Tag Archives: Windows Azure

Node.js, Python, and HTML development with Cloud9

Probably you already have heard about Cloud9 and have done some development of it. Maybe it is your favorite IDE. Before I actually go on I have to admit that Cloud9 is not my personal favorite. For Node.js and plane HTML projects I use WebMatrix and Visual Studio with the Python Tools installed comes handy for Python projects. But that is the point! I use two different IDEs, which in this case works nicely together, but that must not be the situation in every development environment.
Some days ago I watched the Introduction to Node.js from Paul O’Fallon and he is using Cloud9 throughout the whole course and I was impressed about what you can actually do with it. Literally years after I have used Cloud9 for the first time it was time to give it another try. In this post I am going to talk about the capabilities Cloud9 has and my experiences with it.

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Links of the month (June Edition)

Hello and welcome back to the links of the month. As a developer, who is mainly focused on Microsoft platforms, it was an amazing month. With the Build conference behind us, a lot of improvements to Windows Azure, the preview of Windows 8.1, and the preview of Visual Studio 2013, I have a bunch of links for you.

With this post I like to introduce a new category: GitHub. It will contain interesting projects I saw on GitHub.

Special attention I want to pay to something I think every programmer wants to do: Changing the world! AzureDevs – Changing the world through code is something you should definitively have a look at.

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Awarded as a Windows Azure MVP


What an amazing year! I met amazing people, travelled around, and had a lot of fun. Today came the climax. I’m awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Windows Azure.

That is a big honor for me, but I like to take the chance to thank the guys who made this possible.

First of all I like to thank the passionate community around the different Microsoft products, especially Windows Azure. I never saw that kind of passion and energy. It is amazing to be part of that community.
Also I like to thank the people who supported me in the last years, regardless of whether at university in Magdeburg, in the Microsoft Student Partner program, or in the Windows Azure Insiders community. You have deeply impressed me!
At last I want to show my respect to the people from Microsoft, especially the Developer Platform Evangelism (DPE) group. I met a lot of you guys, from Germany and from the US, in the last three years and every time it is a pleasure to talk and to listen to you.

To make a long story short: Thank you a lot and keep up the good work!

– Jan (@Horizon_Net)


Links of the month (May Edition)

Hello and welcome back to the links of the month. It has been a busy month for me. The downside of months like that is that I have a lot of ideas for blog posts, but not the time to write them. To make a long story short, stay tuned for some blog posts I hope I can publish in June. For now I have some blog posts for you which are worth reading. A special attention I want to pay to the post from Sara Soueidan, who has build an amazing demo of a web site which uses a Windows 8 Live Tiles-like style.

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Links of the month (April Edition)

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.

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The day after … the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp

What an amazing Saturday! Have you attended one of the 96 local Windows Azure Bootcamps? Are you one of these crazy 8,000 people around the globe?

But let me start at the beginning. Nearly two months ago at the MVP Summit in Redmond some of the Windows Azure MVPs (ahead was Magnus Martensson a.k.a. @noopman) had an idea: One big event in several cities in several countries. I think they had no idea how big it really will become. With the enthusiasm of the Windows Azure Insiders and the help of several Microsoft employees it came bigger and bigger.

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