Archive for February, 2009

Feb VTD – SQL Dev Track: My Session February 19th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

It was really nice to see a whole bunch of people attend my session on “7 things I wish Developers Knew about SQL Server”. On an average I had double the number of attendees when compared to the other sessions on the same track. It is really nice and thanks for attending the same. If you have any specific feedbacks, please drop a line and I will try to answer them. BTW, I know I had less time as far as Q&A is concerned but that is the format of the online event to be precise and crisp. But you have some space here for discussions. BTW, please ask questions relevant to the session and any feedbacks specific for me.

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HOW-TO Videos on IE8 February 18th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

Here is a initial set of IE8 videos that demonstrates the various features specific to IE8 and how to go about using them. I think the number of videos are going to increase significantly over the weeks to come, but do make a bookmark of the same.

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Data Loading Performance Guide February 14th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

This was floating on our internal technical groups and one of my friend pointed me to this interesting article which I have become a bit of a fan. This is a whitepaper on how do various Data Loading techniques work and how their performance is comparable to other methods with some really good detailing. It is a long one, but surely worth it. Read it here.

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How To Videos: Azure for sure February 13th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

I can see a lot of potential and at the same time a lot of interest around Azure topics and here are some videos to get started on these Services offerings. Not exhaustive but something to get your learning started.

Get Started Developing on Windows Azure?

If you’re a developer and you’re new to Windows Azure, start here! You’ll see what you need to download and install, and how to create a simple “Hello World” Windows Azure application.

Deploy a Windows Azure Application

You’ll see what it takes to move your application into the cloud – you’ll see how to request and register a token, how to upload your Windows Azure application and how to move it between staging and production in the cloud.

Store Blobs in Windows Azure Storage?

Learn how to leverage Windows Azure storage to store data as blobs. You’ll learn about blob storage, containers and the API that makes it easy to manage everything from managed code.

Leverage Queues in Windows Azure?

Learn how to use queues to facilitate communication between Web and Worker roles in Windows Azure.

Debugging Tips for Windows Azure Applications

The Windows Azure SDK includes a development fabric that provides a “cloud on your desktop.” In this screencast, learn how to debug your Windows Azure applications in this environment.

Get Started with .NET Services?

.NET Services are a set of highly scalable building blocks for programming in the cloud. In this brief screencast, you’ll learn about the registration process, the SDK and the built-in samples – everything you need to know in order to get started.

Harness the Microsoft .NET Service Bus?

The .NET Service Bus makes it easy to access your Web services no matter where they are. In this brief screencast, you’ll see how to take a basic Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service and expose it to the Internet with the .NET Service Bus.

Get Started with the Live Framework?

If you are looking to get started developing with the Live Framework, this is the place to start! In this screencast you’ll learn how to get a Live Services token and what you need to download in order to start writing Live Framework applications.

Use the Microsoft Live Framework Resource Browser?

The Live Framework Resource Model is a simple, straightforward information model based on entities, collections and relationships. In this brief screencast you’ll learn how to navigate the relationships between entities by using the Live Framework Resource Browser, which is a tool that ships with the Live Framework SDK.

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Article #5: Microsoft’s Security Toolbox February 11th, 2009

Vinod Kumar

In this article we examine the tools that Microsoft uses to reduce bugs and vulnerabilities, resulting in improved software quality and security. These tools are used along with best practices, manual code inspection and threat modeling, as part of Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL).  Insterested, download it here.

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