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In my last post (http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3107) I showed you how to browse directly to a Windows Azure web site using the Azure CLI. In this post we’ll start looking at how to perform management operations on a web site. We’ll start with stopping a running web site. Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well. Open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following: azure site stop -h Like many of the commands we’ve seen, this one is pretty simple. All you need to provide is the name of the site you want to stop. Next, enter the following into the CLI, making the appropriate substitution: azure site stop “[YOUR ... (more)

Announcing the Windows Azure Hub on Channel 9

This may have flown under your radar, but several weeks ago we (that’s the royal Microsoft WE) launched a new hub for Windows Azure on Channel 9. This hub serves as an index and entry point for all video content related to Windows Azure. Since the launch we have already made progress on building a video library to help developers get started learning Windows Azure. Introduction videos have been created for core services like Mobile Services, Web Sites, Cloud Services, and SQL Databases. This page also features three video series: Cloud Cover, Web Camps TV, and Subscribe!. Finally... (more)

Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp in Indianapolis, IN

(Pssst…If you still haven’t tried Windows Azure what are you waiting for? Let me give you some encouragement. How about 90 days for free on me. Just go here to learn more.) If you live in or around Indianapolis, IN I invite you to attend next week’s Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp. If you aren’t close to Indianapolis find a location closer to you here. Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. F... (more)

Windows Azure Mobile Services for Android

Recently the Windows Azure Mobile Services team released official support for Android. Along with the SDK Microsoft has also written a number of tutorials to help you get started. The best place to start if you’ve never used Windows Azure Mobile Services before is the Getting started with Mobile Services tutorial. After you complete the initial walkthrough, there are a number of options you can look at depending on what your specific needs are: Data Get started with data - Learn how you can use Mobile Services to store and retrieve data from an app. Validate and modify data usin... (more)

Android to Windows Phone 8: Manage Network Usage

It’s more than likely that a Windows Phone app will need to work with data that resides on the Internet. For example, an app may aggregate data from various news sources using RSS feeds. Consuming this type of data in a Windows Phone app is very similar to consuming it in an Android app. In this post I’ll show you how to manage network usage. It’s important to consider how your Windows Phone app will access network resources once it has the capability to do so. If your app is going to perform a large number of network operations or transfer large amounts of data (e.g. audio/vide... (more)