HowLongHaveIGotBot – dev using the Bot Framework

Update: This is now public on Facebook if you would like to try it out: https://www.facebook.com/howlonghaveigotbot/ At the weekend I built my first bot.  I wanted to see exactly how easy it was to build one from scratch, deploy it and then hook it up to different media “channels”. Getting started is straightforward – I highly recommend…


O365 Addin development: Error 457

If you are using an Microsoft Office 365 Developer subscription to develop Addins and see an error  457 when deploying from Visual Studio – chances are you’re password has expired and needs changing.  The default policy is that the password should change every 90 days. The simple fix is to fire up a browser and login to…


Windows 10, UWP and Nibbles on the big screen (Surface Hub)

Recently, at the Premier Support for Developers DevBriefing 2016 conference at the Microsoft Campus in the UK, I was showcasing the Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform on the Surface Hub.  This gave me the opportunity to deploy and test my Nibbles UWP (aka Snake) game for the first time on such a big screen. Again, it…


Windows 10 IoT Core, Raspberry Pi and UWP

I recently updated a Windows Phone 8.1 Application to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), largely so that I could target tablets and touch-based laptops (not just the phone).  This application works with specific models of Sony digital cameras and allows you to use your phone, tablet or PC to wirelessly control the camera.  To do this the camera…


ARM, Azure Resource Explorer and troubleshooting deployments

If you’ve ever hit an issue when deploying an ARM template into Azure there are some good resources out there to help you find the root cause.  There is a detailed troubleshooting guide here which covers the various options available to you.  However, you can also use the awesome Azure Resource Explorer: https://resources.azure.com which have added…


Azure PowerShell, ARM templates, Visual Studio 2015 and the Azure SDK

Recently, whilst chatting to my colleague Stuart Leeks – he showed me a neat trick within PowerShell I didn’t know existed.  The Out-GridView cmdlet has been around since PowerShell 2.0 and is a nice interactive UI to display PowerShell output. I haven’t had a need to use it until today when I was updating my…