Category Archives: .net

Building an Azure Web Site Application, Part 2: Diagnostics and Logging

In the previous article, we created a very simple starter web application and published it to Windows Azure. In this post, we’ll look at how to diagnose problems with that application. Since we’re deploying our application to Azure , we don’t have access to the Windows event log, or to log files that we might 

Building an Azure Web Site Application, Part I

In this series, I’ll be discussing the process of building a simple, but complete, .Net 4.5 web application, and how to host and manage it in Windows Azure. We won’t be skipping anything in this series – this will be a real application that will be live on the web, so it will have to

Transactional Objects

Every now and then, developers run into a situation where they need an in-memory object to participate in a transaction, and do all the things that transactional things do. One example of a situation that calls for transactional objects is caching. Suppose you’re in a transaction, inserting, updating, deleting things in a database. After making

My F# Wish List

F# is a lovely language. I’m really glad it exists, and I love working with it. However, there is some room for improvement! I’ve gathered a list of all the things that I think are “missing” from F# today. A few of these I’ve found on UserVoice since I started compiling this list, and I’ll

powershell: Upgrade All Your .Net Projects

Here’s a quick PowerShell script you can use to update all your projects to a new version of .Net. Lots faster than opening the properties window for each project in Visual Studio and then reloading.   function set-frameworkversion($version) { #scan current directory and below for project files #Add project types as desired $projects = dir


I’ve been working with BookSleeve lately. It’s a .Net API for interacting with Redis, a fast key-value store / distributed cache / data structure server. Redis is very nice and very easy to work with, and the API that BookSleeve provides is both as simple as it could possibly be, and deeply performant – all


I had the pleasure of attending the Microsoft MIX conference this year. It was my first MIX, and I have to say it was very, very useful. When you’re working with the MS technology stack, it’s extremely helpful to get a sense of what MS wants to focus on, what they think is the important