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  • Blog Post: Deploying Play Framework Apps with the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse

    This post shows how to deploy a Play Framework app using the Azure Toolkit for Eclipse. Background I am working on a proof of concept with a customer that has several existing types of applications and is deploying them to Microsoft Azure to better understand application migration capabilities. ...
  • Blog Post: The API Economy: Consuming Our Web API from a Single Page App

    This post shows how to consume a Web API secured with Azure Active Directory using ADAL.js. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2 - Using...
  • Blog Post: A Sample SharePoint App That Calls A Custom Web API

    This post will show how to create a Web API that calls other services on behalf of the current user. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2...
  • Blog Post: Call O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint App

    This post will show how to call an O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint provider-hosted app.  The code for this post is available at https://github.com/kaevans/spapp-exchange .  Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected...
  • Blog Post: Using Stream Analytics with Event Hubs

    This post will show you how to use the new Stream Analytics service with Azure Event Hubs to process streaming event data in near real time. Background Stream Analytics is a new service that enables near real time complex event processing over streaming data.  Combining Stream Analytics with Azure...
  • Blog Post: Device Simulator for Event Hubs

    This post will show how to build a simulator to send messages to Azure Event Hubs. Background I have been doing a lot of work with Event Hubs stream processing lately, and I find that I need different types of device simulators.  I need one that sends a few messages, one that continuously sends...
  • Blog Post: Scaling Azure Event Hubs Processing with Worker Roles

    This post will show how to host an Azure Event Hubs EventProcessorHost in a cloud service worker role. Background Imagine that you have a scenario where you have a solution that needs to ingest millions of events per second, and you need to process these events in near real time.  There are many...
  • Blog Post: Autoscaling Azure–Cloud Services

    This post shows how to autoscale Azure Cloud Services using a Service Bus queue. Background My role as an Architect for Azure COE requires me to have many different types of discussions with customers who are designing highly scalable systems.  A common discussion point is “elastic scale”, the ability...
  • Blog Post: Autoscaling Azure–Virtual Machines

    This post will demonstrate autoscaling in Azure virtual machines. Background While I spend most of my time working with PaaS (platform as a service) components of Azure such as Cloud Services and Websites, I frequently need to help customers with solutions that require IaaS (infrastructure as a service...
  • Blog Post: Use JMS and Azure Event Hubs with Eclipse

    This post will show how to use Eclipse to build a web application that uses JMS to send AMQP 1.0 messages to Azure Event Hubs. Background I have been working on a project that leverages Azure Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics, and other related technologies to demonstrate a highly scalable IOT platform...
  • Blog Post: Deploy Azure Roles Joined to a VNet Using Eclipse

    This post will show how to deploy an Azure worker role running Apache Tomcat using Eclipse, where the worker role is joined to a VNet. Background I have been working with a customer to deploy existing Java applications to Azure.  One of their main requirements is to be able to communicate with on...
  • Blog Post: Creating an Eclipse Development Environment for Azure

    This post focuses on how to create a virtual machine with the tools necessary to deploy Java code to an Azure worker role using Eclipse and Tomcat. Background The wonderful part of my job as an Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence at Microsoft is that it opened my eyes to all the wonderful technologies...
  • Blog Post: Solving a Throttling Problem with Azure

    This post shows how we addressed a throttling problem when writing to an existing system using Microsoft Azure. Background I am working on a project with a customer, and we had the need to write to an existing system.  The idea was to collect input from lots of systems and input them into a single...
  • Blog Post: Building SharePoint 2013 Apps with Windows Azure PaaS

    This post will show how to create a SharePoint 2013 app leveraging Windows Azure PaaS and the Windows Azure SDK 2.2. You can watch the video online of the presentation that I did about this solution at SharePoint Conference 2014, Building SharePoint Apps with Windows Azure Platform as a Service, at...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps – Understanding Provider Hosted App Publishing

    This post shows how to create a publishing profile for provider-hosted apps and use them as part of the build process. Overview This is part 4 in a series on ALM for SharePoint 2013 apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration

    This post shows how to implement continuous integration for a provider-hosted app in SharePoint 2013.  Overview This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration...
  • Blog Post: ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service

    This post shows how to configure a TFS Team Build 2012 server with Team Foundation Service in the cloud, and how to create a basic build of a SharePoint 2013 provider hosted app. Overview This is part 1 of a series on ALM for SharePoint Apps. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises

    UPDATE: See Access Services 2013 Setup for an On-Premises Installation for updated guidance for configuring Access Services 2013 for the RTM version. Recently I co-presented the developer track for Ignite training with Andrew Connell. The training, developed by Critical Path, covered the new SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections

    This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment.  This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
  • Blog Post: Switching a Windows Live ID for Zune and XBox

    I got a shiny new Windows Phone 7 yesterday, I was so excited.  I chose the Samsung Focus from AT&T.  I excitedly added my Windows Live ID to it during initialization, and the first thing I did was go to set up the XBox Live hub, anxious to see my XBox Live avatar show up.  That’s...
  • Blog Post: Steal This Presentation!

    I just ran across a PowerPoint presentation by a colleague, David Chou , that is just plain awesome.  Check out this deck on the Windows Azure platform.  Windows Azure Platform View more presentations from lynnlangit .
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Shows Off Single Game Running on Windows, Windows Phone, and XBox

    This made my jaw drop. http://i.engadget.com/2010/03/06/microsoft-shows-off-single-game-running-on-windows-windows-phon/ I cannot wait until the upcoming MIX 10 event to see what else is announced. 
  • Blog Post: Cloud Cover Show on Channel9

    I just ran across a show on Channel9 called Cloud Cover .  The show covers Windows Azure and the Microsoft cloud technologies.  You’ll find a lot of great information in the show, highly recommended. They did a great job putting the show together, everything from a professional intro to some...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Photo Gallery and HP

    My wife bought a new HP Deskjet F2430 printer on black Friday this year.  I was a little pissed, thinking “Why did you buy this?  We already have a printer.”  She explained that it cost less to purchase the new printer + scanner + copier + fax than it did to replace the ink cartridges...
  • Blog Post: Trying and Buying BPOS - It couldn't be easier!

    There’s a very cool blog post over at The Amazing Adventures of Geek Girl : Trying and Buying BPOS - It couldn't be easier!   This post shows you how to sign up for the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite (BPOS).  BPOS delivers hosted communication and collaboration tools...
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