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Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".

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Tim Murphy's .NET Software Architecture Blog Adventures in Architecting and Developing .NET Windows 8
Windows 10 Tech Preview–First Impressions
This post is my impressions of Windows 10 after a couple of weeks of use. First let me set the stage though. I have been using Windows 8 since the RC. So I am very comfortable with it. At the end of my first 30 minutes with the Windows 10 Technical Preview I was screaming at my Surface Pro “What idiot asked for these features”. Of course after using it for a while that has subsided. The upgrade worked seamlessly on my generation 1 Surface Pro. All my apps showed up, both Store and desktop apps. There ......

Posted On Monday, November 3, 2014 3:56 PM

Review: Windows 8.1 Preview First Impressions
I have been using Windows 8 since just before the release candidate came out. While don’t see it as a perfect operating system I really enjoy it in both Metro mode and desktop mode. So what does the 8.1 Preview bring to us? Start Button The public screamed and Microsoft responded. They put a start button on the task bar in the desktop. I never use the button because there are already three other ways to accomplish the same thing (the keyboard Windows button, the hardware button on the Surface Pro ......

Posted On Friday, July 12, 2013 9:15 PM

Review: Surface Pro 128
At the BUILD 2013 conference this year the attendees were lucky enough to get Surface Pros as one of the give-aways. I realize this is a device that has been in the market since January of this year, but I wanted to record my thoughts as a user and a developer. Pros There are a number of things that I really find attractive about the Surface Pro. One of them is the screen which is crystal clear and bright. It is especially impressive after seeing the screen on the Acer W3 which looks like it belongs ......

Posted On Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:58 AM

BUILD 2013 - Build for Both: Windows and Windows Phone
This review is more person to me since I have known Matt Hidinger for a couple of years now and the fact that he just announced that he is leaving Chicago to join the Windows Phone team at Microsoft in Redmond. So let me first say congratulations to him again. Now I can’t say that I always agree with Matt, but I do respect him. One area that we disagree on (at least from his statement during this presentation) is that the official Twitter app is a good platform example. His point was more that they ......

Posted On Thursday, July 4, 2013 8:34 AM

How Can Project Spark Inspire Young Developers
At the BUILD conference last week there was a demonstration of Project Spark at the end of the first day’s keynote. I was amazed and inspired by the possibilities presented by this game/development environment. The inspiration came from the fact that it could teach a new generation of Minecraft hooked kids to program. It could grab their attention and hold it with amazing graphics and at the same time teach them the basics of writing code. From everything I have heard there is a drop in enrollment ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:16 PM

Building apps that work Together
Writing apps that stand alone will only get yon so far. If your app can allow the user to leverage other applications and share data you Can have a real winner on your hands. Jake Sabulsky started off by explaining that you should be concentrating on the core functionality of your app and letting the framework take care of the features that users require these days. This is implemented be leveraging contracts. When Windows 8 was released it included the File, Share and Pickers contracts. With the ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 3, 2013 9:37 AM

BUILD 2013 Session–Alive With Activity
Live tiles are what really add a ton of value to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone. As a developer it is important that you leverage this capability in order to make your apps more informative and give your users a reason to keep opening the app to find out details hinted at by tile updates. In this session Kraig Brockschmidt cover a wide array of dos and don’ts for implementing live tiles. I was actually worried whether I would get much out of this session when Kraig started it off with the fact ......

Posted On Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:40 AM

BUILD 2013 Session–What’s New In XAML
If ever there was a session that you felt like your head was going to explode, this one would do it. Tim Heuer proceeded to try to fit as many of the changes and additions to XAML as he could in one hour. There were a number of improvements that struck me. The first was the fact that we no longer need to put stack panels in the AppBar in order to add buttons. This has been changed to a CommandBar which at the very least makes the markup read more cleanly. Now if they would just bring this same improvement ......

Posted On Thursday, June 27, 2013 7:23 AM

Review: fotor for Windows 8
Editing images can be a tedious task, especially depending on how far from what your eye saw the image comes out of the camera. There are thousands of photo editing applications out there so it is a delight when you find one that works well and makes the process simple. I believe that fotor fits that description. I found that fotor makes most simple adjustments such as brightness, contrast, sharpness, color temperature and cropping. It also has the added features of special effects such as borders, ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:52 AM

Beginning PHP On Windows 8
It is always interesting to find out what technology I will have to work with next. One of the latest that I’ve had to learn is PHP and since I am running Windows 8 I had to get it working in that environment. At first I tried just downloading the Apache server files and running that, but then you have to deal with possible collisions between Apache and IIS. In the end I found out that it is easier to setup PHP for IIS. The first thing you need to make sure that the IIS feature installed. Then you ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:14 AM

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