Creating a Great Mashup using Windows Azure

This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer, a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake information on Bing maps.   Earthquake Explorer was based off of the Earthquakes mashup starter kit on github. Creating a mashup is pretty easy in Windows 8 – creating a great one requires a bit more work.   In this case, I'm working with the USGS earthquake GeoJSON feeds, a very easy-to-use feed that contains earthquake information for either the past hour, day, week, or month.   ... [More]

APIMASH and Intro to Game Dev Raleigh

I’m really excited to be hosting a few events in the Microsoft Raleigh office focused on Windows 8 development.  The first on revolves around our APIMASH starter kits – a great way to get started building mashup style applications in Windows 8, with templates and examples in both C# and HTML/JS.  The other sessions are intro to gaming, developing some simple games using Construct2, and GameMaker/other frameworks as time allows.   Here are the events/times: APIMASH: Tue 6/4/2013 from 10... [More]

Microsoft DevRadio: Spring Azure Update Review - IaaS, Web Sites, Licensing and more!

Abstract: Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati review and demo some of the latest updates and features made to Windows Azure such as the general availability of Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, Azure Web Sites, the Azure SDK 2.0 for .NET and the new licensing and pricing model. After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step #1 – Try Windows Azure: No cost. No obligation. 90-Day FREE trial. Step #2 – Download the Tools for Windows 8 App Development Step #3 – Start building your o... [More]

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 6) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Authentication

Abstract: In Part 6 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie  explore the world of built-in support for authentication in Windows Azure Mobile Services. Tune in as they quickly demo for us the process of adding authentication for your mobile and Windows Store apps.  Check out the full article here. Watch Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step #1 – Try Wi... [More]

Windows 8 “Elev8” App Challenge

We’re coming up on the annual Carolina Code Camp here in Charlotte and this year we thought it would fun to hold a hackathon leading up to the code camp, rather than simply run an all-day event at the code camp.  Here’s your chance to develop a great app for Windows 8, elev8 your skillset, and potentially win some cool stuff  Here are the details: The short version: develop a Windows 8 app, optionally attend some of our workshops, and submit it to the challenge.  At some point you need to be... [More]

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 5) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Push Notifications

Abstract: In Part 5 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie  show us how to quickly add the ability to implement push notifications for his GameLeader Service using Azure Mobile Services. Check out the full article here. Watch Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step #1 – Try Windows Azure: No cost. No obligation. 90-Day FREE trial. Step #2 – Downloa... [More]

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Azure Mobile Services

Abstract: In Part 4 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps” series  Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how to build the same game leaderboard service on top of Windows Azure Mobile Services. Tune in as Andrew demos for us how to get started as well as lays out what some of the +/- are for using Azure Mobile Services for this kind of service.  Check out the full article here. Watch Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 After watching this video, f... [More]

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 3) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – ASP.NET Web API

Abstract: Back for part 3 in their series for “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps”, Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie show us how easy it is to host services built with the ASP.NET Web API using the new Windows Azure Web Sites feature. Check out the full article here. Part 1 | Part 2 After watching this video, follow these next steps: Step #1 – Try Windows Azure: No cost. No obligation. 90-Day FREE trial. Step #2 – Download the Tools for Windows 8 App D... [More]

Bing Maps Mashup in Dark Skies

I’ve gotten a few requests about how to do a mashup in Dark Skies … so, thought I’d do a blog post on how it was put together.  First, what’s a mashup?   A mashup is an application that combines data from multiple sources into what is, hopefully, a more useful or interesting way to view the data.  They are often done as web applications because the data is often pulled from online sources.  But, mashups are ideal for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps, too.&nb... [More]

Compressing as Individual Files in Folder

Let’s see how long it takes Jim Christopher to jump in with a better PowerShell solution.  :) I had a directory full of .avi files that contains RAW, uncompressed data at 60fps from a camera (for astroimaging).   Even capturing just a few minutes of data amasses  over 10GB of data: No wonder my drive filled up so quickly.  For archiving the data, I wanted to zip each file into its own file, not into a folder.  Because I had about 50GB of videos to do, I wanted a simple c... [More]

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