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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Windows 8 to 8.1 App Considerations: Screen Size

One of the most frequent questions/concerns I’m seeing in community is:  what application changes do I need to consider for Windows 8.1 development?   Is there anything I should be doing today in my Win8 apps to make it easy to move to 8.1 in the future? There’s a ton of great info that came out…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) APIMASH – Earthquake and Messier Sky Object API Starter Kit for Windows Store Apps

My latest DevRadio episode has been published – here are the details! Abstract: In today’s episode Brian Hitney demos for us the Messier Sky Object Explorer and Earthquake Starter Kits for your Windows 8 apps. Tune in as he walks us through both APIs and show us how easy it is get started building for…

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Creating a Great Mashup Part 2

This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer, a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake information on Bing maps.   Earthquake Explorer was based off of the Earthquakes mashup starter kit on github.  Read part 1 here.  In the first part, we created a Windows Azure Mobile Service to store data as a back end for…

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Scaffolding Tool for Windows Azure Mobile Services

One of my biggest mantras is: “Write only the code that only you can write” What I mean is, if the code you are writing could be written by any competent developer (because it is infrastructure and not germane to the IP or ‘special sauce’ of what you are doing) then you should find a…


APIMASH and Intro to Game Dev Raleigh

I’m really excited to be hosting a few events in the Microsoft Raleigh office focused on Windows 8 development.  The first on revolves around our APIMASH starter kits – a great way to get started building mashup style applications in Windows 8, with templates and examples in both C# and HTML/JS.  The other sessions are…


“Driving Your Career” app in the Windows Store

I started my time at Microsoft by giving a farewell talk at my old company. I wanted a way to pass on the tribal knowledge we had built. That talk became the ‘Soft Skillz’ talk, which I have now given over 150 times. Sometimes it is a one hour talk, and sometimes a much longer…

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Windows 8 “Elev8” App Challenge

We’re coming up on the annual Code Camp here in Charlotte, and this year, we thought it would fun to hold a hackathon leading up to the code camp, rather than simply run an all day event at the code camp.  Here’s your chance to develop a great app for Windows 8, elev8 your skillset,…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 5) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Push Notifications

Abstract: In Part 5 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie  show us how to quickly add the ability to implement push notifications for his GameLeader Service using Azure Mobile Services. Check out the full article here. Watch Part 1…

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Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Azure Mobile Services

Abstract: In Part 4 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series  Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how to build the same game leaderboard service on top of Windows Azure Mobile Services. Tune in as Andrew demos for us how to get started as…

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