FREE Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure e-book (Jan 2014)

Not the one I did back in 2010 (which is now horribly out of date!), rather a shiny new one which walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. It covers the development process as well as … Continue reading →

Fix to blank LightSwitch app bug with Visual Studio 2012

I needed to populate a database I’m designing with some test data and thought to myself “LightSwitch will be ideal to knock out some screens”. One hour later I got a LightSwitch screen to actually display! Until then all I … Continue reading →

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 nice touch #2

Following on from nice touch #1… I disliked the way old versions of Blend relied on something as a subtle as a few pixels of colour to tell you something relatively important. Circa 2010 Circa 2013 although admittedly this doesn’t … Continue reading →

Blend for Visual Studio 2012 nice touch #1

[Really I’m just testing out twitterfeed which has failed for me… but I needed something to post on ] I’m just skimming through some blend tips by Mike from 2010 and  spotted a nice touch in Blend for Visual Studio … Continue reading →

So Long, and thanks for all the fish

After 16 great years with Microsoft, Friday 21st is my last working day. I am spending it in our new home in the chilly North York Moors with the company of sheep, rabbits, grouse and a rather fine bottle of … Continue reading →

Windows Store Tips: Create great promo images LONG BEFORE you submit

[Windows Store Tips] When you submit to the store you get an opportunity to add promo images to your submission. It is tempting to skip over these as a) they are optional and b) they are in odd sizes! However … Continue reading →