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  • Blog Post: How to Activate Your Free Azure DreamSpark Subscription

    This blog post will show you how to activate your free Azure DreamSpark account. Azure DreamSpark is a way for students to gain access to several services on Microsoft Azure at no cost. It is specially tailored for students so that they do not need a credit card to use any of the services. Azure DreamSpark...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 6: Redis Publish-Subscribe

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: BREAKPOINT: A Discussion on DevOps

    DevOps is a popular buzzword these days, but really, what is DevOps? It means a lot of different things to different people. One thing is clear, however. DevOps is not a product or a process. It's a discipline that requires buy-in from the entire team, from stakeholders through to IT Operations to be...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 5: Redis via Node.js and Python

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 4: Getting Started with Azure Redis Cache

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 3: Advanced Data Structures with Redis

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 2: Getting Started with Redis

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: Learning Redis - Part 1: Introduction to Key-Value Databases

    Want to bring more performance, speed, and scalability to your website? Or scale your sites for real-time services or message passing? Learn how, and get practical real-world tips in this exploration of Redis, part of a series on choosing the right data storage. Steven Edouard and I ( Rami Sayar ...
  • Blog Post: How I Decide which Web Front-End Framework to Use

    It almost seems like every other week there is a new MVC web front-end framework. The front-end dev community is incredibly vibrant and projects are moving rapidly; introducing new features all the time, changing development paradigms and experimenting with new ES6 language features. You probably have...
  • Blog Post: Everything You Need to Have a Rocking Node IDE on Windows for Free

    If you are a developer with a background in using big integrated development environments like Visual Studio, Eclipse, JetBrains, etc. than it may be fairly daunting to go back to the terminal (console, command-line, PowerShell, black box where you type in computer instructions) to work with this newfangled...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know about Authentication and Authorization

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • 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: A chatroom for all! Part 6 – The Finale and Debugging Remote Node Apps

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 5 - Connecting the Chatroom with WebSockets

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 4 – Building a Chatroom UI with Bootstrap

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 3 - Building a Backend with Node, Mongo and Socket.IO

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 2 – Welcome to Express with Node.js and Azure

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js   on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express...
  • 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 Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get started with Storage Services Part 3: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get started with Notification Hub Part 4: Azure Mobile...
  • Blog Post: A chatroom for all! Part 1 - Introduction to Node.js

    This node.js tutorial series will help you build a node.js powered real-time chatroom web app fully deployed in the cloud. You are expected to know HTML5 and JavaScript. Throughout the series, you will learn how to setup node.js on your Windows machine, how to develop a web frontend with express , how...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure = Security + Privacy + Compliance

    Never have I been able to have a conversation about the Cloud without having the question asked of me: “What about security, privacy, and compliance?” Unlike some other folks that I know, I don’t shy away from having this discussion as I am of the opinion that, though a bit complicated to explain quickly...
  • Blog Post: Create a Dev & Test Environment in Minutes!

    How many times do we have to scramble to assemble a decent Dev & Test environment? When I think back to my past lives, I can attest that it’s been a challenging mess. I used to run around to various departments in order to find available machines, software installation disks, licenses and IT resources...
  • Blog Post: Canada Does Windows Azure–TopThat

    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 TopThat , a BizSpark startup...
  • Blog Post: VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies

    If you are a fan of OSS and cloud computing then the recently launched preview of VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies is for you! The goal of the VM Depot is for developers and users of Windows Azure to host, discuss and rate various Linux based images ranging from base distro images to full stacks...
  • 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: Demystifying the Cloud on a Whiteboard

    Some things are just better explained on a whiteboard. According to Windows Azure guru Cory Fowler , the Cloud is one of those things. Watch as he demystifies Windows Azure using nothing other than a whiteboard. Cory Fowler Cory Fowler is a Windows Azure Technical Evangelist focused on PHP on Windows...
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