Using the Cognitive Recommendations API in Bots and Websites

Anyone that has ever shopped on Amazon or listened to music on Spotify will be familiar with the concept of recommendations where the user is offered recommendations of items based on browsing history, purchase history and other indicators of how the user has interacted with a product, artist etc. Recommendations often take one of these…

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Introducing HowHappy.co.uk

This week was the annual International Day of Happiness; I never knew we had a specific day to be really happy but it turns out that we do. This inspired me to finish a pet project I’ve been working on recently which uses the Azure Machine Learning Project Oxford Emotion API (which I have blogged about…

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Using HttpClient with ASP.net 5.0

I have just spent way longer than I should have done trying to perform a simple GET request to a web api in ASP.net 5.0 via HttpClient. There is a lot of change in ASP.net 5.0 in terms of the way packages and dependencies are managed, also there are a lot of moving parts right…

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Use fonts for icons and make your website awesome

Web performance is really, really important. Despite the ever increasing speed of internet connectivity, the experience users are getting through native apps is changing expectations; slow websites simply do not cut it any more. There are various studies and reports on the correlation between poor page speed and bounce rates, but the general guidance is…

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Change the database for Entity Framework to Azure Database

I’ve spent a little time trying to change the database that Entity Framework uses so that I could developer against an Azure database rather than the local default one. It is fairly simple, but took me a while to figure out so I thought I’d capture it…. By default, Visual Studio creates an MDF file in the ‘app_data’…

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Cloud & Web Camps: Free in person training for web development and the cloud

We have a great series of in-person events coming up aimed to help you learn about modern web development with ASP.net, Visual Studio and Azure as well as a broader set of content around Azure in general. We call these events ‘camps’ and they break these down into two main themes: Web Camp An all-day, in…

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Tune, modernise and optimise your website

These days it is fairly easy to build and publish a website. In fact, if you are using Visual Studio, ASP.net and Azure you can get a modern, responsive site published in less than 3 minutes. However that is only half of the story; the real challenge is tuning and optimising your site so that it…

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Introduction to REST and .net Web API

If you are building apps or websites today, the chances are you’ll have heard of REST and .net Web API, but you may not be sure what these things are, whether you should use them or how to get started. If this sounds familiar, then this article for you. API; what and why? Let’s start…

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How To: Create and publish a website to Azure in less than 3 minutes

Visual Studio has really great integration with Azure Websites and it is now very easy to create a brand new responsive, modern website and have it published to Azure in less than 3 minutes. You can do the whole thing from within Visual Studio – including the configuration of your Azure website. To try this…

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How To: Try Visual Studio 2015 on an Azure VM

Visual Studio 2015 was announced last month along with ASP.net vNext and whole host of other web development goodies. You can read all about it on the ASP.net vNext website: https://www.asp.net/vnext I’m lead to believe that Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 will co-exist on one machine. However, Visual Studio is fairly essential for me and having…

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