Azure

Introduction to Azure Search

Azure Search is new cloud service by Microsoft. I played with this service a little bit and now it is my favorite toy. In this post I give a quick overview of Azure Search and tell you what it is and what it is not. Also I provide some advice about what tools you need and how to get rid of some problems I faced when using service on CoreCLR.

Speaking at SDC 2014

Next week I have honor to speak at Software Development Conference 2014. It is held on 01-02.12 at Arnhem, Netherlands. I have sessions on both days – in total four sessions – and here is the short overview of these. It’s all mostly about ASP.NET, ASP.NET vNext, and cloud but there’s also something about legacy code. I hope you will join me!

Speaking at Code Camp 2014, Macedonia

This year I have honor to be a speaker at Code Camp 2014, Macedonia. It’s one of the biggest developers event in Macedonia. I have been in Macedonia as a speaker once before but it was community evening and not a big conference. This time I come to Skopje with new ASP.NET vNext. In this post I will give short overview about digital hell I prepared for Macedonian techies.

ASP.NET 5 on Azure Websites

Something cool to try out – you can run your ASP.NET vNext applications on Windows Azure Websites already today. Yes, you can take Visual Studio 14 CTP, create ASP.NET vNext application and deploy it to cloud. In this posting we will sniff around in Azure Websites to see how ASP.NET vNext applications run there.

Speaking at Global Windows Azure Bootcamp, Sofia

I’m happy to announce that I will be speaker at Global Windows Azure Bootcamp at Sofia, Bulgaria this year. I have two real-life based presentations there (you know well I don’t like those hello-world-presentations) and I have some valuable field information plus real-life code to share with you. Here’s few words about my presentations.

IFileClient – Generalizing storage access in ASP.NET web applications

This is one of the examples from my presentation about how to port existing ASP.NET applications to Windows Azure and how to build hybrid applications that work in multiple environments. One of important aspects is file storage that may have multiple implementations for different technical environments. In this posting I will introduce you my idea about generalized file access in web applications.

First look at Visual Studio Online “Monaco”

With Visual Studio 2013 Microsoft also announced online version of Visual Studio for Windows Azure Web Sites. When I first saw SharePoint Napa tools and “powered by Vsiual Studio” slogan then I knew that soon Visual Studio is on cloud. Now Microsoft made their next step. Let’s see what Visual Studio Online with codename “Monaco” is and what you can do with it.

How to avoid throttling SQL Azure database with NHibernate

Lately I had one weird experience on with running NHibernate on Windows Azure and I think it’s worth to share with you. NHibernate is matured industry-level ORM that is proven itself over years. Although it is not so easy to use as Entity Framework it is still my favorite due to flexibility and wide databases […]

How my company uses Windows Azure in development process

I have used MSDN Ultimate Windows Azure benefit from the day it was made available and from this day I have more and more used Windows Azure on my everyday’s development work. I’m building mostly web-based applications and services and Windows Azure fits well for this scenario. In this posting I will introduce you how Windows Azure supports development work in practice of one small software company.

Using client certificates on Windows Azure

In one of current projects we needed to deploy one Windows Azure site that supports SSL and requires client certificates. Until it’s just about deploying SSL site wo Windows Azure there’s nothing complex but when modifying IIS settings is required then some coding is needed. Here is the example.

Windows Azure updates, new services and MSDN benefits

As Microsoft is on the wave of launching new stuff then next load of updates is for Windows Azure. New services, updates, new features and some nice surprises for those who have Windows Azure as MSDN subscription benefit. Also there is something for enterprises interested in private Windows Azure. For those who want to learn more about Windows Azure there is Windows Azure Training Kit May 2013 update available.

Windows Azure error: An unsupported response was received. The response header ‘MSDeploy.Response’ was ” but ‘v1’ was expected.

You may get the following error when deploying your web application from Visual Studio to Windows Azure using WebDeploy: Remote agent could not be contacted. Make sure the remote agent service is installed and started on the target computer.
An unsupported response was received. The response header ‘MSDeploy.Response’ was ” but ‘v1’ was expected.
The request was aborted: The request was canceled.
COM object that has been separated from its underlying RCW cannot be used.

Deploying independent web applications to Windows Azure using single web role

I found very good blog post by Andy Cross’ Blog where he describes how to deploy multiple web sites in a single Windows Azure web role. I like the idea but there are some things that should be understood and done differently if you plan to use same web role for totally different web applications that you want to run on your Windows Azure instance. In this posting I will show you how to deploy independent web applications to Windows Azure instance using single web role.

Windows Azure Error: Failed to start Storage Emulator: the SQL Server instance ‘localhost\SQLExpress’ could not be found

When running some of your Windows Azure applications when storage emulator is not configured you may get the following error: “Windows Azure Tools: Failed to initialize Windows Azure storage emulator. Unable to start Development Storage. Failed to start Storage Emulator: the SQL Server instance ‘localhost\SQLExpress’ could not be found. Please configure the SQL Server instance for Storage Emulator using the ‘DSInit’ utility in the Windows Azure SDK.”. Here’s how to solve this problem.

Identifying AppFabric Access Control Service users uniquely

In my last posting about AppFabric Labs Access Control Service I described how to get your ASP.NET MVC application to work with ACS. In this posting I will dig deeper into tokens and claims and provide you with some helper methods that you may find useful when authenticating users using AppFabric ACS. Also I will […]

ASP.NET MVC 3: Using AppFabric Access Control Service to authenticate users

I had Windows Azure training this week and I tried out how easy or hard it is to get Access Control Service to work with my ASP.NET MVC 3 application. It is easy now but it was not very easy to get there. In this posting I will describe you what I did to get ASP.NET MVC 3 web application to work with Access Control Service (ACS). I will show you also some code you may find useful.

DLL-s needed to run ASP.NET MVC 3 RC on Windows Azure

In this weekend I made one of my new apps run on Windows Azure. I am building this application using ASP.NET MVC 3 RC and Razor view engine. In this posting I will list DLL-s you need to have as local copies to get ASP.NET MVC 3 RC run on Windows Azure web role.

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