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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

    As much as I love Metro style applications, the announcement on Friday (8th June) gets a big thumbs up from me Read more on the Visual Studio Blog. ...read more
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 vs Android–a developers perspective

    I was pointed in the direction of this article by a colleague “Shocker: Windows 8 is an Android killer”. It is a smörgåsbord of great quotes. Windows 8 is going to be awesome “working with Windows 8 is simple and enjoyable” “In those seven weeks, we’ve managed to create a solid first version, that works...
  • Blog Post: A case study in moving a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro app

    Two great posts by the Telerik team documenting what it took to move a Windows Phone app to a Windows 8 Metro style app. I would recommend you download a high resolution pdf (7MB) of the posts. Designing a Windows 8 Metro style app starting from an existing Windows Phone app – Design Case Study [......
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Tablets… what I’ve spotted so far

    We all would love to see the list of Windows 8 tablet machines…but for the moment the OEMs are largely keeping their powder dry. However I have pulled together what I have spotted so far … which is certainly enough to keep me excited Be warned … some are simply rumours! In date order: September [......
  • Blog Post: Installing Windows 8 Metro Applications without needing to download from the store

    As a consumer you would use the Windows 8 Store to get an application onto Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The store is a great way to discover, try, buy (optional) and update applications. But… if you are an Enterprise looking to get Metro applications onto your employees Windows 8 desktops then you will...
  • Blog Post: UK company looking to publish a Windows 8 application into the upcoming UK Windows Store?

    Then check out the details over on the MSDN blog before doing step 1 – apply to join our shiny new UK Windows 8 for Application Developer LinkedIn Group which opens up the possibility of being invited to an Application Excellence Lab at Microsoft in Reading. I would also encourage everyone to come along...
  • Blog Post: Gaurav Mantri of Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio fame is in London on April 3rd

    Cerebrata (now owned UK company Red-Gate) make awesome tools for Windows Azure – thanks largely to the work of Gaurav Mantri. And it just so happens that the UK Windows Azure User Group has Gaurav speaking on April 3rd in London. Definitely a session worth attending if you are in London that day. Gaurav...
  • Blog Post: My favourite Windows 8 Shortcut keys

    In other words… the ones I know about and keep using …and need to jot down somewhere (here!) lest I forget Charms and App Bar   Windows-C Open the Charms bar. Windows-I Open the Settings charm. Windows-K Open the Connect charm. Windows-H Open the Share charm. Windows-Q Open the Search pane. Windows...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Can I use Visual Studio 11 to do Windows Azure development?

    This one seems to keep popping up… The following is true as of 12th March 2012 Short Answer: No. You will need Visual Studio 2010 or 2008. Long Answer:  You will need to setup a development environment for Windows Azure using Visual Studio 2010 before installing Visual Studio 11. You can find details...
  • Blog Post: FREE events covering Windows 8 for Application Developers start 30th March

    My group is laying on a a three city (London, Manchester and Edinburgh) tour which focuses on the Windows 8 opportunities for developers. These are one day events providing accelerated learning on Windows 8 application development.  More details on the  UK Tech.Days home page. London, Friday...
  • Blog Post: Mini retrospective on Six Weeks of Windows Azure

    I have previously posted some of the “raw data” on Six Weeks of Windows Azure but I wanted to also share some thoughts about “how it went” and “how we might do things differently” in the form of a mini retrospective. What went well? Achieved a lot for very little money Our budget was £0. [...] ...read...
  • Blog Post: Looking back at Six Week of Windows Azure – raw data

    I wanted to share some of the “raw data” from Six Weeks of Windows Azure which started way back in January and completed today (29th Feb 2012) I will shortly do a mini-retrospective. Top Level: Web site visits: 23,140 (as of 29th Feb) with 1857 visits on the busiest day Partners involved: 11 (partners...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure using CNAME DNS records for multiple sites and SSL

    Steve has pulled together a gentle stroll through DNS, CNAME records and multiple web sites and how they all related to Windows Azure. This was in response to frequent questions we had on this area during Six Weeks of Windows Azure. Thanks Steve. Steve and his pen ...read more
  • Blog Post: Slides, Notes and Recordings for Week 1 and 2 of #6weeksazure are all now available

    Head over to www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk and click on Week 1 and Week 2 to get details. It is not too late to join us – there is after all still 4 more weeks to go and we have recordings of the first two weeks. Sign up today! Note: This is primarily targeting UK companies – but [...] ...read more
  • Blog Post: Recordings from Monday 23rd January #6weeksazure sessions now available

    Note: for me this service has sometimes not worked today (24th Jan). I have reported it to the events team. Next session is Wednesday 10am – Designing for the Cloud. 44WW076 – Six Weeks of Azure – Weekly check-in (AM recording 23.01.2012) “The one where the all internet connectivity vanished...
  • Blog Post: Slides and notes from Monday 23rd January #6weeksazure sessions now available

    Now available on SkyDrive. Check out Week1 for slides and “Webinar Notes” for todays notes. We will expand the Notes a little further tomorrow once we go through the Q&A. ...read more
  • Blog Post: Six Weeks of Windows Azure webinar join links now live #6weeksazure

    The webinar join links are now live on the website http://sixweeksofazure.wordpress.com/joinwebinar/  We start at 12pm today (Monday 23rd January) but we will have the meeting open during the morning. Hence I would encourage you to join now to check your PC connects fine. See you all at 12pm Eric...
  • Blog Post: Just published my first node.js Windows Azure application

    Turned out to be simplicity itself (thanks to this sweet tutorial). Great work team on the Windows Azure SDK for node.js and some lovely Powershell integration. Which in the management portal shows up as: Currently running (Thursday 19th Jan 2012) at http://ericnelnode1.cloudapp.net/ with the exciting...
  • Blog Post: We kick off 12pm Monday 23rd of January using Live Meeting 2007 #6weeksazure

    Next Monday we start Six Weeks of Windows Azure with: The 12pm opening session will look ahead at what you can expect from the six weeks and will offer advice on how best to make use of the time. It will also share tips, tools and resources to help you get going from day one. [...] ...read more
  • Blog Post: Pause for thought – 4 great questions on Cloud Computing

    Ashwin Raghavan contacted me via this blog about the dissertation he is working on for his MBA and whether I would be able to answer some questions for him. I thought his questions were bang on. I’ll share my answers later … but for now, ponder on these In your view, do you agree with [...] ...read more
  • Blog Post: Very handy utility – hurl.it

    This is a very handy utility when working with web apis – I assumed I was last to discover it, turns out I’m not Hurl makes HTTP requests. Enter a URL, set some headers, view the response, then share it with others. Perfect for demoing and debugging APIs And… as is the trend these days… [...] ...read...
  • Blog Post: My top 3 improvements in Windows Azure from the December update

    In December we announced many improvements to Windows Azure… a month on and I was reflecting upon which were my favourites and which had resonated best with our early adopters. There were a lot to choose from but I’ve narrowed it down to three in reverse order: 3. SQL Azure Database Size increased to...
  • Blog Post: www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk just passed a little milestone–10,000 views #6weeksazure

    Just been checking the stats for www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk and we just crossed the 10,000 views mark. Which should mean lots of folks turn up on day one Related Links: Register today for www.sixweeksofazure.co.uk which starts January 23rd and runs for six weeks with webinars and online surgeries every...
  • Blog Post: One to watch – Cloud Fundamentals Video Series

    A new video series has kicked off over on the Trustworthy Computing blog focused on Cloud Fundamentals. This series is targeted at Chief Security Information Officers, Chief Security Officers, as well as VPs and Directors. If you care about topics such as: Compliance, audit, and certifications Benchmarks...
  • Blog Post: Windows Store is coming in February – will your company have an application in it?

    I posted on App Stores and marketplaces in November to raise awareness amongst UK ISVs of what I think will be a game changer in how consumers and businesses purchase applications for Windows in the future. Since then the Windows … Continue reading → ...read more
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