RDP to Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure

Wanting to try out some of the cross-platform support available in Azure (http://azure.com) and Visual Studio Online (http://visualstudioonline.com), I created an Ubuntu 14.x VM in Azure this evening. I wanted to RDP into it, so I followed Planky’s excellent instructions here (http://blogs.msdn.com/b/plankytronixx/archive/2013/11/12/running-a-remote-desktop-on-a-windows-azure-linux-vm.aspx) BUT, when I connected via RDP, all I saw was a big gray screen…….


Sleuthing a BSOD

Last week I (intentionally) paved my Carbon X1 by reinstalling Windows 8.1. I thought it would be painful and time consuming, but having files on OneDrive, and having Windows 8.1 automatically pull down my previous settings and installed Win 8 apps, and using Office365 made getting back up and running a relatively quick process. So…


Microsoft’s shift to agile

Why has Microsoft adopted agile practices? Is it working? Has it been successful? A couple of weeks ago Microsoft posted series of videos, each just a couple of minutes long, in which Microsofties from Developer Division discuss the transition. (Here’s a link to the entire series on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_tlU7Dcp8M&index=1&list=PLReL099Y5nRef-BwCqv47uUsDbRS3ufjA) Doug Seven has a good blog…


C++ and SQL Server

A customer asked me this morning about connecting to SQL Server from C++. Had to dig a little, but found some pretty good info and some sample code. Building applications with SQL Native Client: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms130904.aspx  From that page: SQL Server Native Client is a stand-alone data access application programming interface (API), used for both OLE…


TFS and SharePoint

Today I had a customer ask me about the benefits of using TFS with SharePoint. There are a number of use cases, and the bottom line is yes, there are benefits. One is the “old school” way As in, the SharePoint site that can be created for each TFS Team Project that’s created. Helpful info:…


Keep up with the latest Team Foundation Service releases

Here’s an always up-to-date list of all the releases that have been pushed into Team Foundation Service: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/news/release-archive. As you can see, the TFService team is into continuous value delivery. Are you? Haven’t tried Team Foundation Service? Get started for free today: http://tfs.visualstudio.com -bliz


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows Phone 8

We’re going to have a Game Hackathon tomorrow at the Microsoft Office here in Tampa. For a little diversion, during this Hackathon I’m going to create a little Windows Phone 8 game. All I need is a game loop sample to get me started. I thought about it for a second tonight, and it hit…


Silverlight game loop – revisited for Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 RTM

I finally found the code I created when I ported Mike Snow’s Silverlight snowflake “game” into a Windows 8 C#/XAML “game.”   See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jimblizzard/archive/2012/05/21/porting-a-simple-silverlight-game-loop-to-windows-8-metro-style.aspx/ (Yes I had checked my Release Preview-based code into Team Foundation Service, but I couldn’t remember which project I’d put it in. And I’ve rebuilt all my machines onto RTM bits, so…


Rolling with Team Foundation Service

This summer I had the chance to work on a Windows 8 Store reference app with a few of my colleagues at Microsoft. The opportunity to sling a little code and work with some world-class developers was too good to pass up. This is the first in a series of articles I’m going to write,…


Porting a simple Silverlight game loop to Windows 8 Metro style

The other evening I went on the hunt for a XAML/C#-based example of a game loop. I ran into a couple of OLD blog posts by Mike Snow. Naturally it caught my eye, simply because of his last name. In his posts he described game loop based on Silverlight 2. OK. Silverlight uses XAML, and…