Azure HDInsight HBase – A NoSql database like no other

Apache HBase is an open source NoSQL database that provides real-time read/write access to large data-sets. Facebook’s Message infrastructure, Apples Siri, Bloomberg’s price history service and world’s largest biometric identity system in india called Aadhar all running on HBase. HBase has fantastic track record of being very successful for highest level of data scale needs,…


Milliman – Going “BIG” in the Cloud with Microsoft

It’s great to see the innovation that Milliman are driving in the cloud. Paul Maher, CTO – Integrate & MG-ALFA at Milliman, and ex-colleague of mine at Microsoft is leading the Product Development team building Integrate™. Paul Maher began his career at a small actuarial firm in the U.K., building pension software, and transitioned to…

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Windows 10 – App to App communication in Universal Windows Applications

Windows 10 provides many techniques that developers can use for inter- app communications. Publisher Cache Folders is one such technique. The idea is that A publisher can have multiple applications in Windows Store and they may share common data , settings and other artifacts that could be leveraged across multiple applications. While using Publisher Cache…


Windows Phone 8.1– Hardware Back Button & WebView

Webview is excellent control to display html contents within your Windows Phone 8.1 Application. One challenge that I came across while working on an app was how to implement Go Back functionality in conjunction with hardware back button. Please note that to maintain a consistent user experience, the Back button must only be used for…

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WinRT ScrollViewer – Find scroll position (Top or Bottom)

While building Windows Phone, Windows 8.1 or Universal Windows 8.1 applications I needed to find scroll position(e.g. – scroll position is at the top or you are at the bottom) I also saw this question posted at many forums so decided to put together a small sample. In WPF, we have ScrollViewer.ScrollChanged event which doesn’t…

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New Azure tooling for IntelliJ IDEA

  We’ve had first class support for JAVA in Azure for quite some time, and there are thousands of developers and ISV’s already running their JAVA workloads in Azure. Over the last few years, IntelliJ IDEA has become a popular tool among JAVA developers to the point that many of the enterprise developers and partners…

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Universal Windows App- How to disable scroll in WebView?

I ran into this problem while working with a partner. There no good solutions out there hence the blog post. We wanted to disable the scrolling in WebView in a Universal Windows 8.1 app (Windows & Windows Phone). This could be achieved by injecting a JAVA Script (  document.body.style.overflow = ‘hidden’;).  Working code is attached  XAML <Grid> <WebViewHeight=”400″NavigationCompleted=”theWebView_NavigationCompleted”x:Name=”theWebView” Source=”http://blogs.msdn.com/ashish”></WebView>…

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How to obtain battery information in Windows Store Applications?

Some applications need to display battery information to the users all the times. Today WINRT api’s don’t provide a way for obtaining the battery information. If battery information is absolutely must for you, you could potentially use CallNtPowerInformation (win32) function. Please note that by making a Win32 API call your application will not pass the…

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TechEd 2014 North America – Sessions Recordings & Blogs

TechEd Sessions and Recordings  What’s New in Microsoft Azure IaaS https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B383#fbid=    Microsoft Azure Storage https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B384#fbid=    Security and Microsoft Azure IaaS https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B385#fbid=    Running Your Dev/Test in Microsoft Azure https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DEV-B328#fbid=   Mark Russinovich and Mark Minasi on Cloud Computing https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B386#fbid=   What’s New in Microsoft Azure Networking https://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B305#fbid=    The Future of Microsoft Azure…


Cloud latency challenges and solutions

There are a number of benefits in deploying an application to the cloud, but also some challenges that come with it. Added distance and components between the business users and applications in the cloud can cause performance and availability challenges. Performance Challenges Increased latency and reduced bandwidth between client and services deployed to the cloud…