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  • Project Houston CTP released - try it out with brentotweets

    The SQL Azure team have just announced in their blog post CTP1 of Microsoft® Project Code-Named “Houston” now available that their web based admin tool for SQL Azure (codenamed Houston) has just hit CTP release - you can hit it up on SLQ Azure Labs at The great thing about this? Its up on the web so as long as you ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on July 21, 2010
  • Is SQL Azure a newbies springboard?

    Earlier today I was considering the various SQL Server platforms that are available today and I wondered aloud, wonder how long until the majority of #sqlserver newcomers use @sqlazure instead of installing locally Let me explain. My first experience of development was way back in the early 90s when I would crank open VBA in Access or ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on May 6, 2010
  • updated, gives clues about future SQL Azure enhancements

    The OData website at has been updated today to provide a much more engaging page than the previous sterile attempt. Moreover its now chockful of information about the progress of OData including a blog, a list of products that produce OData feeds plus some live OData feeds that you can hit up today, a ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on March 16, 2010
  • Tweetpoll and RESTful Northwind go bye-bye

    On 31st January 2010 Windows Azure and SQL Azure will transition to becoming services that you have to pay for which means that my three small demos that are hosted up there are going to disappear hence I thought now would be a good time to review before they are digitally ground into dust. Tweetpoll Tweetpoll was a demo that I wrote back in ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on January 23, 2010
  • Project Houston

    Of late I’ve started to wonder about the direction that Microsoft may take their various development tools in the future. There has been an obvious move toward embracing the open source development community, witness the presence of open source advocate Matt Mullenweg on stage at the recent PDC09 keynote as proof of that. Also observe the obvious ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 6, 2009
  • TwitterCache now hosted on SQL Azure

    2012-06-07 Update: All good things must come to an end - I have now shutdown this server. I hope it was useful to some of you in the two and a half years that it has been available.  Earlier today Brent Ozar blogged about how he had been archiving tweets from various people that he follows into a SQL Server database. He made a backup ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on December 3, 2009
  • FYI: A new barrier to SQL Azure adoption

    On their recent blog post Updated CTP for SQL Azure Database includes complete feature set for PDC 2009! the SQL Azure team outlined a new feature: Firewall Support – The new firewall features allows a customer to specify an allow list of IP address that can access their SQL Azure Server. Security is a concern for companies looking at ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on October 26, 2009
  • RESTful Northwind on SQL Azure

    Introduction I recently gained access to SQL Azure, the hosted database part of Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering. I don’t currently have a reason to use SQL Azure in my day-to-day work so I set myself a small project that would enable me to prod and poke at the service and hopefully learn a bit about it. I decided to implement a RESTful service ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on September 9, 2009
  • SQL Azure Script Verifier

    I just stumbled across a site that I think is worth drawing attention to. is a site that enables you to paste in your existing T-SQL scripts and it will tell you whether they run against SQL Azure or not. Its still very much in beta but it shows a lot of promise and, if it works (I can’t claim to have ...
    Posted to Jamie Thomson (Weblog) by jamiet on August 31, 2009
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