Azure, IoT, Maker, Free and Other Such Buzzwords

Can your average Developer/Maker afford to use Azure? I decided to skip any “back of the napkin” calculations (since most napkins are notoriously unreliable finks when it comes to architecture and finances) and actually build something. My criteria was simple, stand up an app on Azure that could communicate with 15-20 “things” for less than $12 per month. I determined this amount scientifically; it is what it costs for a 4-Screen Netflix account. I failed, it ended up being free.

Breaker 7-6, This is Pi, Netduino Do You Copy?

I recently wrote about getting the a Raspberry Pi connected with Azure storage. This works well for when you have a full network stack to work with but what those scenarios where you don’t have this luxury? Here we’ll walk through one potential solution using the some super inexpensive radios, a Netduino 2 and the Raspberry Pi.

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Hello Azure, My Name is Pi

I’ve been working on a little project at home recently and I needed to get data from some remote sensors in to the cloud. I also happened to have a couple of Raspberry Pi units begging me to do something fun. So with an Azure account and Raspberry in hand it was time to write the next killer app, Hello World with Azure in the middle.

Awesome Android with Xamarin

I’ve been publicly developing an application I call RMV Awesome on this blog over the last few months. Since the initial release of the Windows 8.1 app we’ve migrated code to a Portable Class Library, ported to Windows Phone 8, added monetization, integrated Azure Mobile Services and tackled geo-location. Today we’ll take a look at bringing this awesomeness over Android using Xamarin.


Multiple Apps, One Azure Mobile Service

Multiple Windows 8 apps, can they share the same Azure Mobile Services backend? This was the question I was looking to answer this week. I did the prerequisite search of the interwebs and found that this question has been floating around for a while now. What I didn’t find was a definitive answer. Let’s start off by solving that problem.


Location, Location, Awesome Geo-Location

I’ve been publicly building an application called RMV Awesome for the last several months on this blog. Since the initial release of the Windows 8.1 app we’ve migrated code to a Portable Class Library, ported to Windows Phone 8, added monetization and integrated Azure Mobile Services.  Next we’ll tackle geo-location.

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Solving an and Outlook Authentication Problem

I’ve been trying off and on for some time now to add my account which I use for personal email to Outlook 2013 so that I can see both my personal and professional calendars side-by-side in Outlook. I’ve used this set up for years but recently it stopped working. Every time I tried to add it Outlook would return an error.

Log onto Exchange ActiveSync mail server (EAS): The username or…

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Awesome Azure Mobile Services

I love talking about Azure Mobile Services. It is one of those services that developers are always shocked is available from Microsoft. Why shocked? Well, Azure Mobile Services is a fully-baked backend for apps that delivers data storage, custom API’s, scheduled jobs, authentication (Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and Google) and push notifications. Further more, it is truly cross-platform with SDK…

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Monetizing RMV Awesome!

Part of a series covering Windows Client development, we continue to work on RMV Awesome – an ironically named Modern UI application for keeping tabs on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles. In this article we’ll start monetizing our app use the Microsoft Advertising SDK.

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Monetizing Apps

Monetization is one of the most important and confounding choices a developer has to make. I spend most of my day working with developers and organizations building commercial software. App monetization is one of those topics that seems to come up fairly…

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