Microsoft Power BI – Choosing the Offering that Meets Your Needs

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. With free Power BI desktop tool, you can easily create intuitive reports using a variety of data sources and publish them to your Power BI dashboard. You can then view your reports in the browser or the Power BI…

0

How Many Developers Use C++ vs. C# vs. Other Programming Languages

A customer recently asked me a question on C++ vs. C# in terms of developer populations while deciding whether or not to recode a C++ app using C#. One reason for the thought was that going forward it might be easier to find C# than C++ developers. As I set out to find a not…

0

Troubleshooting Tips on Getting Started with Azure Service Fabric Application Development

  Azure Service Fabric is a PaaS service with which developers can build always-on, scalable, distributed applications microservice based apps. To get started, follow the steps outlined in the articles below. Prepare your development environment Create your first Azure Service Fabric application I updated Service Fabric runtime SDK, and tools for Visual Studio 2015 on…

0

Deploy an Azure Container Service cluster – Tips and Tricks

Deploying an Azure Container Service (ACS) cluster is fairly easy. You can use the Azure portal, PowerShell scripts or CLI command lines. You can find a good introduction to ACS at github. You can find step by step instructions below. Deploy an Azure Container Service cluster Connect to an Azure Container Service cluster Container management…

0

Tips and Tricks on Doing “Lift and Shift” On-Prem Systems to Azure

While Microsoft Azure offers an open and flexible platform for PaaS solutions, customers and partners usually take a “Lift and Shift” approach to moving their existing apps to Azure, that is, they try to keep and run the systems “as-is” or with minimal changes. The reason why they take the approach is rather obvious, whether…

0

Azure Mobile Apps – Migrate Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 App to Windows 10 UWP App

Using Microsoft Azure App Service, you can create a cross-platform app (Android, Cordova, iOS, Windows, Xamarin code based Andriod or iOS) with Mobile Apps (web api service) and database in the backend very easily. You can find step by step instructions at the blog series under App Service Mobile Apps. One small issue is that…

0

Azure Marketplace Part II – Single VM Solution

  As we outlined in the first blog post, single VM is a natural choice for solutions that can be packaged in a single server on Windows or Linux. In this post we provide the technical detail on how to create a single virtual machine that contains your solution. Two Azure Deployment Models Azure supports…

0

Azure Marketplace Part I: Why Partners Should Care

  If you know Microsoft Azure, you probably have heard about the Azure Marketplace, which was launched last July at the World Partner Conference and is currently in preview. While you can find a good deal of information on the Azure Marketplace online, including the Azure Marketplace FAQ, you may still find yourself looking for…

0

How to Capture Smart Card Added and Card Removed Events In Windows Store Apps

I’ve modified the sample smart card app (C# version) and upload the code here https://github.com/zxue/Windows-universal-samples/pull/1/files  For more info on smart card and minidriver info, check https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn468773(v=vs.85).aspx   1. Capture and Display Card ID Adding a new property to the code and modify the user interface 2. Respond to user actions – when the card is…

0