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Microsoft invests substantial resources in supporting developers; yet the last two topics I have explored in earnest – the Azure blob storage service, and ASP.NET MVC with Azure Active Directory integration – have been frustrating and difficult. Admittedly
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I think the first thing Microsoft would have to do in order to improve is first admit they have a problem.

Customers appreciate humility far more than dishonesty and evasion.
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I rashly agreed to create a small web application that uploads files into Azure storage. Azure Blob storage is Microsoft’s equivalent to Amazon’s S3 (Simple Storage Service), a cloud service for storing files of up to 200GB. File upload performance can be
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Embarcadero AppMethod: another route to cross-platform mobile, now with C++ support http://bit.ly/1q3Od2t
Embarcadero has updated AppMethod, its IDE for cross-platform mobile and desktop applications. The IDE now supports C++, and as a special offer, you can develop Android phone “free forever”, according to the web site. AppMethod is none other than our old
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Resilience is not backup: how Codespaces.com lost its data and its business http://bit.ly/1lBnYIY
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Review: Nokia Lumia 630 – a lot of smartphone for the money http://bit.ly/1prBSVD
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Apple’s Swift programming language: easy coding for OS X and iOS at last? http://bit.ly/1kloEaw
Apple has announced a new programming language, called Swift. (There was already a language called Swift, used for parallel scripting, but Apple links to the other Swift in case you land on the wrong page. So far it looks like the other Swift has not retur
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It looks quite good actually.  If only Apple would make the language available for other tool vendors on other platforms...
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Developing an ASP dot NET  MVC app with Azure Active Directory: an ordeal http://www.itwriting.com/blog/8551-developing-an-asp-net-mvc-app-with-azure-active-directory-an-ordeal.html
Regular readers will know that I am working on a simple (I thought) ASP.NET MVC application which is hosted on Azure and uses Azure Blob Storage. So far so good; but since this business uses Office 365 it seemed to me logical to have users log in using Az
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Google I/O 2014: impressive momentum, no wow moments http://bit.ly/1o5KoGM
I am not in San Francisco but attended Google I/O Extended in London yesterday, to hear the keynote and a couple of sessions from Google’s annual developer conference. I found the demographics different than most IT events I attend: a younger crowd, and
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+Lars Fosdal I totally agree with you on the fact that functionality is the king(and should be but majority people are not like us) I merely told what Google was not able to crack from so long and seem to have done it this time.
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Microsoft Azure: growing but still has image problems http://bit.ly/1kOlfvK
I attended a Microsoft Cloud Day in London organised by the Azure User Group; I booked this when Technical Fellow Mark Russinovich was set to attend, but regrettably he cancelled at a late stage. I skipped the substitute keynote by UK Microsoftie Dave Copl
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A tale of two Lumias: snaps on a Lumia 630 versus a Lumia 1020 http://bit.ly/1ln0nl2
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Was I the only one reading "schnapps" triggered by "a tale"...? 
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Having it both ways: can Microsoft equally back Windows Phone and “Any device”? http://bit.ly/1lirhce
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Visual Studio “14” announced, preview available with “Roslyn” open source compiler http://bit.ly/1pDnI3j
Microsoft’s Soma Somasegar has announced the next version of Visual Studio, currently known as Visual Studio 14, but likely to be fully released in 2015 (and, I am guessing, likely to be called Visual Studio 2015). This is a major release. It includes a n
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