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A new version of Enterprise Library was recently released along with a new version of the Transient Fault Handling Application Block and It brings a couple changes when it come to querying SQL Database using ADO.NET.

The first apparent changes

  • Namespace Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.WindowsAzure.TransientFaultHandling.SqlAzure has been replaced by  Microsoft.Practices.EnterpriseLibrary.TransientFaultHandling
  • SqlAzureTransientErrorDetectionStrategy has been replaced by SqlDatabaseTransientErrorDetectionStrategy
  • The NuGet package has been exploded into many individual packages linked to a primary package.
  • Take a look at the Migration Guide & the project on CodePlex


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In 2010 I bought a Kindle and it changed my life! Since then I’ve been catching up on books I should have read years ago. Back then, reading technical books meant carrying bulky/ heavy printed books in my bag. The day I got my first kindle, is the day I started reading again!

Since then, I read quite a few books! Below are some of the books that got me hooked on Windows Azure!

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Do you feel helpless when you think about testing your project’s code base? Does testing your Windows Azure solution involve deploying to Windows Azure?

Then you’re probably wasting precious time. Granted that we can’t go without testing code that consumes Windows Azure Services like the Windows Azure Queue Storage Service, but they can be abstracted and removed from our core business logic!

A few weeks back I wrote about wrapping third parties to protect against breaking changes. This post follows a similar path and will demonstrate how the Unity Application Block can be used to build a testable Windows Azure Service.


I personally do not use IoC (Inversion of Control) Containers on projects that do not absolutely require them. In some cases it ends up creating lots of accidental complexity.

Using an IoC Container like the Unity Application Block can greatly benefit a project if techniques like mocking and test driven development are used to help drive quality throughout the application’s development. On the other hand, if your application is tested by a Quality Assurance team through the UI (User Interface), then your application may not absolutely need the extra complexity created by the use of an IoC Container.

Demo Project

To demonstrate how to use the Unity Application Block in order to build Windows Azure Services without compromising testability I built the Message Processor. Get the source from

The Message Processor is a component that is responsible for reading messages from a Windows Azure Queue Storage Service, decoding the messages and processing them using Message Handlers.


The Worker Role uses the Unity Application Block to wire up the Message Processor’s dependencies. Consequently, a team of developers can build and test it’s dependencies independently. Furthermore, the only dependency on the Unity Application Block should belong the Worker Role project. Other project should not be aware that you are using an IoC Container. Keeping this dependency to a minimum will help reduce the risks of additional complexity, which could be added to you application due to the miss use of the Unity Application Block. Consequently, keeping the dependencies to the Unity Application Block to a minimum, will also give you the flexibility to change your IoC Container in the future.

public class WorkerRole : RoleEntryPoint
 public override void Run()
     // This is a sample worker implementation. Replace with your logic.
     Trace.WriteLine("Worker entry point called", "Information");

     using (var uc = new UnityContainer())
         uc.RegisterType<ILogger, TableStorageLogger>();
         uc.RegisterType<IMessageSource, QueueMessageSource>();
         uc.RegisterType<IMessageDecoder, QueueMessageDecoder>();
         uc.RegisterType<IMessageHandler, CommandHandler>("CommandHandler");
         uc.RegisterType<IEnumerable<IMessageHandler>, IMessageHandler[]>();

         var processor = uc.Resolve<MessageProcessor>();

         while (true)
             Trace.WriteLine("Working", "Information");

 public override bool OnStart()
     // Set the maximum number of concurrent connections 
     ServicePointManager.DefaultConnectionLimit = 1000;

     // For information on handling configuration changes
     // see the MSDN topic at

     return base.OnStart();

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public class HttpTransientErrorDetectionStrategy
    : ITransientErrorDetectionStrategy
    private readonly List<HttpStatusCode> statusCodes = 
        new List<HttpStatusCode>

    public HttpTransientErrorDetectionStrategy(bool isNotFoundAsTransient = false)
        if (isNotFoundAsTransient)

    public bool IsTransient(Exception ex)
        var we = ex as WebException;
        if (we == null)
            return false;

        var response = we.Response as HttpWebResponse;

        var isTransient = response != null 
                                   && statusCodes.Contains(response.StatusCode);
        return isTransient;

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Logging in Windows Azure can be done through Windows Azure Diagnostics. This solution collects a ton of detailed data that can be hard to parse through. I recently needed a close to real-time trace of what my Roles were doing. My current project has many instances with many independent services running in parallel, resulting in a challenge when I try to trace using Windows Azure Diagnostics. Log4Net and Enterprise Library offer amazing tools to accomplish what I’m after. But they do so with so much detail and data, that we often need to resort to parsing tools and third party applications to extract meaningful information. I needed something quick, lightweight and that didn’t cost too much to operate.

At first, I was trying to follow what my instances were up to using the Windows Azure Compute Emulator. This wasn’t what I was looking for, because local environments don’t run exactly like the production or staging environments on the cloud. I spent a few minutes thinking about logging and costs related to Windows Azure Storage transactions and came up with the solution described below.

The code from this Post is part of the Brisebois.WindowsAzure NuGet Package

To install Brisebois.WindowsAzure, run the following command in the Package Manager Console

PM> Install-Package Brisebois.WindowsAzure

Get more details about the Nuget Package.

A sample project containing the log viewer can be found on GitHub repository ”Windows Azure Logger” .

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