Friday, March 19, 2010

NopCommerce + Azure = ???

I’m currently investigating NopCommerce as a base platform from which to build something else, and as a starter for ten I thought I’d try and get it up-and-running on Azure. I’ve previously worked with Amazon EC2/S3, GoGrid & Google AppEngine, so was interested to see how Azure stacked up.

Getting NopCommerce running on a local machine couldn’t be much easier – it even installs the database for you – so I won’t go into any detail on that. Azure, however is another matter entirely. I will post another time on my general thoughts about Azure, but in this first instance I just wanted to vent my frustrations.

Suffice to say, that after going through all the pain of downloading all the things I needed to download (including a new copy of Visual Studio) I have the following situation – I have a working copy of the site that runs in the local Azure Development Fabric, against a database running in SQL Azure. I have subsequently uploaded it to my application (CloudCommerce), and it doesn’t work. Which is fine, I never expected it to. The problem is this:

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What on earth am I supposed to do with that?

I shall report back in due course…

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