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Windows Azure and Cloud Computing Posts for 12/21/2011+

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A compendium of Windows Azure, Service Bus, Access Control, Connect, SQL Azure Database, and other cloud-computing articles. Note: This post is updated daily or more frequently, depending on the availability of new articles in the following sections: Windows Azure Blob,

Silverlight controls for DXv2 11.2

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As I stated in one of my most recent and (most heavily commented) blog posts, we made the decision to target Silverlight 5 for our Silverlight controls in v2011 vol 2. Now, that may or may not have been the right decision to make, but make it we did. Since Microsoft didn’t release Silverlight 5 until 9 December, two weeks after our release, this meant that our initial release for DXv2 was without one quarter of the platforms we support. This was bad for you, our customers, as well as for us. All that will be academic pretty
soon since we shall be releasing DXperience v2011 vol 2.6 tomorrow morning, Thursday 22 December. This release will contain the full set of Silverlight controls....(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft Embraces Elephant of Open Source | Wired Enterprise |

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Microsoft Embraces Elephant of Open Source | Wired Enterprise |

Whereas a relational database such as SQL Server organizes information into neat rows and columns, letting you carefully slice and dice that data as needed, Hadoop is a way of processing large unstructured datasets. In essence, Microsoft’s Hadoop port will run on its Windows Server operating system alongside SQL Server, and the company is providing “connectors” for moving data between the two. On Azure, Microsoft will provide its Hadoop port as a service to developers, letting them build applications atop the platform without installing it inside
their own data centers.

The rub is that with a distributed number-crunching platform like Hadoop, operating system overhead can be an issue, and Windows carries an awful lot of baggage. Linux, a more streamlined OS, seems much better suited to the platform.
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Redirection in URL Routing

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In one of the my earlier post I have written How easily we do URL rewriting in ASP.NET Web forms. In this post I am going to explain redirection in URL Routing. In web application it’s a common scenario that we are redirecting our page to the one from the another and those who are familiar with the ASP.NET Web Forms will also know how we can use  Response.Redirect() to redirect from one page to another page.  In ASP.NET 4.0 Web
Forms they have given same kind of Method to redirect to a particular route. The method is Response.RedirectToRoute(). With the help of this method you can redirect to any particular route. Response.RedirectToRoute() has different overload method you can find more information about it from following link. Real Example of Response.RedirectToRoute Iam going to use same example which I have used in my earlier post. We are going to add a new page called Index.aspx....(Read whole news on source site)

Best startup ideas of 2011 | Rafe's Radar - CNET News

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Best startup ideas of 2011 | Rafe's Radar - CNET News:

Nest thermostat and the minimal Roku LT streaming media box.

On the mobile front, new apps like Path 2 and Oink are distilled into spare and engaging mobile experiences, instead of going overboard with features and slowing down the on-the-go user.

The startup IntoNow (sold to Yahoo) is a mobile app that listens for TV shows airing in the same room. Consumers use it to get additional data about the show they're watching; marketers get much richer data about who's watching what, where,
and when.

Other sensor technologies are showing up in wearable devices: The Jawbone UP bracelet monitors activity and sleep. And Basis is building a watch that measure skin temperature, sweat level, heart rate, and even blood oxygen level.

The Internet is awash in information and data, but few companies, other than Web giants themselves (Google, Facebook, Amazon), make real use of it.

KickStarter and Quirky both encourage nascent inventors (and artists, in KickStarter's case) to pitch their ideas to their audiences

Related to this is the emergence of specialized services for sharing the stuff you...(Read whole news on source site)

DecryptR Part 2

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In a recent post, I discussed the DecryptR application I have been toying with.  While the fundamentals are working, there is much to do.  Today I’ll make a few minor improvements. First, let’s set the font in the list box … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Building Apps and deploying them from GitHub

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Those guys at GitHub have always been forward thinking and Open friendly ! So you ave probably heard that Mozilla is getting into “Apps” in a big way ( There are couple of things about HTML5 apps that are different than conventional native apps. First, because they are web technology they want to live somewhere [...]