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.

Stack Overflow's Xamarin questions on Twitter

Reading and answering questions on Stack Overflow is a great way to learn and help people.  A couple of years ago, someone created the @SOAzure Twitter account that would post a tweet when a new question was tagged "Azure" on Stack Overflow.  I like having these questions in my Tweeter feed because it act as a reminder to go to Stack Overflow for me.

I created a similar account, this time for questions tagged with "Xamarin": @SOXamarin

August 2014 new Azure services and features

Wow!  Microsoft announced today a bunch of new Azure services and features:

  • DocumentDB: Preview of a New NoSQL Document Service for Azure
  • Search: Preview of a New Search-as-a-Service offering for Azure
  • Virtual Machines: Portal support for SQL Server AlwaysOn + community-driven VMs
  • Web Sites: Support for Web Jobs and Web Site processes in the Preview Portal
  • Azure Insights: General Availability of Microsoft Azure Monitoring Services Management Library
  • API Management: Support for API Management REST APIs

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

AzureConf is back!

On September 25th, 2014, Microsoft will be hosting AzureConf, another free event for the Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9.

Register here

Gartner names Microsoft a leader in Four Magic Quadrants

From Microsoft's Server & Cloud blog: Gartner names Microsoft a leader in Four Magic Quadrants.

Bing Developer Assistant

Here's a cool Visual Studio extension: Bing Developer Assistant.

Bing Developer Assistant enhance Visual Studio IntelliSense. While coding, a relevant code snippet related to your current API will be automatically displayed in the IntelliSense window which is powered by Bing Code Search.

I installed it at home an the performance is OK however, I definitely won't install it at my current client that has an Internet pipe smaller then the width of a human hair.

Windows Phone down from 3.4% to 2.5%

According to IDC, the Windows Phone sales were down from 3.4% to 2.5%. 

Top Five Smartphone Operating Systems, Worldwide Shipments, and Market Share, 2014Q2 (Units in Millions) 

Operating System

2Q14 Shipment Volume

2Q14 Market Share

2Q13 Shipment Volume

2Q13 Market Share

2Q14/2Q13 Growth

Android

255.3

84.7%

191.5

79.6%

33.3%

iOS

35.2

11.7%

31.2

13.0%

12.7%

Windows Phone

7.4

2.5%

8.2

3.4%

-9.4%

BlackBerry

1.5

0.5%

6.7

2.8%

-78.0%

Others

1.9

0.6%

2.9

1.2%

-32.2%

Total

301.3

100%

240.5

100%

25.3%

Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, August 14, 2014

The good news is:

...but that could start to change during the second half of 2014 when numerous vendors within key emerging markets come on board, including BLU, Micromax, Prestigio, Yezz, and others. These join Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, Lava, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE.

Visual Studio Talk Show: Lean Startup

Nous discutons avec Etienne Garbugli de Lean Startup. L'expression « Lean Startup » renvoie à une approche spécifique de démarrage d'entreprise. Elle repose sur la vérification de la validité des hypothèses, l'expérimentation scientifique et le design itératif. Elle tend à réduire les cycles de commercialisation des produits, à mesurer régulièrement les progrès réalisés, et à obtenir des retours de la part des utilisateurs. Dans cette optique les entreprises, en particulier les startups, cherchent à concevoir des produits et services qui rencontrent au mieux la demande de leurs consommateurs, avec un investissement initial minimal.

Etienne Garbugli est un consultant indépendant qui travaille aux intersections de la technologie, du design produit et du marketing. Il est le fondateur de deux startups technologique, un expert reconnu en expérience utilisateur (UX) et un passionné de marketing. Il excelle avec les pratiques « Lean » et « Agile » et est l’auteur du livre Lean B2B. Grand voyageur et polyglottes (français, anglais et mandarin), il a vécu une année en Asie plus précisément à Beijing, Hong Kong et Singapour. Il est maintenant de retour à Montréal, sa ville natale et est impliqué dans le démarrage de la firme Psykler. Vous pouvez suivre son parcours sur son site web http://www.etiennegarbugli.com

http://visualstudiotalkshow.libsyn.com/0174-etienne-garbugli-lean-startup

Azure speed test

Here are a couple of cool Web sites to bookmark: azurespeedtest.azurewebsites.net and www.azurespeed.com.  Both sites give you speed and latency metrics for Azure.

Azure Speed test has been available for a while:

 

And the new kid on the block is AzureSpeed.com:

Thanks to the authors: Richard Astbury and Blair Chen.

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