Our first Azure DevForce “application” debuted today.
Sure it’s just Northwind customers in an un-styled, read-only Silverlight DataGrid. Kind of like putting a monkey in orbit. But it’s an important step for IdeaBlade and DevForce … and I’m feeling a wee bit proud.
Behind that simple (simplistic?) exterior are DevForce 2010, SQL Azure, Windows Azure, Silverlight 4, Entity Framework v.4, and .NET 4. That really is EF 4 running in the cloud, not on the client as it is in most Azure demonstrations. That really is the DevForce middle tier “BOS” in the cloud and a DevForce Silverlight client executing in your browser.
We’ll probably have taken this sample down by the time you read this post. But who knows; if you’re quick, you may still be able to catch it at http://dftest003.cloudapp.net/
Kudos to Kim Johnson, our ace senior architect / developer who made it happen. Thanks to Microsoft’s Developer Evangelist Bruno Terkaly who first showed us EF 4 in Azure when there were no other published examples.
I’ll be talking about DevForce and Azure much more as our “DevForce in the Cloud” initiative evolves. It’s clearly past the “pipe dream” phase and I anticipate acceleration in the weeks ahead.
Those of you who’ve been wondering if we’d get there (Hi Phil!) or whether to "play it safe" and build your own datacenter (really?) … wonder no more!