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  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (June 27th, 2014)

    Cloud Trying Redis Caching : Working with Azure Redis Cache. MongoDB enterprise : Now available in the Azure store. Azure Mobile Services and MongoDB collections : For Node.js back-end code this time. June update to Azure Tools for Eclipse : Also some Zulu and SDK...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (May 16th, 2014)

    Back from TechEd, where there were a lot of announcements from Microsoft about working with various open source things. There were so many sessions, it was impossible to attend all of them. Good thing they put the videos online . Cloud Deploy and customize FreeBSD VMs on Azure : And here...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (February 28th, 2014)

    Some interesting links for your weekend reading. Client/Mobile Understanding masonry layout : I didn't know it was called masonry layout... Single sign-on explained : A good introduction to SSO. D3.js geo fun : Mapping with D3.js What's new in Azure Mobile Services...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (January 31st, 2014)

    This is a client & mobile heavy week, though there's some cloud, Node, PHP, and Ruby goodness in there. Cloud MS Open Tech releases open source Microsoft cloud server chassis manager software : This was released at the same time the Microsoft Cloud Server specification was contributed...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (January 17th, 2014)

    Was a bit of a quiet week, but I found a few interesting links. A bunch of stuff happened in the Windows Azure space at least. Cloud Changes to getIdentities() : Some changes to Windows Azure Mobile Services to make getIdentities async. Announcing PCI DSS compliance and a bunch of...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (December 6th, 2013)

    Here is a summary of the links I've found interesting this week. Cloud Windows Azure is going to Brazil Or rather adding Brazil as a region (data center) sometime in early 2014. JSON support for Windows Azure Tables : YaaaaaaaaynoXMLpayload! Also some other stuff like CORS. See http...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (October 11th, 2013)

    It's been a busy week, with little time for reading about new things. But I do have some mobile and client related links for your weekend reading pleasure: Client/mobile JSIL : Compile .NET code into JavaScript. XYZ to JavaScript compilers have been popular recently. Source : A front...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (August 2nd, 2013)

    Trying something different this week and adding a client/mobile section for client-side things. I thought about adding a JavaScript section, but that'd end up being 99% of the links. JavaScript being the new assembler/vb/perl means it's in everything now. Cloud SWAP space in Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (July 26th, 2012)

    Happy almost-forgot-to-post Friday! Here's a list of links for your weekend reading: Cloud A comparative analysis of 5 large cloud IaaS providers : Comparisions of IaaS performance. Mobile PhoneGap 3.0 released : For all the mobile developers. Yeoman and Phonegap/Cordova...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (July 12, 2013)

    It's Friday once again, and here's a list of links for your weekend reading. Hopefully you will find them useful and informative. Cloud Scaling up and out in Windows Azure Web Sites : How to start small and scale up and out while keeping costs down. Windows Azure internals : A video...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (June 21, 2013)

    It's officially the first day of summer today, and next week is BUILD. It looks like I'm not going this year, but I'll be watching for news items next week. Speaking of news items, here's this weeks links: Node.js Node v0.10.12 released : Another week, another Node.js release. ...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (June 14, 2013)

    Busy week, which it usually is when there are things like BUILD coming up. Hopefully having BUILD in the spring means that the fall will be quieter than it has been in the past, but only time will tell. Speaking of time, take some time out this weekend and check out some of the links below: Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (June 7, 2013)

    TechEd NorthAmerica 2013 is over, on to WWDC next week! Yes, it's that crazy time when there's one interesting tech conference after another. Hopefully you'll be able to find time to checkout today's links: JavaScript Using duck typing to avoid conditionals in JavaScript : A nice example...
  • Blog Post: Web-client development with Ember.js and Windows Azure Mobile Services - Part 4

    In the previous posts ( 1 , 2 , 3 ) I covered creating an Ember.js-based single page application, then wiring it up to Windows Azure Mobile Services for data storage. But currently it allows everyone to post anonymously. I at least want some basic authentication so I can verify the user is a real person...
  • Blog Post: Web-client development with Ember.js and Windows Azure Mobile Services - Part 3

    Last week I created a new single page application using Ember.js as the client framework (see Part 1 and Part 2 ). Today, I finish up the application by adding Windows Azure Mobile Services for data storage. In case you don't want to slog through the previous two posts, I've uploaded the current application...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (May 10, 2013)

    It's Friday once again, another busy week completed. Here's some interesting links from the past week for your Friday afternoon reading: Javascript 5 things you should stop doing with jQuery : Or you could read this and make up your own mind. Getting into Ember: Part 4 : Covers client-side...
  • Blog Post: Web-client development with Ember.js and Windows Azure Mobile Services - Part 1

    Recently I've been reading about JavaScript frameworks for creating single page applications, and wanted to try my hand at it. I also wondered how well Windows Azure Mobile Services would work with these frameworks. While there are several frameworks available, such as AngularJS , Durandal , and Batman...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (March 29, 2013)

    Happy Friday! Almost the end of March - was it just me or did this month fly past? Hopefully the weekend doesn't fly past! Here's some links for your weekend reading: Node.js Node v0.10.2 : Another week, another Node.js release. How to Create a Basic Chat with Node.js : Chat application...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (February 15, 2013)

    It's Friday again, did you have a happy Valentine's Day this week? Here's some non-romantic reading for your weekend: Ready, set, go download the latest release of the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java : New release of the Eclipse plugin for Java developers. Check the link for details...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (November 16, 2012)

    It's been a busy week here, trying to get things done before everyone goes on vacation next week. Unfortunately this hasn't left a lot of time for collecting links, hopefully you'll find that quality is better than quantity. :) How to Upload an Image to Windows Azure Storage : How to use the...
  • Blog Post: Data Paging using the Windows Azure Mobile Services iOS client SDK

    As another follow up to an earlier post , I'm walking through the Windows Azure Mobile Services Tutorials to add in the iOS client version of handling data validation. This tutorial (like the earlier one), will appear on windowsazure.com soon, builds up from either the Getting Started With Data or the...
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