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Kevin Hoffman's Blog (June 11, 2007) - This morning I got to watch Steve Jobs in person do his thing, complete with reality distortion field. Despite rumors to the contrary, I felt no brainwashing tug on my mind, and felt no involuntary compulsion to buy whatever it was Steve was up there selling. I was watching a charismatic CEO do a presentation on some really cool new stuff coming out from Apple. Click here to register for AJAXWorld He started the show off with a Mac vs. PC ad where the PC guy was dressed like Steve Jobs. It was a pretty funny ad and I'm sure everyone will have this thing up on YouTube pretty quickly, if it isn't there already. Some statistics:   5,000 + attendees, the biggest WWDC in history. 950,000 ADC members this year, which is 200,000 more than last year. To me personally, this means there is some serious momentum behind developers curious ... (more)

The Evolution of Cloud Computing - Then and Now

With all of the hype surrounding Cloud computing, Microsoft's upcoming Cloud OS and current efforts around Live Mesh, I thought I would take a trip on the WABAC machine to look at where it all started. Back when I was in junior high school, the best type of connectivity that I could hope for were dial-up Bulletin Boards. Yes, I used a 2400 baud modem. No, I am not older than dirt. We used these BBS' to play games, to post on discussion forums, and occasionally, if the BBS owner was wealthy enough, they'd have multiple nodes (for you young whipper snappers, that means multiple pho... (more)

How to Build your First Azure-Powered MVC App

A good friend and colleague of mine has put up a great tutorial that walks you through the process of creating a new "classic" ASP.NET Azure web application and converting it into a cloud-based MVC application. In addition, he shows you how to point your membership, profile, and role providers at Azure cloud storage instead of the default SQL Express. Great read, check it out here: http://www.caffeinedi.com/2009/09/29/how-to-build-your-first-azure-powered-asp-net-mvc-app/ ... (more)

Tamper-Proofing Your Assembly Using Code Access Security to foil unauthorized users

By now you've probably already created your first "Hello World" application using one of the languages in the .NET Framework such as C# or VB.NET - or perhaps you've even managed VC++. The .NET Framework allows all kinds of different languages to utilize code written in various other languages and by other vendors. But there's a downside: how do you make sure your code isn't used by unauthorized clients? There's been an enormous amount of marketing and publicity surrounding the .NET Framework and all of the wonderful things it can do for you. If you browse the Web at all, then yo... (more)

Tamper-Proofing Your Assembly

By now you've probably already created your first "Hello World" application using one of the languages in the .NET Framework such as C# or VB.NET ­ or perhaps you've even managed VC++. The .NET Framework allows all kinds of different languages to utilize code written in various other languages and by other vendors. But there's a downside: how do you make sure your code isn't used by unauthorized clients? There's been an enormous amount of marketing and publicity surrounding the .NET Framework and all the wonderful things it can do for you. If you browse the Web at all, you simpl... (more)