure
[I will do some longer posts around my sessions when I get back from holiday next week] Big thanks to all those who attended my 3 sessions at TechDays this week (April 13th and 14th, 2010). I really enjoyed both days and watched some great session – my personal fave being the Silverlight/Expression session by my friend and colleague Mike Taulty. The following links should help get you up and running on each of the technologies. Entity Framework 4 Entity Framework 4 Resources http://bit.ly/ef4resources ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 11:41 PM

Slides and Links from SQL Azure session at BizSpark Azure Day in London
A big thanks to all who attended my two sessions on SQL Azure yesterday (29th March 2010). As promised, my slides and links from the session. SQL Azure Overview for Bizspark day View more presentations from Eric Nelson. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure SQL Azure maximum database size rises from 10GB to 50GB in June TCO and ROI calculator for Windows Azure SQL Azure Migration Wizard ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 11:44 AM

Microsoft Generation 4 Datacenter using ITPACs
Microsoft is continuing to make significant investments in Datacenter technology and is focused on solving issues such as long lead times, significant up-front costs and over capacity. Enter the world of modular Datacenters and ITPACs – IT Pre-Assembled Components. In simple terms – air handling and IT units which are pre-assembled (looking somewhat like a container) and then installed on concrete bases. Each unit can hold between 400 and 2500 servers (which means many more virtual machines depending ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2010 9:28 AM

FREE Windows Azure evening in London on April 15th including FREE access to Windows Azure
[Did I overdo the use of FREE in the title? :-)] April 12th to 16th is Microsoft Tech Days – 5 days of sessions on Visual Studio 2010 through to Windows Phone 7 Series. Many of these days are now full (Tip - Thursday still has room if rich client applications is your thing) but the good news is the development community in the UK has pulled together an awesome series of “fringe events” during April in London and elsewhere in the UK. There are sessions on Silverlight, SQL Server 2008 R2, Sharepoint ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:21 AM

Free Windows Azure event next Monday in London (29th March)
I just heard that we still have spaces for this event happening next week (29th March 2010). Whilst the event is designed for start-ups, I’m sure nobody would notice if you snuck in :-) Just keep it to yourself ;-) Register using invitation code: 79F2AB. Hope to see you there. The agenda is looking pretty swish: 09:00 – 09:30 Registration 09:30 - 10:15 Keynote ‘I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now....’– John Taysom, Active Seed Investor 10:15 - 10:45 The Microsoft Vision for Cloud Computing ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 2:14 PM

Q&A: Do I get charged compute hours for every role in my Windows Azure Hosted Service?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] [Check out my other QandAs] A common question I get is “Do I get charged compute hours for every role type in my service?” The short answer is “Yes you do”. Now for the longer answer… Every role type is created as at least one Virtual Machine instance on the Windows Azure Platform – more if you have instance count > 1 for a role. In this hosted service example I have 2 WebRoles and 3 WorkerRoles with ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 11:39 AM

Rob Blackwell on interoperability and Azure
At QCon in March we had a sample Azure application implemented in both Java and Ruby to demonstrate that the Windows Azure Platform is not just about .NET. The following is an interesting interview with Rob Blackwell, the R&D director of the partner who implemented the application. UK Interoperability Team Interviews Rob Blackwell, R&D Director at Active Web Solutions. Is Microsoft taking interoperability seriously? Yes. In the past, I think Microsoft has, quite rightly come in for criticism, ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:28 PM

Live examples of the Windows Azure Platform running Java and Ruby on Rails
At QCon in March we had a booth focused on interoperability out of which came the idea to create an application implemented in both Java and Ruby on Rails, running on top of the Windows Azure Platform. Nothing fancy, just an application to capture attendees view on Microsoft and Interoperability. It was implemented by Active Web Solutions, long time fans of Azure. Wroth a quick squint :-) Check out the related links below for info to get you up and running. Check out The Java version http://ukinterop.cloudapp.net/ ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:25 PM

SQL Azure maximum database size rises from 10GB to 50GB in June
At Mix we announced that we will be offering a new 50gb size option in June. If you would like to become an early adopter of this new size option before generally available, send an email to EngageSA@microsoft.com and it will auto-reply with instructions to fill out a survey to nominate your application that requires greater than 10gb of storage. Other announcements included: MARS in April: Execute multiple batches in a single connection Spatial Data in June: Geography and geometry types SQL Azure ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:29 AM

Windows Azure guidance from the Patterns and Practices team
The P&P team have started to share guidance on the Windows Azure Platform. They plan to group their efforts around: 1. Moving to the Cloud 2. Integrating with the Cloud 3. Leveraging the Cloud First up is a document which explains the capabilities and limitations of Enterprise Library 5.0 Beta 2 in terms of use within .NET applications designed to run with the Windows Azure platform. You can download it here. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:25 PM

Slides and links from Cloud Computing Congress session on Windows Azure Platform
On Tuesday (16th March 2010) I presented on Azure to a none technical audience at the Cloud Computing Congress. Great audience, lots of folks, lots of questions during and after – although it did feel odd to do a session with no code :-) Lots of people asked me for my slide deck – which is a 30minute none technical overview. Windows Azure In 30mins for none technical audience View more presentations from ericnelson. Or skydrive: or download link. Related Links: Steve Ballmer on Cloud Computing – ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2010 2:43 PM

Steve Ballmer on Cloud Computing – We’re all in
Steve spoke last week (March 4th 2010) on the possibilities of the Cloud and the importance to Microsoft. Of our 40,000 people building software, 70% of the people at Microsoft today are working on the Cloud – 90% in a years time In other words: The video is 85mins of Steve and there is an easy way of navigating to some soundbytes on presspass. I also like the new website that simplifies our story and commitment around the cloud http://www.microsoft.com/cl... Which includes an easy mapping between ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2010 10:15 AM

Getting PhP and Ruby working on Windows Azure and SQL Azure
When Windows Azure was first released in 2008 the only programming languages you could use were .NET languages such as Visual Basic and C# and the applications you built had to run in Partial Trust (Similar to ASP.NET Medium Trust). In the interim we have made a number of changes including allowing applications to run in full trust, native code is now supported (no longer had to be managed code such as C#) and we support FastCGI applications. Which means: Windows Azure supports the Internet Information ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2010 7:41 PM

Open Space Code day on Azure in Birmingham was great fun – thanks all
On Saturday 35(ish) developers met up on rainy day in Birmingham to take part in an Open Space Code day on the Windows Azure Platform. Around 5 of us had experience of Open Space meetings or developing for Azure prior to the day – and I think only two of us had experience of both :-) As I was on point to keynote the day and make sure it was a success, I did turn up with a few concerns matched by a good deal of excitement. My primary concern was that people would expect to be trained – and the Open ......

Posted On Monday, March 1, 2010 4:18 PM

Windows Azure Portal surfaces the relationship between billing and deployed
I previously posted on when you get charged with Windows Azure as it is contrary to many folks expectations. Today (25th Feb 2010) I was pleased to see a new warning on the portal. Note that you only need to delete the deployment not the service. And to delete you must first stop it. Well done team. Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:38 AM

Links from .NET Developer Network session on Azure
A big thanks to everyone who came along last night (Feb 25th 2010) to the .NET Developer Network and to Guy for inviting me along and being a great host. I had lots of fun and enjoyed it being so interactive. As promised, some links relevant to the conversations during the evening and the many questions. I will also do a post on Monday summarising the many “limits” we discussed on instances, roles etc: New Windows Azure Platform online community in the UK – ning hosted community site for UK fans ......

Posted On Friday, February 26, 2010 2:52 PM

Q&A: How do I find out the status of the Windows Azure Platform services?
The Windows Azure Platform includes a status dashboard as well as RSS feeds for individual services and regions. You get to see the current status: As well as the history of an individual service: As I’m based in the UK, I subscribe to the North Europe feeds for each of the services: AppFabric Access Control AppFabric Service Bus SQL Azure Database Windows Azure Compute Windows Azure Storage Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – join today. UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:53 PM

Visual Studio 2010 Conversion Wizard and Azure solutions – do not change target to .NET 4
I am currently (Feb 2010) moving lots of Azure samples originally built in Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio 2010 RC. I just realised there is a simple mistake folks can fall into. Easy to do, easy to avoid. When opening an Azure solution originally built in Visual Studio 2008 you will see the Conversion Wizard. Once you click Finish you will see this dialogue box with a default of Yes. Do not click Yes! Instead click No. The reason is simple. As of Feb 2010 the Windows Azure Fabric in Microsoft ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 1:54 PM

SyncToBlog #9 Cloud Links that caught my eye last week
Just getting a few interesting cloud links “down on paper”. I last did one of these on Azure in Dec 2009. Not everyone seems to know that Roger Jennings does a rocking job of collating links on Azure – e.g. Sunday Feb 14th. Recommended read - Using SQL Server Client APIs with SQL Azure Version 1.0 Q&A: Looking Ahead at Microsoft's Cloud Strategy Tim O'Brien, director of Microsoft's Platform Strategy Group, discusses the future of Windows Azure, Silverlight, and developing with .NET. Getting MySQL ......

Posted On Monday, February 15, 2010 9:11 AM

Getting Windows Azure development working with the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate
If like me your are interested in Azure and want to use Visual Studio 2010, then you probably: Removed Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Installed the Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate (Which all worked great for me) And then tried to create a new Cloud Service and got this error: “Method not found: ‘System.Collections.Generic... No need to panic. Notice there are two project types – Cloud Service and Cloud. Click on Cloud and notice that there is another step to do – Enable Windows Azure ......

Posted On Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:43 AM

Brad Smith on the Cloud in the 21st century
Something a little different. No mentions of web roles, nodes or queues – but interesting nevertheless. Brad Smith gave Microsoft’s vision of cloud computing devoted to the economic success of Europe. The event was organized by E!Sharp in the Auditorium of the Museum of Art and History, in Brussels, on January 26th. Brad Smith is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Microsoft Corporation. Brad gives a strong steer on our commitment to (amongst other things): First class Interop Supporting ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 1:09 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast 020 – David Gristwood and AWS talk Azure
On January 1st I switched focus to 100% Azure. My friend and colleague David Gristwood has been firmly focused on Azure through 2009 working with early adopters. We decided to record a podcast talking about what we are up to and how Microsoft UK has been helping early adopters using deep dive labs, workshops and training. We also have a stab at describing the Windows Azure Platform in 1 minute (I hopelessly overrun by 100%) and we finish with an interview between David and Active Web Solutions (AWS). ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 9, 2010 10:38 AM

Try Windows Azure in February and Win for the UK!
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] I just stumbled upon some work by my US colleagues and CodeProject to create a competition around deploying applications on the Windows Azure Platform. Looks to me like it is open to UK developers – hence I would encourage you to have a shot at winning and bringing the prizes back to Blighty. Give Windows® Azure a try in February and you could win an HP TouchSmart laptop (approximately $1000 USD value) ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 12:55 PM

Q&A: How can I calculate the TCO and ROI when considering the Windows Azure Platform?
[In the UK? Why not join http://ukazure.ning.com] Awareness of the existence of the Windows Azure Platform TCO and ROI Calculator remains pretty low based on some conversations I have had lately at events. It is available in both online and offline versions and aims to help measure the potential savings of product development or migration to the Windows Azure Platform. Lets take a quick example of a brand new car insurance site (Based on my depth work with… car insurance sites!). In brief: We will ......

Posted On Monday, February 8, 2010 3:37 PM

Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the third of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce? Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform? Part 4: My analysis Which of these Windows Azure Platform technologies have you already evaluated or plan to evaluate ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 2:30 PM

Free UK Azure Training Workshops in Reading and Edinburgh in February
As part of Microsoft UKs Azure Awareness Week in February (2010) we have three training workshops for partners taking place. I have added them over on the new Fans of UK Azure community site. Don’t delay – I expect the places to vanish quickly! February 23 Tuesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 24 Wednesday Reading Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners February 25 Thursday Edinburgh Free One day Accelerated Training Workshop for Partners ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:28 AM

Q&A: I have a new business idea. How can I implement it cheaply using the Windows Azure Platform?
[Advert: Interested in Azure? Based in the UK? Be amongst friends -> http://ukazure.ning.com/] I have been asked this one a few times recently. The question is often driven by the realisation that that the Windows Azure Platform is actually a little more expensive that alternatives such as shared hosting/dedicated hosting in the early stages of a new application – i.e. when you have no/few users and you don’t need all that elasticity and high availability isn’t really a priority. It turns out ......

Posted On Thursday, February 4, 2010 10:09 AM

Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform
I wrote this short article for the 27th of January edition of the UK MSDN Flash newsletter. I thought it would be useful to sneak it in here as well especially as it will be the basis of a number of upcoming blog posts – probably about seven of them :-) Seven things that may surprise you about the Windows Azure Platform January 2010 is when the Windows Azure Platform for Cloud Computing moved from beta to live. We have three services live and already serving applications developed in the UK: · Windows ......

Posted On Monday, February 1, 2010 1:33 PM

Q&A: What are the UK prices for the Windows Azure Platform
Lots of folks keep asking me for UK prices and to be fair it does take a little work to find them (You need to start here and bring up this pop up) Hence for simplicity, I have copied them here (as of Jan 29th 2010). Note that there are several rates available. The following is “Windows Azure Platform Consumption” Windows Azure Compute Small instance (default): £0.0728 per hour Medium instance: £0.1455 per hour Large instance: £0.291 per hour Extra large instance: £0.5819 per hour Storage £0.091 ......

Posted On Friday, January 29, 2010 10:03 AM

Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the second of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, Amazon, Google and SalesForce? Part 3: What are your plans for using the Windows Azure Platform? Part 4: My analysis How well do you understand each of the following Cloud Services? How relevant do you think each ......

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 4:00 PM

You have 10 votes. Why not use them! www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com
The Windows Azure Platform team is very keen to get your feedback on where they should be directing their efforts over the coming months. I’ve mentioned www.mygreatwindowsazureidea... in previous blog posts but it never managed its own post – well this is it :-) Everybody has 10 votes to cast. Which means you have. Go on, vote now. The current top 5 are not that surprising (I even voted for 4 of them): But I also find the “new entries” very enlightening e.g. And trust me – those 10 votes get used ......

Posted On Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:48 PM

Results of Cloud Computing Survey – Part 1: Is Cloud relevant?
On January 7th 2010 I kicked off a survey on Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform (Now closed). A big thanks to the 100 folks who completed the survey. I have been through the results and removed a few where folks clearly dropped out after page 1 (which is fine – but I felt it wasn’t helping the results). I promised to share the results which I will do over four posts. This is the first of those four. Part 1: Is Cloud relevant? Part 2: How well do you know the technologies of Microsoft, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 27, 2010 11:05 AM

Excellent example of explaining the details of a PaaS offering – alas it isn’t Azure
The Windows Azure Platform is now live. It is showcased by a terrifically exciting web site which tells you what it is and makes it incredibly simple to sign up. Actually, it isn’t. We have http://www.microsoft.com/wi... It is an “ok” site I suppose. The detail is there. It has the occasional decent enough diagram, but TBH its a maze of words, pages, whitepapers, links, videos, downloads. I dislike it a lot. Sorry. I think the technology is great but the site is not. I would encourage you ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 8:52 PM

New Windows Azure Platform online community in the UK
There is a really strong interest in Cloud Computing and Azure in the UK – but it doesn’t appear to be supported by an online community. Well, at least I couldn’t find an active community. Hence I decided to go and create one. Or at least create the skeleton of one: http://ukazure.ning.com/ Right now you can: Give a “Shout out” to what you are up to with Azure. I’m certain folks would like to know. Watch UK produced videos on Azure including interviews with early adopters Check out upcoming UK events ......

Posted On Monday, January 25, 2010 4:41 PM

QandA: How do you avoid being charged unnecessarily for Windows Azure compute hours?
[Check out my other QandAs] You would reasonably expect to be charged for the use of the Windows Azure Platform for any application you have built which is live on Azure. But you will a) want to minimise that cost and b) you would probably like to avoid it all together while doing development or learning about Azure. These “tips” should help you minimise the cost: Make the most of January 2010 You can use the Windows Azure Platform at no charge throughout January and get an insight into the billing. ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:13 PM

QandA: When do I get charged for compute hours on Windows Azure?
[Check out my other QandAs] This question keeps coming up. Hence I will have a stab at explaining it. Nothing deployed = no charge First I think we can all happily agree that the following service on Windows Azure won’t be costing me anything :) Deployed and running and being used = charge If we have code deployed and being used then you will be charged. Seems reasonable. Note that Staging and Production cost the same. Deployed and running but no one is using it = charge You will be charged even ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:23 PM

Windows Azure Platform, Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine Explained
I wanted to point folks at this great blog if you are interested in Cloud Computing. Janakiram MSV has been busily producing some great work in his role as a Cloud Computing Strategist. What I particularly like is he is looking at the Windows Azure Platform and Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine. Out of which came these three videos which are all well worth a look. You might also want to check out this video my colleague David Gristwood recorded with David Chappell in London last year which ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:58 PM

Maybe see you at London CloudCamp on the 21st January 2010
I will be popping along to CloudCamp this Thursday. I’ve been to CloudCamp once before when it coincided with Qcon London when I was a speaker in 2009. But TBH I really didn’t pay much attention last time around as it was a) the end of a long day and b) I was only dabbling with cloud at the time. On January 1st I switched full time to the Windows Azure Platform which means this time I will be paying attention :-) Find/avoid me as necessary :-) The agenda looks promising: 6.00 - 6.10 pm Introduction ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 2:51 PM

Step by Step sign up for the MSDN Subscriber offer for the Windows Azure Platform
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers If you are an MSDN Subscriber then you have free hours/storage etc for Azure – once you activate your benefit. MSDN Subscribers can ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 5:21 PM

Step by Step sign up for the 25 hour free Windows Azure Platform Introductory Special
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform introductory special offer: This allows anyone to try the Windows Azure Platform at “no charge”. The offer will end on July 31st 2010. Included each month at no ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:39 PM

Windows Azure Accelerated Training Workshop March 30th in London
I was just “reviewing” a Windows Azure Platform developer video from Adrian Jakeman of QA and spotted at the end that they had various Azure courses up and running or in development. Given the video was excellent, Adrian is a top chap and QA consistently deliver great sessions, I felt I should point folks at: Windows Azure Platform – Accelerated Training Workshop, March 30th in London, 2 days AUDIENCE This course is aimed at software developers with at least 6 months practical experience using Visual ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 13, 2010 1:15 PM

Cloud Computing and Windows Azure Platform Survey – just 9 optional questions!
I am keen to get a feel for the current awareness and desire around Cloud Computing and specifically the Windows Azure Platform. Hence I have created a short and hopefully very quick to complete survey: Just 9 questions All questions are optional No need to type – just click away! Please complete even if you have ruled out Cloud Computing – it won’t take you long in that case :-) Please take 2 minutes to complete the survey. Thanks in advance and yes, I will share the results. NB: For simplicity ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:36 PM

My top 5 Azure sessions from PDC 09
Having skim watched many (but not all) the Azure sessions from PDC I thought I would call out my top 5 sessions I recommend you find some time to look at if you already know the basics. Tips and Tricks for Using Visual Studio 2010 to Build Applications that Run on Windows Azure Lots of great tips for developing for Azure. There is also a companion blog post. Windows Azure Blob and Drive Deep Dive Blobs have evolved significantly since day one. This session shows all. Windows Azure Tables and Queues ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 4:24 PM

Windows Identity Federation Training Kit for Windows Azure
When I joined Microsoft in 1996 I worked with a certain Hervey Wilson before he headed off to join the product group in Redmond. Last week I was skim-watching a bunch of Azure content from PDC and who should show up but Hervey talking about using WIF with Azure to enable Single Sign-On for applications. Whic is odd – as back in the late 90s I was talking about Single Sign-On and the BackOffice Logo. I digress. TBH I skimmed through Hervey's session rather too quickly, got a little confused, jumped ......

Posted On Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:50 PM

Change of focus in 2010 to the Windows Azure Platform
I have been dabbling with the Windows Azure Platform for most of 2009 (Check out my past posts) but at the end of December my boss Marc H gave me the go ahead to be “full time” on Azure in 2010. This was excellent news! I think Cloud Computing is an exciting, fascinating and often misunderstood area – which has the potential to significantly change how we develop and deploy systems in the next few years. And I am the lucky chap who gets to live and play in that space – at least until Marc realises ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 3:45 PM

SyncToBlog #7 Windows Azure Platform links
I have been meaning to get these “out of my head” for a little while now. Christmas Eve seems a good day to do it on :-) Dave Thompson (Microsoft UK) did a good summary post of adding SSL to a webrole Dave also did a good summary of the differences in the Azure November SDK. The Azure TCO & ROI Calculator Cloud Storage Studio V0.9 is available How Azure is being used in the real world - Azure Deep Dives This was generated from a series of UK early adopter labs we run. Yep, I’m in there somewhere ......

Posted On Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:47 AM

Windows Azure benefits for MSDN Premium Subscribers can be used for live applications. Sign up from January 4th
When we first announced that MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members would be getting free Azure hours we also stated that they would be restricted to development and testing. The great news is we decided to lift this restriction so that you will be able to use your Azure benefits for normal (production) use, if needed. This also simplifies the transition between development and production. Starting January 4, 2010, MSDN Premium subscribers and BizSpark members in the UK will be able to sign ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 3:24 PM

Multi-tenanted applications on Windows Azure and SQL Azure – added to my todo list for 2010
Back when I was an Application Architect working with UK ISVs I spent a lot of time helping companies understand how to architect multi-tenanted applications. However, I have never pondered about the challenges (and opportunities) of doing this with Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Until now. What sparked it off was a fairly simple question from a UK ISV that I ended up copied on. The question in essence was “What is the recommended approach to building a multi-tenancy solution on Windows Azure and SQL ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 2:54 PM

What is Microsoft “Dallas”?
Nope, I’m not referring to the famous TV series. I am referring to the “data-as-a-service” offering we announced at the PDC. What it is: Dallas is “data-as-a-service” offer from Windows Azure which is an information marketplace that brings data, imagery, and real-time web services from leading commercial data providers and authoritative public data sources together into a single location, under a unified provisioning and billing framework. Dallas provides the foundations for publishing and consuming ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:34 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast 015 – SQL Azure at TechEd Europe
While at TechEd Europe in November 2009 I had a chance to catch up with David Robinson, Program Manager in the SQL Azure team and discuss... SQL Azure :-) We cover the "reboot", large databases, the new support for SQL Azure in SQL Server Management Studio, customer feedback and futures. V2 hints include: - bigger database - automatic partitioning - spatial data types You might also want to check out the slides of a SQL Azure session I recently delivered based on the session David gave at TechEd ......

Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:58 AM

Windows Azure Platform gets a Current Status Dashboard
We are getting closer to being 100% live (and billable!). Spotted this today – a status dashboard. Related Links: UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 9, 2009 10:05 AM

SQL Azure slides and links from EdgeUG session
A big thanks to all those who attended http://edgeug.net/ last night to hear about SQL Azure and SQL Server 2008 R2. I really enjoyed it and once again “Merry Christmas”! Links http://bit.ly/startazure takes you to the getting started page for SQL Azure (and Windows Azure) Download SQL Server Management Studio R2 which works with SQL Azure Brief walkthrough of using SSMS R2 with SQL Azure (nice screenshots similar to what I showed in the first demo) Download the SQL Azure Migration Wizard http://twitter.com/ericnel ......

Posted On Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:42 AM

SQL Azure and Entity Framework sessions from PDC 2009
Two areas I am looking at right now are SQL Azure and Entity Framework 4. PDC had plenty of content on both these areas. Just need to find the time to watch some of it! I have added direct links to the standard definition WMV and the PPTs to download (which is what I am doing right now). SQL Azure SQL Azure Database: Present and Future Windows Media Video PPT Using the Microsoft Sync Framework to Connect Apps to the Cloud Windows Media Video PPT The Future of Database Development with SQL Azure Windows ......

Posted On Monday, November 23, 2009 5:03 PM

Using SQL Server Management Studio R2 with SQL Azure
As I mentioned earlier this week, we now have a CTP release of a version of SSMS that is SQL Azure aware. I thought it might be useful to share my first few minutes with it. First up, I cleared out my SQL Azure account using the portal (dropped all my databases). And I made sure the firewall setting would allow me to connect: (for simplicity I just opened up everything. Don’t do that!) Then I downloaded (155MB) SSMS R2 Nov CTP (32bit or 64bit) and installed it: Which gave me a new menu group for ......

Posted On Friday, November 13, 2009 3:06 PM

SQL Server Management Studio now supports SQL Azure
I have had a bit of a “SQL Azure” day at TechEd Europe. I sat through David Robinsons excellent intro to SQL Azure development (smooth, on time, great Q&A), caught up with David afterwards to exchange stories on SQL Azure and find out what I will be missing at PDC next week and then grabbed the chance to capture a short 10minute podcast which I will publish up on Channel 9 next week. David did his demos using a new version of SQL Server Management Studio which works with SQL Azure and announced ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 11, 2009 10:31 PM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 011 – Steve Marx on Windows Azure
Also knows as “that’s where I left my shoe” (you will need to listen to understand that) This is a bonus edition of the podcast recorded on the 6th of October in London with Steve Marx, Technical Strategist working on Windows Azure. It starts slow, it needed a few edits (deletes!) as we battled with “what is still not public” but picks up to be a pretty useful look at the improvements we have made to Windows Azure over the last few months with a specific focus on storage. Topics covered include: ......

Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2009 4:26 PM

David Chappell in conversation in the UK about Windows Azure and the cloud
David and I hosted David Chappell and Steve Marx in London on the 6th of October in a packed day with early adopters of azure (ISVs and System Integrators) David interviewed David (!) and I interviewed Steve for our MSDN Podcast. Unfortunately the podcast with Steve isn’t yet published as it needs a few edits as we strayed into “secret squirrel” territory a few times :-) Check out the video – its less than 15 minutes and David covers off Azure as well as Google, Amazon, Salesforce.com, VMware and ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:10 AM

Windows Azure Platform “free” for MSDN Subscribers and BizSpark companies
Well not exactly free but definitely extremely welcome and a great benefit. The introductory offer includes a huge 750 hours of compute time – which rather nicely is how much you need to run a node 24x7 for the whole month. Another great reason to sign up for an MSDN subscription or to join BizSpark if you are a Software Startup. NB: SQL Services is SQL Azure. I guess the naming change slipped through the review process for the site ......

Posted On Monday, October 19, 2009 7:50 PM

Slides and links from Windows Azure Platform Storage session
I delivered a session on Windows Azure Storage and SQL Azure Database at the UK Azure user group on the 6th of October. A big thanks to everyone who attended – and for putting up with my last minute improvisation when we realised that 2/3rd of the audience were actually brand new to Windows Azure (and presumably therefore brand new to the user group) Links: www.azure.com Main site and where you register to get tokens. Remember you need separate tokens for Windows Azure and SQL Azure. Or… a more streamlined ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 7, 2009 1:44 PM

Midnight and the Azure and Entity Framework decks are now final and available for download
You might have been following this series of posts on my preparation for Software Architect 2009. Well, this evening while sitting in a small hotel room in London (with no window and a dodgy tv) I completed both presentations and made them available for download on Slideshare. You can find them both here. P.S. I still need to add links to that page ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 30, 2009 12:20 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – the last day retrospective
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day five (The last day): Play, play, play with the technology. PART DONE Produce outline skeleton demo sequence for both sessions PART DONE Produce a backup VM “just in case” :) DONE Run through both presentations for rough timing (mainly to figure out talk to demo ratio) PART DONE Look into this annoying bug which appeared to have started after I installed Silverlight ......

Posted On Monday, September 28, 2009 2:51 PM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day four and the slides are done
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan vs actual for day four (Thursday): Produce final drafts of each deck and post them so delegates can check out what I’m covering. DONE (link below) Play, play, play with the technology. DONE (a little) Read, read, read DONE And… produce outline skeleton demo sequence DONE (a little) The good bit: The best bit was getting the drafts of both decks “done” – done in the sense that I ......

Posted On Friday, September 25, 2009 9:52 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day three was Entity Framework 4 day. I love it!
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day three: Nearly got it all done. However I ended up spending more time on EF4 than I had planned as … there is a lot of it! Gather up good posts and samples for EF 4 (will likely blog this out) DONE Play with EF 4 as much as my day allows DONE Revisit EF 4 deck post play DONE And a late night re-read of the three Azure storage documents from way back (will add links in the ......

Posted On Thursday, September 24, 2009 9:09 AM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day two and my love for Boot from VHD
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. The plan for day two: The Tuesday plan vs actual was … 100% spot on. Install Entity Framework CTP on Windows XP Mode. SUCCESS Install VS2010 into a Boot from HD Windows 7 VHD (Yep… back to plan A as I would much prefer to use VS2010 without a VM but also without installing it direct on my host Windows 7 which I want to keep reasonably clear) SUCCESS Revisit both decks. DONE Play with Entity ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:23 AM

Using IIS to generate a X509 certificate for use with the Windows Azure Service Management API – step by step
This is one of a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. One of the things that has been added to Windows Azure while i have been “elsewhere” is the Service Management API which the team introduced on the 17th of this month (Sept 2009). This is a REST-based API which allows: Deployments – Viewing, creating, deleting, swapping, modifying configuration settings, changing instance counts, and updating the deployment. Listing and viewing properties ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 5:01 PM

Countdown to Software Architect 2009 – Day one summary and the eureka moment
This is the second in a series of posts on my preparations for sessions on Azure and ORMs at Software Architect 2009. In case you don’t want to skim through the whole post, the main things I learnt in day one are: 1. Never forget that install errors can be caused by something as simple as a corrupt file! (My “battle” outlined below) 2. Virtual PC RC for Windows 7 isn’t perfect. It doesn’t like working with a VM created on an older version. (Details below) 3. There are some nice storage explorer tools ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:50 AM

MSDN Flash Podcast Show 006 – Eric Nelson discusses Visual Studio 2010, Parallel, Language Parity and Azure
This show is a bonus edition. It includes a brief overview of the announcements this week around Azure at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans and then a 30minute interview recorded at Qcon 2009 in London earlier this year. This time around, I am the interviewee for a change. Many thanks to Ryan Slobojan and InfoQ for letting me take the original video interview and create a podcast from it. If you prefer, you can watch the video on the InfoQ site. I was asked the following: Eric, what's ......

Posted On Thursday, July 16, 2009 2:21 PM

Azure pricing and sla announcements plus details on the two SQL Azure Database versions
We answered a lot of questions on Azure at day 2 of the Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday (Tues 14th July 2009). The conference is being streamed live this week (or at least parts of it) at http://www.digitalwpc.com/ Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and .NET Services will be available for purchase before end of calendar 2009 and Windows Azure will be available at PDC 2009 in November. (I’m stroking my lucky rabbits foot – but we seem confident). It will be available in 21 countries at launch (including ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 8:15 AM

Slides and links for Windows Azure session for GL.NET
Had a great time Wednesday night delivering a session on Azure and SQL Data Services at GL.NET. Admittedly I run over hugely but I enjoyed it and I much prefer lots of questions along the way. The venue is very good. The MessageLabs offices offer a pretty decent sized room, wireless internet and a good projector. Jimmy makes for a very friendly host and the folks that attend are equally good guys and as a bonus, the pub is near by :-) In summary, if you develop software using Microsoft.NET and you ......

Posted On Friday, June 19, 2009 4:38 AM

32minutes of me at Qcon talking on Visual Studio 2010, VB, F#, .NET 4.0, Parallel, Azure
Back in March I presented at Qcon 2009 in London which is a great conference. I also was interviewed which is now up on InfoQ. TBH – it isn’t a bad interview yet at the time it felt awful right from the first moment when after agreeing the opening question before the camera rolled, I got asked something completely different :-) Then it went pretty broad :-) You can watch the video on the InfoQ site which includes a transcript. The questions I was asked were: Eric, what's going to be coming up in ......

Posted On Monday, June 8, 2009 6:46 AM

Slides and links for Future of Web Applications session on Windows Azure at Bristol
Just about finished putting together my session for the FOWA tour in Bristol. I have only 50minutes. Which means I need to speak fast + demo fast + … remove some slides by 9:30 tomorrow :-) Slides: Windows Azure - Ericnel View more OpenOffice presentations from ukdpe. Links: Learn about the Azure Services Platform and access the SDKs etc Play with Windows Azure – http://www.azure.com Watch the MIX 09 recordings http://live.visitmix.com Need development tools? Students can get Visual Studio through ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 2, 2009 4:35 PM

Slides and links for SQL Data Services session at DDD Scotland
I gave an update on SQL Data Services at DDD Scotland on Saturday (2nd May 2009). The deck was very similar to this one I gave at DevWeek which is already hosted on Slideshare. The final deck will be on the DDD Scotland site in due course. In the meantime, here are the links: SDS Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/ssds SDS MSDN Development Center http://msdn.microsoft.com/e... SDS samples http://blogs.msdn.com/jcurr... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 5, 2009 10:57 AM

SQL Data Services – the new plan explained at MIX09. PPT and Video to download
I previously posted about the change to the approach we would be taking with SQL Data Services to deliver a “database in the cloud” capability to the Azure Service Platform. MIX09 has a session on this and the ppt and video is now available to stream/download. Check out: What's New in Microsoft SQL Data Services from Friday at MIX09 I will be doing a similar session this Thursday at www.devweek.com as I described before ......

Posted On Monday, March 23, 2009 10:31 AM

Speaking at DevWeek 2009 in London – hope to see you there
Next week (23rd March 2009) I am speaking at DevWeek 2009. DevWeek is a great conference which attracts top notch speakers (plus me – I feel such a fraud whenever I present there!). It is IMHO the best developer focused conference we have in the UK and I can’t wait to get there and soak in the great sessions + catch up with familiar faces + meet plenty of new ones. Be warned. There is a rumour that we are being given some new toys (Flip video cameras) to play with while we are there. However don’t ......

Posted On Thursday, March 19, 2009 4:46 PM

SQL Data Services – new features announced
The SDS team have announced their updated plans for SQL Data Services. There are plenty of changes to take in – but it looks to be a very positive step in response to feedback from folks who looked at the current CTP. Essentially SDS becomes a full relational database (SQL Server!) in the cloud which we access using familiar programming models such as ADO.NET and ODBC – you get stored procedures, triggers, views etc. As such it will become fairly trivial to “re-platform” on-premise applications to ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:02 PM

Windows Azure and SQL Data Services Talk for .NET Developer Network
On Monday I gave a session on “Windows Azure and a little SQL Data Services” for the .NET Developer Network in Bristol with the main focus being on storage. Thanks to all those who attended – and I hope to be back in the audience next month :-) The main links I wanted to share were: www.azure.com and specifically the downloads: Windows Azure SDK Visual Studio tools and templates The table sample I showed using StorageClient is available for download along with a walkthrough screencast Code sample ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:31 PM

Five hours of webcasts on Windows Azure
For 12 of my years in Microsoft I worked with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). ISVs get their own site, http://www.isvinnovation.com/ which from time to time contains some great online webcasts. If you are a developer and you are new to Azure Services Platform, then there are five great Webcasts to take a look at. Part: 1 Azure Services for Developers: Fundamentals Part: 2 Azure Services for Developers: Developing a Windows Azure Application Part: 3 Azure Services for Developers: .NET Services ......

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:49 PM

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