November 26, 2014
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A Look into Speech Support in CSS3

Explore the upcoming features of speech support in CSS3.

Thirteen Things to Check before Submitting to the Windows Phone App Store

Before submitting a Windows Phone App to the Windows Phone App Store, there are a few quick things you should check.

Writing Applications in the Cloud with Visual Studio Online

With the move to cloud-based services, even project development has gone to the "clouds".

Managing the Testing of Your App Using Visual Studio Online

Learn the basics of using Visual Studio Online to manage the testing of your applications.

Using the Media Services SDK in Real-World Applications

Vipul Patel walks cloud developers through examples of using the Media Services client SDK with real-world examples.

Overview of Azure Media Services

Vipul Patel provides an overview of Azure Media Services, which provides end-to-end media solutions.

XBOX One – Architecture Overview for Developers

Vipul Patel provides an overview of the Xbox One architecture, which will help game developers to better target their games to leverage these features.

Introduction to ASP.NET MVC6

Vipul Patel provides web developers an introduction to ASP.NET MVC6 – the model-view controller offered for use in web applications.

Managing Projects Backlog with Visual Studio Online

Learn how to use Visual Studio Online to manage your project backlog with this step-by-step walkthrough.

Beginner's Guide to Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio Online marks the shift to building applications in an online environment. Read on for an overview of the development tool that has joined the cloud bandwagon.

Beginner’s Guide to Using AppStudio for Building Windows 8 Applications

Vipul Patel shows you how easy it is (even for non-developers) to create Windows 8.1 applications using AppStudio.

Getting Started with Azure HDInsight

Vipul Patel takes a look at Azure HDInsight, a service used to manage Hadoop clusters on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.

How to Migrate Java Applications to Azure Cloud

Vipul Patel explains the basics of migrating Java applications to Windows Azure.

Migrating PHP Applications to Run on Windows Azure

Learn the basics of migrating PHP applications to Microsoft’s cloud platform, Windows Azure.

Using Windows Azure Mobile Services in Android Applications

It is imperative that mobile developers understand how to leverage the benefits of cloud computing for their mobile applications. Read on to learn how to get started using Windows Azure Mobile Services in Android applications.

Getting Started with Windows Azure Recovery Services

Vipul Patel walks you through the basics of Windows Azure Recovery Services, Microsoft’s cloud offering to handle cloud backup and recovery scenarios.

Getting Started with Developing Kindle Fire Applications

Vipul Patel walks you through how to get started building applications targeting Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet.

Developer Best Practices for Windows Phone Apps

In this article, Vipul Patel walks you through a few best practices for developing Windows Phone applications.

Adding Globalization and Localization Support to Your Windows Phone Application

Learn how to build globalization and localization support into your Windows Phone applications.

Building and Deploying Apps to an Enterprise Enrolled Phone

Vipul Patel explores the fundamentals of how to distribute company applications for Windows Phones.

Enabling In-App Purchases in Your Windows Phone 8 Application

Vipul Patel shows you how to build in-app purchasing capability in your Windows Phone applications, allowing you to sell virtual products.

Understanding Search Extensibility for Windows Phone 8

Vipul Patel walks you through the basics of extending the search experience in Windows Phone.

Creating an Auto-launch Windows Phone 8 Application using File and URI Associations

Vipul Patel Walks you through the basics of how to create an auto-launch Windows Phone 8 application.

Building a Custom Contact Store in Your Windows Phone 8 Application

Windows Phone 8 allows applications to create contacts that are owned by the application itself.  This article walks Windows Phone developers through the fundamentals and steps of building a simple custom contact store.

Utilizing DataSense to Build Data-Cap Sensitive Applications in Windows Phone 8

With the launch of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced support for Data-Cap. Vipul Patel explains the fundamentals of building a Windows Phone 8 application that utilizes Data Sense to be data-cap sensitive.

Working with Proximity APIs in Windows Phone 8

Microsoft introduced support for proximity APIs in Windows Phone 8. Join Vipul Patel as he walks you through the fundamentals of working with proximity APIs in applications, targeting the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Working with Bluetooth APIs in Windows Phone 8

With the release of Windows Phone 8, Microsoft introduced support for using Bluetooth APIs in Windows Phone 8 applications. This article walks Windows Phone developers through the fundamentals of working with Bluetooth APIs in applications targeting Windows Phone 8 platform.

Understanding and Using VOIP Support in Windows Phone 8

Vipul Patel shows you the fundamentals of building a VOIP application on the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Reading from an SD Card in Windows Phone 8 Applications

Microsoft introduced support for accessing SD card contents in the Windows Phone 8 release. This article walks Windows Phone developers through the fundamentals of building a Windows Phone 8 application that can use the storage APIs to read from SD card. 

Guide to Porting Android Applications to Windows 8

The mobile landscape is changing, and Microsoft is now gaining market share. If you've already built for Android, learn what do you really need to know to port your application to Windows Phone 8.

Using the New Launchers Supported in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 adds more support for launchers, which enable users to perform common tasks. In this article, we will walk through the new launchers that were introduced in Windows Phone 8.

Building a Windows Phone 8.0 Lens Application

Microsoft has introduced the capability of allowing application developers to build their own camera applications, called Lens, in Windows Phone 8.0. This articles walks a Windows Phone application developer through the process of building a camera application that integrates directly with the built-in camera application.

Building Windows Phone Applications using Direct3D

With the release of Windows Phone 8.0, Microsoft introduced support for Direct3D, which is part of Microsoft’s DirectX application programming interface. Join Vipul Patel to learn more about the platform support for Direc3D in Windows Phone 8.

Adding an Auto-Upload Feature to Your Windows Phone 8 Application

Windows 8 lets you build the auto-upload feature into your mobile application. This article walks a Windows Phone 8 application developer through the steps to build the auto-upload feature into their Windows Phone 8 application.

How to Build a Navigation App for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 offers new APIs for maps and navigation. This article walks the user through the steps involved in building a navigation application for the Windows Phone 8 platform.

Understanding and Using the Wallet in Your Windows Phone 8 Application

Wallet, Windows Phone 8's new functionality lets you manage payment instruments, store coupons, credit and loyalty cards in a central place, and lets you link these items to Windows Phone 8 applications. Vipul Patel shows you how.

Adding Speech Support to Your Windows Phone 8 Application

Windows Phone 8 platform lets users interact with Windows Phone 8 applications through speech. This article walks the reader through the steps of integrating speech support in their Windows Phone 8 applications.

Using the Location API in Your Windows Phone 8 Applications

Windows Phone 8 allows application developers to build applications that can use the device’s physical location. This article walks through the steps of building a mock application, which utilizes the location API.

Using the New Map Control in Windows Phone 8 Applications

Vipul Patel walks application developers through the process of building Windows Phone 8 applications with the new map control.

How to Build Lock Screen Notifications w/ Windows Phone 8

The recently announced Windows Phone 8 platform supports the ability to customize the lock screen. This article walks a Windows Phone Application developer through the steps to provide lock screen notifications for their application as well as set the lock screen background.

A Guide to Better User Interaction Using Windows Phone 8 Tiles

Live tiles make interaction more personal by providing notifications on the Start screen itself. Join Vipul Patel in a walk-through of the basics of Windows Phone 8 Tiles.

15 New Features of Windows Phone 8 of Interest to Developers

Windows Phone 8 has a lot of great features. Get insights into the new features in the Windows 8 platform that you, as a developer, can target in your applications.

Getting Started with Windows Phone 8 Development

(Updated) Vipul Patel walks mobile application developers through getting started with Windows Phone 8 development.

How to Create a Windows Store Leaderboard Application Powered by Windows Azure Mobile Services

Vipul Patel walks you through building a working Windows 8 application that is powered by the recently announced Windows Azure Mobile Services. This application demonstrates the ease of building a working application for mobile devices in a very short time, using the tools offered by Microsoft.

How to Develop Scalable Apps Running on Windows Azure

Vipul Patel shares the steps a Windows Azure developer can take to increase the scalability of a Windows Azure based cloud application.

Introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services

Microsoft has made it easier for mobile applications to connect to the Windows Azure based backend. This article provides an introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services – the latest offering from Microsoft.

Running Java Applications on Windows Azure

Windows Azure supports running applications in a variety of frameworks.  Vipul Patel shows you how to run Java applications on Windows Azure.

How to Secure your SQL Azure Application

Developers targeting the SQL Azure platform should make sure their applications are secure. This article walks through the considerations developers need to keep in mind when designing SQL Azure applications.

How to Run Native Code in Your Azure Service

Windows Azure, by default, runs code in low trust. In this article, we explore how to enable running an Azure service with full trust.

Going Beyond Cloud Basics: Understanding Advanced Web Roles

Knowing the knobs and hooks available for web and worker roles in Azure can be very helpful to administer complex configuration settings. This article walks us through an understanding of these advanced roles and how we can use them in our Windows Azure based cloud services.

How to Keep Tab of your Windows Azure Hosted Services

Not only does Windows Azure provide a reliable platform to host and execute services, it even provides a set of Service management APIs to help create application which can be used to monitor these services. In this article, we will walk through the creation of a simple monitoring application which will list our Azure services running in the cloud.

How to Create a WCF Service Running on Windows Azure

Windows Azure offers a plethora of programming modes to harness the power of cloud computing. In this article, we explore how to create a WCF service running on Windows Azure.

 

Exploring the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android

Microsoft is working hard to improve adoption of its cloud computing platform. To tap into non-Windows markets, it has released toolkits for both iOS and Android. In this article, we explore the offerings of the Windows Azure Toolkit for Android.

Understanding Windows Azure CDN Service

Windows Azure provides ability to cache blobs in its Content Delivery Network service. In this article, we explore Windows Azure Content Delivery Network Service and see how we can use it in our applications.

Using Windows Azure Storage Service to Upload Files

Windows Azure provides secure, scalable and easy to access services for durable storage in the cloud. In this article, we explore how we can programmatically store a file in Windows Azure storage.

Understanding the Windows Azure Blob Service

Windows Azure provides a variety of storage services. In this article, we will learn more about the Windows Azure Blob service.

Architectural Considerations for SQL Azure

When designing applications for SQL Azure, it is important to consider the architectural impact to achieve the best performance. In this article, we discuss some of the architectural considerations for an SQL Azure application.

Connecting Azure Services Using Windows Azure Connect

Windows Azure Connect allows Azure developers to enable IP-level network connectivity between Azure services and external resources. This article discusses how you can go around using Windows Azure Connect to create a virtual network of all our computing assets.

Using Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting to Present Your Data

Microsoft SQL Azure Reporting is a cloud-based reporting platform which can work with SQL Azure. This article walks you through how use SQL Azure Reporting to present your cloud-hosted data.

How To: Getting Diagnostic Data in your Windows Azure Application

Developers targeting Windows Azure often need to access diagnostic data from their Windows Azure application. This article walks the reader through the steps Windows Azure application developers can take to capture diagnostic data in their application.

How to Migrate your Database to the Cloud Using SQL Azure

Developers targeting to use Microsoft's Azure computing platform will have questions around how to migrate their on-premise data to SQL Azure. This article walks through the steps to move data from existing on-premise installations to SQL Azure.

Building a Cloud Application with Data Access Using SQL Azure

Developers desiring to build cloud applications based on Azure technologies will benefit from understanding how they can leverage SQL Azure for their database needs. In this article, we will show you how to build a cloud application--with data access--using SQL Azure.

Understanding the SQL Azure Editions, Subscriptions Types and Pricing

Developers who are building applications for the Windows Azure platform would also be interested in the database offering, SQL Azure. This article provides an overview of the SQL Azure editions, various subscription types and pricing structure.

Introduction to SQL Azure

The cloud computing platform from Microsoft, called Azure, provides data storage and processing capabilities. This article provides an insight to SQL Azure.

Understanding the Hardware Capabilities of WP7 Devices

Developers targeting the newly revamped Windows Phone platform will benefit from knowing the minimum hardware capabilities specified. Having knowledge of these capabilities will allow application developers to better target their applications to take advantage of these capabilities. In this article, we will walk through the various hardware specifications outlined for the Windows Phone devices.

How To Configure Settings for a Windows Azure Application

Developers targeting applications for the Azure platform should be aware of the various configuration settings which can be made for a cloud-based application. This article walks the reader through the various settings one can utilize in a Windows Azure application.

Exploring the Windows Azure Marketplace

Cloud developers are excited about the business opportunities the Microsoft Windows Azure platform presents. This article discusses the business opportunities Windows Azure offers to developers in the form of the Windows Azure Marketplace.

How to Debug Microsoft Windows Azure Applications

It is imperative that cloud developers using Windows Azure familiarize themselves with the practice of debugging applications which are not hosted in-premise. Learn about the debugging methodologies that can be used for cloud application debugging. 

Microsoft Windows Azure Development Primer: Getting the Tools Ready

Azure, the cloud computing platform from Microsoft, is garnering a lot of developer interest. To start developing Microsoft Windows Azure applications, you need to have a toolset ready. This article describes how to get the development tools you'll need to get started.

Deploying your Azure application to the Cloud

Visual Studio Development tools for the Microsoft Windows Azure platform provide an emulator to test our cloud application. Deploying the application to the cloud takes a few more steps. In this article, we learn how to deploy our Azure application to the Cloud.

Creating a Simple Windows Azure Application

To get on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing bandwagon, you need to understand how to develop applications targeting the platform. Discover how to create your first “Hello World” cloud application.

Overview of the Roles Within an Azure Application

Before writing applications targeting the Windows Azure platform, you should understand the various roles within a hosted service.

New in C# 3.0: Create and Initialize Collection Objects in One Step

C# 3.0's new collection initializer feature provides a new syntax that combines collection object creation and initialization into a single step.

One-Step Object Creation and Initialization in C# 3.0

C# 3.0 introduced object initializers, which provide a new syntax to initialize the objects you create. This simple syntax combines object creation and initialization into a single step.

Go Inside C# 3.0's Type Inference Process

When a generic method is called without specifying type arguments, C# 3.0 uses a type inference process to infer the arguments. Find out how it works.

The New Lambda Expressions Feature in C# 3.0

C# 3.0 introduces lambda expressions, a more concise syntax for declaring method code inline where in the past you would have used a delegate function.

Using the New Extension Methods Feature in C# 3.0

Extension methods provide a new mechanism for invoking static methods on object instances. Although they behave similarly to static methods, they offer greater convenience.

The New Anonymous Types Feature in C# 3.0

C# 3.0 provides a mechanism for declaring anonymous types in your code without explicitly declaring the class structure, and the C# compiler optimizes the creation of anonymous types if one with a similar structure already exists.

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