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Protecting Windows Azure Web and Worker roles from malware

Most IT administrators will install some sort of virus scanner on your precious servers. Since the cloud, from a technical perspective, is just a server, why not follow that security best practice on Windows Azure too? It has gone by almost unnoticed, but last week Microsoft released the Microsoft Endpoint Protectio... Read more »

Pro NuGet is finally there!

Short version: Install-Package ProNuget or http://amzn.to/pronuget It’s been a while since I wrote my first book. After I’ve been telling that writing a book is horrendous (try writing a chapter per week after your office hours…) and that I would never write on again, my partner-in-crime Xavier De... Read more »

I’m an ASP Insider

Cool! I’ve just learned that I’m invited to join the ASPInsiders. I’m really excited and honored to be part of this group of great ASP.NET experts. Very much looking forward to learning the secret handshake and being able to provide feedback that helps the ASP.NET team forward. If don’t know who the ASP Insiders are... Read more »

TechDays Finland - Architectural Patterns for the Cloud - NuGet

As promised, here are the slide decks for the two sessions delivered at TechDays Finland last week. Architectural Patterns for the Cloud The promise of all cloud vendors out there is they can run your applications without changes. While that claim is true, it’s better to optimize existing software or design sp... Read more »

Introducing MyGet package source proxy (beta)

My blog already has quite the number of blog posts around MyGet, our NuGet-as-a-Service solution which my colleague Xavier and I are running. There are a lot of reasons to host your own personal NuGet feed (such as protecting your intellectual property or only adding approved packages to the feed, but there’s ... Read more »

Slides for TechDays Belgium 2012: SignalR

It was the last session on the last day of TechDays 2012 so I was expecting almost nobody to show up. Still, a packed room came to have a look at how to make the web realtime using SignalR. Thanks for joining and for being very cooperative during the demos! As promised, here are the slides. You can also find the dem... Read more »

Slides for UGIALT.NET - SignalR

Except for having a bad, bad experience using EasyJet on the way towards Milan, UGIALT.NET was a blast! Here's the slide deck and sample code for my session on SignalR. Abstract: "SignalR. Code, not toothpaste. (or: Using SignalR for realtime client/server communication) Today’s users are interested in a rich ... Read more »

Tracking API usage with Google Analytics

So you have an API. Congratulations! You should have one. But how do you track who uses it, what client software they use and so on? You may be logging API calls yourself. You may be relying on services like Apigee.com who make you pay (for a great service, though!). Being cheap, we thought about another approach fo... Read more »

Don’t brag about your Visual Studio achievements! (yet?)

The Channel 9 folks seem to have released the first beta of their Visual Studio Achievements project. The idea of Visual Studio Achievements is pretty awesome: Bring Some Game To Your Code! A software engineer’s glory so often goes unnoticed. Attention seems to come either when there are bugs or when the fin... Read more »

How do you synchronize a million to-do lists?

Not this question, but a similar one, has been asked by one of our customers. An interesting question, isn’t it? Wait. It gets more interesting. I’ll sketch a fake scenario that’s similar to our customer’s question. Imagine you are building mobile applications to manage a simple to-do list. This software is availabl... Read more »