SQL Azure Service Update 4 includes support for copying databases. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff951624.aspx Database admins can now do Same-Server copies and Cross-Server copies of SQL Azure databases. The syntax is pretty simple:
CREATE DATABASE destination_database_name
AS COPY OF [source_server_name.]source_database_name
jQuery Mobile is now under development until late 2010. The purpose is to help developers make interactive sites that are touch-optimized for mobile phones. What jQuery did for desktop web applications jQuery Mobile intends to do for mobile web applications on the iPhone, Android, Blackberry and other smart phones. It provides touch-optimized layouts and UI widgets.
The Windows Azure Service Management API Tool is a free command-line program that lets you manage deployments and services using the Windows Azure Service Management API. The download comes with an application EXE and a config file. The Usage.txt file included in the downloaded ZIP will tell you which settings you need to edit in the config file for the EXE to work. The tool does require you to use a certificate and the thumbprint needs to be put in the config file.
You can create a self-signed certificate that you then upload to Windows Azure in the API Certificates section of the Windows Azure Developer Portal.
This is a great How-To on Slideshare for everything Windows Azure.
The Windows Azure Management Tool is available for download for free from MSDN. The screencast will introduce you to the tool. The tool gives you the ability to manage:
- Hosted services in Windows Azure
- Storage services
- Configure instrumentation for Windows Azure applications
- Blob storage
- Powershell back-end
The people over at Xtranormal.com have created something real special, a text-to-movie editor that you can use to create movies from your home computer with 3D characters and all you have to do is type! See an example with this banksters and Federal Reserve movie where the Xtranormal movie was published to YouTube.
I wanted to have a better URL so I purchased a custom domain name and used the domain control panel to create a CNAME record that I linked to my Windows Azure blob URL.
Microsoft’s Windows Azure pricing website lists all of the current offers available. Using a Windows Azure Storage account is priced based on consumption, so the more your website is viewed the more you pay, but you also benefit by paying very little if your website is viewed mildly.