The Week Ahead–February 25, 2013

Happy Monday! For your scheduling pleasure, here are the Windows 8 and Windows Phone sessions in the area this week.  A couple of notable entries include a Windows Phone Jumpstart in New York City and the start of App Dev Clinics in Western New York. Monday, February 25 Office Hours at the Microsoft Store, Prudential…

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Practical Azure #12: Caching

“I feel the need. The need for speed" sums ups the role of caching in distributed applications. When your application involves database lookups or service calls, every millisecond of latency adds up, particularly for high demand, “internet scale” solutions. Do you really need to execute a database query each time you’re validating a zip code?…

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Who’s on 8? Mobile Dine Out

The latest entrée into the Windows Store from the Boston area comes from Joseph Anderson of JMA Web Technologies. I first met Joseph last fall to see if he might be interested in bringing some of his Windows Phone applications to Windows 8, but at the time he was working on his new venture on…

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Boston Code Camp–Hey, 19!

While’s it’s unlikely Steely Dan will make an appearance at Boston Code Camp, you can bet your ASP.NET that some 200 of your software developer colleagues will be. Boston is where Code Camp was born, and like the previous 18 editions, this event remains free to attendees, providing a unique opportunity for training and networking…

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The Week Ahead-February 18, 2013

Here’s what’s on tap this week for Windows 8 and Windows Phone developers in the area: Monday, February 18 Office Hours at the Microsoft Store, Prudential Center, Boston MA,  3–5 p.m. Workshop: Building Windows Phone Apps (Part 2), 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA, 6–9 p.m. Wednesday, February 20 Windows 8 and Azure Mobile Services, Daniel…

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Practical Azure #11: Worker Roles

Web Roles and Worker Roles, they’re the yin and yang of high performing Windows Azure applications. I covered Windows Azure Web Roles in the last session of Practical Azure, and now it’s time to dive into its workhorse sibling: Worker Roles. Whereas Web Roles are the public face of your application and bask in all…

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Windows 8 App Madness Challenge

Are you a student developer or game enthusiast at a school in the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia)? know one who is? If so check the Windows 8 App Madness Challenge. Between now and April 11, there will be four rounds, and for each app you submit during a round (up to…

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The Week Ahead-February 11, 2013

I hope all of you made it through the blizzard with minimal impact. We’re back to business as usual this week, as you can see from the schedule below. Monday, February 11 Office Hours at the Microsoft Store, Prudential Center, 3 – 5 p.m. Building Your Apps for Cross Platform Compatibility!, Microsoft Store at the…

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Practical Azure #10: Web Roles

You’ve got some awesome ASP.NET web sites (or even PHP or node.js), but they’re running in your data center, and you’re not getting the economies of scale or the failover and high availability that Windows Azure offers. Fear not! With Windows Azure Web Roles, you can bring your web applications and services to the cloud…

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Who’s on 8? iStoryBooks

I first met Rejith Krishnan of Infomarvel a bit over a year ago at an AT&T Hackathon in Boston. At the time he was interested in taking his highly successful iStoryBooks iOS app to Windows Phone. Fast forward about a year, and now iStoryBooks is part of the Windows Store!  I asked Rejith to put…

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