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Part 2: Creating a Composer enabled PHP website on Windows Azure with Git deployment
Introduction This is part 2 of a 2 part blog post. Read part 1 here . So in part 1, we’ve created a local Symfony2 PHP website that uses Composer to manage its packages. In this part, we are going to create a Windows Azure Website, setup deployment from source control, and modify the Git...
28 Jan 2014
Part 1: Creating a Composer enabled PHP website on Windows Azure with Git deployment
Introduction There is no doubt that Composer is a really cool dependency manager for PHP, sort of like NuGet for ASP.net, npm for Node.js and gems for Ruby. It makes the deployment process of libraries that much easier. Composer is basically a PHP script that you provide with a json file with...
28 Jan 2014
Installing PHP and Zend Extensions on Windows Azure Websites
Introduction You are creating a PHP website on Windows Azure and need to install additional PHP extensions not provided by default (like MongoDB or IonCube), you’ve come to the right post. It is quite easy. Downloading and uploading the extensions I’m going to demo this with 2 extensions;...
23 Dec 2013
Migrate your old website to Windows Azure Websites using the Visual Studio Online “Monaco” console, cURL and unzip
Introduction Have you considered migration to a Windows Azure website? The thought of downloading the files and content from your old website, then uploading them again to Windows Azure is not appealing? I agree with you! The title might be a bit misleading. What we actually want to do is, zip...
10 Dec 2013
Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) using tasksel on Windows Azure
Introduction I’ve covered in my previous post how to create a LAMP stack on Windows Azure using the BitNami provided image . In this post, I’ll alternatively create the lamp stack using Ubuntu’s tasksel , which gives me a more “traditional” barebones setup than the once...
13 Nov 2013
Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) from BitNami on Windows Azure
Introduction In the previous post , I’ve shown you how to create a WIMP stack (Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP) on a Windows Azure virtual machine. In this post, we’ll be creating a more traditional LAMP server, but we won’t build things from scratch. I’ll be using the excellent...
7 Nov 2013
Windows Azure Notification Hubs: Tags and creating a breaking news app
This is part 2 of a 3 part series where we will get to know how Notification Hubs work and why they are a cool feature of Windows Azure. You can get the source code of the projects in this blog post here: http://github.com/sabbour/breakingnews Recap In the first part of this blog series,...
22 Oct 2013
November Event: Uganda .NET Usergroup - Windows Azure
In November, our meeting topic will shift to Windows Azure. As you may know, Windows Azure is the cloud offering from Microsoft. On 29th November you will learn how to take advantage of Windows Azure to develop and host your applications faster and in a scalable platform. Some of the challenges...
17 Sep 2013
Using WordPress on Windows Azure with SQL Server instead of MySQL
Introduction Creating a WordPress based site on Windows Azure is already pretty trivial, you can very easily select WordPress from the gallery when creating an Azure Website. The problem is, by default, Wordpress works with MySQL, which means for you that you will either need to get a database...
30 Jul 2013
Using SQL Server as a Service on Windows Azure
Having a database on the cloud has never been easier. In this post, I’ll show you how to create your own database server on the cloud and create databases on it. You can even import your own database if you have created it on your own computer. Let’s start Click on New and select Custom...
20 Jun 2013
Deploying Windows Azure Websites using Dropbox
Introduction If you want to keep track of your Website versions, easily switch between deployments but don’t want a more complicated version control system such Git or TFS, then this post is for you! There are a lot of source control systems supported by Windows Azure, and Dropbox is just...
11 Jun 2013
How to serve static .json files from a Windows Azure Website
If you upload a .json file to your Windows Azure website and try to access it, it would give you a 404 File Not Found error, because the MIME Type of .json is not set by default. This also applies in general to any file that might need a specific MIME Type. To fix this issue, FTP into your website...
7 Jun 2013
Creating a load balanced, highly available IIS web farm on Windows Azure
Introduction In the previous post, we learned how to customize a virtual machine and capture it as a reusable image . In this post we are going to be building on top of that and see how we can quickly create a server farm of multiple servers that are load balanced. Background What is load balancing...
30 May 2013
How to customize a Virtual Machine on Windows Azure, then capture it as reusable image
Introduction In this 2 series post, we’ll be creating a web farm of virtual machines running IIS on Windows Server 2012. In the first part, we will customize a Windows Server 2012 machine and set its roles to be running IIS, then capture it to be able to later create duplicates out of it with...
28 May 2013
Windows Azure–multi-platform command line interface into the cloud
There has been a lot of interesting work on windows Azure and if you have been following closely you may have noticed a tremendous growth of tooling and support for a number of open source projects. Scott Gu recently announced the new Windows Azure SDK 2.0 with awesome features. Some of the announcements...
27 May 2013
Using Windows Azure Mobile services to develop Android Applications–Nigeria DevCamp
The Nigeria Events If you attended our events in Nigeria you may have seen our team do a combined demo, which showed how you can develop a Windows 8 application, use the same logical layer with Windows phone 8 application. This was later improved to used Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS...
14 May 2013
The cross platform Shopping List demo with a Windows Azure backend
We've been doing a combined demo in our dev camps recently, which is a shopping list application that works cross platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone and Android) with a Windows Azure Mobile Services backend. The source code is posted on GitHub: https://github.com/sabb0ur/ShopingListFinalDemo ...
9 May 2013
Windows Azure video tutorials and champ calls
YouTube channel I started posting video tutorials on YouTube under my channel here: http://aka.ms/sabbourazure 4Afrika Azure Champ Calls We also started a monthly Windows Azure champ call, which will also be recorded and posted to the channel above. The first Monday of every month. To...
10 Apr 2013
Part 1: Protecting an ASP.net Web API hosted on Azure with OAuth Simple Web Tokens using the Access Control Service – Server Side
Introduction I’ve been in this situation many times, I have an API that needs an authenticated user to access it, how can this problem be solved? You could pass the username and password of the user with each request, a horribly unsecure method for that the password can be sniffed if your...
4 Apr 2013
Interview With Allan Rwakatungu.
1. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background? My name is Allan Rwakatungu. I am founder of intelworld which is a software solutions company – we are focused on enabling all types of businesses to accept mobile payments. I have a background in telecom...
2 Apr 2013
Creating Hashtag Monitor app. A application using Windows Azure Mobile Services
Introduction In this post, I'll be creating an application that registers for monitoring a specific hashtag on twitter for new tweets. When there is a batch of new tweets, the application will be notified via a Push notification. I'll be using Windows Azure Mobile Services . If you didn't know, you...
12 Mar 2013
Get started on Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android apps
Furthering Windows Azure commitment to open source development, Microsoft announced http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/scenarios/mobile-services/ that developers can begin using Windows Azure Mobile Services to develop native Android applications. Mobile Services makes it easy for developers to add...
6 Mar 2013
Creating a Facebook app using ASP.NET MVC Facebook Templates and hosting them for free on Windows Azure Websites
Introduction If you haven’t checked out the ASP.net and Web Tools 2012.12 release, you should! It is a tooling refresh of Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web, that extends the existing ASP.net runtime with a lot of exciting new features including: New Web API functionality...
20 Feb 2013
The Best Place to learn .NET for Free in Kenya
When and Where Every last Saturday of each month, the iHub is going to host the Kenya .NET User Group where developers meet to exchange ideas and listen to presentations by local and international industry experts. Why - 3 Great reasons to Attend the .NET User Group Learn Build contacts...
13 Feb 2013
Meet Windows Azure #MSKenCamp presentation
Hello friends, you'll find my presentation "Meet Windows Azure" presented at the Microsoft Kenya Developer Camp on Skydrive below: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=a41c4b916c22d07e&id=A41C4B916C22D07E!107#!/?cid=a41c4b916c22d07e&id=A41C4B916C22D07E%21107 Feel free to reach out to me by...
23 Jan 2013
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