Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET

With the recent release of Windows Azure SDK v2.2 for .NET, this version of the SDK extends Visual Studio 2013 to enable an end to end experience for developers to target Windows Azure, including creating, configuring, debugging, deploying and diagnosing cloud services. The new Integrated Sign In enables a seamless experience to interact with any service…

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.NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview

Things are moving quite fast nowadays and while it’s hard to keep up with every new piece of technology that’s being introduced, some warrant more time than others. To that end, the .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview released a few months ago includes a set of improvements that build on top of the .NET Framework 4…

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Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…

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Windows Azure Training and SDK

Cloud development is becoming more and more prevalent which is why having the ability to access training and an SDK is something every company in that space should/needs to provide. To that end, the following training kit and SDK created by Microsoft will help you when starting your development journey with Windows Azure. Windows Azure…

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Windows 8 App Contest

The holidays are definitely for spending time with family and friends however for me, when there’s an app/dev contest to win I can’t help but think about coding. It started innocently enough as a few members of my team said they had some ideas for an app and that building them and comparing notes (what…

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.NET SDK for Hadoop Update

If you’re doing any development in the “big data” space then you’ll want to be aware of an update to the .NET SDK for Hadoop. This release contains updated versions (0.2.0.0-prerelease) of Map/Reduce, LINQ To Hive, and a new WebHDFS client. This SDK currently contains an API for writing [Map/Reduce] jobs, as well as submitting…

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Technical Readiness

Fortunately I’ve had the chance to attend many events dealing with technology but my favorite, for a number of reasons has to be a semi-annual internal Microsoft conference held in Seattle that brings together all ‘softies from all over the world. I recently attended this conference (which shall remain nameless to protect the innocent) and…

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Reactive Extensions for .NET

Don’t know what Rx or Ix are? Well don’t worry as there is (as usual) plenty of content to be had via blogs, videos, articles and more. This is a great video with Wes Dyer and Bart De Smet talking about Rx and here’s one where Bart discusses Ix in detail. Taking a step back, the…

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SAP Process Extension using .NET

Recently at TechEd, Ted Kummert, Senior Vice President BPD, announced a partnership with SAP that showcased tighter integration for application development and cloud deployments. This announcement describes SAP and Microsoft’s plans to focus on two key areas: to help .NET Framework developers more easily build applications connecting to SAP, and to help customers harness the…

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