Learning Windows Azure

Over the past few months, I’ve written a series of articles on learning Microsoft Windows Azure. I thought it might be helpful if I listed them all in one place. Windows Azure Training Series – Understanding Subscriptions and Users Windows Azure Training Series – Setting up a Development Environment for Free Windows Azure Training Series – Creating […]
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Model-First Development with Entity Framework 4

ADO.NET Entity Framework ADO.NET Entity Framework (EF) is an object-relational mapping tool included with .NET. It is used to automate database access. To use it, you need a data model which defines classes (or entities). Entities contain properties that are mapped to fields inside tables in a relational database. If you already have a database […]
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Choosing Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services

Two of the largest providers of cloud computing services are Microsoft and Amazon. Both companies sell cloud services at every level of the cloud computing stack: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). The Windows Azure Platform In the world of cloud computing, Microsoft is probably […]
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Silverlight or HTML 5?

I was teaching Learning Tree course 975: Windows® Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight Introduction a couple weeks ago and a student asked which was better, Silverlight or HTML 5. I program with both, so let me give you a few reasons why each is better than the other. Reasons why HTML 5 is better than […]
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Making WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) Services Simpler and More Efficient

This week, I was teaching Learning Tree course 2620: .NET 4 Programming for Existing .NET Developers. This course covers many of .NET’s new features and how they can be used to simplify development. In one chapter we talk about taking advantage of some WCF features WCF Configure-less Services There are a number of things that […]
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