Technical Calendar – July 2013

Boston Windows Dev Meetup events Northeast User Group Map and Calendars Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Windows 8 //build review & more 10 11 12 13 Game Development for BeginnersNatick MA 14 15 16 Mobile+Web DevCon Boston MA 17 Mobile+Web DevCon Boston MA…

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Screencast Trifecta: Publishing to the Windows Store

My evangelist colleagues and I are just finishing up a series of workshops leveraging our (now over 20) APIMASH Starter Kits. During our travels we’ve had a chance to meet many of you budding Windows Store developers and hopefully get you off to a great start building Windows 8 experiences from the myriad APIs available…

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Practical Azure #22 – Windows Azure Marketplace

The Windows Azure Marketplace is a textbook example of "eating your own dog food." As the One-stop shop for premium data and applications hosted on Windows Azure, the Windows Azure Marketplace provides a platform on which third-parties, like you, can host services and data sets for sale and consumption by others. And to you as…

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The Week Ahead: June 24, 2013

It’s the last week of the Keep the Cash program, and remember your app has to be in the store, not just submitted, by the end of the month.  It can take several days for the certification process, so time to burn that midnight oil! In your down time though, consider attending some of the…

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APIMASH Starter Kits: Adding Sharing Capabilities

I’ve been putting the finishing touches on an app that I’m writing based off of the Bing Maps/TomTom Starter Kit I published a few weeks ago. In that app you can view the current image from any of 13,000 traffic cams across the US and Canada, but the Starter Kit itself is designed to allow…

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Webcast: Building a Windows 8 App with the Yelp API

Grab your lunch and hang out at your desk or in a conference room with co-workers to catch Chris Bowen’s webcast TODAY from 12 -  1 p.m. ET, where he’ll walk though his Yelp API Starter Kit, one of 18 applications that my evangelist colleagues and I have put together to help you get your…

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Practical Azure #21 – HDInsight

“Big Data” is undeniably one of the more prevalent buzzwords of the last year or two, and given the scalability inherent to the cloud, it’s a natural fit for Windows Azure. Microsoft’s specific foray into this burgeoning technology is the HDInsight service (previously known as Hadoop on Azure). With HDInsight, Microsoft has become a significant…

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The Week Ahead: June 17th, 2013

First of all, apologies for not getting my weekly post out last Monday. It was actually written and submitted, but somehow I managed to set the publish date to the 17th and not the 10th! We’ve got another full week coming up with events in the Boston area as well as in Burlington, Vermont, and…

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Practical Azure #20 – SQL Reporting Services

One of the many values of the cloud is the ability to leverage services that on-premises would require non-trivial hardware and software configurations and to be able to tap into those services in a just-in-time and pay-as-you-go manner. SQL Reporting Service is just such a capability, offering a feature set commensurate with (and in some…

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Build Your Own Bing Maps API Mash-Up: Architecture

In my last post, I mentioned the “starter-kit” applications my colleagues and I have built around the many open APIs available across the web. My contribution to this effort is a sample that leverages both the Bing Maps control and API and the TomTom Traffic Cams API to show the location of and display the…

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