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  • Blog Post: Azure Fridays - A Powershell script to Download RSS Videos

    Azure Fridays If you are like me then time is a very precious and limited commodity. Also we both love learning new things! Unfortunately these two statements often conflict ;) That’s why I’m such a big fan of Azure Friday which is a weekly 10(ish) minute video series on Azure. It gives...
  • Blog Post: Can I Deploy to Azure with an Open Source Language?

    Yes! You can deploy to Azure using the Azure API and SDK for your favorite open source language. In the spirit of openness, Azure has outstanding support for numerous open source languages and web stacks across a whole spectrum of cloud products. With the exception of .NET, each language has its own...
  • Blog Post: Hacking the North with Microsoft Azure

      A short time ago Microsoft Canada sponsored an Azure API Challenge at the Hack The North conference. The goal of this challenge was to create some new and innovative way of using the Azure Cloud platform in under 36 hours. The participants were absolutely amazing! We got many different types of...
  • Blog Post: Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get started with Storage Services

    How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World is a generic overview of Azure Mobile Services and the various features that provide Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service (MB-a-a-S). In this article, I will dig deeper into Storage Services. Through this article, I will introduce you to the...
  • Blog Post: Its all about being Open!

    Why Open? One of the coolest things to happen at Microsoft is embracing and supporting Openness . This is about how we, as a company, collaborate with others in the industry and how we listen to our customers. Its about the choice that we give to our customers and developers. Right from supporting...
  • Blog Post: Programming with Python? Open Source? Microsoft? Did I miss something?

    In a word: yes. I recently recorded Introduction to Programming with Python with Susan Ibach. During the session, toasters became a bit of a running gag, so there was a picture of me on set holding a toaster. When I posted the picture to Facebook a friend of mine asked me the question that inspired the...
  • Blog Post: How I used Azure Mobile Services in my Unity game

      In this guest post, Will Stieh ( @WStieh ) from The Karma Labs talks about how he and his team used Azure Mobile Services to create a global cross-platform leaderboard.  Hello, I’m Will, and I am the lead programmer and creative director at The Karma Labs, an Indie game developer here in...
  • Blog Post: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World

    This is the first of a series of posts that will explain how to use Azure Mobile Services Why Mobile Services? The ubiquity of mobile devices and how mobile devices have become an integral component of our lives is often intriguing and yes, it is testimony to the fact that we are living in a Cloud First...
  • Blog Post: Can a selfie detect anaemia?

    At this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup , team Eyenaemia used a Windows Phone and Azure to detect Anaemia with a selfie Sometimes students remind us of the true capabilities of the technology around us. This is especially true at the Microsoft Imagine Cup, where students are challenged to use technology...
  • Blog Post: The BizSpark Guide

    The BizSpark Guide What is BizSpark? Who is BizSpark for? The Azure 60k Offer What is Microsoft Azure? Features of Azure Compute & Networking Web & Mobile Data & Analytics Storage & Backup Media & CDN Signing up for BizSpark...
  • Blog Post: Day 2 of //build/ in a Nutshell

    Yesterday, I shared with you my recap of day 1 . To no surprise, day 2 was just as exciting with announcements and talks centered around Microsoft Azure (in case you missed it, it’s not Windows Azure anymore! It’s Microsoft Azure.) Notable announcements of day 2 44 new announcements for Microsoft Azure...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for the Holidays

    In the spirit of making sure that you have some good reading, viewing, and learning opportunities for this holiday season (while spending time with family, or doing whatever it is that you like to do, of course), here’s what you need for Windows Azure (if you missed it, last week I posted Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: The Developer Movement & Windows Azure

    So you want to earn some extra points to get some sweet sweet cake? One easy way to do just that is to complete some hands on training labs from Windows Azure. Wait, you do know what The Developer Movement is right? Rewards, contests and all that jazz just for writing apps? So back to that cake, the...
  • Blog Post: <What’s Up: Developers> October Edition

    Here’s the news seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE : Links Technology Post Roundup - 4th Edition Windows 8 Windows Store Welcomes Canadian Developers - all Canadian developers now have access to the Windows Store. Visit the Windows Store Dashboard, sign up for your account, register...
  • Blog Post: Go The Extra “Cloud”- Windows Azure Virtual, LIVE, and Interactive

    I love it when the team finishes up a tour (in this case the recent Windows Azure DevCamp) and come back only to find out that you want to go the extra mile – you want to learn even more about Windows Azure. Music to my ears! Since that is the case, I’m happy to announce that on October 3, we’ll be hosting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 – Ready to Launch!

    For some, Visual Studio is as sexy as the Surface or as revolutionary as Windows 8, and the best IDE, and it just got even better! There are so many new features in Visual Studio 2012 that I myself have only begun to scratch the surface. What with the new application lifecycle management capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your PaaS from your IaaS?

    Do you know your PaaS from your IaaS? If you do great, you can just head on over here http://aka.ms/azuredevcampscanada and register to learn more about Windows Azure, but if you don’t then keep reading! The term "cloud” or “the cloud” gets tossed around almost as much as “Web...
  • Blog Post: Consistent App Experiences: A Primer

    Great apps have a special ingredient that makes them great – the experience of the app itself. Paul Laberge comes back to D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE for a chat on what it takes to create great, but more importantly, consistent, app experiences.   Download the video from Channel 9 >> Discussion...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup - 2nd Edition

    As you read in Paul’s blog post Why we love our MVPs , Microsoft MVPs write about and talk about some really cool things. Many of you have told us that you’d like it to be easier to discover MVPs and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing them...
  • Blog Post: “You Complete Me” Says SharePoint to Windows Azure

    While I could probably turn this into a love story using people to metaphorically represent technologies, I’ll spare you from having to read that. But the story behind SharePoint and Windows Azure is truly one of those “better together" stories. They can each work (and work well) on their own, but...
  • Blog Post: Cloud: A Skill and Career Building Opportunity

    A recently released IDC study talks about how the Cloud will deliver more than 70,000 jobs in Canada by 2015. Similarly, the D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE special entitled Current IT Market Conditions and Hiring Trends in 2012 discussed the increasing need for developers to have Cloud Computing knowledge...
  • Blog Post: <Whats Up:Developers> April Edition

    While we’re all enjoying a well deserved long weekend, take a few minutes to catch up on April’s developer news as seen on this month’s D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE (this past Wednesday). Links D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE podcasts now available: Zune , iTunes, or RSS Vancouver TechFest Web+Cloud and Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Trust Me. Why? Because I’m Trustworthy.

    Even though it’s been a while since the movie Deep Blue Sea , one line said by Michael Rapaport’s character “Tom Scoggins” has always stuck with me – “Trust Me. Why? Because I’m trustworthy.” But what does it mean to be trustworthy? Everyone will define...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure: OptMeIn

    I believe that the best way to learn is to learn from each other, so I’m always on the search for stories of Canadian developers who have either built new applications using Windows Azure services or have migrated existing applications to Windows Azure. This is the story of OptMeIn . Points of Interest...
  • Blog Post: Putting Your Cloud Security Worries to Bed

    Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being in Calgary and presenting at Prairie Dev Con West . After my sessions, a developer approached me wanting to know how to secure applications in Windows Azure . There are a ton of resources out there that provide information and guidance on doing so; however, because...
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