Windows Azure Mobile Services Unofficial Android SDK: Authentication Support

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I totally forgot to blog about it, but my unofficial SDK has had authentication support for a few days now. This has been pretty easy to implement, actually, thanks to OAuth and the Mobile Services backend. If you haven’t gotten started with WAMS authentication yet, you really should try it out. It’s easy as pie, really, and you can set yourself up with 3-4 authentication providers in a matter of several minutes. I’ll leave the rest to this great tutorial on authentication with WAMS. So, if you’ve got the latest version from GitHub, you can now do...
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Windows Azure Mobile Services — Scheduler Scripts

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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...

My SELA Developer Practice Talk: Node.js on Windows Azure

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The SDP started last Sunday in the shadow of rockets fired on Israel and an alarm and evacuation around 10:30AM. Nonetheless, attendance was almost full and all sessions were delivered as planned. We had three tracks with a total of 18 talks, and mine was concerned with running Node apps on Windows Azure. This was a similar -- although not identical -- talk to what I did at the Israeli Windows Azure User Group last month. You can find the slides and demos here, but you will have to substitute your account names and keys if you want to run...
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Windows Azure UG Talk: Node.js on Azure

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Last Monday, I gave a talk on Node.js with Windows Azure at the Israel Windows Azure User Group. First of all, I find it incredible that the group meets every month and discusses the latest developments in cloud computing from Microsoft. I was delighted to see a group of enthusiasts open to learning about new technologies – I preached JavaScript and Node to C# developers, after all :-) Node.js on Azure from Sasha Goldshtein My talk covered the basics of using Node.js, fundamentals of the express framework and then some modules such as nstore,...
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Slides from the Third Jerusalem .NET/C++ User Group Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

On Sunday we hosted the third meeting of the Jerusalem .NET/C++ User Group. My presentation on generics in Java, .NET and C++ is below, and Noam’s presentation on the Windows Azure new features can be found in the Windows Azure Training Kit (June 2012 refresh), which I strongly recommend. Thanks for coming, and see you at the next meeting! Generics in .NET, C++ and Java
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PDC 2009 Day 1: Keynote, Bob Muglia

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Next on the stage was Bob Muglia, President, Server & Tools Business, Microsoft Corp. Unfortunately, I’m a developer and so some of his speech was a little along the following lines: we have the data of the potential and we need to unlock the innovation of the solutions to the apps of the data in the potential, with the software. we also need to data on the weave and make the impact of the solutions. i want to applicate the embraces of the steps to...
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PDC 2009 Day 1: Keynote, Roy Ozzie

The first day keynote started with an introduction by Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corp. The Microsoft strategy (which hasn’t changed much since PDC ‘08) is to target “three screens (TV, phone, PC) and a cloud”. Ray mentioned the single coherent developer experience which is extremely important to Microsoft. We’ll see advances in Visual Studio and Expression tomorrow in a keynote by Steven Sinofsky and Scott Guthrie. There were also hints about Windows Mobile vNext being announced or previewed at the Mix conference in March. The strategic runtimes for all types of screens are Internet Explorer...
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