Creating Items and Exploring Tables in Amazon DynamoDB

Having earlier created some tables for our application we will now quickly see how to store some items. Using the AWS SDK it could be done programmatically very simply as follows: Figure 1. Code to populate the Players Table with sample Items. A couple points to reinforced: Not all items need to have the same […]
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Implementing a Data Storage Tier in the Cloud Using Amazon DynamoDB

One of the most important aspects of application design is the storage tier. For many developers a relational database has traditionally been the engine of choice. While that is often a good solution, the cloud has certainly brought other options to light. NoSQL is increasingly gaining popularity as an alternative that offers internet-class scalability when […]
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Amazon Extends Services for Microsoft Technologies

As someone who works primarily with Microsoft technologies I was delighted to see the Amazon announcement yesterday that they are going to offer two additional options for developers. First, Amazon RDS is now going to include SQL Server in addition to MySQL and Oracle databases. SQL Server is available in a variety of versions on […]
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Committing to the Cloud

When I teach Learning Tree’s Introduction to Cloud Computing course I often get questions about how components from different public cloud vendors can be used together in an integrated application. The answer, of course, is: “it all depends on the application.” Here I would like to give a more comprehensive response than that. This will […]
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Code Not Clicks

“Clicks not Code.” That is one of the latest marketing slogans from Force.com. Now, I have nothing against Force.com. In fact I think it is a great platform. But what, if I may ask, is so bad about code? And why are clicks better? First off, I am a programmer. Secondly, I program mostly in […]
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