Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Managing Azure Storage with ‘Cloud Storage Studio’

Recently I had an opportunity to explore the private beta of ‘Cloud Storage Studio’ by Cerebrata

Cloud Storage Studio is a WPF app which allows you to manage your tables, queues and blob containers for Windows Azure Storage. Although there are limited features right now in the app but I really liked the overall simplicity and ease of use. 


Also there are various configuration settings available which can be applied on all Tables, Queues and Containers like Maximum Tables, Entities, Queues and Blobs per Request, Request Timeout.

The one that I liked the most is the Block Size Settings for Upload/Download Blob Size. This is very important when you are uploading a large chunk of blob data. The CSS would automatically divide a large Blob data in block based on this configuration so that its faster and easier for uploading.


I would definitely recommend everybody to get its private beta from here,  try out yourself and provide your valuable feedback as they are really listening with big ears :-)

Also I had a chat with Gaurav Mantri (owner of Cerebrata) about the upcoming features and vision of CSS and believe me it was super exciting, so please stay tuned and keep your eyes on this . . .  

Thursday, July 23, 2009

“Gestalt” - Writing XAML code inside your HTML

Gestalt is a library released by MIX Online Labs that allows you to write Ruby, Python & XAML code in your (X)HTML pages. It enables you to build richer and more powerful web applications by marrying the benefits of expressive languages, modern compilers, AJAX & RIAs with the write » save » refresh development model of the web.”

My First Thoughts:
· It’s a great entry point for someone to learn and try out XAML (especially for web designers)
· It is not so intuitive for building complete business apps in something like silverlight

Any more thoughts are welcomed  !!!
Cheers . . .

Monday, July 13, 2009

SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peek . . . .

Last 2 weeks were full of excitement, thrill, lots of sleepless nights and several barrels of fluids . . . . all this for :


The SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peek site is launched today. The site previews some of the upcoming features in SharePoint 2010. Again a good project completed with an excellent team . . .

Cheers . . . . .