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  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (April 11th, 2014)

    It's been a pretty busy week, what with security vulnerabilities among other things. Here's a few links (including a few on security vulnerabilities,) for your weekend reading. Cloud Azure and heartbleed : Mostly unaffected. Except the real world is more complex than that. Azure escapes unscathed...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (April 4th, 2014)

    It's the weekend I wanted to go see a movie, so of course I now have a cold. Well at least there's lots of //build videos to watch. Here's a list of some of the more interesting links I found this week. Client/Mobile Extending platform commonality through universal Windows apps : Looks like...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (March 28th, 2014)

    It's been sort of a crazy busy week, so not a large number of links. But maybe you (like me,) need a little time off the computer this weekend. :) Client/Mobile Framework7 : A new framework for creating hybrid (with Phonegap) or web apps with an iOS7 native look and feel. 10 steps...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (March 21st, 2014)

    It has been a busy, long week, but I have managed to find time to read a few links. Here are the interesting ones. Cloud Online tools for Azure Web Sites : Some useful tools if you are working with Windows Azure Web Sites. Remote administration of Azure Web Sites using IIS Manager...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (March 14th, 2014)

    The web is 25 years old this week. I remember my manager asking me (back in the early 90's when the web started going mainstream,) if I thought this World Wide Web thing would take off and whether it was worth investing time in learning about web pages or how to use a browser. :) Cloud Azure...
  • 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 (February 21st, 2014)

    Not a lot of links this week, though I do have one for making a Flappy Bird clone. :) Cloud Windows Azure updates : New features, new partnership, and updates to Azure services Client/Mobile How to make a Flappy Bird in HTML5 with Phaser : In case you haven't gotten over your...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (February 14th, 2014)

    Here are some links for your weekend reading. Cloud Source control credentials issue & fix : Looks like there's an issue with the Mobile Services source control preview feature. What's new in Azure Mobile Services : A couple of useful changes here. Oh, and the client SDK was...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (February 7, 2014)

    Woops, forgot to post this last Friday. Ah well, some links to start the week with then. Cloud Cloud Design Patterns : A new release from the Microsoft Patterns & Practices group that provides guidance and patterns for the cloud. Bolts : A new collection of low level libraries...
  • 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 24th, 2014)

    Last year this time, I had wildflowers in the yard. This year, it's barely above freezing. I'm fine with the cold, I just wish it would snow a bit. :) Here are some links for your weekend reading, whether you are snowed in or just avoiding the cold. Cloud Introducing Windows Azure Webjobs...
  • 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 (January 10th, 2014)

    It's the end of my first week back after the holidays. Here's a few links I managed to pick up this week between catching up on e-mail and work. Cloud Get better acquainted with Windows Azure : A collection of links for learning more about Windows Azure. Windows Azure network security...
  • 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 (November 22nd, 2013)

    I'll be on vacation next week for the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, so no blog post next Friday. Here's some links from this week. Mobile\client Mobile Services team blog : The Windows Azure Mobile Services team has their own blog now. Just an introductory post for now, but probably...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (November 15, 2013)

    Looks like its time for cold and flu season to kick in; woke up with a stuffy head this morning. Good thing I had nothing planned for the weekend! Here's some interesting links for your weekend reading. Cloud Introduction to WebSockets on Windows Azure Web Sites : Yes, websockets are on...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (November 8th, 2013)

    Here are some interesting links for your weekend reading: Cloud Windows Azure Import/Export service preview : Because the bandwidth of a FedEx truck is pretty awesome . Oh, there's some other Azure announcements there as well. SQL Server Support blog : The SQL Server Support blog...
  • Blog Post: Using WebSockets with Windows Azure Web Sites

    If you missed the announcement the other day, WebSockets are now supported in Windows Azure Web Sites. This means you can now use things like Socket.io from web sites instead of having to use a Cloud Service worker role. To get this working Create a an application that uses WebSockets using...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (November 1, 2013)

    Today is the first day that's really felt like Autumn here; leaves finally changed color and it's been rainy most of the day. Good reading (or sleeping) weather. Here's a list of links for your Friday reading: Cloud Partitioned Service Bus queues and topics : This is nice if you're using...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (October 25, 2013)

    My reading plan for this weekend is mostly going to be learning Elixir (or continuing to learn it,) and some of Anton Chekhov's works. Here's is a less focused, and more technical list for your weekend reading: Cloud Windows Azure SDK 2.2, backup, and Hyper-V Recover Manager : Lots of stuff...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (October 4th, 2013)

    I've decided, this weekend I learn functional programming. Picked up a book on Functional JavaScript and also loaded Elixir so we'll see how that goes. But before I get to that challenge, here are the links for this week: Cloud Cloud service fundamentals - caching basics : Learn more about the...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (September 27th, 2013)

    Happy Friday! Here's some reading for the weekend. Cloud Windows Azure multi-factor authentication : If you need multi-factor authentication, it's now generally available (GA, released, whatever.) Deploy pre-configured Oracle VMs on Windows Azure : If you need Oracle in the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (September 20, 2013)

    Almost forgot the Friday post again, but caught it on Saturday. Setting an alarm for Friday afternoon going forward so I remember to post what I've written up. :) Cloud Windows Azure fully supported by Juju : Juju is an Ubuntu thing for building and deploying interconnected services. Mobile...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (September 13th, 2013)

    It's late Friday-post day! Got caught up in a project on Friday and completely forgot about posting this. Or maybe it was a Friday the 13th thing. Anyway, better late than never. Cloud Microsoft Azure grows more open : On the openness of the Windows Azure platform. Mobile/Client-side ...
  • Blog Post: Pie in the Sky (September 6, 2013)

    Back from vacation this week and trying to catch up on things I missed while out last week. Here's part of my reading list for your weekend enjoyment. Cloud Configuring dynamic IP address restrictions in Windows Azure Web Sites : New feature of IIS8/Windows Azure Web Sites that allows you...
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