Gaurav Mantri's Personal Blog.

Comparing Windows Azure Table Storage and Amazon SimpleDB

In this blog post, we are going to compare Windows Azure Table Storage Service and Amazon SimpleDB from core functionality point of view. For the sake of brevity, we’re going to refer Windows Azure Table Storage Service as WATS and Amazon SimpleDB as ASDB. From fundamental functionality point of … [Read more...]

Comparing Windows Azure Queue Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service–Summary

Over the past few weeks, I have been writing a detailed blog post comparing Windows Azure Queue Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service. You can read that post here: https://gauravmantri.com/2012/03/27/comparing-windows-azure-queue-service-and-amazon-simple-queue-service/. This post turned out to be … [Read more...]

Comparing Windows Azure Queue Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service

In this blog post, we’re going to compare Windows Azure Queue Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service from core functionality point of view. For the sake of brevity, we’re going to refer Windows Azure Queue Service as WAQS and Amazon Simple Queue Service as ASQS in the rest of this blog post. From … [Read more...]

Programmatically finding Deployment Slot from code running in Windows Azure

I’ve seen a number of threads on MSDN forums for Windows Azure where folks want to know if their application is running in “Production” or “Staging” slot in a Windows Azure hosted service. There may be situations where you don’t want your code to execute certain functionality when it is running in … [Read more...]

Effective way of fetching diagnostics data from Windows Azure Diagnostics Table (Hint: Use PartitionKey)

As we all know Windows Azure Diagnostics data is stored in Windows Azure Storage. Depending on the kind of diagnostics data being collected, it could either store in Table Storage (WAD* tables e.g. WADLogsTable table for trace logs data) or Blob Storage (wad-* blob containers e.g. wad-crash-dumps … [Read more...]

World Clock – An HTML5/JS based Windows 8 Metro Application – Part 2: Adding a basic clock

In the previous post we talked about the project setup, system defined styles and a little bit about navigation. In this post we will extend that project and create a simple clock which will display current date/time. We will be using concepts like navigation, data binding, converters etc. in this … [Read more...]

World Clock – An HTML5/JS based Windows 8 Metro Application – Part 1: Setting Up

In my last post (https://gauravmantri.com/2012/01/16/building-first-windows-8-metro-application/), I talked about my experience building my first Windows 8 Metro application. Now I am going to talk about how I built the application. In this post, we will just cover setting up the project and what … [Read more...]

Building First Windows 8 Metro Application

Of late I have been playing a lot with Windows 8 and wanted to learn about Metro applications. For me the best way to learn a new technology is by building an application using that technology. I have been working a lot with WPF for the products we’re building at Cerebrata, I thought it would be … [Read more...]