Shaun Xu

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Shaun, the author of this blog is a semi-geek, clumsy developer, passionate speaker and incapable architect with about 10 years’ experience in .NET and JavaScript. He hopes to prove that software development is art rather than manufacturing. He's into cloud computing platform and technologies (Windows Azure, Amazon and Aliyun) and right now, Shaun is being attracted by JavaScript (Angular.js and Node.js) and he likes it.

Shaun is working at Worktile Inc. as the chief architect for overall design and develop worktile, a web-based collaboration and task management tool, and lesschat, a real-time communication aggregation tool.


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Well now I’m busy with preparing my session about the Windows Azure AppFabric on TechED 2010 China, one of my colleagues Chen Pu told me that the new Azure Developer Portal was released last midnight. Then I just closed my session presentation and have a look on this new webiste. I had seen it before in the PDC10 videos and knew that it will be more quickly and user-friendly. Now let’s take a look on what it is.


When you log on the development portal of Windows Azure, SQL azure or AppFabric, there will be a section page where you can choose to log into the new fancy portal or the old poor one.


The whole website was built by Silverligh. That means it provides very good user experience.



So let’s have a look on some key sections/features we are familiar with before, to see how it become in the new style. First of all is the Windows Azure Services Management.


As we can see all the hosted services, slots and instances are listed on the main grid. And the additional information was on the right hand side such as the name, URL and deployment ID, etc. And on the top tool bar there are the commands we can use such as Upgrad, Stop, Start, Change Config, etc. And there are some new features in this release: Reboot, Reimage and Remote Desktop.


Next is the new SQL Azure portal. Just click the Database menu in the bottom left panel.


One of the cool thing is that, when we click the Manage button it will bring the Hoston, a web-based SQL Azure Management Application, to us.



And then, some other features that available within this new release. We can add some Co-Admin of the azure project.


Also there are some Beta Programs we can apply to use.



For more details about is new portal here is the help on MSDN.

Also the new SDK 1.3 was available as well we can download here.



The new protal and SDK 1.3 was mentioned in the PDC10 at first. After a very quick overview I think the user experience and performance improved a lot. And it brings a lot of new feature to us. Most of them give us more power to control the actual runnning virtual machines.

In the short future I’m going to introduce some key new features avaiable in the new SDK 1.3.


Hope this helps,


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As you know I’m working in Ethos as an architecture and azure expert. Our company will arrange an azure training plus hands-on labs in December in Beijing office. And I will be one of the trainer which would be very existing.

If you are in Beijing and can undersand Chinese (we will use Chinese in the training) and more important, if you are intrested in Azure just like me, please find the training details as follows.

The training fee is 300RMB with the seats, computers and dinner.

In order ensure the training quality the size of the training would be no more than 15 people so register as soon as you can!



Ethos (, a leading consulting and solution provider in cloud and social field, is offering a 3-day evening course on Microsoft Azure.


Company introduction

Ethos is one of the first ISVs to offer cloud computing solutions in Europe and China. Microsoft has identified Ethos as a preferred cloud computing development partner in Greater China Region. Ethos has been invited to speak about Azure at several Microsoft events. Learn more from company website:


Seminar Topics

- Introduction to Microsoft Azure platform

- Window Azure: Introduce windows azure storage & compute (Table, Quesu, Blob)

- SQL Azure: Introduce the architecture, use, deploy, migrate, security, backup and restore of SQL Azure

- Demo shows and other Azure technologies

- Students to build software system in Azure platform


Ethos will Provide

- Access to Azure platform

- All necessary hardware, software, and licenses

- Instructors and facilities

- Dinners


Event Details

Date of event: December 8, 10, and 14. 6:30-9p.m.

Cost of the event: 300RMB to cover cost of instructors

Class size is limit: 15 participants for better one-on-one time with instructors


Interested attendees should have

1. 1-2 year experience working with the Microsoft .NET platform (university experience can count)

2. Strong passion on new technologies like cloud computing and Dynamics CRM2011 .

3. Good communication skills in both Chinese and English.


Interested attendees, please contact for more details.


Trainers (Azure Geeks in Ethos)


  • Chen Pu
  • Senior Developer and Azure Expert
  • Lead developer of the first economical azure project in europe.
  • Consultant for UFIDA Chanjet azure migration project.




  • Shaun Ziyan Xu
  • Architect and Azure Expert
  • Consultant for UFIDA Chanjet azure migration project.
  • Architect of the XLR8 cloud computing platform project.
  • Microsoft azure trainer.


If you are interested in Windows Azure, just like me, you will find that there are so many documentation, articles, presentation, samples, etc. over the internet and it’s very hard to find the one you need. Now

J.D. Meier had posted a documentation named “Windows Azure Developer Guidance Map” which covers almost all materials about the Windows Azure. 3288.image_39A8DCBAAs Meier said:

If you’re a Windows Azure developer or you want to learn Windows Azure, this map is for you.   Microsoft has an extensive collection of developer guidance available in the form of Code Samples, How Tos, Videos, and Training.  The challenge is -- how do you find all of the various content collections? … and part of that challenge is knowing *exactly* where to look.  This is where the map comes in.  It helps you find your way around the online jungle and gives you short-cuts to the treasure troves of available content.

You can download the PDF directly here as well.


Hope this helps,



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