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I bought 3 year of SSL certificate for my website. and Windows Azure Websites does not support SSL. (They are working on it...)
I know I should have verified this before I made the purchase, but it was so obvious that, it never occurred to me.
Just to let you know that, if SSL is deal breaker for you, Windows Azure Websites are not the option for you, at-least right now. (You need to configure and use Virtual Machine instead)
And the even crazy thing is, if you use Free mode and use yoursubdomain.azurewebsites.net, wildcard SSL certificate is included for free, and when you use Paid more with yourcustomdomain.com, SSL is not supported, because they are facing some technical challenge. Which makes sense, but still crazy!
Well, there are three ways I know of to host websites in Windows Azure:
The first one is the cheap/easy way to do websites. The second is the one I have experience with, and I even have a website running on it that uses an SSL certificate. It's kind of a pain to setup the SSL certificate, but it does work. I've not tried the virtual machine option, but you should be able to do everything under the sun with that. The nice thing about option #2 is that it's much cheaper than a virtual machine (though there is no free option, as there is with option #1).
There is nothing wrong in programming in VB.NET. It's a tool for developing apps with, and there's a lot of elitist claptrap surrounding people's opinions on it. One of the best developers I know wrote a lot of great apps with it. He ended up as a PM at Microsoft.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
Thanks Pete, I think some people need to hear that coming from someone of your level of expertise. VB is my bread and butter language and they pay me a decent wage for for doing so. I'm also the GoTo guy for converting legacy VB 6 apps to C# or VB.NET.
I still have a spot in my heart for VB 6, but I haven't forgotten thr frusrations of debuggung applications with undeclared or loosely declared variables.
I worked as a developer back in the 80s (dBaseII, Lotus 123 macros, Wang Glossaries and MS Basic). But my toy at home was a TI-994a. I still have the old manual for TI Basic as a keepsake. When I left the depravity of office environments behind I didn't lose my love for coding, and I just sort of stuck with Basic. It's more intuitive (for me) than any other language I've ever tried.
If you want to try something truly bizarre, download Presentation Wizard[^] and try AM's A.N.I.M.A.L. programming language. It's not overly complicated but the syntax is backasswards from anything else I've ever tried.
Welcome to one of the nicest languages ever with some of the greatest flaws ever
VB.NET isn't so bad once you get used to it. I prefer it over C#.
Just enjoy not having to type (); manually at the end of each sentence...
Or break; after each case of a switch statement, while falling through isn't allowed anyway...
Or an opening and closing bracket after just about every other line of code...
Just make sure you put Option Strict On and don't talk to VB programmers that have been around since the 90's
Yeah, I've seen recent C# code that will put shame to bad 90's VB code
I've also seen quite some bad VB code.
Then again, I've seen bad English and bad Dutch...
It's the skill of the programmer that matters, not the language (although having Option Strict Off by default is inviting people to write bad code in VB ).
I'm as proficient in C# as I am in VB, though I prefer the latter to read and write (if done well)
Well, don't listen to all that crap. You can answer to those people that a language is nothing more than a tool to use to build stuff.
If they dislike VB, then that's their propblem, not yours. If the job requires to use an old, gnarly and obscure tool (not that's what I think of VB, I used to develop everyday using VB6 and VBScript, and contributed to great apps developped with it and I still nurture a foundness for that good old time ) that they don't know, tell them it is no reason to make fun of you.
No on should be laughed at because they did their job as per spec, nobody chooses what they really want to do (not at a corporate level at least, if you are an indie, that an other story).
Walk with your head straight and keep your hight esteem of yourself.
If you are able to develop in many different languages and they don't, then you're definitely better than them.
At least VB made visual design easy, HTML+JS is still a long way off on that front.
So many people queue up to knock VB, but just look at the god-awful, copy-and-paste-designed JS lurking behind many a web page and you'll find yourself wishing for a return to simpler days.
The payroll rules engine I have is written in VB.Net. A few hundred thousand people from California to Puerto Rico get their paychecks as a result of that code. I don't think any of them care that it's written in VB.Net, do you?
No apologies necessary and you don't have to keep a "low" profile. Code away pal!
Ah, I always enjoy another VB vs. C# discussion. As Woody Allen in one of his movies remembered his dad bickering with his mom, "OK! Have it it your way! The Atlantic Ocean is better than the Pacific!" As a programmer who cut his teeth on Fortran in the sixties, I have a number of languages under my belt, including the various dialects of C. My favorite was Pascal - now there was a readable language. I admit to having become a lazy man in my dotage. In these modern times I gravitate to VB.NET. My.Computer sure is handy! Yes, I run into incredulity and condescension from the young professional IT types (whippersnappers!), but the fact is the results are the same with either language and are not improved by curly brackets, no matter how many.
Nothing wrong with that! I even do maintenance on VB6 programs and VBA stuff (mainly in Excel)! Why? It works and nobody wants to spend a single buck more then absolutely needed. Just funny the client asked for a particular language!? "We don't have any business requirements yet and actually we are not sure what we want at all but it has to be written in VB.NET". Reminds my of some business departments in our company
If your any good at C# within a day or two you'll be cranking out VB.NET code like it's nothing. It's not a bad language at all, though it's a little verbose in my opinion. At the end of the day your writing against the same .NET framework you already know.
Oh, well that was it....pass the credit card, by the time I took of the gift voucher and the discount from the jeweller, it didn't hurt as much, or at least that is what I keep telling myself
The only downside is the wife was spotting watches for herself on display, having a feeling she will be pushing for one for herself soon... Well it is our 10th Wedding anniversary this year. Maybe I can get another one out of this as well?
Why can't I have friends like that? Those are bloody expensive pieces!
I get my watches from the local superstore, I'm so damned hard on them. I bought one of those supposedly indestructible watches, lasted for about a year, it still runs but very battle scarred from working on vehicles, building things and what-not. If I take them off they're as good as gone.
Yeh, I could, but I wont. And you haven't altered my state of mind in any way, but nice try!
I work damn hard, away from my family for half the year, and if i choose to spend some of my hard earned cash on some luxuries, I will. I am very selective about who I donate to, and tend to sponsor those that go out of their way to earn it. e.g. One of the guys offshore was a rather large chap, both height and width, never ran a marathon before and he did the New York marathon. Another one of the guys did the Marathon des Sables, 6 day marathon (151 miles) across the Sahara desert, carrying all his supplies. They are worthy sponsors.
My last watch (was 110 ukp) has lasted my about 15 years, and that is being worn every day, both onshore and offshore, and has taken a right battering. Never had a service, changed the batteries myself about 5 times now), which was interesting as the back needed some special tools that I didn't have, and improvised with a flat head screwdriver and a hammer