Some end-of-the-week reads from AIS employees’ personal blogs:

Windows Azure Planning: A Post-Decision Guide to Integrate Windows Azure in Your Environment: AIS’ CTO Vishwas Lele posted a complete planning guide on how to best adopt and integrate Windows Azure into your organization. (Fleeting Thoughts)

SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati Session: Clint Richardson (who wrote the excellent three-part series on The Best New Features of SQL Server 2012) presented a Voluntold admin session at last week’s SharePoint Saturday Cincinnati. His presentation, relevant links and PowerShell code are all available at his blog. (pointblankadmin)

Understanding and Using System.Transactions: Ash Tewari has compiled an excellent library of resources to help you understand and effectively use System.Transactions functionality in your .NET projects. (tewari.info)

Adaptive Problems Require Responding to Change Over Following a Plan: More deep thoughts on the Scrum framework and Agile values from Ryan Cromwell. (cromwellhaus)

Aliasing Multiple Properties in Knockout JS Bindings: David Benson figured out another handy use for Knockout JS’s “with” statement: you can emulate c# style “using” directives. (dben codes)

Teach Your Kid to Code: Steve Michelotti (and his 5th grade son!) will be co-presenting a great, fun session called Teach Your Kid to Code at the CMAP meeting next Tuesday evening in Columbia, MD. (Don’t forget to get out and vote early, too.) (Steve Michelotti)

I was recently asked to write my own custom performance metric and publish it to Amazon’s CloudWatch using PowerShell.

Part I: How do I get this thing running already?

I initially used this blog post as a general guide, but since I had some experience with PowerShell already, the real learning part for me was how to call the API through .NET. (There is a second part, which actually shows you how to publish the metric. Unfortunately, his test “Tutorial” namespace ended up in the wrong region [US East] as compared to my instance [US West Oregon].

I figured out the correct way to do this by teasing apart the free community scripts available on AWS, which I will discuss later (see Part 2).

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I recently learned a trick for deploying a folder of report templates in TFS to a handful of development team folders: PowerShell.

Being new to PowerShell, I won’t attempt to explain its usefulness or much of its mechanics because those of you who know, already know. (And those of you who don’t know should definitely check it out.) Basically, PowerShell is a handy tool for performing batch tasks that might otherwise cause unsightly bald spots.

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In addition to contributing to AIS’ brand-new corporate blog, many members of our team have their own personal blogs. We may be biased, but we certainly think they’re worth a spot in your bookmarks or reader feed. Here’s what some of them have been writing about lately:

Beyond the Agile Programmer: Innovative Teams: Ryan Cromwell attended illustrator Brad Colbow’s session on Building a Design Culture at Midwest UX (where AIS was a sponsor). It got him thinking about how Scrum can enable a culture of innovation. (cromwellhaus.com)

Using Windows Azure IaaS to host SharePoint 2010: Harin Sandhoo shares the time-saving PowerShell script he uses to set up the infrastructure for SharePoint farms in Azure’s IaaS offering. (sandhoo.wordpress.com)

Update Azure DB Firewall Rules with PowerShell: Here’s another handy PowerShell from Tom McKearney for work-from-home Azure developers who are tired of constantly updating their SQL Azure Firewall settings.  (Codemares)

Setting Up SharePoint 2010 in Amazon Web Services (AWS)
: Chris Hettinger has absolutely everything you need to know about migrating a SharePoint environment to Amazon’s great big datacenter in the cloud. (messor.com)