I use my old-timey Azure Table Services Sample project to demonstrate paging with an ASP.NET GridView bound to a Windows Azure table, as well as serve as a Pingdom target for creating Windows Azure compute uptime reports, such as Windows Azure Uptime Report: OakLeaf Table Test Harness for October 2010 (99.91%). Here’s the current incarnation:
I created the project in mid-2009 as a sample application for my Cloud Computing with the Windows Azure Platform book. Language in the signup process for the recently announced Cloud Essentials benefits indicates that an MOSPA, CSA, or a “Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) registered application/Azure solution certification” is required to qualify for 250 BPOS seats of one year duration, which I didn’t recall being mentioned by Microsoft in the promotional material.
So I logged into the Microsoft Platform Ready (MPR) site, registered the app, and then downloaded and ran the MPR Test Tool. Sure enough, it passed, as indicated by the addition of a test report icon (which I’ve circled in red), MPR and a Faceblook link:
Clicking the MPR link opened this page:
This certification lets me add the ‘Powered by Windows Azure’ icon to the page:
I’ll add it when I get around to updating the app to use the current Windows Azure libraries.