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October 2014 Entries
Configure Azure storage to return proper response headers for blob GETs
In the early days of Azure blob storage, the response headers for HTTP GET requests were not quite right. The ETag header wasn't escaped with double-quotes, which is not correct, and HTTP clients may not cache correctly without them; and the Accept-Ranges header wasn't returned, which doesn't play nicely with clients wanting to support interrupted & resumed downloads. That was fixed with an update to the storage service that came way back in 2011, but Azure has a very cautious approach to widespread ......

Posted On Thursday, October 9, 2014 7:43 AM

Databases? Where we're going, we don't need databases
The QA lead for an API project that was about to go live asked me if I was sure we were safe against SQL injection attacks. It was nice to be able to answer: we've had an independent security review. That found no major issues and we fixed all the minor issues. But anyway we're definitely safe against SQL injection - we don't use any SQL databases. We're fortunate that the transactional data we store isn't heavily inter-related, and the persistent store we use is Azure Blob Storage. Every piece of ......

Posted On Friday, October 3, 2014 4:30 PM

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