Slides from St. Louis Day of .NET 2013

Another amazing year for the St. Louis Day of .NET. We set a new attendance record this weekend with over 1000 attendees. I want to give a big shout out to the organizers, speakers, and sponsors for the world class experience they delivered and a HUGE thank you to the attendees, especially those who attended…

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Windows 8 App Spotlight: I Want My Mummy

I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our local development studios this week and share some of their story. Pig Out Productions has released the first of their many games to the Windows 8 store. I Want My Mummy is a 70 levels of rock breaking, TNT exploding physics puzzle fun. You tap…

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Windows Azure shown to have the best IaaS performance value

I just stumbled upon an industry report by Cloud Spectator (www.cloudspectator.com). They ran a test on the top IaaS providers, looking for who had the best performance for the buck. As far as I know Windows Azure and Microsoft had nothing to do with this report. The abstract of the report: With a lack of…

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The Windows 8 Store Application Object Model

While working on my latest Windows Store application, I found that I needed a better mental model of the relationships between the framework classes. Here are some quick sketches that cover the core objects and their interactions during application launch. Core Objects The diagram below shows the core objects common to all store applications:               …

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Migrating a Blog to Windows Azure Web Sites

For many years, I’ve hosted my blog on Orcsweb.  I moved there about 5 years ago or so, after outgrowing webhost4life.  Orcsweb is a huge supporter of the community and has offered free hosting to MVPs and MSFTies, so it seemed like a no brainer to go to a first class host at no charge. …

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Taking your Apps to Market

I’ve written a lot of apps (and have used a lot of apps) so one thing I’m always on the lookout for is what is working when it comes to top apps – getting users, feedback, and ultimately monetizing your apps.  The market is always changing and the trends are different in different app categories,…

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My Farewell to the Community

<warning>Just to be clear up front, this isn’t some rant about how I was offended at some event, or lost a twitter purse fight, and how I am having a public toddler meltdown and deleting all of my content and history to spite the world. I figured that’s been done enough as it is./> Dear…

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APIMASH Quakes & Astronomy

A bit overdue, but I just realized I never really announced the APIMASH project we’ve been working on.  It’s up on github.   The purpose of the project is to illustrate how to go about constructing a mashup application from a variety of data sources.  We’re adding to the project all the time, and have both…

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Building for Cost Part 2

In the last post, we looked at ways to separate content using different pieces of Windows Azure for the benefit of creating a more cost-effective solution using Windows Azure Web Sites (WAWS) and Windows Azure Storage for storing images and other binary/static files.   Although we’re looking at this just for cost efficacy, frankly that approach…

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Building for Cost using Windows Azure

One of the great advantages of having a green field cloud-based infrastructure is being able tailor the app using specific features of the platform.  Sometimes, cost isn’t an issue.  But, many times – particularly for indie devs – it is.  Scale isn’t the foremost concern here, and often times dependability isn’t, either.  Rather, it’s flexibility…

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