Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps

Abstract: Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie are back for part 2 of their series and in today’s episode Andrew shows us how to deploy the OData Service for his Windows 8 app to Windows Azure as well as outlines the advantages and disadvantages to building back-end services via this approach. After watching this…

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Skipping SSL Connections Locally

When developing locally, often times you don’t want to use SSL for a variety of reasons.  There’s no real point, since the request isn’t going over the wire.  Most of the time, connections are done via the loopback 127.0.0.1 address (although localhost can be used) which throws certificate errors.  This one problem is often easy…

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WinRT RoamingSettings and Serialization

Recently, a colleague of mine, Adam Hoffman, posted a great tip on serializing a generic List<t> to a Windows 8 App’s RoamingSettings.   As Adam points out, taking advantage of roaming storage is so easy to do, it’s criminal not to take advantage of it.  There are three basic types of data:  local, roaming, and temporary. …

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 1) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps

Abstract: Peter Laudati and Brian Hitney welcome fellow Developer Evangelist, Andrew Duthie to the show as they kick off their series on how to build back-end services for their Windows 8 apps using Windows Azure. Tune in for part 1 as Andrew gives an overview of the series and introduces some potential techniques you could…

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Win8 Apps: Check for Network Connectivity

A lot of apps require internet connectivity to function – like my app, Dark Skies.   One thing I overlooked when first releasing Dark Skies was a graceful check for network connectivity.  If the app launches and there is no connectivity, it should fail gracefully and notify the user.  Ideally, we should also plug into the…

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Short Post: #AmusingCode

This put a smile on my face today: void App_UnhandledException(object sender, UnhandledExceptionEventArgs e) { throw new NotImplementedException(); }

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