Hello and welcome back to the links of the month. The last time I have introduced you to some enhancements to Windows Azure. I thought March was a big month for Windows Azure, but … what was April for an amazing month! We had the AzureConf the Windows Azure Global Bootcmap last week and some awesome enhancements to Windows Azure. Some of them will be covered in this article.
Are you familiar with the Microsoft Virtual Academy? It is a great place to become familiar with the greatest technologies from Microsoft. Beside the courses MVA offers some Jump Start series from time to time. Today and yesterday a whole bunch of Jump Start were kicked-off with the Windows 8 UX Design Jump Start. The whole May several courses will follow. Here’s a short overview about them: Continue reading
Hello and welcome back to the links of the week. After a break over the last weeks I have collected enough sites about ASP.NET, Application Lifecycle Management, Windows Store App development, and Windows Azure from the last three weeks that I want to introduce to you.
- Four new single page application templates. Gunnar Peipman introduces the four new single page application templates Ember (uses Emberjs and Handlebars), Durandal (uses Durandal, Bootstrap, Knockout, and Sammy), Breeze (uses Breeze, Knockout, and g), and Hot Towel (uses Durandal, Bootstrap, Breeze, Knockout, g, Sammy, and Toastr).
- Building Amazing Apps with the ASP.NET EmberJS Template. Nathan Totten explains the above mentioned new Ember template in more detail and shows you how you can get started with it.
- Bundling and minifying in ASP.NET MVC. Another post from Gunnar Peipman about the bundling and minifying feature in ASP.NET. He shows how you can use it and gives you some tips and tricks.
Application Lifecycle Management
- ALM Rangers ship guidance for Microsoft Fakes, TFS Disaster Avoidance and updates to two other guides. The ALM Rangers have published some new and updated guides. Willy-P. Schaub introduces them in short and gives you the appropriate download links.
- Run CI builds in your Git team project. Andy Lewis shows how you can create a CI build process with Git.
Windows Store App Development
- How to profile a XAML Windows Store App. Does your Windows Store App has not the performance which you want to have? Then have a look at this post from Andrew B. Hall which shows you how you can profile your Windows Store App.
- Alive with activity, Part 1: Working with tiles, badges, and toasts. A great tile experience is a key factor for the success of a Windows Store App. Kraig Brockschmidt explains why your app should be “alive” and how you can achieve this “aliveness”.
- Choosing between SQL Server in Windows Azure VM & Windows Azure SQL Database. Often comes the question “What should I use? A SQL Server running in a Windows Azure VM or should I go with Windows Azure SQL Databases?”. Madhan Arumugam and Guy Bowerman post will help you to decide in which situation you should use one of them.
– Jan (@Horizon_Net)
On Friday Microsoft has released some additional resources which should help you to get started with the Windows Azure Mobile Services. Here are some details on what has been added:
- A new Code Samples for Windows Store apps page on WindowsAzure.com
- An update to the Tutorials and Resources page, which now includes new tutorials and related videos from the new Windows Azure Mobile Services Channel 9 series
- Five additional Windows Store + Mobile Services scenario based code samples
After some silence (this will change during the next weeks – I’m working on a new blog post series) on my blog it is again time for the links of the week. What happened last week?
On Wednesday we had a great Windows AzureConf 2012 with some of the best speakers in the Windows Azure Community. Some of them are Windows Azure Insiders, some of them are MVPs, but, except of the keynote from Scott Guthrie, nobody of the speakers was a Microsoft employee. What does that mean? Real life experience. You will find all the sessions on Channel 9.
One nice thing I find from time to time on the web is a “31 Days of …” series made by Jeff Blankenburg. This time he is working together with Clark Sell and delivers an awesome series of posts about Windows 8. 19 days are already gone, but you will find every single post on 31 Days of Windows 8.
Away from these two remarkable sites I have three additional sites you should have a look at:
Another week is gone and it’s time for the links of the week. This week I only have six articles, but they are really good ones.
- MVVM Light V4.1 with support for Windows Phone 8 – Laurent Bugnion added support to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to his great MVVM framework.
- Windows 8 Notifications: Push Notifications via Windows Azure Web Sites – Jim O’Neil shows how to use Push Notifications in Windows 8 via the Windows Azure Web Sites.
- Augmented Reality, Windows 8, and Cloud Computing – Another great article from Bruno Terkaly who shows how to create an augmented reality Windows 8 app with Windows Azure.
- Zen Coding in Visual Studio 2012 – John Papa explains what’s the deal with Zen Coding.
- Increase monetization by adding in-app purchase to your apps
- Internet Explorer 10 brings HTML5 to Windows Phone 8 in a big way
Hello and welcome back to the links of the week (today on a Monday instead of a Sunday)! This week was all about the BUILD conference in Redmond, but I also have some links which are not related to BUILD. Lets have a look at them.
- Building out Mobile Services support to Windows Phone 8
- Build a Location API Using Entity Framework Spatial and Web API, on Windows Azure Web Sites
- Ten – oh, wait, eleven – Eleven things you should know about the ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update – Jon Galloway explains what is new with the ASP.NET Fall 2012 Update.
- Deploying your first Facebook App on Azure using ASP.NET MVC Facebook Template
- Inside the new single page apps template – John Papa explains the new SPA template.
- TypeScript for Windows 8 Store Apps – A nice tutorial written by Shayne Boyer how you could use TypeScript in a Windows 8 Store App.
- Knockout 2.2.0 released – Steven Sanderson explains what is new with the new version of KO.
Windows Phone 8
And the rest:
- Videos from BUIL 2012 on Channel 9
- Git-TF 2.0 update available – Brian Harry announces an update to Git-TF which can be used to “sync-up” Git with a TFS server.
- Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012
– Jan (@Horizon_Net)