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Get my new Pluralsight course on CloudFlare for free!

You know how you like free stuff? And cloud? And security? Of course you do – what’s not to like?! Well because Pluralsight and CloudFlare love it, we’re making my latest course available to everyone 100% for free for the next week. This is a great course for anyone who wants a very slick way of quickly adding SSL and raft of other security features to their site with a bare minimum of effort. CloudFlare’s service gets you up and running in literally minutes and the bits I cover in this course are 100% free. That’s the CloudFlare service that’s free and the course that’s free so there&...

Using high-spec Azure SQL Server for short term intensive data processing

These real world experiences with Azure are now available in the Pluralsight course "Modernizing Your Websites with Azure Platform as a Service" So I had this plan: I was going to download the (very unfortunate) Adobe data breach, suck it into SQL Server, do the usual post-import data clean up then try and draw some insightful conclusions from what I saw. Good in theory and something I’ve done many times before after other breaches, problem is it’s abso-freaking-lutely massive. The data itself is only 2.9GB zipped and 9.3GB once extracted, but we’re talking over 153 million records here. This could well be the largest password dump we’ve seen...

Talking cloud: Not all .NET roads lead to Microsoft

Strangely enough, there are time when I talk about things that aren’t directly related to security and yesterday’s guest appearance on the Uhuru podcast was one of these. In fact “the cloud” is something I’m deeply interested in and have spent a lot of time thinking about and working with lately, one significant of example of which has been the use of AppHarbor for hosting ASafaWeb. Yesterday I had a short chat to Michael Surkan from Uhuru Software on how I was adapting to the new world cloud order and particularly what I like about the AppHarbor offering. I’d had some involvement with the Azure in the very early days...

To the cloud! Performance testing ASafaWeb with AppHarbor & Blitz

If we can get over Microsoft’s cheesy catchphrase for a moment, the whole idea of “to the cloud” is actually pretty cool. It’s the promise of taking things that used to be both labour and capital intensive, commoditising them and serving them up on demand. This can very easily sound like PowerPoint presentation rhetoric so let’s move past the warm and fuzzies and actually see it in action. A couple of weeks back I published a screencast as part of my 5 minute wonders series titled From zero to hero with AppHarbor. In that session I took my existing membership-enabled ASP.NET website (itself the subject of a previous 5 minute wonder)...

5 minute wonders: From zero to hero with AppHarbor

In case you’ve been living under a rock this year, AppHarbor is one of the hottest things to hit .NET since, well, just about ever. It packages up the entire app lifecycle of source control, build, deployment and hosting and makes it dead simple; in fact it couldn’t be easier. It then adds a comprehensive collection of add-ons to do everything from persisting data (MS SQL, MySQL, MongoDB) to caching services (Memcacher) to load testing (blitz). And the best bit? It’s free. Zero dollars. Nada. Zilch. If you want to get a bit demanding then you start to pay money but it’s in the order of figures like $10 a month for...