Software Quality

May 13, 2015

Azure Storage – Premium Storage Only Works with Page Blobs

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — David Allen @ 4:32 am

I play to learn. My latest test was educational, and I’m sharing it in case others encounter it.

I ran into problems while playing around with Premium blob storage. I was testing blob storage, comparing performance between Regular and Premium storage, while uploading a 5 MB file. I found my error. I was trying to use block blobs on Premium storage, and only Page Blobs are permitted. But I did not realize that at first. Here was my diagnostic path, with errors to help others who may make the same mistake and search for the errors.


May 3, 2015

Azure Updates Improve automation, integration, security and more

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 11:54 am

Azure continues to gain power. I am amazed at the speed and relevance of the improvements. Here is my summary of the benefits described in the April blog article:

Taken together, these features improve ease of automation, expand integration with third-party services including open-source, and improve security and financial tracking which are essential to enterprise adoption.


April 29, 2015

Azure Deployment Slots

Filed under: Azure — David Allen @ 10:22 pm

Microsoft released a clever feature for Azure web apps called “Deployment Slots.” This feature has capabilities that can improve availability of your web app by reducing downtime due to deployments, and reducing time to recover from failure.  It can be useful in some scenarios, but there are limitations.


March 6, 2015

Mobile Testing of websites with DNS Entries that are not yet public

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 7:27 pm


You have a new website, but it uses a URL entry that is not yet public, or it is public, but it points to a different IP than the one that will be there when you go live.  Yet you MUST test the site using the exact host name. What do we do? (more…)

January 19, 2015

SSD Drives really are fast – and Ideal for Hyper-V storage

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 3:52 pm

I just bought a new SSD (Solid State Drive). It’s a Samsung 850 EVO – 500 GB from MicroCenter.

OMG! I had no idea how fast it could be.


January 3, 2015

Nice large monitor for productivity work

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Allen @ 8:08 am

If you are an office worker who needs lots of screen space, then I can recommend the LG 34″ Curved Widescreen IPS LCD Monitor. I just got one and it is amazing. It has a nice crisp resolution, and the width is great for a software developer. But it would be equally useful for someone who needed to see several documents side-by-side or someone who deals with large Excel spreadsheets.

The curved screen is kind of nice. It’s a mild curve. Not radical. And it does seem to make it easier to view. (more…)

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