Rethinking our Practices with the MVC Framework

It’s funny how the sharper and more confident we get with our frameworks and the tooling we employ to work with them, we also get a little more attached to our way of doing things. And then along comes a major version change, ripe with breaking changes. So, what’s a dev to do?

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Project K, dnvm, dnx, & dnu and Entity Framework 7 (for bonus points)

Things, they are a-changing! If you’ve played with different versions of ASP.NET 5 and MVC 6 along the way and have recently updated to the RC build of Visual Studio 2015 you’ll likely have noticed a few changes.  Just a couple. I found that I’ve been mostly able to survive the transition with a few […]

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Inbox:0 – A Practice of Awesome

Uhg. That feeling when you glance at your mail client and see hundreds of messages, most of which are unread. They trail on over weeks or months and create an instant stress-booster when you sit down at your desk. It’s the feeling that someone is always waiting on you to do something, and you can’t […]

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Tools of the Trade: Getting Setup to Code for Microsoft Band

There is a very competent and capable app for your Microsoft Band in your App Store called Microsoft Health, which is available for iOS, Android and, of course, Windows Phone. But Microsoft Health is just one way you can expose and relay information from the myriad of sensors you’ve got on your wrist, and you’ve […]

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The MVP Virtual Conference

There is a great conference coming up that is open to everyone with a keyboard and a monitor. This is a free event that Microsoft and my fellow MVPs are putting on, May 14th & 15th.  Friends, presenters and fellow Microsoft MVPs from the Americas’ region will be live-streaming for two days to share their […]

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Pushing Data to an Azure Service Bus Queue

This is a simple example of what you need to get data into a queue in Azure Service Bus from a console application. This uses the WindowsAzure.ServiceBus NuGet package, so you can actually use it anywhere you can store a connection string and write some .Net. Go here to get started, or log into your […]

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Getting Microsoft Band Running Outside of the United States

If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a Microsoft Band before they’re readily available here in Canada or elsewhere worldwide in unsupported markets, you’ll likely run into a couple problems trying to get started. When we tried to get my wife’s Band up and running we ran into a few small but […]

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Change in Windows Azure API – Websites.Services.WebEntities.ConnStringInfo

Automation is the bomb. I don’t like having to do something that can be automated more than once, so usually if I’m asked a second time (and I have a strong suspicion that I’ll be asked to do it again) I try to script it. This is very true of Windows Azure Web Apps and […]

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IoT For Humans (and Developers) – Getting Started with my Microsoft Band

Making the “Internet of Things” make sense to observers outside the industry is going to take a lot of work. While we might grow frustrated with the overuse and below-required understanding of the term, I would argue that in the industry we have a long way to go to fully understand the implications of security, […]

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Working from Home and Walking to Work: Surviving Remote Work

There’s a commercial that I’ve seen in the last few months on TV where the announcer is singing the praises of a lady who rides her bike to work, “…which is impressive, because she works from home.” While it’s true that it seems a little nuts to leave your house to go to your house, […]

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