Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Azure Icon Font For Your Web Application

For both Cloud Portam website and application, when it comes to icons we don’t use images. Almost invariably, we use vector icons and icon fonts (like Font Awesome which BTW are very aptly named; they are indeed really-really awesome :)). Where Font Awesome didn’t work for us was icons for Azure … [Read more...]

What’s New In Azure Storage

It’s been a while that I wrote a blog post about Azure Storage :). Earlier this month, Azure Storage Team released a new version of Storage Service and included a lot of awesome goodness! In this blog post, I will try to summarize those. So let’s start! New Storage Service REST API Version / … [Read more...]

Azure Service Bus – As I Understand It: Part II (Queues & Messages)

Continuing from my previous post about Azure Service Bus, in this post I will share my learning about Queues & Messages. The focus of this post will be about some of the undocumented things I found as we implemented support for Queues and Messages in Cloud Portam. Queues As mentioned in my … [Read more...]

Azure Service Bus – As I Understand It: Part I (Overview)

Recently we started working on including support for Azure Service Bus in Cloud Portam. Prior to this, I had no experience with this service though it has been around for quite some time and I always wanted to try this out but one thing or another (oh, my stupid excuses :)!) prevented me from doing … [Read more...]

Understanding Azure Premium Storage – A Developer Perspective

As you may already know Azure Premium Storage is the latest offering from Azure Storage which is designed specifically to handle Virtual Machine workloads. A few weeks back we included support for managing Premium Storage in Cloud Portam. There were a few things I learnt during that process and in … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Managing Storage Emulator in Azure SDK Version 2.3

Yesterday (3rd of April), a new version of Azure SDK (version 2.3) was released. Being an Azure Fanboy :) (and not to mention serious Azure developer) I went ahead and downloaded this new SDK and converted my cloud services project to make use of this latest version of SDK. While doing … [Read more...]