Tag Archives: SQL Azure

I made it on the MSDN Cloud home page :)

I recently recorded an overview video called Developing Cloud Applications with Windows Azure to replace the current one on the Cloud section of MSDN.  I just heard news that the video is live.  I am pretty excited because this is THE VIDEO you see when you go to http://msdn.com, then click the Cloud section. There’s nothing deep in the video, but the goal was to comprehensively answer the “What is the Windows Azure Platform” question at enough depth that developers new to the Windows Azure Platform wouldn’t feel like they were watching too much of a marketing video.

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Ron Jacobs just blogged about how .NET developers can provide feature feedback and vote on WCF/WF features.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rjacobs/archive/2011/04/14/how-you-can-make-wf-wcf-better.aspx

Many Microsoft product teams are doing this nowadays. It still surprises me how many .NET developers don’t realize these feature voting sites exist. In addition to WF/WCF, I am aware of these:

http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform

https://windowsphone7community.uservoice.com/forums/84435-feature-feedback

http://data.uservoice.com/forums/72027-wcf-data-services-feature-suggestions

http://data.uservoice.com/forums/72025-ado-net-entity-framework-ef-feature-suggestions

http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/40583-wpf-feature-suggestions

http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions

http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/87171-visual-basic-content-requests

http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/57026-wcf-ria-services

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/pages/34192-windows-azure-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/35889-microsoft-codename-dallas-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/44459-sql-azure-data-sync-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/34685-sql-azure-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/100417-sql-azure-reporting-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/40626-windows-azure-appfabric-feature-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/103009-windows-azure-code-samples-voting

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/103403-windows-azure-content-voting

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41199-general

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41201-asp-net-mvc

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41202-asp-net-webforms

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/50615-orchard

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/100405-performance

http://aspnet.uservoice.com/forums/41233-visual-studio-performance-feedback

Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed any.  I’ll add them.

My Gov2.0 Expo presentation on Bing Maps / OData

You can find my deck here:

http://cid-1f72da7294089597.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/Gov2.0Expo

I plan to have my OData + Entity Framework + SQL 2008 spatial demos packaged/cleaned up some time this week.  I will also record a deeper walkthrough of the demo/sample and publish it to Channel 9 some time soon.

US Census Data for SQL Server 2008

I’m presenting at Gov 2.0 Expo on May 25th:

http://www.gov2expo.com/gov2expo2010/public/schedule/detail/14877

Since SQL Azure will support the Geospatial types soon, I’m planning on showing a demo that shows what will be possible once it does.  For details on the announcement of the upcoming SQL Azure features, see:

http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlazure/archive/2010/03/19/9981936.aspx

As part of my demo preparation, I was looking for some data to use and found this little gem:

http://uscdsql.codeplex.com

“This is a repository for US Census Data for SQL Server 2008 with spatial information. Some of the data that is and will be included will be for states, counties, cities, and zip codes. The project will be updated as the data is available in SQL Server 2008 format.”

I plan on using this project in my demos.  I’d love to see you at my workshop at the Gov 2.0 conference!

I’m speaking at FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud Summit

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My team is participating in FedScoop’s Roadmap to the Cloud – Presented by Microsoft on March 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building’s Pavilion room in Washington DC.  I’ll be presenting as part of the Developer Track.  My session is titled “Sharing Government Data through Windows Azure using OGDI & ‘Dallas’.”  My team is responsible for OGDI.  Come check out the event and dev track if you are interested Cloud Computing.  Full details here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/publicsector/archive/2010/03/03/fedscoop-s-roadmap-to-the-cloud-summit-march-9-2010-register-today.aspx

Have Windows Azure Platform features requests?

Submit and vote at:

Windows Azure Feature Voting Forum

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/34192-windows-azure-feature-voting

SQL Azure Feature Voting Forum

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/34685-sql-azure-feature-voting

Microsoft® Codename "Dallas" Feature Voting Forum

http://www.mygreatwindowsazureidea.com/forums/35889-microsoft-codename-dallas-feature-voting

SQL Azure and SSMS: happy together

SQL Server Management Studio Support for SQL Azure

http://blogs.msdn.com/ssds/archive/2009/11/10/9920168.aspx

More details:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee621784.aspx

One of the things they don’t mention in the post is that all this works in SQL Server Management Studio Express!  Go get it:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c772467d-e45b-43e1-9208-2c7b663d7ad1

Happy SSMSing with SQL Azure!!!