The Super Successful Student Server – Development Environments for US Imagine Cup Teams

What is it? You’ve probably seen me blog about the fantastic Imagine Cup competition more than a few times here. Occasionally, we get feedback that putting together a software design team is made more difficult with the acquisition of software. Now, for students, we have programs like DreamSpark and MSDN AA through your department, but…

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Constructing, Drawing and Texturing a Cube with Vertices in XNA on Windows Phone 7

This may be a precursor to something bigger… I’m working on what I think will be a pretty cool game for the marketplace, and I’ll share the source code here eventually. Right now I had to conceptually understand something: how to draw a cube using only vertices. You see, in my XNA experience I’ve never…

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Windows Phone 7, Azure and Push Notification Tutorial Series in C#

I’ve just finished my miniseries on integrating Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, SQL Azure, WCF and Push Notifications into a single package! This is my index post, so you can easily get to the other articles. Check out the demo video below. Both videos are watchable in HQ (720p) which I recommend. Demo WP7, Azure…

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Phone + Cloud Series: Bringing It All Together With Windows Phone 7

Looking Back Over the course of this series, we’ve built a SQL Azure database, a Windows Azure worker role, and a WCF web role hosted in Azure. We are fully cloud-enabled at this point! Although, you’ll likely be running this all in the development fabric rather than real Azure until you have a need for…

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Phone + Cloud Series: Using a WCF Web Role To Register Phone Apps for Push Notifications

In the last post, we learned how to write an Azure worker role to poll stocks from the Yahoo! Finance service for a particular user and send them a push notification. It works, trust me; it’s just that we have no way of knowing because there is no data in your database. Only your phone…

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