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Do you want to really impress the users of your Windows Store applications with a single line of code? If you answered yes, and I’m assuming you would, then read on. If you answered no, well, then, I don’t really know what to say, but I would encourage you read on as well. One of the cool features in Windows 8 is the Search charm. This allows you to search across the system and within apps to find exactly what you’re looking for. As developers we can leverage this by implementing the Search contract. This contract allows you to add a search pane to your apps that enables users to search within your app both while the app is running as well as from anywhere in the system. Adding the search capability is fairly straightforward and I have some links at the end of this post that can get you on your way. However, if you follow the tutorials you will be left with a subo... (more)

Windows Azure Mobile Services for Android

Overnight the Windows Azure Mobile Services team released official support for Android. Along with the SDK Microsoft has also written a number of tutorials to help you get started. The best place to start if you’ve never used Windows Azure Mobile Services before is the Getting started with Mobile Services tutorial. After you complete the initial walkthrough, there are a number of options you can look at depending on what your specific needs are: Data Get started with data – Learn how you can use Mobile Services to store and retrieve data from an app. Validate and modify data usi... (more)

Disabling DirectAccess Functionality in Windows 8

Let me start by saying I love DirectAccess in Windows 8. It’s great for accessing resources on the Microsoft network when I’m not in the office (which is about 90% of the time). DirectAccess, is case you aren’t aware of it, gives remote users (like yours truly) seamless access to corporate networks with the need to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network). I highly recommend you look into. As I stated in the intro, DirectAccess is great. I only have one caveat to add, when it works. On and off over the past couple of weeks I’ve been running into an issue where DirectAccess is in a co... (more)

Windows Azure Mobile Services now with HTML Client Support

In case you missed, last week the Windows Azure Mobile Services shipped support for HTML clients. Here’s a recap. The HTML client provides a JavaScript library that developers can use when building both Websites and PhoneGap/Apache Cordova apps.  The new HTML client combined with Cross-origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support helps developers leverage the great Mobile Services functionality available to native application developers today including: Turn-key structured storage for your HTML5/JS applications Authentication using common popular social identity providers such as Mic... (more)

Azure CLI Day 12 – site stop

In my last post (http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=3107) I showed you how to browse directly to a Windows Azure web site using the Azure CLI. In this post we’ll start looking at how to perform management operations on a web site. We’ll start with stopping a running web site. Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well. Open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Comma... (more)