October 27, 2008
@ 05:39 PM

Just because you aren't attending Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference doesn't mean you can't follow the announcements. The most exciting announcement so far [from my perspective] has been Windows Azure which is described as follows from the official site

The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.

Azure reduces the need for up-front technology purchases, and it enables developers to quickly and easily create applications running in the cloud by using their existing skills with the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment and the Microsoft .NET Framework. In addition to managed code languages supported by .NET, Azure will support more programming languages and development environments in the near future. Azure simplifies maintaining and operating applications by providing on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage web and connected applications. Infrastructure management is automated with a platform that is designed for high availability and dynamic scaling to match usage needs with the option of a pay-as-you-go pricing model. Azure provides an open, standards-based and interoperable environment with support for multiple internet protocols, including HTTP, REST, SOAP, and XML.

It will be interesting to read what developers make of this announcement and what kind of apps start getting built on this platform. I'll also be on the look out for any in depth discussions on the platform, there is lots to chew on in this announcement.

For a quick overview of what Azure means to developers, take a look at Azure for Business and Azure for Web Developers

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Monday, October 27, 2008 6:54:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
"internet protocols, including [...] REST". That's not a good sign.

Checking out jdotnetservices.com doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies either, as they've got "support REST" and "support WS-Addressing" side by side on the todo list. Seems they're giving buzzword compliance greater priority than utility, ease of use, scalability, evolvability...

It also seems very API-centric rather than protocol-centric, which sets off my "vendor lock in" alarm.
Monday, October 27, 2008 11:51:35 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Looks interesting. I tried to install on XP but refused to install, the required system is:

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition

I wonder the impact of such an announcement when so many of us are still using XP (and will stick to it for a while...).
Monday, November 3, 2008 1:43:21 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
No thanks! I'll stick with Windows Mojave.
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