Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Prarambh 2015 – A Recap

Over the weekend of Feb 20 - 22nd 2015, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Udaipur’s Entrepreneurship Cell “Saksham” organized a 32 hour startup challenge event (Prarambh). This was the 2nd time an event like this was organized (and I'm extremely lucky to be a part of both events) and having … [Read more...]

What Startup Founders Can Learn From Ocean’s Eleven Movie

I’m a huge fan of movie Ocean’s Eleven. In fact, I watch this movie every time it comes on TV. For those who don’t know about this movie, in short it is a heist film where George Clooney along with 10 other folks rob three Las Vegas casinos in one night. If you have not seen this movie only thing I … [Read more...]

Azure SDK 2.5 and Cloud Service Diagnostics

Recently Azure team announced the availability of SDK 2.5. You can read the release notes here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn873976.aspx. One of the major change that was done in this release is related to diagnostics. In this post we will talk about diagnostics changes in the … [Read more...]

Azure Search Service – Some Documented/Undocumented Business Rules

As you may already know, for past 2 weeks we have been implementing support for Azure Search Service in Cloud Portam. We released a newer version yesterday (more on this here). Currently there is no SDK available for this service and we ended up implementing REST API for Azure Search Service. During … [Read more...]

Cloud Portam Now Supports Azure Search Service

I’m pleased to announce that today we released a new version of Cloud Portam which includes support for Azure Search Service which was announced recently. This blog post talks about Azure Search Service features currently supported in the application. If you’re looking for an application which makes … [Read more...]

Making Azure Blob Storage Searchable Using Azure Search Service

Every now and then question about searching in Azure Blob Storage comes up in one of the community forums. Folks posting the questions would like to find out things like: Finding blobs containing certain letters in them e.g. all pdf or png files in blob storage. Finding blobs by blob type – … [Read more...]

Announcing The Launch Of Cloud Portam – A Browser Based Azure Storage Explorer

Its’ been quite some time that I blogged. Past few months have been crazy busy for me. After the failure of my last product (anybody remember CloudFileXchange thingie we did :)), I spent a lot of time thinking about what to build and then spent more time building it. The result is Cloud Portam. In … [Read more...]

What Startups Can Learn From Aam Aadmi Party

For those who have been closely watching Indian Parliament elections concluded recently, you already know who Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is. For those who don’t know, AAP is the youngest political party which came into existence in 2012 as a result of India Against Corruption movement. It is led by an … [Read more...]

Me and My Boss – The Saga Continues With Basic Tier Azure Virtual Machines

Man, my boss is always on my case. After what I did with Azure Mobile Services with him, he’s always after me. So this Friday, he calls me up in his office and following conversation happens between us: Boss: The Virtual Machines we’re hosting in Azure, we want to bring the cost of them … [Read more...]

C# Corner Annual Developer Conference 2014 – Saluting the Spirit of Community Power

Over this weekend (April 11 – 13th 2014), I had the honor and privilege of attending and presenting at C# Corner Annual Developer Conference. This blog post talks about my experience there. In my opinion (and is shared by all who attended), the event was a huge success with over 800+ people … [Read more...]