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Another Reason to Like Azure Web Sites - Free Analytics

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Not sure how I missed this when it originally aired, but this Azure Friday video from last June does a great job of showing off one of the benefits of Azure Web Sites, namely free analytics. They come in two flavors, server-side stats, which are enabled as soon as you create your site, and client-side stats, which require that you add a small snippet of JavaScript to your main site layout. Once the feature is enabled, you can get rich information about visitors to your site, including browser stats, page response time (and you can set
up alerts to make sure you're aware when stats exceed certain thresholds), and more. As someone who used to use a separate analytics package (Piwik) to capture this data, it's much nicer to be able to have it all in the same management portal (note that the advanced analytics features are only available in the newer "Preview" portal at the time this post was written)....(Read whole news on source site)

Connect(“Live”); – Debugging and Cloud Diagnostics Visual Studio Team Q&A

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One of the best parts of my job as a Product Manager in the Visual Studio team is working on events for you, our community. Last year in November I worked on one such event called Connect(); where we announced a ton of releases such as Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015 preview, Visual Studio Community 2013, .NET open source and much more. Today I am happy to announce a new series we are starting called Connect(“Live”);. With this new ongoing set of live stream sessions our goal is to give you more opportunities throughout the year to
hear from, ask questions to, and engage with the product teams building the developer tools you love such as Visual Studio, .NET, Azure SDK, and many more. Connect(“Live”); // Debugging & Cloud Diagnostics Visual Studio Team Q&A The series begins Thursday February 26th, streaming live from 09:30am to 10:30am PDT on Channel9. The session will be hosted by Dan Fernandez and feature members of the Visual Studio debugging and cloud diagnostics product teams. Team members will talk about what’s new for developers in Visual Studio 2015, and Azure SDK 2.5 and take your questions. Ready to join us this Thursday? Here are...(Read whole news on source site)

A Look at ASP.NET 5: Part 1 - Getting Started

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been playing with the new ASP.NET 5 (also known as ASP.NET vNext) bits using Visual Studio 2015. I’m trying to make sense of the new changes and how they will affect how I build websites. I’d like to share some of what I’ve learned about the new stack. I’m going to do this by talking through an example website I wrote using the new bits. Do know that we’re still pretty early and Visual Studio 2015 (CTP6 as of this writing) and ASP.NET 5 Beta 3 are both in
a state of flux. This is definitely about what’s coming, not what is here so far. I’ll explain what I’m doing in a series of blog posts and link them all here as I write them. The plan is to write posts about: Part 1: Getting Started (this post) Part 2: Understanding Configuration (coming soon) Part 3: Using Entity Framework 7 (coming soon) Part 4: ASP.NET MVC 6 (coming soon) Part 5: Building an API (coming soon) Part 6: Web Tooling with VS2015 (coming soon) The project will continue to evolve and you can always get the latest version...(Read whole news on source site)

Displaying Microsoft Band heart rate via Raspberry PI2 using Mono, C#, OWIN and a Windows Phone

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Intro – what? WHY? As regular readers of my blog might have seen, I got myself a Raspberri PI 2 and a Sunfounders sensor kit, and was happily dabbling a little with it. And then suddenly, out of the blue, Microsoft dropped a development kit for the Microsoft Band – and Gerard Verbrugge (Microsoft DX Netherlands) challenged me to make something with it. So I thought to combine a number of gadgets: my Microsoft Band, my Windows Phone and  the Raspberry PI plus some of the stuff from the sensor kit. I created an application that
shows your heart rate with a blinking led connected to the Raspberry PI, with a connected buzzer making sound as well. The LED blinks at the heart rate as reported by the Band, and using the  buzzer, the PI also emits and audible tick-sound as the LED blinks. At low heart rate the LED blinks blue, at medium rate green, and at high rate red:
Raspberry PI2 controlled by Microsoft band at heart rate <80
Raspberry PI2 controlled by Microsoft band at heart rate > 80
If you crank up the sound, you can hear...(Read whole news on source site)

File Upload in ASP.NET 5 (vNext)

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          Introduction:                    In beta 3 version of ASP.NET 5 (vNext), uploading and saving file(s) become very easy. In other words, ASP.NET 5 (vNext) now support model binding of multipart form data. So, now we can easily upload and save file(s).  In this article, I will show you a sample to how to upload and save file(s) in ASP.NET 5.           Description:                       Assuming that you are running Visual Studio 2015 CTP 6 (you can also get that from Azure VM) or later and you
have created an ASP.NET 5 web application. Add a html form and input type=form element in your mvc view,  
                      Then inside your controller add these lines,   public class HomeController : Controller { IApplicationEnvironment _hostingEnvironment; public HomeController(IApplicationEnvironment hostingEnvironment) { ...(Read whole news on source site)

Slides for "Communicating with the Internet of Things"

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Thanks to all the folks who came out to hear my talk last night at CapArea.NET on "Communicating with the Internet of Things". I'm embedding my slides from the talk below, including some additional resource links: If you have questions about the talk, or want to know more about how to get started working with NETMF and Gadgeteer, drop me a note. I'm available to do custom classes if your organization needs a primer on embedded development in the .NET world as well. If you missed this talk, and would like to catch it live,
I'll next be bringing my big box of gear on the road to Philly Code Camp on Saturday, March 21st, and on April 14th, I'll be at the Hampton Roads .NET User Group....(Read whole news on source site)

10x Developer, Reconsidered | DaedTech

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10x Developer, Reconsidered | DaedTech

Mehdi Khalili once introduced me, through his blog,
to the term “Net Negative Producing Programmer,” to describe a person
who is actually a drag on the team rather than any kind of help, however

You can read some salient points and a whole ton of interesting links from this jumping off stack exchange question.