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ken spencer November 2011 Entries
Windows Azure: Caching
I was poking around today and found this great article on caching: http://www.cloudcomputingde... Caching is a great way to boost application performance and keep down overhead on a database or file system. Its also great when you have say 3 web roles as shown in this articles Figure 2 that can share the same cache. If one of the roles goes offline then the cache is still there and can be used. You can change out your caching to use this pretty ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:56 PM

SL: Showcase
One of the sites I go to frequently is Theres always new stuff showing up here and it gives me tons of ideas. The business section is also awesome because it has tons of samples of great applications that should really jog your brain for ideas. One of the great things about SL and WPF is how we can break the mold of application design and come up with truly great new applications for our users. That’s one are where the showcase can help to get new ideas on things you ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 9:03 AM

SL: Silverlight 5
Check out this new demo from MIX11. SL 5 is the next big step for great apps in SL. This new release is adding more features to an already great technology. You can find out more about this release at . I particularly like the new features for business applications such as the next text improvements and making the combo box type ahead right out of the box. Plus there are more ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:56 AM

WPF: Thriple
I was poking around today and found this cool 3D library from the great Josh Smith. You can get the source here: Its got some pretty cool stuff there. Se the Panel3D_Demo project to startup and run it. Then you can play around with the sample shown below: Its pretty cool stuff ......

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2011 4:17 PM

Windows 8: SL and HTML
I was just pointed to comment on my friend Andrew Brust’s blog about Silverlight versus HTML 5. Andrews blog is here: You can get another idea from another friend of mine Billy Hollis here: The commenter is raving about HTML 5 and how that’s the ......

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2011 9:19 AM

Windows Azure AppFabric: ServiceBus Queue WPF Sample
The latest version of the AppFabric ServiceBus now has support for queues and topics. Today I will show you a bit about using queues and also talk about some of the best practices in using them. If you are just getting started, you can check out this site for more info on Windows Azure. One of the 1st things I thought if when Azure was announced back when was how we handle fault tolerance. Web sites hosted in Azure are no much of an issue unless they are using SQL Azure and then you must account ......

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2011 9:50 AM

.Net: Action type
This type is a delegate and is pretty cool. It can contain a method with one parameter and no return value. You can read a bit more here: This type is used Transient Fault Tolerance Framework in some of the ExecuteAction methods. For instance, the following signature allows you to call ExecuteAction and pass in 3 anonymous methods: public abstract void ExecuteAction(Action<Asy... action, Action<IAsyncResult> callback, Action<Exception> ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2011 5:37 PM

Azure: Fault Tolerance for apps
Check out the Fault Tolerance Framework: This is really sweet. You can download the source code, then open it in VS and build it. Then plug into your app to get fault tolerance for SQL Azure, Windows Azure storage, Service Bus and Caching Service. Once you have it built and referenced in your project, it only takes a few minutes to plumb your application to use it. Next week (hopefully) I will post a new WPF app that uses ServiceBus ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2011 4:37 PM

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