About ericnel

15 years at Microsoft and never assimilated :-) Husband, father, FPS gamer and ... Application Architect.

FREE Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Windows Azure e-book (Jan 2014)


Not the one I did back in 2010 (which is now horribly out of date!), rather a shiny new one which walks you through a patterns-based approach to building real-world cloud solutions. It covers the development process as well as architecture and coding practices.

Download the E-book (PDF) and optionally the companion Fix It Project

The content is based on a presentation developed by (the awesome) Scott Guthrie

  • Norwegian Developers Conference (NDC) in June of 2013 (part 1, part 2)
  • and at Microsoft Tech Ed Australia in September, 2013 (part 1, part 2)

Enjoy.

2014 …when PlayStation 4 meets PlanetSide 2


Planetside 2 on PC is amazing as a solo player and epic in a great squad … but you need a very good PC as the battles are huge (Think Battlefield 64 and then double it and then double it again and then …)

Or… you need a PlayStation 4.

It is a free genuine AAA game, which is not pay to win.

Reason #1 why not to buy an Xbox One…

(This is really just a test of Live Writer)

Launch day PlayStation 4 or… not


I have had two orders with Amazon – a launch day PS4 console only and a full gamer pack guaranteed “pre Christmas”.

The launch day I placed after the unveiling of PS4 and Xbox One at E3. For me the PS4 was a clear winner and has remained so ever since.

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The gamer pack I did after the US reviews of console and games came out this month – and I was certain that I would be going PS4 over Xbox One.

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Today I need to decide which one to cancel.

I have never ever had a launch day console… so a part of me wants to say “I was there on day one!”. However in practical terms, it probably makes more sense to go for “pre Christmas”. I will miss any “launch day hiccups”, I avoid the “new shiny toy” vs “wedding anniversary is Dec 2nd” issue, I’m currently engrossed in Battlefield 4 and Planetside 2 on PC and I would get a good deal on Killzone + controller + camera….

Ho hum…decisions, decisions…

What are you folks doing? PS4 or Xbox One? Sticking with PC?

P.S. I haven’t blogged for ages… I will explain why later on… but this post was really to dust off Live Writer :-)