Tag Archives: Azure

Bulb Flash:- Azure Development Quick Tip!!

Recently we were stumped with the following error while working on an Azure project Error 1 The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters. C:Program FilesMSBuildMicrosoftCloud Service1.0Visual Studio 10.0Microsoft.CloudService.targets 202 5 OrderManagement […]

Bulb Flash:-SQL Azure tip; Firewall rules: allow all incoming IPs during testing and Development!

Before we even show you how , do note that this should be done only during testing of non-critical data which will cause no issues if accessed from unintended applications.. SQL Azure tracks the IP address for the purpose of security . However sometimes during development( and co-development) when you don’t have a static IP, […]

Microsoft Azure App-Fabric Caching Service Explained!

MIX always comes with a mix of feelings…excitement at the prospect of trying out the new releases and the heartache that comes with trying to understand  “in depth” the new technologies being released…and so starts the “googling..oops binging”,,,blogs,,,videos etc…What does it mean?? How does it impact me?? One such very important release at MIX 2011 […]

The First Few Steps to Building a Claims Based Application

If you’ve been through my earlier blog “An Introduction to the world of claims” you are now familiar with the most frequently used terms in the “Identity world”. Next lets take a generic walkthrough of the basic steps you will go through when you make a Claims Aware/Claims Based/Relying party application Step 1:-  You will […]

Azure tip:- WCF 4.0 ServiceRouting in Azure?

Frustrated that your ServiceRouting code doesn’t work on Azure? Forget deployment..it doesn’t even work on the development fabric?? Thanks to Christian Weyer  for pointing us in the right direction. In order for ServiceRouting to work on Azure, a statement like RouteTable.Routes.Add( new ServiceRoute( “calculate”, new WebServiceHostFactory(), typeof(CalculatorService))); is not enough… you will also need to […]

Windows Azure Management Tool

An excellent release which somehow missed getting its due attention is the Windows azure Management Tool!! This tool can be used to manage not only your configurations but also enable logging, analyse reports in excel, increase, decrease your role instances , Manage your certificates and monitor your storage including some simple Partition key based querying!!.  […]

Azure Scalability:- Use “Queues” as your bridges..

I feel the importance of Queues as a communication medium between Web and worker roles is quite a bit under-glorified…apart from acting as reliable messengers , if implemented properly Queues pretty much hold the key to your application being Extensible and Scalable Windows Azure Queue allows decoupling of different parts of a cloud application, enabling […]

Bulb Flash:- Azure Message Queues-Passing objects

Azure queue takes either an array of bytes or a string as an input. While working on a web role- worker role interaction , i needed to pass the entire TableServiceEntity object(basically the Azure table datamodel) to the worker role. I needed the partition key, the row key as well as some other attributes of […]

Programming Table Storage in Azure…Choosing your Keys!!

Azure holds a lot of promise for applications with 1. Spikes in usage 2. Requirement for low set up cost 3.Huge storage requirements Out of these 3 major benefits, most applications will exploit the 1st and the 3rd potential of Azure!..While Spikes in Usage is more related to how the application is architected etc(we’ll talk […]