Deploy a website to Azure using GitHub

Picture this scenario: I want to create a website and use GitHub for source control. How can I have Azure websites point to my GitHub account and pull the code from there? Why do this? With this setup, I can make changes to my code base, from any machine in the world and push it……


Tutorials: Creating your first website with Azure

My Tech Evangelist colleagues, Joe Raio and Brian Sherwin, have create a great set of video tutorials on how to create your own website using Azure. This is part of Microsoft’s Choose to Code campaign, which guides your middle and high school students through a series of online tutorials walking them through the process of creating and……


Recap of Connect() announcements, from Shahed Chowdhuri

My peer in DC, Shahed Chowdhuri, put together a great recap of yesterday’s Connect() event. Recap of Connect() announcements: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/11/18/news-and-announcements-from-connect-2015.aspx   TL;DR:   Visual Studio Code beta release, Added extensibility support, open source project .NET Core 5 RC and ASP.NET 5 RC with Go-Live license, can start using it in production Visual Studio Online is……


Microsoft Azure camp, hosted by Scott Guthrie in Philadelphia, Oct 13

Microsoft is hosting a free Azure tour across the United States this fall. The first stop will be in Philadelphia on Thuesday October 13th. Scott Guthrie, our Executive VP of Cloud  and Enterprise will be giving the keynote. Its a one-day technical training event, designed to help IT professionals and developers be more successful in the cloud. Choose……


Night Trap – Switching Branches

You can find parts 1 and 2 of this series here: Deconstructiong Night Trap Rebuilding Night Trap We’ve made a lot of progress with Night Trap this weekend. I started by further compressing the videos on the prototype site, which will allow for smaller and faster downloads, as well as quicker camera switching. I won’t……


Creating a mobile app with Famo.us and ManifoldJS

For the last few months I’ve been wanting to dive into this new JavaScript framework since I saw their launch event in October of 2014. Famo.us includes an open source 3D layout engine fully integrated with a 3D physics animation engine that can render to DOM, Canvas, or WebGL In short, you can get native……


Talking Azure Media Services w/ David Giard on his podcast

My peer in Chicago, David Giard, and I were at the INTX hackathon in Chcago this weekend to help developers with their video and streaming applications. During the trip we decded to record another episode of his video podcast, Technology and Friends.   The post Talking Azure Media Services w/ David Giard on his podcast…


Uploading video to Azure Media Services

In one of my previous tutorials I showed you how to livestream video from your desktop PC and serve it to viewers on internet. What happens if you already have a video that was recorded though? What problem does this solve? There are a variety of video formats available for streaming online, but it can……


Use this HTML5 video player sample for your hackathon projects

Last week Microsoft announced the new Azure Media Services video player. Here’s the biggest selling point for me: Azure Media Player utilizes industry standards, such as HTML5 (MSE/EME) to provide an enriched adaptive streaming experience. When these standards are not available on a device or in a browser, Azure Media Player automatically uses Flash and Silverlight……


Video learning path for creating high performance HTML5 applications

I’m all about web technology for writing cross platform and mobile applications. I’ve put together a list of video resources to get you off the ground with this, regardless of whether or not you’ve ever used HTML5, CSS, or JavaScript. If you can think of others that would be useful, send them my way. HTML5……