Thursday, September 24, 2009

Great simple explanation on Windows Azure

During the last GeneXus International Meeting held in Montevideo, I had the chance to talk for a few minutes with Steve Marx from the Windows Azure team. Milano and I were telling him what we expect to do with GeneXus and the Windows Azure platform.

The first scenario is having a one-click deployment to the cloud (Windows Azure platform) of the GeneXus generated applications. Since the SQL Azure is now a relational database (good old SQL Server) our reorganization programs can generate the tables in the cloud. Also, our applications are 100% compatible with the Azure environment so you could upload you application to the Azure platform today.

The other scenario is running GeneXus Server from the Azure platform. In this scenario we still have a “little” work to do. So we were asking Steve about the worker roles since we want to be able to specify and generate in the Azure platform and I have doubts about what could actually run in this “cloud”, so Steve explained it to me in a great simple way. He said, imagine I have a Windows Server 2008 installed out of the box with the .net framework 3.5 and all the latest service packs. Everything you could put on a portable USB drive and run from there will run on the Azure platform. He added, everything that needs a setup wizard, writing on the registry, and stuff won’t work.

As I said, great yet simple explanation of what you could run on the Azure platform.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Microsoft .net Framework 2.0 Configuration missing?

SDKAfter my Windows7 install I needed to modify some of the machine.config properties thru the .net configuration utility and I could find it. It wasn’t where it used to be (Administrative Tools) and even the Snap-in on the MMC was not present.

After a little bit of search I realize I had to install the .net framework 2.0 SDK. I guess I did it a long time ago cause I don’t remember even doing it.

Here are the links. (32bits) (64 bits)

We’re welcome :)

P.S: I needed it in order to deploy a web app to the Azure platform, that’s why I’m tagging this post as “cloud computing” related

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Genexus X Evolution 1 Released!


Genexus X Evolution 1 was finally released today at 12:55 (GMT-3). It is a great version with tons of new features and a great stability (check out the release notes here).

To me it’s a big deal since I was really involved in the new Team Development features and the communication with Genexus Server. BTW, GeneXus Server is now on RTM and will be released on the XIX Genexus International Meeting.

Hope to see everybody there.

Next stop, Cardal…

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