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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Windows Azure: Cloud Computing for .NET Programmers

What is Windows Azure Cloud computing is the hottest new technology in IT. Microsoft’s platform for implementing cloud-computing is called Windows Azure. With Windows Azure you rent servers and storage for a low monthly fee. Under the hood, Windows Azure provides virtual machines running Windows 2008 server and Internet Information Services. You can specify how […]
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Lambda Expressions in C#

Next week I’m teaching Learning Tree course 2620: .NET 4 Programming for Existing .NET Developers. Maybe the hardest part of that course to understand is lambda expressions. Hopefully, this post will help explain them. Getting Started with Lambda Expressions Let’s say you have the simple class shown below. class Calculator { public static double Add(double […]
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Using C++ in an Azure Worker Role for a Compute Intensive Task

Recently a situation came up with an application I was working on. My client had implemented a proprietary algorithm in a legacy desktop application. This algorithm is very compute intensive. It happened that it was an actuarial calculation, but the specifics don’t really matter. The computation was written in highly optimized C code. In thinking […]
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