January Technical Calendar

Happy New Year! I expect this calendar to fill up a bit as folks get back into the swing of things after holiday break. Also, be sure to check out the numerous user groups, meetups, and event calendars throughout New England and Upstate New York Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday   1 2…

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The Ultimate Experience–Write an App and Win!

Did Santa leave a Nokia 920 under the tree for you?  Or maybe the 8 days of Hanukkah left you with a nifty Surface with Windows RT? Without a doubt these devices are a treat to use, but it’s the apps that make them come alive, and now’s a great chance to be part of…

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Practical Azure #7: SQL Database Federations

The cloud is all about scale, and when it comes to Windows Azure SQL Database you can have your ‘relational cake’ and eat it too. SQL Database Federations, an implementation of the sharding pattern, is the way to go not only for large data requirements, but also for building multi-tenant applications that can grow as…

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Rock, Paper, Azure Challenge: It’s BACK!

It’s the return of Roshambo in the Cloud! The Rock, Paper, Azure team is back with the latest version of the on-line competition and a six-week sweepstakes where you could win one of five $50 Gift Cards weekly and even a Microsoft Surface at the end of the six-week run! How’s it work? The Rock,…

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Build Apps, Win Stuff

‘tis the season… for building apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone AND perhaps winning some great prizes as a result. There are several contests being run by Microsoft and strategic partners to sweeten the pot for both designers and developers, and with holiday downtime (and new devices under the tree for some) it’s a…

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Practical Azure #6: Windows Azure SQL Database

This, the latest installment of DevRadio Practical Azure, should have something everyone can – ahem – relate to… Join me for an overview of Windows Azure SQL Database (“the feature formerly known as SQL Azure”) to find out how it’s both the same and different from the SQL Server you know and love – from…

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Key Resources for Windows Phone Development

As a new owner of an HTC 8X (red), I’m setting aside some time during the upcoming holidays to get my first Windows Phone app on the market. It’s likely to produce a few blog posts after the new year as I document my progress, but for now I’m like the rest of the developer…

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Who’s on 8? Xploding Boxes

Xploding boxes is a great game that has the right combination of being simple to learn and quick to play with increasing levels to make it one of the most addictive applications I have installed on Windows 8! It’s the brainchild of Eric Harty in the Rochester, New York, area, and he had this to…

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Practical Azure #5: Windows Azure Table Storage

Windows Azure Table Storage provides massively scalable, durable storage in the cloud with NoSQL and RESTful semantics… and as of yesterday, it’s up to 28% cheaper, so you can’t afford not to try it out at this point! In my fifth installment of DevRadio Practical Azure, I’ll give you some insight into how it all…

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Windows 8 Development with appMobi and Xamarin

Thank you to those of you who made it to the Windows 8 Application presentation at the Microsoft Store in Boston this past Monday. Both Mike and I had a great time presenting and engaging with you during and after the presentations. We both hope the time spent (in rather cozy quarters we know!) was…

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