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Confessions of an Evangelist April 2014 Entries
Upgrading to Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1
Woot! I’ve got it, the new preview release of Windows Phone 8.1. Since the announcements at Build where they introduced the next generation of apps for Windows and Windows Phone I’ve been working to get the tools and start the learning process to be ready to build for the new devices. If you’re looking to do the same there are a few steps to follow, but it’s not that difficult, although it takes some time and a couple steps to complete. Here’s what you need to do… Get a Windows 8 phone. This can ......

Posted On Monday, April 14, 2014 9:44 AM

Are your servers bleeding?
Looking at the news today I came across an article about how the latest exploit Heartbleed has the tech community in a frenzy. This is a flaw in OpenSSL which is used to encrypt data communications between a client and a server. The server software OpenSSL is used to create an encrypted channel designed to protect data going back and forth. Because Microsoft is a proprietary company (although it seems they’ve heard the Open Source clarion and is going that way), it builds and licenses software that ......

Posted On Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:42 AM

Life is short, sometimes too short
Today was a sad day for the developer communities in Chicago and in the US in that we lost a good friend and advocate for the right way to use technology, Dave Bost. He was a big guy who was able to connect with humor and insights in not just specific tools, but also understanding the where, how and why these were compelling. He leaves behind family, friends and a world that will seem a little quieter and vacant in his absence. Dave is not the only loss to this sometimes tight, sometimes confused ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:17 PM

What to Build next? Might as well script it.
Last week was quite the week for new things, an internet of things maybe even. We had lots of announcements and great new stuff coming out of the Microsoft foundry. Everything from Universal apps to run on phone and windows form factors, to a new Azure Portal that gives you detailed analytics of how your site is running. I was struck by the quantity and the quality of what they are bringing to the table to make it easier for us dev’s to do our jobs. There is plenty there to talk about, and the challenge ......

Posted On Monday, April 7, 2014 2:19 PM

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