Azure App Services Mobile Apps and a new One Dev Minute Video for Azure Mobile Services

Things have been quiet recently on my blog, but things have been far from quiet in the world of Azure Mobile Services. First off, in the new Azure Portal, Mobile Services is looking a bit different… Introducing App Service Mobile Apps Microsoft recently unveiled a new group of Azure services, bundled collectively as Azure App…

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Using the PhoneGap Developer App with a Cordova for Visual Studio Project

I got an excellent question from a reader on my previous post (The Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio Kinda Rocks) about whether you can use the PhoneGap Developer App with an Apache Cordova for Visual Studio 2013 project. This was a particularly excellent question because I didn’t know the answer, which gave me…

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Epic Saga Chapter 2: Wherein I try to use an XMLHttpRequest in a Cordova app on my Windows Phone

This post is the second post in the series: Uploading Images from PhoneGap/Cordova to Azure Storage using Mobile Services The previous chapter of this saga ended just as I realized that the super-convenient-and-easy-to-use FileTransfer plugin would not enable me to upload raw binary data to my Azure Blob storage service—multipart/form-data only. With great sadness at…

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The Multi-Device Hybrid Apps extension for Visual Studio Kinda Rocks

NOTE: The CTP3 of this Visual Studio extension (now called Apache Cordova Tools for Visual Studio) was just released—I’m test driving it now so stay tuned! I have been messing around with creating Cordova (PhoneGap) apps, mostly ones that are derived from the Mobile Services quickstart project for PhoneGap. However, I have just been using…

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Try Out the New Mobile Services .NET Backend Totally for Free

Hopefully, by now everyone is aware that you can try out Mobile Services in Windows Azure free for one month. Past the first month, you can keep your mobile service in free mode (with a free 20MB database for 12 months) while you develop and test your app. With all of this free trial goodness,…

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Notification Hubs Plus Mobile Services for Sending Windows Phone Notifications from a .NET Backend Service

NOTE: This blog post is now a bit stale. There is now full Notification Hubs integration with Mobile Services .NET backend for both versions of Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8.1 Silverlight Windows Phone 8.1 Store or Universal apps Click the above links for the full tutorial. – Glenn On Thursday, the Windows Azure Mobile Services team…

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Time to get the WCF Data Services 5.6.0 RTM Tools

Folks who have recently tried to download and install the OData Client Tools for Windows Store apps (the one that I have been using in all my apps, samples, and blog posts to date) have been blocked by a certificate issue that prevents the installation of this client and tools .msi. While a temporary workaround…

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Windows Phone 8 is Finally Here!

This is a great day for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, with the official launch of Windows Phone 8 along with the following Windows Phone 8-related clients and toolkits: Windows Phone 8 SDK Mobile Services SDK for Windows Phone 8 Windows Phone Toolkit for Windows Phone 8 OData Client Library for Windows Phone 8   Windows…

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New and Improved T4 Template for OData Client and Local Database

If you recall from my previous post Sync’ing OData to Local Storage in Windows Phone (Part 1), I had written a T4 template for my Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) project to generate a proxy client needed to access both an OData service and local database on the device. My template was based on an existing…

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New Windows Azure Guidance Topics Published

Just a quick post to let everyone know that we have just published a new set of Windows Azure prescriptive guidance topics for developers: Windows Azure Developer Guidance This release includes two guidance topics I wrote: Guidance for OData in Windows Azure Using Windows Phone with Windows Azure These topics are about 90% of where…

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