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Using Azure Storage Queues from .NET

Azure Storage Queues provide an easy to implement messaging communication mechanism for reliably passing messages to/from different components of a single application or multiple applications. Storage Queues have an HTTP/HTTPS API to allow for support of any development platform; however, Microsoft does provide a .NET SDK to make it even easier to implement from C# or other .NET languages. Read More

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Azure Web App: Connection Strings

Just as all Azure Web Apps need configuration values, most applications also need to have database Connection String values configured. With Azure Web Apps the Connection Strings are stored/retrieved in a very similar fashion as Azure Web App Application Settings. Connection Strings are also Key / Value pairs of String values, but are separated out into their own section.

Connection Strings are typically used to store the connection information for one or more databases the Web App needs to connect to for storing and retrieving data. The Connection String types supported are SQL Database, SQL Server, MySQL and Custom. Most often the Connection Strings used will be for some kind of SQL RDMS, but the Custom type allows for an additional Connection String to be configured any other type of database connection necessary.

As with Application Settings, the Connection Strings are accessed as normal from .NET code and the values will come from what is set within the Azure Management Portal. In other development environments (Node.js, Java, PHP, Python) the Connection Strings are exposed to code as Environment Variables. Additionally, the Connection Strings are editable within the Azure Management Portal, but are read-only when access through code. Read More

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Azure Web App: Application Settings

All web applications have some kind of configurations necessary. The method of storing and accessing these settings varies on different web application platforms. In ASP.NET they are normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config file. The Microsoft Azure Web Apps Service allows for these application settings to be configured within the Azure Web App configurations in the cloud, and then subsequently accessed from application code as needed. With .NET applications the application settings are accessed exactly as AppSettings contained within the web.config file. In other web platforms (Java, Node.js, PHP and Python) the application settings are access via Environment Variables.

Application Settings are stored as a Key / Value pair. These are both stored as String values. Read More

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Using Azure Service Bus Queues from .NET

AzureServiceBusQueueLogo_150The Azure Service Bus Queue feature offers easy to implement infrastructure for implementing brokered messaging communication.

Implementing a Message Queue requires the implementation of at least two application components: a Sender and a Receiver. The Sender will send messages to the Queue, while the Receiver will pull messages from the Queue to take action on. Both of these happen Asynchronously when working with Microsoft Azure Service Bus Queues. Read More

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What is Azure Service Bus?

Microsoft Azure Service Bus provides an PaaS (Platform as a Service) communications platform built to allow more robust, multi-tenant software systems to be built in the cloud. There are four main feature sets within Azure Service Bus (Queues, Topics, Relays, and Event Hubs) that all offer different communications mediums for use with and between the different tenants of cloud hosted and hybrid (cloud and on-premises) hosted applications.

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MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Certification

MCSD_Azure_BlkRecently, Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solutions Architect certification. This certification is a bit unique in relation to the other MCSD certifications as it’s for Architects, not Developers. Being for Architects, the exams required to earn the certification test expertise in Development, Infrastructure (IT Pro and DevOps) and Architecture/Design. Read More

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Did you know Java apps run on Azure too?

300px-Java_logo_and_wordmark_svgDid you know Java applications can be hosted on Microsoft Azure too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Just one of the many great platforms supported on Microsoft Azure is Java!

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

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Did you know Ruby apps run on Azure too?

rubyDid you know Ruby applications can be hosted on Microsoft Azure too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Just one of the many great platforms supported on Microsoft Azure is Ruby!

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

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Node.js and Azure Development with Visual Studio Tools

nodejsDid you know Microsoft Azure can host Node.js web apps too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Node.js is just one of the many great platforms that are supported on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More