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In my previous two posts I showed you how to: View a list of preview features available to a Windows Azure Mobile Service( http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3242) Enable a preview feature for a Windows Azure Mobile Service(http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3242) In this post I’m going to start showing you how to work with data by creating a table in a SQL database using the Windows Azure cross platform command line tools. Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well. Open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following: azure mobile table create -h The azure mobile table create command will create a table in the SQ... (more)

Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp in Austin, TX

(Pssst…If you still haven’t tried Windows Azure what are you waiting for? Let me give you some encouragement. How about 90 days for free on me. Just go here to learn more.) If you live in or around Austin, TX I invite you to attend next week’s Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp. If you aren’t close to Austin, TX find a location closer to you here. Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. For other... (more)

Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp in Indianapolis, IN

(Pssst…If you still haven’t tried Windows Azure what are you waiting for? Let me give you some encouragement. How about 90 days for free on me. Just go here to learn more.) If you live in or around Indianapolis, IN I invite you to attend next week’s Windows Azure IaaS Bootcamp. If you aren’t close to Indianapolis find a location closer to you here. Whether you build apps or support the infrastructure that runs the apps, the cloud can be a really big place. For some, it’s a natural evolution for their application and infrastructure to embrace the power and scale of the cloud. F... (more)

Adding Background Audio Capability to Windows Store Apps

If you’re building a Windows Store app that plays audio you have the option of being able to play your app’s audio in the background (i.e. when the app is not running). Over the course of three posts I want to share some tips and tricks you can use for enabling your apps to run audio in the background and make it through the Windows Store certification process. In this post I’ll show you how to enable background audio in your apps. Essentially there are two things you need to do. First you’ll need to add the capability to your application’s manifest. These can be done via the f... (more)

Android to Windows 8 | Part 1

Over the past several weeks I’ve been working on some content I’m excited to finally share with you through a series of blog posts. This series will introduce you to Windows 8 development from an Android developer’s perspective. Through the course of the series you’ll create your first app. It won’t be anything pretty, but you’ll learn the ins and outs of the development environment, how to create a simple user interface, and how to perform navigation. Along the way you’ll see some Android Hints that will help make it easier for you to transition your existing skills to the Windo... (more)