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  • Blog Post: Rockin’ Windows Azure with Visual Studio

    In this episode of Breakpoint , Jonathan and Paul thought they'd take their own spin on talking about Windows Azure . Visual Studio 2013 is the best front-end to the Windows Azure development platform, and as such, they take you on a tour of Windows Azure from Visual Studio's perspective. See how you...
  • 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: What is Windows Azure?

    I know, I know. You are probably thinking that this question has been answered so many time. It has, yet it remains one of the toughest questions I have to answer on a regular basis. The reason behind this level of difficulty boils down to trying to pack all that is Windows Azure into a brief meaningful...
  • Blog Post: When Something New Is Released, Is It Really Completely New?

    Here’s a philosophical question for you - when something new is released, a new technology or framework, is it really so new or so completely different for you as a developer? Or do you find that, more often than not, after the “new”-ness wears off, you find that what was just released was just a ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Websites vs Cloud Services

    The question of the week is. When do you use Windows Azure Websites as your web platform and when do you use Cloud Services. These two platforms provide similar functionality in that you can deploy your ASP.NET or other IIS based web application projects to either of these platforms. There are some general...
  • Blog Post: Easy Background Processing with WebAPI and Windows Azure

    The Problem Assume, for example, that you are developing your own mobile app (or apps, in my case) and want to be able to send push notifications to these apps every once in a while. You would require a server that will run somewhere in the background, collect new information every given interval and...
  • Blog Post: Dev and Test in the Cloud: Explained

    Most developers who have MSDN enjoy the benefits of having access to all the tools, software, operating systems, etc , that are included with MSDN subscriptions. However, what many don’t take advantage of is the ability to use the software in WIndows Azure for development and testing purposes. The following...
  • 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: Canada Does Windows Azure: Icicle

    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 Burton Software and Icicle...
  • Blog Post: App Building Made Easier: Step 2 - Choose Your Own Adventure

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • Blog Post: App Building Made Easier: Step 1

    In the last few posts, hopefully I’ve been able to plant a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than trying to do it through work (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences...
  • 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: Building Apps as a Hobby Made Easy

    Last week I hope to have planted a seed in your head about training – learning new technologies and skills – as a hobby rather than attempting to do it during work hours (unless you can, of course, which would make it that much more efficient!). I talked about training through real experiences and how...
  • Blog Post: Technology Post Roundup–7th 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: Build Yourself a Windows 8 App Dev Lab

    Through reading various discussions on the Canadian Developer Connection group on LinkedIn (have you joined the group yet?) and talking to some of you at conferences and workshops about developing (or rather, not yet developing) Windows Store apps, one pain point was common – though the desire to build...
  • 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: Technology Post Roundup–6th 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: 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: LIVE from DevTeach Montreal - Beyond VMs: From Saving Money to Adding Value

    For those of you who tuned in to this month’s D³: LIVE & INTERACTIVE , you heard me inviting you to watch a special presentation of the show LIVE from DevTeach Montreal . This coming Monday, December 10, at 6:30pm, Howard Dierking, Program Manager on the Windows Azure Platform and Tools Team at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Building Beautiful, Interactive, and Fast Web Sites

    In order to build beautiful, interactive, and fast web sites, there’s a recipe you can follow which includes, but certainly isn’t limited to, the use of technologies such as ASP.NET, HTML5, jQuery, WebAPI, SignalR, and Windows Azure . Join web gurus Brady Gaster , Jon Galloway , and Xinyang Qiu from...
  • Blog Post: Great Apps Are Inspired by Pure Imagination

    As developers, we tend to be creative people. We use our imagination to think up solutions to solve day to day business problems and then we build apps to bring those solutions to life. Set those business problems aside for a moment. Close your eyes. Tap into your imagination. Go deeper. Even deeper...
  • Blog Post: What’s Up: Developer–November Edition

    Here’s the news as seen on this month’s episode of D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE : Links Technology Post Roundup - 5th Edition Canadian Developer Events - One stop to get all of the developer events happening nationwide. Canadian Developer Connection Windows Store app - NOW available in the Windows Store...
  • Blog Post: On the Next D³: LIVE & INTERACTiVE: Pure Imagination

    Pure Imagination | Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 12:00 PM ET The buzz word is REIMAGINATION. The list of new products and technologies launching is endless. The conference that covered it all was BUILD 2012 . Bruce Johnson, Colin Melia, and James Chambers fill you in on what went on. Plus : There’s something...
  • Blog Post: The BUILD Conference: Watch LIVE now!

    If you want to build apps for Windows 8/RT, Windows Phone and Windows Azure, the BUILD conference is your destination for all the info you need.  If you weren’t able to be there in person (like me), you can still get in on the action by  watching the conference online, either LIVE or on demand...
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