Tim's random thoughts

Developing for Windows 8, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure
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    Understanding Azure Deployment Credentials

    When you log into Microsoft Azure you are logging in with a Microsoft Account.  This account lets you add, modify, and remove resources within your Azure subscription.  Some Azure resources such as Websites and Mobile Services require a separate deployment credential to publish code.  This separate deployment credential can be confusing and I wanted to document a few key points. 

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    Getting Started with Angular.JS - Part 1

    In my quest to get M.E.A.N. I started learning Angular and I honestly don't know why I waited so long to learn a JavaScript framework.  I have been a web developer for a long time and when I needed to write JavaScript, I wrote JavaScript.  But recently I wanted to make a change to the BlogEngine.NET admin pages (written in Angular) and I was lost.  I was reading the code and it made ZERO sense.  There was magic happening that I didn't understand and it really bothered me.  So .. I decided to learn Angular.  I'm only a day or so into learning but I was so impressed with how easy it is to get started, I wanted I would share.  As I continue to learn, I'll continue to share. 

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    How to FTP to your Microsoft Azure Websites

    There are many ways to deploy your website to a Microsoft Azure Websites.  You could deploy with Visual Studio, WebMatrix, TFS, Git or Mecurial repositories, heck even from Dropbox!  But one of the most common ways people deploy their websites is trusted FTP!

    Transferring files to an Azure Website with FTP is pretty straightforward, however, I get asked questions about it regularly. 

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    BizSpark Office Hours

    Microsoft BizSpark is a program to support entrepreneurship and help independent developers and startups grow their business. BizSpark provides access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility.  There is a lot of risk and costs associated with developing software for public consumption and Microsoft is here to help reduce that risk with the BizSpark program.

    If you are interested in joining, or have questions about BizSpark benefits, or want to talk about if you qualify, then grab one of my office hours slots and lets talk about it! 

    Of course you can always send me an email and we can setup a time to talk outside of my office hours.

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    Getting Started with Construct2

    Scirra Construct2 is a GUI event driven game engine that allows developers to rapidly build games for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and many other platforms.  In Construct2 developers do not write actual code but instead use a GUI event sheet that allows them to create conditions and actions. 

    Example of FizzBuzz in Construct2 

    As you can see from the above example Construct2 allows for Functions, Loops, and If statements just as you would write in any programming language.   Construct2 also has a library of standard gaming attributes, behaviors, and movements that can be added to any object to rapidly build and prototype 2d games. 

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    Introduction to Azure Mobile Services

    One of my favorite Microsoft Services to tell developers about is Windows Azure.  Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform which offers developers a ton of great resources for building cloud enabled applications.


    One of these resources is Azure Mobile Services.  Azure Mobile Services provides developers the ability to quickly deploy a full featured and scalable backend for their application.  Their application can be deployed to any platform (including iOS and Android) because all features of Mobile Services can be accessed via a REST API.  There are also SDKs (and an example application) available for C#, JavaScript, iOS, Android, and cross platform tools like Xamarin and PhoneGap. 

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    Hour of Code

    December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and many students around the nation will be participating in code.org’s Hour of Code.  This program was created to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. 

    Why is this important?

    Because 9 out of 10 elementary / junior high / high schools have zero computer sciences classes, and by 2020 it is estimated that millions of technology jobs will be left unfilled by American workers. Of course these jobs will be filled by employers choosing to outsource the work or hiring foreign employees. This is a large opportunity that the future American workforce will potentially be missing out on, if this trend continues. 

     

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