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A blog by Microsoft Academic Developer Evangelist, Dan Waters

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  • Blog Post: Silicon Valley Web Camp Report 2/26/2011

    This past Saturday, I was involved in a presentation to over 180 developers at the Silicon Valley Web Camp event, a free training event for developers run by Microsoft. I presented a session on data access and co-presented some follow-up sessions with Michael Palermo (@mpalermo) who knocked it out of...
  • Blog Post: How To Create a Windows Live Writer Twitter Plugin That Supports bit.ly

    Don’t get me wrong; I love the Twitter Notify plugin that you can download for Live Writer (which is itself the most amazing piece of software in existence today). However, I track almost all of my stuff through a bit.ly account and I tweet about every blog post. I want the option to use bit.ly instead...
  • Blog Post: Tutorial: Creating a Social Media Enabled Windows Live Writer Plugin

    Taking a little break from your regularly scheduled Cloud Series blog post to bring you an interstitial meta-post about blogging! I love Windows Live Writer; I mean I really love it. It’s a great piece of software. One thing I miss is the Twitter Notify plugin, which seems to have stopped working for...
  • Blog Post: Phone + Cloud Series: Polling Stock Quotes with an Azure Worker Role

    Introduction This is a pretty common task in any financial app. Though usually you’d only poll stocks every 15 minutes, it makes sense to put it in a worker role so that you can send push notifications to your users when a stock goes through the roof, or plummets, or whatever you choose. Azure worker...
  • Blog Post: Phone + Cloud Series: Configuring SQL Azure

    Understanding the Data Model In most learning scenarios it is helpful to understand and define the data you are working with before anything else. To get to this step, we’ll lay out a few features of the mini-product we’ll build. The system is intended to monitor a user’s stock selections and occasionally...
  • Blog Post: Into the Cloud with Windows Phone, Windows Azure and Push Notifications

    The need for cloud computing (or at least an understanding of it) Windows Phone 7 supports “smart” multitasking, which means that third party applications have to manage their own state and cannot run in the background (except for some apps which can play music under a locked screen, although this is...
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