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  • Everleap–A Nice Cloud Solution

    I have been using DiscountASP.NET to support my web sites for many years. I started using them based on recommendations from several Microsoft MVPs and have been very satisfied with both their support and performance over the years. The folks at DiscountASP.NET have now come up with a very exciting Cloud solution. They are calling this new cloud solution Everleap . They have two products,; Cloud Websites and Multi-Domain Cloud . I have been working with the Multi-Domain solution. Disclosure of Material
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Fri, May 16 2014
  • Building Win Store 8.1 Apps with VB

    This set of tutorials were recorded by the Microsoft Virtual Academy in March 2013. Anthony Green, a Microsoft PM in the Languages Division and I cover a number of topics dealing with building Windows Store 8.1 applications using Visual Basic. We review the principles relating to “Modern Design” and show how to achieve “fast and fluid” applications using asynchronous programming in Visual Basic. We also cover the project and template structure of a Windows Store project. We then build a small application
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Tue, Apr 15 2014
  • Understanding the Web API

    As you likely know, there is a growing trend in web development to build applications using what some might call “lower-level” tools. Instead of ASP.Net web forms, many developers are using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript (with its many helpful libraries). Part of this trend also includes lower-level web services using tools like Microsoft’s Web API. How does one expand her or his knowledge in these growing areas? One source that I would like to talk about today is an e-book from Syncfusion . They have
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Mon, Jan 13 2014
    Filed under: Data Services, OData, HTTP, Syncfusion, Web API
  • Microsoft Project Siena (beta)

    In December 2013, Microsoft released a new beta tool code-named “Project Siena.” Here is what Microsoft has to say about this tool. “Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants, and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes.” Unlike LightSwitch, Siena does not support any
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Fri, Dec 27 2013
  • Windows 8.1

    I have been using Windows 8.1 on all my machines since the RTM version was released to MSDN subscribers in September. I must say that I am very impressed and really like the changes to the UX that Microsoft has provided. To help folks who are still using Windows 7 and those who found Windows 8.0 too radical a change for their desktop experience, I have recorded a video introducing the new Windows 8.1 UX offered in Windows 8.1. Because of the applicability of this video to the general Windows user
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Sat, Oct 5 2013
    Filed under: Microsoft-Related Issues, LightSwitch, Windows 8, WinRT
  • Async and the UI Thread

    An asynchronous method provides a convenient way to do potentially long-running work without blocking the caller's thread. The caller of an async method can resume its work without waiting for the async method to finish. Asynchrony proves especially valuable for applications that access the UI thread because all UI-related activity usually shares one thread. If any process is blocked in a synchronous application, all are blocked. Your application stops responding, and you might conclude that
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Wed, Sep 4 2013
    Filed under: Win 8, Metro, Async
  • Windows Store Applications

    This tutorial brings together most of the main concepts needed to create a Windows Store application. Using the “Golf Tutorial” example that I have used for other technologies, this sample application is “almost” ready for the Store. The application stores and manages data on the local machine using SQLite. It provides the user with the ability to store information about golf courses and rounds of golfed played on the courses. It also calculates the golfer’s handicap index as well as the handicap
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Sun, Feb 17 2013
  • Tutorial – Windows 8 for a Windows 7 User

    Unlike most of my tutorials, this tutorial is not intended for the developer world. I have been contacted by a number of “normal” people who have been using Windows 7 for some time but are now a bit puzzled by their initial experience with Windows 8. Given the experience of these folks, I decided to put together a short tutorial designed to give some guidance to Windows 7 users who are new to Windows 8. This tutorial focuses on using Windows 8 in a “non-touch” environment such most desktops and many
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Sun, Feb 3 2013
    Filed under: Microsoft-Related Issues, Win 8, Windows 8
  • WinRT and SQLite Tutorial

    Some WinRT applications can benefit from having access to the storage system on the client. While there are useful APIs that access the local file system (under some constraints), sometimes working with a data management system is desirable. SQLite provides such data management features with a small footprint. With the proper helper tools, access to the data can be handled through Linq and some very useful extensions to SQLite can be used to manage the tables. This tutorial has two parts. The first
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Mon, Dec 10 2012
    Filed under: Database, Win 8, Metro, Windows 8, WinRT, Windows RT, SQLite
  • WinRT Split App Template Tutorial

    There are two templates available for Windows Store applications that include all the features of a complete application. These are the Split Application and the Grid Application. Each application includes a “sample data model” that is thoroughly linked to the pages as well as the CSS created by the template. The idea is that developers will substitute their own data model for the sample one. However, this is not necessarily an easy task. In this tutorial , we look at the Split App template and its
    Posted to (Weblog) by Burrows on Fri, Nov 2 2012
    Filed under: Data Services, OData, Win 8, Metro, Windows 8, WinRT, Async
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