Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Google Analytics location report doesn't like Connacht so much..

The new UI for Google Analytics has a distinctly Cromwellian vibe to it, as the screenshot below shows. Is this just my GA account, or does everyone else see Galway and Sligo a bit more surrounded by the Atlantic than normal?

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Umbraco on Azure - take 1.5 (not 2)!

Back in August of last year I wrote a step-by-step article on how to get Umbraco running on Windows Azure (the Microsoft cloud computing platform). It got a lot of hits from people looking to do just exactly that.

There were a few loose ends in that piece, notably not using shared rather than VM-local storage to allow for Umbraco clustering and also not using the .NET 4.0 runtime rather than .NET 3.5 (4.0 was a recent addition to Azure in Aug 2010 and it just didn't work out of the box - missing sections in the machine.config).

So a follow-up article has been on my to-do list for a while now to tie up these loose ends, and then I found this - the Umbraco Accelerator for Windows Azure.

I have no idea how good / bad it is, but it's a great idea and well worth a road test if you're looking to use Umbraco in production with Azure.

Seems to be still active since it's initial release in Oct 2010 with a point release put out there in mid-June.

It also appears to be part of a wider plan to standardise how ASP.NET applications can be moved to Azure in a standard way (the Windows Azure Accelerators project), again a good thing IMHO.

Let me know how it works for you.