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Real-Time Communication to Xamarin App via SignalR and Azure API App Services

There are times where your website or mobile app would like to show live data, such as scores in real-time. And I don’t mean hitting an api on a timer but to populate with a new set of data auto-magically. This repo consists of an API and a few demo projects that make that happen. Using... http://drew5.net/code/real-time-communication-to-xamarin-app-via-signalr-and-azure-api-app-services/
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PLUG Cambridge: Pitch Off

Most recently I had the opportunity to meet the staff at a local co-working spot in Cambridge called PLUG. I know what you are thinking, another co-working spot. True, but this one is a bit different. PLUG has a great story. It started many years ago in Sao Paulo Brazil to help connect local... http://drew5.net/event/plug-cambridge-pitch-off/
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How To Add Users to an Azure Subscription using Role-Based Access Control

In some cases you may want multiple users to access your Azure subscription, however you may not want to hand out your username and password to your Microsoft Account. Or maybe you don’t want that user to have full access but some role based access. Here is a simple step by step to add a... http://drew5.net/resources/how-to-add-users-to-an-azure-subscription-using-role-based-access-control/
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Bits and Bytes: Forget Parse, Use Azure Mobile Services to Create an API for your Mobile App or Website

When you are building a mobile app or a website mostly likely you are going to need some type of data repository. This can be either files, video or in the form of a “database”. In order to access these reposititories you need some sort of access mechanism. Sometimes it is a library... http://drew5.net/code/bits-and-bytes-forget-parse-use-azure-mobile-services-to-create-an-api-for-your-mobile-app-or-website/
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Bits and Bytes: Getting Started with TypeScript

You might be wondering what is TypeScript. Is it yet another programming language I need to learn? Another set of API’s and documents to read through? Yes and no. It is a superset of the programming language JavaScript. What does that mean? Well, as a “superset” it means... http://drew5.net/code/bits-and-bytes-getting-started-with-typescript/
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How to view, add, edit and remove files in Azure Web App using the Kudu service Dashboard

Sometimes the little things to perform can seem like an obstacle. Take editing files on a Platform as a Service. Sure you can use Git or your favorite FTP client to get files off of Azure and edit them. But what if your company, school, computer etc. restricts access to performing this? My ... http://drew5.net/apps/how-to-view-add-edit-and-remove-files-in-azure-web-app-using-the-kudu-service-dashboard/
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How to Install and Run WordPress on Microsoft Azure

This post is not just about installing and running WordPress on Microsoft’s cloud platform, Azure, but it is to show you the many ways you can. Each developer has their own style. Each client or customer has their own needs. If you are implementing WordPress you can choose the approach... http://drew5.net/code/how-to-install-and-run-wordpress-on-microsoft-azure/
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Hacking Productivity with Microsoft Office 365

Hacking Things Done Don’t worry, we’re not about to tell you how to code an app in under five minutes. (But if you want to try, we’d love to see it!) We do want to tell you about Hack Productivity, a new online hackathon from Microsoft with $32,500 in prizes for apps that help people make stuff h... http://drew5.net/events-3/hacking-productivity-with-microsoft-office-365/
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Developing for the Microsoft Band Android Edition

In my last post we looked at getting set up to develop a Windows Phone app using the Microsoft Band SDK as well as Visual Studio Community Edition on a Windows 10 machine. We also looked at using the Web Tiles, which utilizes a web interface to build a communication tile that you install with ... http://drew5.net/code/developing-for-the-microsoft-band-android-edition/
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Using MS Open Tech to Quickly Build Your Virtual Machine

Azure Marketplace is a great place to start your search for a Virtual Machine to start building your app or infrastructure on. However, these VM’s are sometimes vanilla and will need to be configured to your liking. Let’s use Rails as an example. In order to get a Rails app on a... http://drew5.net/code/using-ms-open-tech-to-quickly-build-your-virtual-machine/
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Microsoft Ventures Northeast Events

Microsoft Ventures (MSV) info event in Boston and New York is taking place soon. You’ll get to learn about the next MSV Accelerator focused on Machine Learning, network with MSV folks from Seattle, and learn how to apply. Please find details below. NEW YORK DATE: October, 21, 2015 TIME: 6-8 P... http://drew5.net/events-3/microsoft-ventures-northeast-events/
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Get Your Learning Hat Ready for Microsoft Events

Get ready to learn some awesome technology and services. Ranging from Machine Learning to Disaster Recovery, we have events lined up for everyone. Developers, new to Visual Studio 2015 or Microsoft Azure? Sign up now for a free, hands-on day of expert-led demos and labs in a city near you:... http://drew5.net/events-3/get-your-learning-hat-ready-for-microsoft-events/
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BUILD 2015 Recap

Azure App Services Create ASP.NET API app in Azure App Services Auto-Healing an Azure App Service Logic Apps with Stephen Siciliano Azure App Service Architecture Running Web and Mobile Apps on Azure App Service Azure API Apps for Web, Mobile and Logic Apps Logic Apps What’s New for Azure D... http://drew5.net/resources/build-2015-recap/
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How to Convert Your Current Email to a Microsoft Account

Set up a Microsoft account, and all of your Microsoft services—from Office to Outlook to Skype—work together through a single sign-in. Whether you use Windows, iOS, or Android devices, or switch between all three, your account keeps everything you need on the device in hand. All of these ser... http://drew5.net/resources/how-to-convert-your-current-email-to-a-microsoft-account/
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Cortana Intelligence Competitions

The Cortana Intelligence team has launched a data science challenge site. Currently there are two introductory challenges posted. Decoding Brain Signals Each year, millions of people suffer brain-related disorders and injuries and as a result, many face a lifetime of impairment with limited t... http://drew5.net/code/cortana-intelligence-competitions/
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Bits and Bytes: Migration of Azure Mobile Services to Azure App Services

For the past year Azure Mobile Services has come a long way. From adding easy access to making custom API’s and table scripts to combining push notifications and identity management. However, this past December Mobile Services has a new name, App Services. App Services now contains, Web... http://drew5.net/code/bits-and-bytes-migration-of-azure-mobile-services-to-azure-app-services/
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Bits and Bytes: Adding TypeScript Support to an Existing Project

In the previous Bits and Bytes, we looked at Getting Started with TypeScript, now we will see how we can add TypeScript support to existing projects. Similar to getting up and running we are going to need to make sure Node.js and our TypeScript compiler is installed. Once that is complete we can ... http://drew5.net/code/bits-and-bytes-adding-typescript-support-to-an-existing-project/
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Entrepreneurship Week Event: Turning Your Ideas into a Reality

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, Microsoft Boston and Microsoft Natick will be hosting free two-hour special events for aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. You’ll hear a keynote address from a successful startup founder and a panel of local entrepreneurs and e... http://drew5.net/events-3/entrepreneurship-week-event-turning-your-ideas-into-a-reality/
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Remove The Spending Limit in Azure to use the Azure Marketplace

The Azure Marketplace is your online store for software applications, developer services and data, all pre-configured for Microsoft Azure. In order to access some of these services a credit card is required to be configured within the Azure portal. BizSpark members have a luxury of free Azure... http://drew5.net/resources/remove-the-spending-limit-in-azure-to-use-the-azure-marketplace/
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Website Debugging with Vorlon.js

I have worked for digital agencies for most of my career. I was a developer and eventually became the Director of Technology at a few of them. I have worked with web technologies since 1996 and have gone through iterations of design and build trends. From the Adobe Flash splash-screen phase to... http://drew5.net/code/website-debugging-with-vorlon-js/
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Azure Certification Jump Start in New York City

If you’re interested in any of the following, this is a must-attend, free, hands-on event! Becoming Azure certified Improving your marketability in the new cloud-optimized world Becoming a systems architect Staying current on the latest technologies Becoming a cloud EXPERT Join us for a... http://drew5.net/events-3/azure-certification-jump-start-in-new-york-city/
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PHP and Azure Data Services

When we think of PHP we also think of MySQL. The perfect relationship. PHP can provide the logic and MySQL can provide the data storage. There are others like SQLite, Postgres, MariaDB, MongoDB and more. All of these provide great functionality and performance but there are a few services that... http://drew5.net/code/php-and-azure-data-services/
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Developing for the Microsoft Band

I am embarking on a series on Developing for the Microsoft Band. If you are not familiar with the Band it is a product that is in its second iteration. With 11 sensors ranging from accelerometer and gyroscope to heart rate and skin sensor, the Band is a great device. The first part of the series... http://drew5.net/code/developing-for-the-microsoft-band/
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Activate Your DreamSpark Subscription to use Azure

What is DreamSpark? DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. DreamSpark is simple: it’s all about giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at... http://drew5.net/code/activate-your-dreamspark-subscription-to-use-azure/
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Managing ConnectionStrings and Variable with Wordpress on Azure

One of the cool features of Azure is the ability to have a “deployment slot” for your web app.  Web app content and configurations elements can be swapped between two deployment slots, including the production slot. Deploying your application to a deployment slot has the following ... http://drew5.net/code/managing-connectionstrings-and-variable-with-wordpress-on-azure/
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