Azure Webinar: Enterprise Ready APIs

Build, Host, and Manage Enterprise Ready APIs
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. PDT

Learn how to build, host and manage enterprise ready APIs that power business applications with hybrid connections to on-premises systems using Azure Mobile and API Management services.

Join Principal Program Manager Evgeny Popov for a live webinar on September 23rd, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. PDT.

Register here

Azure Websites: enterprise-class cloud service

Here's an interesting page describing the Azure Websites features likely to appeal to enterprises.

Windows Store Apps WinJS adoption

The availability of third party tools supporting a particular platform is always a good indication of its adoption.  This week, Jason Beres, Infragistics Sr. VP responsible for the Developer Tools Division, announced that Infragistics is putting its WinJS controls suite on hold due to poor sales. 

WinJS (Windows UI HTML Controls) - We are putting this product on HOLD.   WinJS, the HTML UI controls for Windows Store apps, has not evolved as a commercial market, and at this time we’ve decided to stop any development on the product. This does not mean we won’t pick it back up, but we’ve seen the Windows UI XAML toolset become the leader in both our sales and what you see online in terms of what developers are using to deploy Store apps. To be fair to anyone using the product, I don’t want to set the expectation that we are continuing any development on it. Even though the WinJS controls were technically wrappers of our Ignite UI controls, the cost of testing, bug fixing and delivery is too high for the current maturity of the market.

Looks like C#/XAML won that Windows Store Apps war (at least for enterprise devs) but what I would like to know is how their XAML suite is doing against their desktop products Wink

Prochain meeting MSDEVMTL Azure: 22 septembre 2014

1ère partie
Sujet: Azure Management Studio
Conférencier: Alexandre Brisebois, MVP Azure

Lors de cette présentation Alexandre nous présente Azure Management Studio de Cerabrata/Red Gate et de sa version gratuite, Azure Explorer qui sont deux outils permettant de gérer vos données stockées dans les blobs et les tables Azure (et même plus).  De plus, Alexandre fera un petit comparatif avec les outils disponibles dans Visual Studio afin de voir s'il y a avantage à utiliser VS ou les outils de Cerabrata.

2e partie
Sujet: Le nouveau portail Azure et la console Kudu
Conférencier: Guy Barrette, MVP Azure

Un tout nouveau portail est maintenant disponible et il est radicalement différent du portail de 2e génération.  Lors de cette présentation, Guy Barrette fera un petit tour d'horizon du nouveau portail pour nous aider à s'y retrouver.  De plus, vous verrez comment accéder et utiliser la console super secrète Kudu.  Cette console offre des outils de débogage très intéressants pour les Web Sites.

September 2014 Azure new features and enhancements

Another month, another bunch of new Azure features and enhancements!  So what do we have this month?

  • SQL Databases: General Availability of Azure SQL Database Service Tiers
  • API Management: General Availability of our API Management Service
  • Media Services: Live Streaming, Content Protection, Faster and Cost Effective Encoding, and Media Indexer
  • Web Sites: Virtual Network integration, new scalable CMS with WordPress and updates to Web Site Backup in the Preview Portal
  • Role-based Access Control: Preview release of role-based access control for Azure Management operations
  • Alerting: General Availability of Azure Alerting and new alerts on events

As always, check ScottGu's blog post for all the details.

Visual Studio Talk Show: IaaS sur Azure

Nous discutons de l'offre Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) sur Azure avec Julien Stroheker.

Spécialiste Microsoft Azure, Office 365, SharePoint chez Groupe pollen, Julien s'intéresse beaucoup à toutes les technologies Microsoft, avec un gros plus pour toute les solutions et alternatives cloud spécifiquement Microsoft Azure et Office 365.  Il a notamment l'ocasion de dispenser des conférences et écris un mémoire de fin d'études ayant pour sujet l'intérêt d'un système d'information dans le CLOUD (OFFICE 365).

iPhone 6 Plus price comparison

Updating to Lumia Cyan using the Nokia Software Recovery Tool

My Lumia 1520 and 520 devices are configured for dev preview and I was not getting the Cyan update so I downloaded the latest version (1.5) of the Nokia Software Recovery Tool and saw that the update was available.  The process is simple, just connect the phone to your PC and launch the tool.  If an update is available, it will show up.

Note the size of the update:

The tool will then install the update:

Success!  Note that updating your phone with the Nokia Software Recovery Tool WILL DELETE ALL DATA AND SETTINGS so make sure to backup your device before launching the update.

After that, I was able to install directly the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on both devices.

Free ebook today only: Unraveling HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript

Today only (Thursday August 28, 2014) you can get the Kindle edition of Istvan Novak's book Unraveling HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript - with Visual Studio 2013 for free.  Yep, free.  Hurry up!

Running the Windows Phone emulator inside a VM on a Mac

I recall reading a while ago that running the Windows Phone emulator inside a virtual machine was not possible because it use Hyper-V and that you can't run a VM inside a VM.

A quick search led me to this Nokia article that explain how to set up everything on a Windows machine.  OK so what if you're using a Mac?  Would that work?

My setup consist of a MacBook Air with VMware Fusion running a Windows 8.1 virtual machine.  The process is exactly the same as the one described in the article with the following particularities:

Launch the VMware Fusion settings for the virtual machine and select Advanced

In the Preferred virtualization engine list, select Intel VT-x with EPT

Next, located the folder where your VM is located, right-click and select Show Package Contents

You'll now see the .VMX file.  Open it in your favorite text editor and add this line:

hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = "FALSE"

That's it, the Windows Phone emulator should now launch (very slowly) without errors.

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