Talk: architecture for a connected device+cloud app

How do you write a “connected device+cloud” app that works, and doesn’t crash when the user walks out of network coverage? How can you make an “offline mode” that still syncs properly with the cloud? I’m passionate about correct distributed programming. Here are some slides I made: slides.pptx [500k] the transcript is in the “notes” section…

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Web-scraping with VB’s XML support

There was an interesting article about using VB’s XML support for generating HTML: http://www.infoq.com/news/2009/02/MVC-VB. I’ve been using VB and XML for the reverse purpose — scraping web pages to retreive information. I enjoy sailing, and I wanted to find historical data on windspeeds to know when would be the best time of year to set out on…

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Romeo and Juliette and Windows Azure

1. Juliette sends a message “I’ll take a drug which makes me look dead but I’m not really”2. Romeo receives the message3. Romeo finds Juliette looking dead, but knows she’s not really dead4. They live happily ever after vs. 1. Juliette sends a message “I’ll take a drug which makes me look dead but I’m…

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