If you have a Web application that will receive even moderate traffic, you should probably perform some load testing. Load testing can help identify what your maximum operating capacity is, as well as any bottlenecks that might prevent you from reaching that capacity. Now I’m not going to do a deep-dive into load testing, but instead I’m going to show you how to use Team Foundation Service to perform that testing in the cloud.

I’m only going to use a couple of tools here. First, I’m using Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. If you don’t yet have it, you can download a trialĀ here. Second, I’ll be using Team Foundation Service. If you haven’t yet signed up for this, you should. There is a free offering (for up to five users) and the sign-up is quick and painless.

Since I don’t already have a project with load tests, I’m going to quickly step through creating one that we’ll use for our demo. Read More…

I have been trying lots of new things since I got on board with AIS. From MDX to PowerShell to MVC. My newest endeavor was Azure. I was initially intimidated by the amount of time I would have to spend getting to know the setup before I could do something simple on it, but I have to say it was about the easiest thing I’ve tried so far. Congrats to the folks at Microsoft for creating something so useful that “just works,” even if you are the person who always tries to make things too difficult (me).

I got my first website up and running on Azure in about one hour, including migrating my database. It was so easy I had to share a simplified version of my experience.

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