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Sunday, March 01, 2009 

Windows Azure - Getting Started

Windows Azure - so where do you get started? Some links:

I've done articles on Amazon's EC2 and Google's AppEngine - so I guess I'm obligated to do an Azure article, right? :)

I do have an Azure idea in the works. It's not very exciting to write an app that is barely different to something I could do on my cheap ASP.NET hosting. Something that cheap hosting doesn't offer is an easy way to write a background processing application such as the Azure worker role. So I've revived a 'shelved' screen scraping application. The idea is to pull down all the comments on Slashdot articles, and generate some visualization of the comments growing over time.

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How is the screen scraping project using azure coming along ?

Hi, the screen scraping project went up on Azure back in April 09. Microsoft has since deleted all the apps / stored hosted in the "USA- Northwest" region‏. I need to check out if I can put the app back up, or at least post some screenshots/code. I've been away from Azure for 8 months, it looks like it has really matured.

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