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Abstract: Learn how to do Load Test using an Azure Account, how to associate it with VSTS account to store history and how to observe the data.

A lap around Visual Studio App Center

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 4/20/2018 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Visual Studio App Center proves to be a great tool for everything that has to do with your mobile app development. Let us have a look at what App Center is, and what it can do for you!
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Abstract: In this tutorial, we will learn about what containerization is, how it is rapidly changing the cloud-based deployment landscape and where Kubernetes fits in. We will also touch upon how various cloud providers like Azure and AWS are dealing with this change.
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Abstract: Graph Databases are an in-thing at the moment. Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 2017 introduce some cool Graph features which can help you solve your graph data requirements. This tutorial provides an overview of the new SQL Graph features.
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Abstract: Use the DocumentDB Nuget package to quickly build a simple but complete ASP.NET MVC core application based on Azure Cosmos DB.
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Abstract: Explore what Cognitive Services are and how easily we can incorporate it into Xamarin apps, to make them intelligent apps.
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Abstract: Machine Learning as a concept or term is fairly known in the tech world now. This tutorial is a short and sweet primer on this topic, as well as on the Azure Machine Learning Studio. After reading this article, you can confidently have a 10 minute elevator talk to anyone on Machine Learning.

Using MVVM in your Xamarin.Forms app

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 11/8/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: If you have looked into Xamarin.Forms, or even built an app with it, you might have noticed that Forms has everything to implement the MVVM framework. Xamarin.Forms is already equipped with data-binding, commands and dependency injection which are some MVVM ingredients we will look at in this article.
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Abstract: This article provides an idea to design an application around Azure Cosmos DB. The application uses DocumentDB APIs consumed in ASP.NET Core Web APIs and an Angular 4 client.

Xamarin.Forms 3 - What’s upcoming?

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 9/30/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: The next version of Xamarin.Forms was recently announced at Microsoft Build 2017. This article gives an overview of some upcoming cool features in Xamarin.Forms v3.

Azure Logic Apps - An Overview

Authored by: Sanjeev Assudani , on 9/10/2017 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Learn what Azure Logic Apps are, along with some key components, advantages and a practical scenario for using Logic Apps in your applications
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Abstract: This article covers some common scenarios for designing Azure based applications and workloads where you can save costs by following best practices.
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Abstract: This article explains what is an Azure Logic App, why you should use it, and a demonstration of how Azure Logic Apps can be useful to automate workflow process using SaaS services with custom API.

Xamarin Test Cloud - Building 5 star apps

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 4/5/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Xamarin Test Cloud is a UI acceptance-testing tool for mobile apps. This tutorial will show you how to write tests for a Xamarin app in C# using the Xamarin.UITest framework in Visual Studio.
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Abstract: Learn how to create a simple Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Service for Azure Service Fabric, a client to call it, and a description and a demonstration of the upgrading the service in realtime.
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Abstract: Learn how to set up CI/CD for your Xamarin app without spending a dime using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Bitrise and HockeyApp.
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Abstract: An overview of Application Insights, an Azure based service which makes it possible to monitor any application to know about its availability, failures and performance.
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Abstract: Learn Azure Active Directory basics including AD structure. Also learn how to secure an ASP.NET MVC app via OWIN and WIF.
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Abstract: Explore Elastic Database Pool in Azure with a case study, and see how it helps to scale and achieve economical resource consumption especially in SaaS scenarios.
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Abstract: This article talks about serverless architecture in cloud platforms like Azure and AWS. We will also see how various cloud platforms like Azure are readying up for serverless offerings.

Log Analytics (OMS) in Microsoft Azure

Authored by: Vikram Pendse , on 9/28/2016 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Log Analytics (OMS) is an Azure based service which gives you real time operational intelligence and Visualization from your Windows and Linux servers.
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Abstract: Scalability can’t be an afterthought. This article explains why and how to build for scalability, mentioning Azure components that are useful in that effort.
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Abstract: The Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services allow us to develop intelligent Facebook and Skype bots. We will create a simple bot in this article.
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Abstract: A skinny to-the-point overview of the Microsoft Azure Platform and its AWS equivalent
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Abstract: The Microsoft Azure Platform is huge. This article provide some quick access information and important links about all the services that are offered on Azure.

DevTest Labs in Microsoft Azure

Authored by: Vikram Pendse , on 7/22/2016 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure and save time, efforts and resources.
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Abstract: Project Centennial converts Windows desktop applications to Universal Windows platform (UWP) so as to include them in Windows Store and give them full application identity.
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Abstract: Use the WinRM service to execute PowerShell script on a remote machine in Azure that is under ARM
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Abstract: Moving from a Relational database to NoSQL is a difficult decision. Azure DocumentDB comes handy here to export-import data from any data source like SQL Server to DocumentDB
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Abstract: A Windows 10 IoT app running on Raspberry Pi2 to show the next Bus schedule.
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Abstract: Microsoft entered the NoSQL database space via its Azure DocumentDB. This NoSQL database provides a schema-free JSON form of data store on Microsoft Azure.
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Abstract: Using Windows 10 IoT app and Raspberry Pi 2 to display weather information for Bus routes.
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Abstract: Explore how Microsoft Azure Remote Apps features can run desktop application. We will also see the benefits associated with running desktop apps in the Cloud.
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Abstract: Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Music Player app and deploy it to both a Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi2 without any code changes.
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Abstract: Explore ways in which Azure supports the tasks of operations team as part of DevOps. We also deploy our App on a Linux VM created on Azure using Chef and Puppet
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Abstract: Integrate an ASP.NET MVC application with multiple Azure hosted ADFS using 3rd Party Identity Server application like Auth0
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Abstract: Build a Sound Cloud Music Player app in Windows 10. Also use some of the unique new platform features in Windows 10 to develop a single app which runs on multiple devices
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Abstract: Host an ASP.NET MVC application integrated with multiple ADFS using Owin Katana in either Azure WebApps or Azure Cloud Service
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Abstract: This article explores how the Universal Windows 10 Platform Apps (UWP) aims at changing the way we create apps. Instead of creating separate apps for different platforms, UWP apps run across all major platforms with minor code changes.
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Abstract: Implement multiple ADFS integration in ASP.NET MVC using OWIN Katana
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Abstract: Use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) configured in Azure VM for Single Sign-on implementation in an ASP.NET MVC application.
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Abstract: Developing a Smart Garbage Bin application with monitoring capabilities using IoT device (Gallileo) code and Javascript/jQuery to send sensor data to Azure Cloud Services.
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Abstract: Configure Active Directory Federation Services in Azure Virtual Machine (VM) with detailed walkthrough for Azure Virtual Network (VNET) configuration, Azure Virtual Machine (VM) provisioning and Active Directory configuration on Azure VM
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Abstract: Create an active directory on Windows Azure and configure single sign-on for ASP.NET MVC applications using organizational authentication.
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Abstract: Windows Azure Storage provides highly scalable and available storage for applications. In this article, we will implement an ASP.NET MVC application for managing profiles of Job seekers. The application will store the profile information in Table Storage, whereas the resume will be stored using BLOB Storage.
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Abstract: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online and Azure are now closely integrated to give us an effortless way to do Continuous Delivery of the web application. In this article, we will see the steps to link these products.
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Abstract: Windows Azure Service Bus Queue provides the middleware for developing decoupled distributed applications. This article talks about communicating between two ASP.NET MVC applications using Azure Service bus.
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Abstract: Azure Blob Storage Snapshots are the best option to provide read only access, avoid accidental writes and restore blobs to their previous state. This article explores how to use Snapshots using Client Library and REST APIs
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Abstract: This article demonstrates how to deploy an ASP.NET Website in Windows Azure and use SQL Azure for storing and managing data.

Hello Xamarin.Forms!

Authored by: Nish Anil , on 10/13/2014 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Xamarin.Forms makes developing mobile applications on all three major platforms - Android, iOS and Windows Phone, a breeze. In this article, we will build a fully loaded Xamarin.Forms Vehicle Service app.
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Abstract: This article introduces Xamarin and demonstrated how to create a C# REST API based application that can run on all the major platforms - iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Windows Phone

Automate Backups using PowerShell

Authored by: Gregor Suttie , on 6/7/2014 in Category Powershell
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Abstract: This article talks about using PowerShell to automate different kinds of backups, including RavenDB, SQL Server and files backups such as IIS logs.
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Abstract: Windows Azure Media Services provides a solid abstraction on top of which we can build our custom Media based solutions. This article demonstrates how to use it to setup Adaptive Smooth Streaming video and a Windows 8.1 Store app to play the video

Using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013

Authored by: Pravinkumar Dabade , on 3/1/2014 in Category Powershell
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Abstract: In this article, we take an overview of PowerShell and demonstrate some examples of using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013.
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Abstract: The WinJS library for WinRT applications allow us to build Windows 8 style apps using HTML5 and JavaScript. In this article, we will build a sample application and demonstrate the use of Media APIs exposed for accessing Camera device to capture an image.

The Windows 8.1 Hub Control

Authored by: Sumit Maitra , on 2/10/2014 in Category Windows Store Apps
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Abstract: Windows 8.1 introduces a new Hub Control and a Hub style application template. We dig in and see how to use it for a simple yet practical Feed Reader app.
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Abstract: Build a Windows 8.1 app to browse through your media hosted on a network (UPnP share or a DLNA Media) Server. It uses the new Media Player control in Windows 8.1 to play videos as well.
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Abstract: Explore how to Encode Media in Windows Azure from our previously built Azure Media Portal in ASP.NET MVC. We’ll also use SignalR to monitor progress.
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Abstract: Windows 8.1 Store App SDK launched in Build 2013 a few months back has a big bunch of new features, APIs, controls and components. Today we look at the PDF reader component and use it to view the contents of a PDF.
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Abstract: A simple demo showing how to integrate your Windows 8 Store App with the Search Charm and pick out a subset of images given the image and some metadata about it.
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Abstract: This article talks about creating custom UserControls in Windows Store Apps using XAML & C#
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Abstract: Azure Media Services offer almost all the ingredients to enable you make a YouTube clone. Today we explore how to make one using ASP.NET MVC, Azure Media Services and the Player Framework JavaScript client.
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Abstract: We will build a Windows 8 Store app and use the HTTP Client object to easily communicate with a Web API service and perform CRUD operations
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Abstract: Create a SignalR 2.0 (beta) Self Hosted server and connect multiple clients including a JavaScript and a Windows 8.1 Client.
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Abstract: XAML for Windows 8.1 is definitely a huge step forward from current XAML for Windows store apps. In this article, we will explore what's new in XAML for Windows 8.1 Store apps
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Abstract: The 2D graphics API in WinRT can be used easily using C# and XAML to develop charts on Window 8 devices for the Windows Store
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Abstract: Azure Virtual Machines are mighty useful to quickly setup and scale infrastructure. Today we’ll see how to create VMs in Azure and host a Sample WCF Service on it.
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Abstract: Access Blob contents selectively by using a built in mechanism in Azure Storage referred to as Shared Access Signatures. We will create an ASP.NET MVC application for our demo.
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Abstract: In this article, we will use a bunch of familiar technologies to build a nice little image hosting application. We will build an ASP.NET MVC app that uses Azure Blob Storage for hosting the images. The MVC app can be easily hosted on Azure Website (not demoed here). Idea is to see multiple technologies that we have seen working in samples work together in a slightly bigger scenario.
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Abstract: Demo showing how to send files ‘chunked’ to an ASP.NET MVC Web Application which in turn stores the files in Azure Blob storage.
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Abstract: This article demonstrates how to do Chunked File Uploads to Azure Storage from an ASP.NET MVC application
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Abstract: Build an ASP.NET MVC 4 application that uploads multiple files to Azure Cloud Storage, get the list of items in storage and have a rudimentary view of the files.
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Abstract: This article explains notification types and background tasks in Windows 8 Apps and also the programmatic APIs that we need to use to make best use of the notifications framework.
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Abstract: Explore some key concepts that involves making a testable Windows 8 style app (XAML/C#)
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Abstract: Host an ASP.NET MVC Web Application on Azure WebSites for free and use a SQL Backing Store that you are not paying for separately
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Abstract: Explore how to deploy our own ASP.NET WebSite in Visual Studio, using the Git plugin to commit the code to Git and see how we can connect Windows Azure to our repository
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Abstract: This article discusses five useful points for those starting off their IAAS journey on the Windows Azure platform
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Abstract: When developing Windows Store Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript, IndexedDB can be used for storing Application data locally when the device is unable to connect to an external server. This article demonstrates how to use IndexedDB in a Windows 8 Store App

Introducing Windows Azure Caching

Authored by: Admin , on 2/16/2013 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: This article demonstrates how to use Windows Azure Caching for your Windows Azure apps for building high performance cloud applications.
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Abstract: The SemanticZoom control is a Modern way to display hierarchical or groups of data in Windows 8 Store Apps. It helps represent large set of the data intuitively, and that can be navigated easily on small touch devices like tablets or on traditional desktop apps. This article explores this control.
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Abstract: In this sample, we will create a Custom WinRT Component that adds an AutoComplete like functionality to a TextBox
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Abstract: In this article, we will see how to enable Twitter OAuth for a Zumo Service. We will also see how to use it in a Window 8 game and how we can reuse the credentials for a nice User experience.
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Abstract: In this article, we will create the simple Tic-Tac-Toe game for Windows 8 Store and save the winner of the game in a Leader Board on Azure using Azure Mobile Services, also known as Zumo.
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Abstract: Using Bing Maps and location services, developers can easily develop location aware Windows 8 apps
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Abstract: In this article we will see how to use Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio 2012 for designing Windows 8 style applications using HTML5 and CSS3. We will see the different parts of Blend which you can use for designing the Windows 8 style applications.
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Abstract: Windows 8 provides an easy and consistent way to share information across applications using the Share Charm. In this article, we will explore this new feature in a Windows Store Application using JavaScript
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Abstract: This article demonstrates gesture recognition and element animations in a Windows 8 application using WinJS, making it intuitive and fun to use
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Abstract: The IO Subsystem in WinRT has been written ground up to be completely async.In this article, we see how we can manage (Create and Update) binary data in Files using the Windows 8 runtime.
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Abstract: Learn how simple and flexible it is to develop a Metro Style Business Application on Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012
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Abstract: In this article, we take a look at how to get started with Windows Azure (right from the scratch as in account creation) and then use WebMatrix 2 to build and deploy our first simple Windows Azure WebSite.
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Abstract: Windows Store applications target the Windows 8’s new runtime, WinRT. They can be programmed using JavaScript, C#, VB.NET, C++ etc. In this article, we will see how to develop a Windows Store application using JavaScript and HTML 5
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Abstract: In this post we create a picture collage in a Windows 8 application on the WinRT runtime. We will see how we can stitch together multiple images using the WritableBitmap class.
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Abstract: In this article, we will see how XAML features like commanding can be used in a Metro style application
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Abstract: This article explains with an example how to use Azure Storage and SQL Azure effectively to save costs while dealing with BLOB and transactional data

Hosting WCF Service on Windows Azure

Authored by: Mahesh Sabnis , on 7/6/2012 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: In this article, we will see how to create a WCF service using Azure cloud template provided in VS 2010 and then host it in an Azure environment using Web Role.
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Abstract: SQL Azure is a highly available and scalable cloud database service built on SQL Server technologies. In this article, we will see how simple it is to create a database using SQL Azure and create a .NET application that connects to it
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Abstract: The Table service component of the Windows Azure Storage service is a very simple, highly scalable and cost effective solution provided to store data. In this article, we will see how to store structured data on the cloud using Table Service.
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Abstract: The Blob storage service provided by Windows Azure provides manageable, scalable, high available techniques for managing BLOB data required by an application. We will create a sample application to create a container, upload and delete BLOB data. We will see how to deploy a cloud application using the Windows Azure portal.
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Abstract: Windows Azure provides a comprehensive platform for developing Scalable, High available application. With the Visual Studio 2010 templates, any .NET developer can easily develop applications for the cloud. In this article, we will introduce Azure and see how to create an ASP.NET Web Role Project
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Abstract: In this post, we will see how we can create a Windows and WinRT application that connects to Web APIs released with ASP.NET MVC 4 and can retrieve and submit information.

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