Already using Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8?

Are you already using Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? It doesn’t matter what your response is. Geoff Webber-Cross’s “Learning Windows Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8″ book got all answers to all your questions. Whether it is your first time or a seasoned developer already using Azure Mobile Services, you will learn a thing or two from this book.
This book is a short, fast and focused guide to enhance your Windows 8 applications by leveraging the power of Windows Azure Mobile Services

What I like most about this book is the approach the writer has taken from the very chapter of the book. We have a real-life problem to solve by leveraging Azure Mobile Services. Here is short extract on the problem.

The TileTapper game consists of a grid board seeded from a simple Boolean array of
active or inactive tiles. When the app launches, it prompts the user to log in using the
Windows Live connect authentication provider, downloads levels and current high
score from our back end service, and then begins the game.

So as you progress through the chapters, the writer solves the problem by show casing each aspect of Azure Mobile Service is applied. It also comes with access to the source code for each chapter – so essentially you can dry run through the code as you read the contents of the book.

I am not a first time user of Azure mobile services, but I have learned a few tips and tricks on how to design apps leveraging the power of Windows Azure Mobile Services.

I recommend this book to any developer leveraging the power of Windows Azure Mobile Services

Try SQL Server 2014

Have you tried the latest SQL Server 2014? I have. I have put together the installation wizard screen shots that I captured while installing my copy.

Get started

Download your copy from this link provided by the SQL Server Team via Twitter

Screen shots of the installation process

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Hope this helps!

I will blog about the new features and share my thought in the next article. Until then, good luck with your installations.

Installing and Evaluating Windows Server 2012

You can get a 180-day evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 (link: http://tinyurl.com/clll28q- ). You will receive 4 emails from Microsoft during the 180-day evaluation period to enhance your evaluation experience

After downloading the trial copy, I set up a Hyper-V machine and installed the Windows Server 2012 as follows:

Start Install

Start Install

Select OS

Select OS

Accept licence

Accept licence

Upgrade/Custom install

Upgrade/Custom install

Installing Windows

Installing Windows

Settings

Settings

If everything goes on well, you will see this lovely log on screen.

Ready to sign in

Ready to sign in

Enter admin log on details

Enter admin log on details

Server Manager

Server Manager

We are up and running

We are up and running

I have started playing with the server. I will post further updates on my evaluation.