Leaderboard Tweaks and T-SQL Fun

With the chaos of the Worldmaps to Azure migration winding down, I decided to take a look at some the low-pri issues on my to-do list.   Those close to the project or who follow their leaderboard ranking closely know that last year, the leaderboard was ranked by Total Hits.  This worked pretty well at the time, but it made it impossible for those who joined the site weeks or months after others to compete unless their site had considerable more volume to close the gap. This year, I changed t... [More]

Customizing your Worldmaps

I admit that site design is something that often takes a back seat when developing Worldmaps, but in the recent migration to Windows Azure, I added a few new minor customizations to the maps. When you log into your account, you should see a list that contains all of your current maps: From this screen, you can either modify a map, or create a new one.   When creating a new map, you’ll see a simple form to fill out: All of the information that is required for the map is the URL and Leaderb... [More]

Worldmaps Update

The recent update to Windows Azure went quite well!  The site is now using a single Azure webrole, a single Azure worker role, Azure Queues for workload, and Azure Blobs for storage.  It’s also using SQL Azure as the database.   From a user’s point of view, not much has changed but the performance and scalability has been much improved.  On the stats page, I implemented a few new stats … First up is the hourly breakdown of hits to a site.  Below is Channel 9’s current breakdo... [More]

Podcast with Michael Kimsal

The other day, I had the honor of sitting down and rambling endlessly with Michael Kimsal in this podcast.  It was a lot of fun, despite the overly loud announcement system in the background (“…table 3, your order is ready” type of thing).   Michael is one of those insanely smart kind of guys that has a really balanced view of technology and a lot of fun to talk to.   Michael publishes (among other things) jsmag, a must read for javascript developers.  Check it out!  ... [More]

Worldmaps Migration Underway

For those of you with Worldmap accounts, the Azure migration is (hopefully) underway.  This process will take awhile, in part due to the holiday vacation :) but also testing and what not.  Starting today, the accounts section will be closed for changes until the migration is complete. Hopefully, the migration will not cause any breaking changes.  However, the biggest possible change is to make sure you are accessing the service using www in the URL … for example, “http://www.myworldmaps.net... [More]

Pay Attention to your Azure Blobs

I have a fairly large Windows Azure migration I’m working on, and there are dozens of tips, recommendations, gotchas, etc. I’ve learned in the process.  This is one small item that cost me quite a bit of time, and it’s so simple I’m detailing it here because someone will run into this one. First a bit of background: if you’re deploying a Windows Azure application, the package is uploaded and deployed as a whole.  If you have dynamic content or individual files that are subject to change, it’s a g... [More]

Worldmaps Update & EOY Changes

Hi folks!  I wanted to take the opportunity and outline a few changes for Worldmaps – both changes in the service, the backend, and new features. First up: Stumbler.  A link to Stumbler was added to the nav menu at the top of the page.  If you haven’t played around with Stumbler, check it out.  It maps users in near real time to websites. One of the biggest changes is the update to the new Bing Maps Silverlight control.  This doesn’t change much from the end-user point of view, ... [More]

MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow

We’re back!  Starting early November, we’ll start our fall MSDN Southern Fried Roadshow series.  Right now, we’re scheduled here: 11/4/2009 Greensboro http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032429239&Culture=en-US 11/5/2009 Raleigh http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032429321&Culture=en-US 11/6/2009 Columbia http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.asp... [More]

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Fx 4 Available

This is exciting!  Today, VS2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 is available for MSDN subscribers.  For more information on VS2010, visit the Visual Studio home page.   If you’re not an MSDN subscriber, general availability is October 21st.  Also, and more importantly, the official launch date:  March 22nd, 2010.   Mark your calendars! Also, MSDN has received a bit of a makeover, so check it out while downloading.  You may have noticed a few SKU changes with VS/MSD... [More]

Project Location Not Trusted Tip

Ever get a dialog box like this when opening a project? This can occur under a number of scenarios – for example, opening a solution on a network share.  But in this case, the files themselves were tagged while being downloaded (as you can see in the path – it’s on my desktop).  If you right click the solution file (or other file in the group), you’ll see the file is tagged as such: The problem is, all files in the group have to be unblocked, and if you’ve got a large project, it can be so... [More]

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