Azure Bits #3 – Adding a Message to an Azure Queue

In Azure Bits #2 – Saving the Image to Azure Blob Storage, we were able to save our image to Azure Blob Storage and verify that this all went according to plan after re-publishing our site to Azure. In this Azure Bit, we will take a look at the Azure Queue service and we will…

Pooling Buffers for Better Memory Management

Occasionally, you need a more robust solution to solve a problem. In my last post, I wrote about the horrors of this small code snippet: [code language=”csharp”] public byte[] Serialize(object o) { using (var stream = new MemoryStream()) { MySerializer.Serialize(stream, o); return stream.ToArray(); } } [/code] One way to alleviate the memory pressure that can…

Deploying an ES6, JSPM, NodeJS Application to Azure

I have a simple NodeJS application that I want to deploy to Microsoft Azure. Fortunately, there already exists detailed instructions, on how to accomplish this. But I want to add a couple of extra things. The Node application will be written using ES6, the latest version of Javascript, and also use JSPM, a newer generation…

Azure Bits #2 – Saving the Image to Azure Blob Storage

Creating the Azure Storage Account In Azure Bits #1 – Up and Running, we got a skeleton in place for our web application that will allow the user to upload an image and we published our Azure Image Manipulator Web App to Azure.  Our next task is taking this uploaded image and saving it into…

Lighting up Native Platform Features in Xamarin Forms – Part 2

In the previous post I implemented a custom attached property to be used in Xamarin Forms XAML when a built-in accessory view is desired on a table cell. In this follow-up we will continue and build out the iOS renderer that is responsible for actually enabling the feature in our running application. What about Android…

Lighting up Native Platform Features in Xamarin Forms – Part 1

In my last few posts I introduced a simple app that lets you browse the various built-in font variations supported by Xamarin Forms. If you recall, the application adopted a “stack navigation” design, which is quite common in mobile applications. However, there is one small flaw with our implementation so far – on the iOS…

Hey, Who Stole All My Memory?

Sometimes a little piece of seemingly innocuous code can cause a significant amount of trouble: [code language=”csharp”] public byte[] Serialize(object o) { using (var stream = new MemoryStream()) { MySerializer.Serialize(stream, o); return stream.ToArray(); } } [/code] Doesn’t look like much, but I’m sure we have all written something like this and paid it no mind.…

Combining F# and Xamarin Forms to Create Mobile Applications

While we certainly have been busy getting our hands dirty with Xamarin I’ve been doing some of my own. However, I’ve been messing around with using Xamarin with F#. I mentioned in a previous post that F# can be used very well for enterprise applications. Here’s an in depth look at F# with Xamarin for…

Azure Bits #1 – Up and Running

  As Steve Porter mentioned in his blog post, How Wintellect Uses Microsoft Azure, we are making pretty heavy use of many offerings in the Azure toolset for our internal and client-facing web properties here at Wintellect and have been doing so from the early days of Azure. As we continue to experiment with new…

Using F# for Enterprise Applications

Though I have posted a few times on some of the awesome things F# can do for your code, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always good choice for each of your applications. You may look at the code features and and some sample code and think This is great, but I can’t see this being…
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