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Cloud Cover Episode 41 - Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7

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Join Wade and Steve each week as they cover the Windows Azure Platform. You can follow and interact with the show @CloudCoverShow.

In this episode, Steve and Wade walk through the new Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7, which is designed to make it easier to build phone applications that use services running in Windows Azure. Wade explains why it was built, where to get it, and how it works.

Reviewing the news, Wade and Steve:

Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7
Microsoft delivers toolkit for using Windows Azure to build Windows Phone 7 apps
Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 Released


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  • Jason HaleyJason Haley

    Great show and thanks for the mention guys!

  • Greg Braygbrayut Check out PhraseMeme Scanner for Windows Phone at ​PhraseMeme.​com

    Looks Awesome! I was thinking of using Table Storage and Blobs in a WP7 app, but wasn't sure how to keep the keys private. Looks like the proxy service is the way to go, althought I may end up initially hosting it on an existing VPS (with commercial SSL cert) instead of in Azure to keep costs low.

    Sounds like the Shared Access Signature means that using blob storage would go directly to Azure, but using Tables would be piped through the proxy. Any plans to add support for Queues?

  • @gbrayut: Yes, support for queues is on the roadmap (mentioned here: http://bit.ly/dUv0Ja). Out of curiosity, what is your primary use case for queues?

  • Greg Braygbrayut Check out PhraseMeme Scanner for Windows Phone at ​PhraseMeme.​com

    There is no primary use case yet, but it seems like queues are the best method for scheduling work. Example: upload picture to blob storage and then add an entry to a queue to process it.  From the Phone they would usually just be adding entries to a queue, not consuming them, but there may be situations where a queue would work well for rate-limiting clients or matching players in a multiplayer online game.

  • @gbrayut: Yep, sounds very reasonable. How would you prioritize queues against OOTB support for Notification Services (running in WAz) and SQL Azure/DataMarket?

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  • Greg Braygbrayut Check out PhraseMeme Scanner for Windows Phone at ​PhraseMeme.​com

    @WadeWegner: Probably Notification Services first, then queues, then SQL Azure. The last two could always be accessed via custom proxy, and I see queues used much more from the client then SQL Azure. SQL Azure would probably be accessed via WCF service with Entity Framework, not directly from client.

  • Good as always.

    So, was Steve making some sort of a point by playing only A major? Azure-Majure?

  • salmansalman

    nice mp4

  • Please add claims-based authentication using ACS.  Eugenio Pace I think is creating one http://blogs.msdn.com/b/eugeniop/archive/2011/03/24/authentication-in-wp7-client-with-rest-services-part-i.aspx 

  • mariemarie

    it all about how you see it

  • imarionimarion

    Very cool mp4.thanks.

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