Contents tagged with Azure

  • DocumentDB - NoSQL Database As A Service On Azure

    Microsoft Azure team has announced a new NoSQL database named "DocumentDB". DocumentDB is a fully managed, massively scalable, NoSQL database as a service on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This is a right movement from Microsoft as the existing Table storage was not effcient comparing to other NoSQL databases available in the market. In my initial evalution, DocumentDB is the most feature rich NoSQL databse comparing to many popular NoSQL database.  In DocumentDB, we can write Trigger, Stored Procedure and User Defined Function (UDF) in JavaScript. 

  • Microsoft MVP On Microsoft Azure

    I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional 2014 award in Microsoft Azure.This is my fifth Microsoft MVP award in a row. Last four years, I was received Microsoft MVP award for my contributions to ASP.NET, but this time I am honoured with Microsoft Azure MVP award.

  • Using Azure Redis Cache As A Persistent Storage For ASP.NET Session State

    In this post, I will demonstrate how to use Azure Redis Cache for storing ASP.NET session state. In Azure, In-Proc session mode does not work as our application will be working with sticky sessions on a load balancing scenario. In this context, ASP.NET  session state and caching do not work so that we have to put ASP.NET state information on a persistent storage. And it is very important that we should develop the cloud apps in stateless manner so that we can easily scale our apps. In Azure, we can leverage the following storage options as a persistent storage for storing ASP.NET state information.

  • Pub/Sub In Node.js Apps Using Azure Service Bus Topics

    In my previous post Building Distributed Node.js Apps with Azure Service Bus Queue, we have discussed how we can design distributed apps in Node.js by leveraging Microsoft Azure Service Bus Queues. Service Bus Queue provides brokered communication between apps regardless of whether hosted on Cloud or on-premises server. Service Bus Queue is designed for delivering the brokered messages to single consumer or an app. We can say that Service Bus Queue is providing a one-to-one communication infrastructure. But, in many scenarios, we may need to deliver the brokered messages to multiple consumers or apps, where we can use Azure Service Bus Topics and Subscriptions which provides a one-to-many communication with a publish/subscribe pattern. Service Bus Topics are built on the top of Service Bus Queues for working with publish/subscribe scenarios. In this post, I will take a look at Azure Service Bus Topics and Subscriptions for implementing publish/subscribe pattern in Node.js apps.

  • Single Page Application Demo With Hapi.js, AngularJS And Azure Table

    In my previous post Building an API in Node.js Using Hapi.js and Azure Table, we discussed about building an API in Node.js using Hapi.js as web development framework and Azure Table as the storage mechanism. This app has been updated with a Single Page Application (SPA) client, built with AngularJS. The updated app is available on github at https://github.com/shijuvar/HapiAzure.   

  • Building Distributed Node.js Apps with Azure Service Bus Queue

    In this blog post, I will take a look at Azure Service Bus Queue for building distributed apps in Node.js. Azure Service Bus Queues provides, a queue based, brokered messaging communication between apps, which lets developers build distributed apps on the Cloud and also for hybrid Cloud environments. Azure Service Bus Queue provides First In, First Out (FIFO) messaging infrastructure. Service Bus Queues can be leveraged for communicating between apps, whether the apps are hosted on the cloud or on-premises servers.

  • Microsoft Azure Mobile Services Managed Client SDK with Offline Support

    In this post, I will take a look at the new offline support provided by Microsoft Azure Mobile Services to the managed client SDK v1.3 alpha, which can be used for building Windows store apps with offline capabilities and syncing data between local database and Azure Mobile Service database. Microsoft Azure Mobile Services has been evolving over time with new useful features. On the last update, Azure Mobile Services started to support .NET for writing backend so that developers can now write backend logic either in C# or in JavaScript/Node.js. The latest addition to the evolving Microsoft Azure Mobile Services is the support for working with offline scenarios, which is an excellent feature, while we are building mobile apps. This lets the mobile apps to store data on the local storage in offline scenario and can sync-up the data to the Mobile Services storage when we are connected to the internet. The current version is a preview version available for managed clients. SQLite is used for persisting the offline data on the client apps.

  • Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 2013 Beta Released

    A while ago, I had introduced Node.js Tools for Visual Studio for building a Node.js Web Site on Microsoft Azure. Last day,  Node.js Tools for Visual Studio team has released a beta version of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio, which provides an improved tooling experience than the previous version. You can download the latest version of Node.js Tools for Visual Studio from its CodePlex site.

  • Microsoft Azure Updates -- April 2014

    At the Build 2014 conference, Microsoft announces lot of exciting things which including updates on Microsoft Azure. Now Windows Azure has been rebranded as Microsoft Azure. This is good for Azure platform since Azure is a cross platform, which provides a polyglot Cloud platform for multiple operating systems.