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  • Blog Post: Yoooman! Generating a Backbone.js Project with Yeoman (Part 2)

    This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman ; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. I will also share my top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review. You are expected to know HTML5. Level: Beginner to Intermediate...
  • Blog Post: Yoooman! Getting Started with Yeoman (Part 1)

    This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman ; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. I will also share my top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review. You are expected to know HTML5. Level: Beginner to Intermediate...
  • 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: 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: 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: Rethinking Visual Studio as a Web Editor

    I have to admit, at one time I thought Visual Studio was overkill for those building front-end websites. It felt what most would say was “heavy” and not in tune with the needs of front-end web devs. But with Web Essentials for Visual Studio , that has changed and I cannot imagine doing web...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–8th Edition

    In Canada, we’re fortunate to have many community experts and MVPs. Throughout the month, they 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 them and what they’re writing about. The team and I will be curating top picks and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Testing Browser Compatibility Made Easy

    With various different versions of Internet Explorer out there and various devices that can display sites, the testing matrix for your site is inevitably more complicated. In an effort to help you use your time more effectively, spending more time on building and less time on testing, Modern.IE . released...
  • Blog Post: TOMORROW on the Next Developers, Developers, Developers: LIVE & INTERACTiVE

    December 7 | Add to Outlook >> See the post-TechDays Vancouver interview with Scott Hanselman ( @shanselman ), discussing the answers to the questions you had about “the Web Stack of Love”. Web experts Thomas Lewis ( @TommyLee ) and Frédéric Harper ( @fharper ) stop by and chime in with their thoughts...
  • Blog Post: Like HTML5? Like Phone Apps? Then you’ll LOVE Mango because…

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post referencing how you as a developer don’t have to be torn between building mobile experiences in HTML5 or native phone apps.  In fact, with the upcoming Mango release for Windows Phone, the “better together” story is a strong one that allows you to take advantage of...
  • Blog Post: Make Awesome Web: 200 Awesome Resources and Counting

    About six months ago, fellow Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Michael Kordahi ( @delic8genius ) launched Make Awesome Web , a link-blog dedicated to client-side web awesome-ness: Hours after its launch, I asked Michael if I could help out. Reason being, over the past number of years, I’ve used a number...
  • Blog Post: MIX11: Bringing the Developer Awesomeness

    Spring is here and what a better way to kick off this season of renewal by getting up-to-speed on some of the latest tools and technologies! Last month in Las Vegas, we hosted the MIX11 conference; a 72-hour conversation, featuring developers, designers, UX experts and business professionals creating...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate CSS Gradient Generator

    “CSS3 gradients are hard. Let's go shopping!” Today, I blogged about my experiences with CSS3 gradients in IE10 PP1 . In short, they’re not the easiest things to get right, especially in a cross-browser supported manner; translating the differences that exist between them can be a challenge. Well, never...
  • Blog Post: CSS3 Gradients in IE10 PP1

    Recently, I’ve been playing around with IE10 PP1, which you can grab from the IE Test Drive site. So far, I really like what I see, especially the support for CSS3 gradients. In fact, if you care to see a sampling of this work, check out the CSS Gradient Background Maker : So, how does this all work...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Ignite Your Coding Web Development Series!

    Every year, around this time, my colleagues and I organize a series of conversations called Ignite Your Coding . Its purpose is to spark your inner awesomeness by providing you with knowledge and insights on software development. Why? It’s simple: we want to support you; we want to help grow your...
  • Blog Post: makeawesomeweb.com: Now With More Awesome!

    Earlier today, fellow Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Michael Kordahi ( @delic8genius ) and friends, Jordan Knight and Tatham Oddie unveiled makeawesomeweb.com , a link-blog dedicated to client-side web awesome-ness: Although I can’t claim that the site was my idea, that won’t stop me from wishing that...
  • Blog Post: Canada is Building a More Beautiful Web

    With its support for modern web standards like HTML5 , CSS3 and SVG , super-fast JavaScript performance , a rich developer experience , full hardware acceleration – Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) has a tremendous amount to offer for web developers . (For an overview of developer-specific features and improvements...
  • Blog Post: Creating Site Icons with the X-Icon Editor

    Site icons (AKA, favicons ) are used to help establish the identity of a website. When you navigate to a website with an associated site icon, most modern browsers will display it at various places in the user interface. Not only does Internet Explorer 9 support site icons but takes this experience a...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Internet Explorer 9 Webcast Series with Imaginet

    Nearly eight weeks ago, we released Internet Explorer 9 Beta . Then, in late October, we shipped Platform Preview 6 . Clearly, it’s been a busy time for us! And, of course, for you (dear reader) it’s certainly not easy to keep up-to-speed on everything that’s been happening in this...
  • Blog Post: Introducing WebMatrix

    What is WebMatrix? By now, you’ve probably seen the tech news reports as well as Scott Guthrie’s announcement about WebMatrix , Microsoft’s lightweight web development web development system that packages a web development tool with a number of new web technologies: IIS Developer Express: a lightweight...
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