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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Is Azure the Only Cloud Option for .NET Developers ?

On a consultancy assignment last week my client was considering moving their ASP.NET deployment to the cloud but was a little concerned about their lack of knowledge of Azure. This is a valid concern and knowledge of Azure is required. However, the really interesting point to me was that the assumption was that Azure was […]
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Elastic IP in Amazon EC2

As part of the EC2 service Amazon offers a feature called “Elastic IP Addresses” (EIP). Exactly what are these and how can we use them to our advantage? The idea behind Elastic IPs (which really are static addresses) in AWS is that you can reserve an IP address.  Then you can assign that IP address […]
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Comparing PaaS and IaaS

One of the most common questions I am asked when consulting or teaching Learning Tree’s Cloud Computing course is “What is the difference between Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This is an excellent question that the cloud computing vendors do little to help clarify. Let’s consider IaaS first… As […]
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