Very handy utility – hurl.it


This is a very handy utility when working with web apis – I assumed I was last to discover it, turns out I’m not 🙂

  • Hurl makes HTTP requests.
  • Enter a URL, set some headers, view the response, then share it with others.
  • Perfect for demoing and debugging APIs

And… as is the trend these days… it is a utility delivered as… a web site. Sweet.

http://hurl.it/

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Windows 8 and developers


Post BUILD conference, much has been written about “Windows 8” and the impact of the announced technologies on developers, especially existing .NET developers.  Some of the conclusions people reached in those early days and weeks were quite frankly… a little weird IMHO.

Which is why I was pleased to see this short summary from Andrew appear on Tuesday in Visual Studio Magazine: Windows 8: Times Are Changing for Developers. I would humbly suggest you check it out.

Some one liners to ponder on:

  • “HTML and JavaScript were vehicles for bringing in new developers, not forcing out developers already in the Microsoft camp.”
  • “Microsoft’s track record of helping developers through platform shifts was excellent; the BUILD message leaves this record untarnished”

Thanks Andrew!

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October 4th to 6th–FREE Online Conferences on Phone, Azure and IE


Three days of FREE conferences on the latest technologies from Microsoft – without even needing to get out of your pjs 🙂

Windows Azure Online Conference / Tuesday 4 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

If you are just getting started with cloud computing with Windows Azure, this is the perfect starting point for you This online conference will help you get over any initial stumbling blocks, so you can quickly be productive in this new environment.

Windows Phone Online Conference / Wednesday 5 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

We’ll help you familiarise yourself with different aspects of designing for Windows Phone, including the philosophy behind Metro and Application design. You don’t need any experience of Windows Phone development, you just need an interest in developing phone apps.

Internet Explorer Online Conference / Thursday 6 October, 3-5pm

Register for this event here / Click here for more details

In this conference we’ll discuss the difference between a website and a web application. You’ll also learn about HTML5 features that allow applications to do more than is currently possible with just AJAX and HTML 4. In-depth web development experience isn’t necessary you just need to be keen to build your knowledge of the different aspects of IE9.

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Windows Azure sessions from the BUILD conference


Although the BUILD conference was primarily about Windows 8, there was still a lot of great sessions on Windows Azure. Now… how do we collectively find the time to watch them 🙂

Overview

Windows 8 and Windows Azure

Data

Devices

Operations

Development/Other

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Hello Windows 8… wow!


My Lenovo W520 (nice machine by the way) now has the Windows 8 Developer Preview running on it.

After 30mins of use can I just say … wow!

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A 4.8 GB Download and setting up boot from VHD got me:

  • 64-bit Windows Developer Preview
  • Windows SDK for Metro style apps
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview
  • Microsoft Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview
  • 28 Metro style apps including the BUILD Conference app

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