Category Archives: azure

February, 2014

Running the OWIN pipeline in the new .NET Azure Mobile Services

OWIN in ZUMO!

Yesterday, a preview of the .NET Azure Mobile Services has been released. Despite the fact that I’d rather see a scripted C# support :) – I am still very excited about this new .NET support, as ZUMO is one of my favorite Azure offerings.

The whole thing is in preview right now and runs on Web API (version 5.1 at the moment, so not the latest) but the team has made several very smart decisions, which I am sure the community will welcome with open arms. One of them is the ability to plug in your OWIN pipeline!

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September, 2013

Adding high performance Windows Azure Cache Service to your ASP.NET Web API

Microsoft has recently announced the preview release of Windows Azure Cache Service – intended to allow you to easily deploy high performance, dedicated, distributed cache for your applications.

You can read more about the feature (and it does seem really awesome at first glance), in the thorough announcement post by Scott Guthrie.

Let’s look at how you can leverage this powerful service from ASP.NET Web API.

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May, 2013

scriptcs and using Azure Mobile Services from your scripts

Hopefully by now you have already heard about the sriptcs project, which allows you to write script based applications with C# and Nuget.

If not, have a look at the readme and the great introduction post by Scott Hanselman to get started.

Actually, just today, we have released v.0.4 of scriptcs! To celebrate that, let’s revisit one of our favorite topics – Azure Mobile Services – and how you can use it with scriptcs.

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January, 2013

Building real time applications for any client with Azure Mobile Services & Pusher

Because ZUMO can cater ANY client!

Azure Mobile Services is definitely one of the coolest technologies in the Azure family. One of the issues however, has been that it only has client libraries for Windows 8, iOS and Android, making it a bit more difficult for developers targeting other platforms (also web browsers!) to take advantage of its capabilities.

A while ago, I blogged about how to work around that – by using ZUMO REST API. However, you still didn’t have access to one of the nicest features of ZUMO for mobile devices – and that is push notifications. That changed recently, when ZUMO announced a partnership with Pusher, to provide push notifications for virtually any client.

Additionally, the team recently released another cool feature – scheduled tasks (cron jobs). Let’s see how you can use it all together to quickly build a realtime service.

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December, 2012

Using existing database with Azure Mobile Services

Because you don't have to start with a new database

One of the topics we like to come back to on this blog is Azure Mobile Services (ZUMO) – and rightfully so, because that’s a terrific service, capable of smoothly fueling your application’s backend in a hassle-free and scalable manner.

One thing you might have noticed about ZUMO though, is that pretty much all the online tutorials and materials related to it will show you how to work with it from scratch. One of the unknown facts about it, is that, with some slight modifications, you can actually plug in your existing SQL Server (or rather SQL Azure) database (provided you have earlier migrated it to Windows Azure of course), and serve it for your application utilizing the power of Azure Mobile Services.

Let’s a have a look at how you’d configure that.

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October, 2012

Send text messages (SMS) from Web API using Azure Mobile Services

Because ZUMO is becoming super awesome

Few weeks ago, I blogged about using Azure Mobile Services in your Web API applications and I think I managed to convince some of you that ZUMO with its REST-style API is really useful and super easy to work with.

The guys at Azure Mobile Services are not slowing down at all. Today Scott Gu announced a whole new super cool set of upgrades, and one of the coolest features is the integration to Twillio and the ability to send text messages (SMS) directly from the ZUMO script.

Let’s go ahead and extend our previous ZUMO example (managing a list of sports team) with SMS messaging.

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September, 2012

Using Azure Mobile Services in your web apps through ASP.NET Web API

Because ZUMO is not just for Windows 8

Azure Mobile Services is the latest cool thing in town, and if you haven’t checked it out already I really recommend you do, i.e. in this nice introduction post by Scott Gu. In short, it allows you to save/retrieve data in and out of dynamic tables (think no-schema) directly from the cloud. This makes it a perfect data storage solution for mobile apps, but why not use it in other scenarios as well?

For now Azure Mobile Services (a.k.a. ZUMO) is being advertised for Windows 8 only (the SDK is targeted for Windows 8 applications), but there is no reason why you couldn’t use it elsewhere.

Let’s do that and use Web API as a proxy.

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July, 2012

Deploy your ASP.NET Web API application to Windows Azure in 3 minutes

Because cloud has never been so easy to use

Over the past months I have been blogging about ASP.NET Web API a lot. One question that I haven’t really addressed, is how to send this beast to production – because it’s one thing to develop something, and completely different to have it up and running in live environment.

While so many members of the community have really enjoyed Windows Azure since it has been unveiled in the new shape recently, a lot of people are still uncertain how to work with it – because, well, “cloud” has always sounded a little enterprise-like. I thought it might help people to have a quick step-by-step guide on how you could really easily deploy your app to Azure (using Git!).

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