Category: Windows Azure Services

  • Beantown .NET Meeting on 6/2/2011: Bill Wilder, "Architecture Patterns for Scaling"

    Hi All – Beantown .NET is going to be meeting Thursday, 6/2/2011.  This month we have Bill Wilder presenting “Architecture Patterns for Scaling (in the cloud or otherwise)”.  As always, our meeting is open to everyone so bring your friends and co-workers – better yet, bring your boss.  Please RSVP by email ( by 3pm […]

  • In the news: Got quoted in an article about Windows Azure cost estimation

    I got interviewed a quoted for an article on Windows Azure cost estimation.  One of the key points to remember is that, if your code is deployed to Windows Azure, you’re still getting billed even if it isn’t running. Click here to read the story. -Ben — Looking for training on Windows Azure & Azure […]

  • Generate Identity / Sequence Values from Azure Storage

    If you’re developing a business application, you frequently need to use sequential integers to provide friendly IDs for things.  For example, if you are writing a billing and invoicing application, you’ll probably want to create something like “Invoice Number”.  If you’re using SQL Server or Oracle, this is relatively straightforward – you’ll either use an […]

  • “NoSQL in the Cloud” panel discussion today (3/11/2010)

    Sorry for the late notice on this but in a few hours I’m going to be participating in a panel discussion at the “NoSQL Live” Boston conference. I’ll be the Microsoft guy on the panel and I’m guessing that I’ll be talking a lot about Windows Azure Storage.  The event runs from 8am to 11pm […]

  • Windows Azure Sample Code – A Real Application

    We here at Benjamin Day Consulting, Inc have been working on creating a training course for Windows Azure.  Rather than just showing the students how to do basic skills and coding with Windows Azure and Azure Storage, I wanted to be able to make some architectural recommendations and be able to describe the best practices […]

  • Beantown .NET Meeting on Thursday, 1/7/2010: Jason Haley, Windows Azure SDK

    Beantown .NET is going to be meeting on Thursday, 1/7/2010.  This month we have Jason Haley presenting “Get Started with the Windows Azure SDK”. As always, our meeting is open to everyone so bring your friends and co-workers – better yet, bring your boss. It is not required to RSVP for our meetings but if […]

  • Beantown/Boston Azure Meeting on Thursday, 12/3/2009: Michael Stiefel on Azure

    Beantown .NET will be meeting on Thursday, 12/3/2009.  We’ve had a minor change in plans and this month we’ll be joining forces with the new Boston Azure User Group  (Don’t worry.  We’re working to reschedule Bill Heys’ branching and merging talk for another month.)  This month the speakers will be Mike Werner and Michael […]

  • Incorporate Windows Azure unit tests in to TFS Team Builds

    I’ve started writing “tips” for on Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Unit Testing.  Look for them to trickle out over the next few months. They’ve posted one that I wrote about making Team Foundation Server Builds work with Windows Azure project.  It’s easy enough to compile Windows Azure projects from Team Build but […]

  • Quoted in InfoWorld about Azure Storage

    I got quoted in InfoWorld last week about Windows Azure Storage and how it relates to typical relational database development.  Here’s the link to the article: “Developing cloud apps: What’s different” by Paul Krill Also, if you haven’t seen it already, shortly after article came out, the SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) team announced a […]

  • My VSLive San Francisco 2009 Slides

    I spoke at VSLive San Francisco 2009 last week. Here are the talks that I did and links to download my slides: Eliminate Team Build Headaches with Unit Tests, WiX, and Virtualization You’ve got your application written. The unit tests pass on your machine. It’s time to check in. Now what? What you really want […]