Installing PHP and Zend Extensions on Windows Azure Websites

Introduction You are creating a PHP website on Windows Azure and need to install additional PHP extensions not provided by default (like MongoDB or IonCube), you’ve come to the right post. It is quite easy. Downloading and uploading the extensions I’m going to demo this with 2 extensions; MongoDB and IonCube. The first is a…

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Beta Version Apps doesn’t expire any more, new release of Dev Center app

According to Rushmi Malaviarachchi recent posts, there is some updates that I’d like to share with you: beta apps no longer have an expiration date, and the Windows Phone Dev Center app has a new “markets” view.   Beta apps no longer have an expiration date As many of you know, you can submit a…

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Migrate your old website to Windows Azure Websites using the Visual Studio Online “Monaco” console, cURL and unzip

Introduction Have you considered migration to a Windows Azure website? The thought of downloading the files and content from your old website, then uploading them again to Windows Azure is not appealing? I agree with you! The title might be a bit misleading. What we actually want to do is, zip the content of your…

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What’s new in Visual Studio 2013 for Windows 8.1 developers?

Visual studio 2013 came with amazing changes to developers. Some could be counted for Windows 8.1 and others could be counted for visual studio 2013. These improvements were mainly focused around how to help our developers build better apps and have a better development experience. I’ll be trying to go through some of these changes…

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Windows 8.1 small changes huge difference

I borrowed the title from this Gizmodo article that was written before the windows 8.1 lunch and was talking about the changes for the normal user. But in this post I’m going to be targeting developers and I’ll make a series of posts featuring each category of changes by its own. I’ll be mainly focusing…

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Activate your free store account using DreamSpark

So I always get asked on the steps you need to follow in order to activate your store account from DreamSpark. but first what is: DreamSpark DreamSpark is a program targeting mainly students, with the aim of providing them with software that will help them in converting their ideas and dreams into reality through Visual…

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What’s new in VS2013 for Windows Phone Developers

It has always been great coding using Visual Studio, such a robust IDE that makes developer’s life much easier. Now with the new release of VS2013 makes your life much easier for so many reasons. Since, I am mostly concerned with windows phone development; I will be tackling the new features in VS2013 from this…

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Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) using tasksel on Windows Azure

Introduction I’ve covered in my previous post how to create a LAMP stack on Windows Azure using the BitNami provided image. In this post, I’ll alternatively create the lamp stack using Ubuntu’s tasksel, which gives me a more “traditional” barebones setup than the once enforced by the BitNami images. Let’s start Provision the machine Create…

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Creating a LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) from BitNami on Windows Azure

Introduction In the previous post, I’ve shown you how to create a WIMP stack (Windows, IIS, MySQL, PHP) on a Windows Azure virtual machine. In this post, we’ll be creating a more traditional LAMP server, but we won’t build things from scratch. I’ll be using the excellent image provided by BitNami which provides a complete…

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