Call for Papers: SELA Developer Practice, May 5-9, 2013

December 31, 2012

I'm very happy to announce that the call for papers is now open for the next SELA Developers Practice! Our last conference has been a huge success, with over 1350 registered attendees and a number of workshops that we had to duplicate due to high demand. We want our next conference to be even bigger -- and you can be a part of it! We are looking for breakout sessions (60-75 minutes) as well as full-day workshops covering any topic related to the Microsoft stack -- from Windows 8 to Windows Phone and Windows Azure, WCF and Entity Framework, ASP.NET...
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Windows Azure Mobile Services — Scheduler Scripts

December 26, 2012

Scheduler scripts are a very recent addition to Windows Azure Mobile Services. This is a very nice feature that supports periodic background processing in your mobile service. As a reminder, in the original release of Windows Azure Mobile Services, the only opportunity to run any server-side work (in scripts) is when the client performs an operation on a table (select, insert, update, or delete). For any kind of periodic processing, you'd have to use an external solution or have a client ping one of your tables -- a very ugly solution, as opposed to a scheduled script. When would you...
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Windows Azure Mobile Services — Unofficial Android SDK

December 24, 2012

Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) is probably the most exciting Microsoft technology I have encountered in the last 5 years at least. This is a cross-platform framework that serves as a backend for your mobile applications, taking care of concerns such as data access and storage, user authentication, and push notifications. WAMS is the logical next step after PaaS offerings: it is a complete backend-as-a-service, which takes care of most (if not all) your server-side needs. For a general introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services, I recommend that you take a look at the Windows Azure Developer Center, or --...
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Windows AzureConf 2012: Mobile Services, a Backend for Your Mobile Apps

Windows AzureConf was last month, and it was a blast! This was a virtual conference streamed online on Channel 9 and focused exclusively on Windows Azure, with Scott Guthrie delivering the keynote and the rest of the talks given by Azure community members -- Azure Insiders and Azure MVPs. My first talk was about Windows Azure Mobile Services, which is the piece of Microsoft technology I am most excited about in the last 5 years at least. If you haven't seen this technology, Windows Azure Mobile Services provides a backend for your mobile apps on a variety of platforms, currently...