Enterprise Library – Open Development Model

WHAT Last week at the MVP Summit, Microsoft patterns & practices announced the Open Development Model for Microsoft Enterprise Library. This means accepting community contributions for the components and transparent development process. Each component  is aimed at managing a specific crosscutting concern (such as semantic logging, transient fault handing or data validation). They embody Microsoft…





Things #Startups May Not Know About #Azure

Co-founder with PHP Developer Experience, Did you know? Azure Web Sites run PHP by default. Azure Web Sites can be launched with WordPress, Joomla, MediaWiki, CakePHP, and Drupal pre-installed. On Windows PHP developers can use the free yet fully functional WebMatrix IDE to edit PHP, HTML, and JavaScript. All of Azure’s primary services and storage…


Check TechBooks for Windows 8.1 App

TechBooks TechBooks is a handy Windows 8.1 app that brings all the freely available MSDN and Patterns & Practices technical eBooks, in one place for your reading pleasure (online or offline). App is all about the technical content (ebooks) one can leverage to enhance skill sets. App has the following features. Uses Windows 8.1’s new…


Hackathon In-A-Box

Just want to mention this resource from Microsoft’s partner Socrata  -  It is a guide made up of 5 steps which represent the lifecycle of a Hachathon: Step 1: Understanding your goals Step 2: Planning and marketing your event Step 3: Preparing for the big day Step 4: The day of the event Step 5:…


ASP.NET Updates

Following with the launch of VS2013 ASP.NET a slew of frameworks were also updated and made available for general download. Some of the changes include: – MVC 5: Identity – updated to use ASP.Net identity for authentication and identity management. Bootstrap – provides a customizable sleek and responsive look and feel. Authentication filters – a…


MongoDB and Azure

MongoDB has become very popular within the #startpup community. Windows Azure provides full support for MongoDB. The following two reference will help as a MongoDB developer to understand how Azure can powerup your solution based on MongoDB. MongoDB on Windows Azure for .NET Developers Connecting MongoDB with ASP.NET @StartupCitizen www.startupcitizen.us Get the Platform BizSpark Signup…


Free ebook: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview)

Microsoft Press is pleased to offer the second preview of Kraig Brockschmidt’s in-depth ebook on writing Windows Store apps using HTML, CSS3, and JavaScript within the Windows 8.1 platform. Here are the download links: Programming Windows Store Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, Second Edition (second preview) [16.4 MB PDF; 12 chapters & 3 appendices;…


Windows Phone 8 gets ALL NINE FIPS 140-2 Validation Certificates

Windows Phone 8 received all nine cryptographic module certificates from the US CMVP and Canadian CSEC validation programs. This is very good news for US and Canadian federal government customers as well as other market sectors that require FIPS 140-2 validation for procurement and deployment. The official record of FIPS 140-2 validation certificates is kept…


Emerging Technologies I Didn’t Think Local Gov Was Looking At

I just came across an interesting article from Public CIO at GovTech.com, it covers six technologies that I didn’t think local government could be taking an early look at: Robotics – The idea of robots working at DMV is well… maybe a welcome innovation for many citizens but to be fair my local DMV has…