A Minimal MVVM UWP App

With the introduction of Win 10 and Universal Windows apps I wanted to try out some of the new XAML features like compile-time binding with x:Bind. I started by looking for a very simple Universal Windows Platform (UWP) sample that showed how to build an MVVM app with create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) operations…


Build 2015 and Video Effects

We’re keeping the coding going with this next post in the series of technical articles following the Build 2015 conference. This post is dedicated to the new video functionality provided in Windows 10. Increasingly, we’re hearing from developers the importance of adding improved user experiences for their apps. Those experiences include not only better design,…


Build 2015 and ManifoldJS

I just walked offstage after another amazing build keynote. There is so much new technology that can help you build great next-generation applications. But there’s just too much to drill into in one blog post. So we take a look at each major coding demo in a series of posts – starting with this one….

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Taking the Web App Template Cross-Platform

  If you are a Web developer and are thinking about taking the jump to mobile apps, the Web App Template (WAT) is an awesome way to get started. Creating mobile apps doesn’t get much easier than this, and the approach is lined up with the approach a lot of top companies are taking across…


STEM Labs: A firsthand look at the life of a software developer

Ever since Microsoft DX started hosting hackfests last this year, we’ve seen steady growth in the level of participation. Rarely does a week go by that we don’t have at least one hackfest going on in Redmond or elsewhere. Last week there were three going on, and this week I’m headed to Berlin to join…

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Azure Tooling: Deploy Java apps to Azure from JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA

  There’s been a lot of news coming out of Barcelona this week. Whether you work on Microsoft Azure, Windows or Office 365, develop for Windows, iOS or Android, it’s likely that TechEd Europe has had something for you. But one piece of news you may not have read about comes from Microsoft subsidiary Microsoft…


Guidance to Get You Started with Microsoft Azure and CoreOS

  Microsoft Azure made some pretty big news last week and one of the things I’m especially jazzed about is the added support for CoreOS, a new Linux distribution designed specifically for warehouse scale computing environments. Since its release earlier this year, CoreOS has taken the Linux developer community by storm, and for good reason….


A Recap of the Edupoint Hackfest

About six months ago Microsoft DX conducted a hackfest with Edupoint, a software vendor based in Arizona that builds Student Information Systems (SIS) – solutions to help teachers track each student’s progress and identify where changes might be needed. For the last several years, Edupoint has been relying on Infrastructure as a Service VMs to…

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PART TWO: Microsoft and Skyline Hack Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Technologies

A few months back DX team member Jason Young kicked off a series of hackfests with Skyline Technologies that were focused on helping manufacturers make better use of their data. As I spelled out in a related post earlier this year, manufacturers are swimming in data from a variety of sources throughout the plant, whether…


A Look Back at Build: Using the Web Apps Template to Create Mobile Apps

In a world of devices and services there are many different kinds of developers. As Guggs and I spelled out a few weeks ago at Build, the kind of application that you’re building, and the tools you use to build it, impact how you get to your end product. Casual game developers might use Flash,…