Microsoft Azure is offers a wide range of features. This month, I decided to play with blobs stored in storage containers. By play, I mean to create, delete, list, upload, and download files in a storage container.
Why use Azure storage when we have many other means of storing data? There are many reasons but let’s just say that Azure is:
This article is available from http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2014/04/Creating-and-using-Microsoft-Azure-Storage-in-Net.aspx
Do you want/need to test the fully featured Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Enterprise edition but you don't have access to MSDN?
All is not lost! For 60$ USD, you can buy the developer edition which is really the Enterprise edition. It's licensed for use as a development and test system, not as a production server, and is an ideal choice for people who build and test database applications.
You can get it from http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/en_US/pdp/productID.298540400
Since Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft has removed the installer from the suite. Many people complained (it was the #1 request on UserVoice).
If you are one of those, you will be happy to learn that it 's back as a free extension for Visual Studio 2013.
Get it from http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/9abe329c-9bba-44a1-be59-0fbf6151054d
Bill Wilder (Azure MVP and Xamarin guy) will do a presentation titled "Top Azure features every ASP.NET developer should know about" at the Montréal .Net community on April 28.
Save your spot at http://www.meetup.com/dotnetmontreal/events/135071842/
Apparently, a version of Crystal Reports working in the Visual Studio 2013 IDE is available.
I haven't tried it yet.
You can get it (this limited version is free) from http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-7824
I had really hard time installing the final version of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 developer edition. The setup was always complaining with the error: "Could not find the Database Engine startup handle, error 0x851A0019".
Just for the record, my setup is Windows 8.1 Pro and the SQL 2014 was never installed on this computer (except the CTP2 in a VM which doesn’t really count!).
Using my both major search engines (because they often return different results), I have tried all kind of tricks like:
After all these tries (many hours!!!), I have finally been able to install. What I have done? I simply uninstalled SQL Server 2012 and restarted the setup of SQL Server 2014 and it installed correctly!
The only difference I can see in my case is that without SQL Server 2012 (which was the default instance), I didn’t have to install SQL Server 2014 as a named instance.
I started to play a bit with Windows Azure lately.
In Visual Studio 2013, I found a Windows Azure link in the Server Explorer. The SQL Databases under this section was empty even if was seing everything else.
After many tries, I finally found the solution which my friend Guy Barrette blogged before me (you can read it from http://blog.guybarrette.com/post/2014/03/25/SQL-Database-not-listed-in-Visual-Studio.aspx).
I have also produce a short video explaining how to fix it. You can watch it from www.azurerocks.com/E9h_TBI3ktA or from http://www.azurerocks.com/dZLH9y6e93M if you prefer the French version.
I just published an article about an idea I got while seeing a presentation lately about unit testing. One of the aspect covered by the presentation was the use of fluent interface to ease the wording of the tests (and ease the reading at the same time).
Is that limited to unit testing? Of course not. What a great way to provide an API to many of our classes.
This article will show you how to create fluent interface in your own classes to use from anywhere you are using your classes.
You can read the full article from http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2014/03/Net-fluent-interface.aspx.