Some time ago I wrote an article about Windows Azure. The reaction to the
article was mixed - some agree with the “cloud” confusion and the lack of
release dates, others (mostly Microsoft guys) asking for more time so the
technologies will evolve; and last but not least people trying to explain how
I don’t really understand Windows Azure and related technologies (to those,
actually that was one of the points of the article - too much confusion).
So I find myself after six months since the release of Windows Azure looking
at the same things as before. First, the “cloud” confusion. Everything
running on the internet is now “cloud something”. I really appreciate
Microsoft’s job of starting the real cloud race (let’s be honest,
wasn’t a race until Microsoft came into play, it was more like a slow
march), but I still believe they should take the lead and clear the sky of ... (more)
I was wondering when Microsoft will announce the equivalent of Amazon’s
Public Datasets. Well, it’s here, although with strange name. I hope they
wouldn’t do this just for government agencies.
The Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) is an initiative led by Microsoft
Public Sector Developer Evangelism team. OGDI uses the Azure Services
Platform to make it easier to publish and use a wide variety of public data
from government agencies.
OGDI is also a free, open source ‘starter kit’ (coming soon) with code
that can be used to publish data on the Internet in a Web-friendly forma... (more)
SQL Azure Migration Wizard helps you migrate your local SQL Server 2005 /
2008 databases into SQL Azure. The wizard walks you through the selection of
your SQL objects, creates SQL scripts suitable for SQL Azure, and allows you
to edit / deploy to SQL Azure.
The SQL Azure Migration Wizard (SQLAzureMW) will let you identify a SQL
Server 2005 / 2008 database that you want to migrate to SQL Azure or select
an existing SQL file that has the commands you want to execute against SQL
If your source is a SQL Server database, SQLAzureMW will walk you through the
different object ... (more)
Microsoft released a preview of the Windows Azure Service Management API to
help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This
is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice
to manage their services. You can find the documentation (along with the
rest of the Windows Azure documentation) here.
This is a REST-based API which uses X509 client certificates for
authentication. Users can upload any valid X509 certificate in .cer format to
the Windows Azure developer portal and then use it as a client certificate
when making API re... (more)
Microsoft announced today the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual
Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers;
general availability will follow on Oct. 21.
New testing options in Visual Studio 2010 will help ensure quality code.
Enhancements to the integrated development environment mean that whether
modeling, coding, testing or debugging, developers can use existing skills to
deploy a growing number of application types. Built-in tools for Windows 7
and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and
Windows Pres... (more)