Saving Money Using the Cloud and Open Source Software

In one my consulting projects, we are starting an initiative to do marketing on behalf of partners who represent our products.  We are supplying these partners’ salespeople with leads that are generated by these marketing efforts.  We need to ensure that these leads are being worked on.  If not, we want to assign them to […]
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Optimizing Windows Azure Services using WCF, REST and JSON

When XML was first proposed it must have been a spoof.  The problem is, nobody got the joke.  Let’s say we had a database of pets and we wanted to export some data.  One choice could be a comma-separated file.  The data might look something like this: The first row is for the headers.  If someone […]
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New Learning Tree .NET Course for Experienced .NET Developers

I’m the technical editor on a new Learning Tree course.   It is course 2620: .NET 4 Programming for Existing .NET Developers.  The course is not specifically about cloud development.  However, ASP.NET and other .NET developers working on cloud-based applications would certainly be interested. The course is unique in a number of ways.  First, the author […]
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What I Would Change about Microsoft Windows Azure

In Microsoft Windows Azure programs are deployed as roles.  There are two types of roles, Web roles and Worker roles.  Web roles are used to create Web applications and to host Web services.  Worker roles are used for background processing. When a role is deployed its instance size must be specified.  A small instance gets […]
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This Cloud Thing is Out of Control

I’ve been talking to some colleagues about moving to the Windows Azure cloud, and I’ve heard three reasons why they are resisting it: security, losing control, and trust.  In an earlier post, I wrote about securing the cloud.  In this post I want to address, from my perspective, losing control and trust. I think “losing […]
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