Wrapping Up TechDays Netherlands 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What a crazy week it was! On Monday evening I was totally stuffed from the traditional Passover dinner at my parents' house, and on Tuesday morning I was already flying to Amsterdam for TechDays Netherlands 2014 to deliver three talks on Azure Mobile Services and Notification Hubs. Thanks everyone for coming to my talks and I'm sorry for the botched demo at the end of the third one -- there's only so many times you can tempt the demo gods before something goes wrong, and in this case it was the Internet connection (both wired and wireless) towards the end...
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Canada Tour 2014: Toronto User Groups and ConFoo

Friday, February 28, 2014

I spent a great week in Canada despite the super-cold weather for my taste. After all, in Israel, sub-freezing temperatures are enough of a reason to cancel school and bring public transportation to a halt. So for me, stepping outside in -15 degree weather was pretty much of a shock. The week started with three days in Toronto, visiting the Sela Canada branch and delivering two talks at user groups - an introduction to Android development with Eclipse and Xamarin, and an introduction to Node.js on Windows Azure. Then, I flew in to ConFoo, a conference for web developers in Montreal....
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Productivity, Exploration, Diagnostics, and Collaboration: Visual Studio 2013

Friday, February 14, 2014

On Thursday I had the pleasure of delivering a session at the High-Tech Mizpe Ha-Yamim event for decision makers (VP R&Ds, CTOs, and CIOs) in the beautiful and tranquil Safed/Rosh-Pina area. My talk focused on Visual Studio 2013 and how it can make developers' lives better by improving productivity and collaboration, making it easier to diagnose difficult problems in development and production environments, and helping explore large amounts of existing code. I built the talk around four core areas: productivity, exploration, diagnostics, and collaboration. The demos included using IntelliTrace with Windows Azure Cloud Services, using Visual Studio's .gcdump support with...
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Integrating Windows Azure Mobile Services and Service Bus Notification Hubs

Monday, October 7, 2013

This is one of the longest blog titles ever, and I’m still not using the full official feature names. AccessCheckByTypeResultListAndAuditAlarmByHandle, anyone? Scott Guthrie just announced recently that Windows Azure Service Bus Notification Hubs have reached the GA phase, which is a good opportunity to try them out. Notification Hubs are designed to blast out a large number of push notifications to a variety of connected devices, absolving you of the need to worry about client subscriptions, managing lists of clients per topic, handling different push APIs for different platforms, and managing dropped or expired push channels. From my...
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