Understanding Azure Deployment Credentials

When you log into Microsoft Azure you are logging in with a Microsoft Account.  This account lets you add, modify, and remove resources within your Azure subscription.  Some Azure resources such as Websites and Mobile Services require a separate deployment credential to publish code.  This separate deployment credential can be confusing and I wanted to…

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Getting Started with Angular.JS – Part 1

In my quest to get M.E.A.N. I started learning Angular and I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to learn a JavaScript framework.  I have been a web developer for a long time and when I needed to write JavaScript, I wrote JavaScript.  But recently I wanted to make a change to the BlogEngine.NET…

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How to FTP to your Microsoft Azure Websites

There are many ways to deploy your website to Microsoft Azure Websites.  You could deploy with Visual Studio, WebMatrix, TFS, Git or Mecurial repositories, heck even from Dropbox!  But one of the most common ways people deploy their websites is trusted FTP! Transferring files to an Azure Website with FTP is pretty straightforward, however, I…

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BizSpark Office Hours

Microsoft BizSpark is a program to support entrepreneurship and help independent developers and startups grow their business. BizSpark provides access to leading technology products, business and technical support, and market visibility.  There is a lot of risk and costs associated with developing software for public consumption and Microsoft is here to help reduce that risk with the…

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Getting Started with Construct2

Scirra Construct2 is a GUI event driven game engine that allows developers to rapidly build games for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, and many other platforms.  In Construct2 developers do not write actual code but instead use a GUI event sheet that allows them to create conditions and actions. Example of FizzBuzz in Construct2  As you can…

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Introduction to Azure Mobile Services

One of my favorite Microsoft Services to tell developers about is Windows Azure. Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform which offers developers a ton of great resources for building cloud enabled applications. One of these resources is Azure Mobile Services. Azure Mobile Services provides developers the ability to quickly deploy a full featured and scalable…

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Hour of Code

December 9-15, 2013 is Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and many students around the nation will be participating in code.org’s Hour of Code.  This program was created to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science.  Why is this important? Because 9 out of 10 elementary / junior high / high schools have zero…

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