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Ryan Abrahamson
At Industrack,we migrated our production backend to Azure. Our platform is a real-time data collection system of GPS data streaming from remote devices. For the most part it is working well, there are some gaps in services that I am expecting from Azure that hard are hard to find from external vendors. Microsoft has a 99.9% SLA on their Azure services ......

Late last year Microsoft launched TFS in the cloud at https://tfs.visualstudio.com. It is free for 5 users and less. Microsoft hasn’t completely worked out the pricing yet for larger teams, but that will be out soon. This is a great opportunity to create an account that can be used to learn more about the ins and outs of TFS. This service does not have ......

By enlarge, most developers fall into these two camps I will try to explain what I mean by way of example. A manager gives the developer a task that is communicated like this: “Figure out why control A is not loading on this form”. Now, right there it could be argued that the manager should probably have given better direction and said something more ......

I have some concerns where I see Microsoft going in terms of making developers pay to use tools that they already own. For example, to test out Windows Phone development I had to pay the $99 fee to allow me to actually deploy MY test app on to MY phone to test against actual hardware and not in the emulator. Now, if I choose to upload my app the the ......

Recent announcements regarding Windows Phone 8 and the fact that it will have the WinRT behind it might make some of this less painful but I discovered the "XmlDocument" object is in a new location in WinRT and is almost the same as it's brother in .NET System.Xml.XmlDocument (.NET) Windows.Data.Xml.Dom.XmlDoc... (WinRT) The problem I am trying to ......

It has happened several times now where I end up installing TFS "over the shoulder" of the system admin guy whose job it will be to "own" the server when I am gone. TFS is challenging enough to stand up when doing it myself on a completely open platform, but at these locations, networks are locked down, machines are locked down, and the unexpected always ......

I have been doing development on both the Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 Metro style applications over the past month and have really been enjoying doing both. What is great is that Silverlight is used for both development platforms. What is frustrating is the "Same but Different" nature of both platforms. Many similar services and ways of doing things ......

I spent the afternoon with the Geolocator object in the WinRT and Widows 8 platform. I have also been working with doing Windows Phone 7 development, and first had to wrap my head around the fact that while similar, it is not the same as the GeoCoordinateWatcher that environment. I found a nice example here http://code.msdn.microsoft.... ......

This was about as straight forward of an affair as one would think for installing a Beta product. Once I got over my own memory lapses of what do first. VMWare Player: After spending about an hour trying to find a 32bit version of Windows Server 2008 (which will be the last 32bit Server OS according to Microsoft), I gave up and capitulated to having ......

I think everyone who uses Visual Studio can agree that Microsoft has packed an amazing amount of functionality into one tool. One thing that makes that possible is the ability to quickly get to all of the functionality easily not spending a lot of time sitting around RTFM. I am not sure about the direction that the monochromatic icons in the VS 2011 ......

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