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July 2012 Entries

Drinks for Windows Phone

My first Windows Phone app has finally reached over 500 4000 12000 downloads as of today Dec 13th, 2012 Oct 4th, 2013! Although it seems like a small number in the grand scheme of things, it’s exciting for me. To be honest, I was excited when it was downloaded for the first time. What’s even more awesome is reading the new drink recipes that the mobile app users added to the Drinks database recently. It’s a pretty cool feeling to know that people are using this app, and are having fun with it. A ......

Workplace Bullying 101: The Lynching

I read an article tonight that hit extremely close to home, discussing workplace bullying and its impact on a company. As someone who has been on the receiving end of workplace bullying a multitude of times over the course of my career, I am happy to see some focus being put on this in the media, including how a company suffers when workplace bullying is allowed to prevail. Will it be taken more seriously when the big-shot executives realize that it affects their bottom line? One can only hope. Unfortunately, ......

CTTDNUG–Windows 8 Camp Wrap-Up and Year in Review

Over the weekend, CTTDNUG hosted a full day Windows 8 Dev Camp, sponsored by Microsoft (thanks Microsoft!). We were lucky enough to have not one, but two experts - Andrei Marukovich and Atley Hunter - come out to teach us all about Windows 8 development. At first I was hesitant to run this type of event in the summer. The venue that I had my sights set on was only available in July. Would there be any interest from the members to give up one of their Saturdays to sit in a room all day in front of ......

Book Review–Getting Started With OAuth 2.0

Getting Started With OAuth 2.0, by Ryan Boyd, provides an introduction to the latest version of the OAuth protocol. The author starts off by exploring the origins of OAuth, along with its importance, and why developers should care about it. The bulk of this book involves a discussion of the various authorization flows that developers will need to consider when developing applications that will incorporate OAuth to manage user access and authorization. The author explains in detail which flow is appropriate ......

Windows 8 Camp–Ways to Prepare

When Windows 8 was announced at the BUILD conference back in September, it created quite a buzz among the developer community. By the spring of 2012, Windows 8 Developer Camps started popping up everywhere imaginable. I received a lot of questions from CTTDNUG members about whether or not we would be hosting one locally. If you recall my post about the Windows Phone/Azure Developer Workshop that CTTDNUG hosted back in March, you’ll remember that the biggest hurdle to overcome when planning this type ......