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In my three previous posts I showed you how to use the Windows Azure cross platform command line tools to: Create a firewall rule for a SQL database server(http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3479) List the firewall rules for a SQL database server(http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3490) Show a firewall rule for a SQL database server(http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3501) In this post I’ll show you how to use the Windows Azure cross platform command line tools to delete a SQL database server firewall rule. Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mavericks) 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 sql... (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)

Disabling DirectAccess Functionality in Windows 8

Let me start by saying I love DirectAccess in Windows 8. It’s great for accessing resources on the Microsoft network when I’m not in the office (which is about 90% of the time). DirectAccess, is case you aren’t aware of it, gives remote users (like yours truly) seamless access to corporate networks with the need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). I highly recommend you look into. As I stated in the intro, DirectAccess is great. I only have one caveat to add, when it works. On and off over the past couple of weeks I’ve been running into an issue where DirectAccess is in a co... (more)

Android to Windows Phone 8: Connect to the network

It’s more than likely that a Windows Phone app will need to work with data that resides on the Internet. For example, an app may aggregate data from various news sources using RSS feeds. Consuming this type of data in a Windows Phone app is very similar to consuming it in an Android app. In this post I’ll show you how to get your Windows Phone app connected to the network. In order for a Windows Phone application to access the Internet, it must have the ID_CAP_NETWORKING capability enabled in its app manifest. By default, when you create a new Windows Phone application using Vis... (more)

Android to Windows Phone 8: Manage Network Usage

It’s more than likely that a Windows Phone app will need to work with data that resides on the Internet. For example, an app may aggregate data from various news sources using RSS feeds. Consuming this type of data in a Windows Phone app is very similar to consuming it in an Android app. In this post I’ll show you how to manage network usage. It’s important to consider how your Windows Phone app will access network resources once it has the capability to do so. If your app is going to perform a large number of network operations or transfer large amounts of data (e.g. audio/vide... (more)