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  • Blog Post: Guest Post: What does MCM mean to you?

    By Paul Egan. Early on in my IT career I remember reading an article in a magazine which asked the question, why IT professionals are not required to take exams when they are for many other skilled professions. I think it is important to take exams for two reasons, firstly to keep skills up to date,...
  • Blog Post: 8 Great Reasons to Design for Windows Phone 8

    By Gemma Yussuf, Microsoft This article focuses on the fundamentals one must consider when designing for Windows Phone 8, highlighting why this is the platform that offers designers the opportunity to create new, exciting and innovative apps. The 8 reasons below will help you understand why this platform...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Behind the scenes with Windows 8 Application Development – A developers perspective

    By Richard Garside My first real look at Windows 8 and developing for Windows 8 was at a roadshow in Manchester back in April 2012. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour but I was impressed. Windows 8 looked slick and as a seasoned .NET developer I was excited to have a new platform to program on that...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: How The Windows App Store and Windows Azure Are Transforming Education

        By Carlos Oliviera Rise of the MOOCs, it may sound like this year’s next blockbuster, but it’s very much a reality, and the revolution is taking place on the Web and the Windows 8 app store. Massive Open Online Courses ( MOOCs ) are free educational online courses that can be completed...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Analysing Twitter Data with Hadoop and Power View – Part 1

    By Jen Stirrup Social Media data is a big driver for Big Data technologies such as HDInsight. However, it isn’t enough just to have lots of data. Data, on its own, is valueless. In order for data to become valuable, we need to be able to do something with the data. If we have large datasets, they can...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Exposing your API via Windows Azure Service Bus Queues and Topics

    Introduction Recently my team have worked with some customers around hybrid integration projects involving exposing a number of on-premise applications outside of the organization. The Windows Azure Service Bus has been one of the key technologies which has allowed us to deliver these projects successfully...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Getting started with Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Traditionally, connecting apps on devices such as Windows Phone with data in the cloud could be a headache, with the process becoming more complicated if we wanted to make the data available to other platforms such as IOS. In the later stages of 2012 though, the Windows Azure team released a preview...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Orchard on Windows Azure

    Richard Garside is a freelance .NET developer working mainly with .NET MVC, Orchard and Windows 8. He recently became an award winning Windows 8 developer for his app Font Picker , but he doesn’t like to boast about it. He is also a founding and managing member of Leeds Sharp , a user group for .NET...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: ‘Pay for what you use’ cloud services may change the culture of IT project management in small businesses, for better

    By Will Lovegrove and Ian Cox Our company, Release Consulting Ltd , is a small software development agency based in London. In 2012 we won a UK Government Technology Strategy Board research and development grant to build a highly innovative cloud-hosted data-sharing platform that would make API technology...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: MVVM in C++/CX

    David Britch is a Senior Technologist at Content Master , and for the past year has been working on a number of projects with the patterns & practices group at Microsoft. David has authored and contributed to a range of recent software development publications including books, guidance documentation...
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