How to Write Mobile Applications – What are your Options?

Here is one of my recent posts on Facebook. It makes the outragous claim that the web as you know is going away… Figure 1: Apps are killing the web Here is the dialog on Facebook Me The web as you know it is going away. If you are using a mobile device, 86% of…

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Fundamentals of Machine Learning

Let’s face it – computing was created to analyze data. You rarely if ever have a program looking for data. Rather, you have data looking for code to analyze it. Machine learning represents the state-of-the-art in making sense of data. Unfortunately, for many years it has been out of reach for the common developer –…

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Scheduling Appointments in Outlook From Excel

Some things are too good not to share This is one of them How about if I show you how to take rows in Excel and make them appointments in Outlook? Well then, you must read on Outlook appointments Managing your calendar is a critical success factor at almost any company If I can automate…

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Fundamentals of Azure Media Services

Media Services in a nutshell Ingest Ingest operations bring assets into the system You need to upload assets before encrypting them so you can place them into Azure Storage Encode Encode operations include encoding, transforming and converting media assets. You can use the Media Encoder to do this. You can encode to industry-leading IIS Smooth…

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Fundamentals of Azure Internal Load balancers (ILBs)

Internal load balancing (ILB) enables you to run highly available services behind a private IP address Internal load balancers are only accessible only within a cloud service or Virtual Network (VNet) This provides additional security on that endpoint. Some questions I am hearing I am able to access internal load balancer using IP address but…

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Question: Can Azure Active Directory run directory access queries on LDAP/Secure LDAP?

Quick answer – kind of Long answer – read below WE ALL AGREE THAT WE HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF AD HERE Azure AD Windows Server AD IN THE STRICT SENSE, AZURE AD DOES NOT RUN LDAP/SECURE LDAP Instead, the programmatic directory service interface for Azure AD is the REST-based Graph API . Read more here:…

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Fundamentals Of Active Directory– In the Cloud (Azure Active Directory) and On-Premises (Windows Server Active Directory) and Hybrid

The cloud has changed many things, but managing identity is still key This post should help you get started Let’s start with a bunch of links Links to learn more Some introductory videos Intro to Azure AD Premium http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/intro-to-microsoft-azure-ad-premium/# Overview of single sign-on http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/overview-of-single-sign-on/# Configure and assign groups http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/videos/configure-and-assign-groups-azure-ad/# Cloud identity and access management infographic…

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Get With the Times – Get Rid Of the Bloated XML Data Format And Switch To JSON

One of my blog readers told me it was 2014 He laughed at the fact that I was still using XML So within 30 minutes I was writing JSON to disk, instead of XML It was incredibly easy to do It is much easier than you might expect I eliminated an un-needed class and persisted…

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Understanding Azure Compliance

Compliance is a very important topic because companies obviously must comply with the law Azure is constantly getting new certifications and the list below is only current as of July 14, 2014 For a complete and up to date list of compliance, see http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/compliance/ Why is compliance complex? Regulatory requirements vary by country and industry,…

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How I failed when I tried to implement C# Generics to enable serializing and saving a variety of C# object types to disk for Windows Store applications

Introduction I wanted to take some code and make it more general purpose C# generics didn’t quite cut it. I wanted a generic routine that could save objects with different properties But I didn’t want ugly, “hard to comprehend in 3 months from now” code The traditional approach is to use Interfaces to guarantee that…

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