One intriguing new feature in Micrsosoft’s SQL Server 2014 is the ability to create or attach databases whose files are in Azure blog storage. This sounds like something that would not work at all well: why would you want a database engine to mount files located hundreds or thousands of miles away? However, the feature
…continue reading Hands on: SQL Server 2014 with data files in Azure Blob Storage
Good to see these options when creating an Azure VM:
Puppet is for automating IT operations.
Chef is for modeling IT infrastructure and application deployment as code.
…continue reading Puppet and Chef come to Windows Azure
I experienced an odd problem on a Surface Pro (first edition). This happened shortly after upgrading to Windows 8.1 Update though not immediately after.
Symptom: I could connect to wifi but although I had five bars of signal strength, according to the notification area icon, I had no connection; and ipconfig reported “Media disconnected” for
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I had a quick look at the .NET Native Preview. I am interested to see what the benefits might be. Note that currently the preview only supports 64-bit Windows Store apps.
Here is what is promised:
For users of your apps, .NET Native offers these advantages:
Fast execution times Consistently speedy startup times Low deployment
…continue reading A quick hands-on with native code compilation for .NET
It’s curious. Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has been in place for only a month which means that almost everything announced at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference which took place last week in San Francisco, must have been set before he was appointed; yet there was a sense of “all things new” at the event, as
…continue reading Microsoft Build 2014: what happened
Xamarin’s Miguel de Icaza was booked for a standard session room at Build, Microsoft’s developer conference in San Francisco, but the session was moved to the keynote room because of demand. I am not sure how the likely demand was calculated, but it was possibly something to do with the event app that lets attendees
…continue reading Microsoft Build goes nuts over Xamarin’s C# and .NET for iOS and Android
At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft has announced a new kind of Windows app: a Universal App. In fact, you can download the latest Visual Studio 2013 update (Update 2 RC) and
A Universal App runs on both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1. But what is it really?
…continue reading What is a Universal Windows App?
Day one at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco was Windows client day – including Windows Phone as well as full Windows. Two slides made the biggest impression on me. One was this one, the return of the Start menu to the desktop, and a Store app (the Mail client) running in a desktop window:
…continue reading Saving Windows the sequel: the Return of the Start
Developing for Windows Phone is now closer to developing for the Windows 8 runtime, according to information from Microsoft’s Build sessions, just published.
Build is Microsoft’s developer conference which opens tomorrow in San Francisco.
…continue reading Microsoft Build Sessions published: Windows Phone XAML and HTML/JS apps, new Azure APIs and more
This is a book which ends too soon; but it is a good read nevertheless.
Journalist Matt Nicholson here provides a history of personal desktop computing, beginning with machines like the DEC PDP-8 in 1965, which was not a desktop computer but merely the size of a refrigerator so more convenient than a mainframe, and
…continue reading Review: When computing got personal by Matt Nicholson