Managing Network Availability in a Phonegap Application

    May 11, 2011 4:41 PM

    I have just completed my first distributed Android tablet application. One of the main requirements of the application was for it to run in both offline and online mode. When starting out I assumed that I would just check to see if there was network availability using the following code that I got from the Phonegap site.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    WCF 4 JSON REST Service

    February 5, 2011 3:10 AM

    For the last several months I have been lucky enough to work on several projects that have exposed me to the jQuery platform. I have used jQuery with ASP .NET MVC as well as with Phonegap, lately I have been making use of the AJAX calls within a distributed application. While developing the JSON based REST Services I have learned that Fiddler can be your best friend when debugging services. In the following examples I will show a WCF Rest Service and how to call it from jQuery, Fiddler and ASP.NET MVC.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Ohhhh umbraco 4.5.1

    August 26, 2010 2:11 PM

    This is the second in a series of posts about umbraco. To see my first post click here. In my first post about umbraco I documented the installation process that I went through for the 4.5.1 release of umbraco. Everything seemed to work out well during the installation. The only hiccup was a minor one encountered while attempting to install the Runway example site. After the installation was completed I was able to login using the administrator account that I set up during the install. I assumed I was ready to rock. Man was I off! I am sitting here two full days later still not understanding exactly what the issue was.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    A First Look at umbraco Setup

    August 23, 2010 11:30 PM

    My knowledge of CMS frameworks is very limited. I definitely understand their role and see the need for them, but outside of Sharepoint I don’t have much experience. This gives me a unique viewpoint that I hope to exploit for a few blogs! I have just started work for a client and we will be using umbraco. After a long period of research and comparison umbraco has been selected because of its light weight and open sourcedness Since I am just starting with it, I am going to chronicle the setup and configuration process, as well as try to discover some of the features that make working with umbraco and .NET very appealing.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    CITYTECH Azure Calculator BETA

    May 12, 2010 8:52 PM

    The CITYTECH Azure Calculator (CAC) is now ready with a BETA release! After a few last minute hiccups the application is up on CITYTECH’s Windows Azure instance and ready for use. Check it out here. The CITYTECH Azure Calculator is a Silverlight based application that is served up via Windows Azure. Currently the application runs completely within a users browser on the Silverlight framework. In future releases we hope to leverage some more Worker Roles to let Azure do alot of the heavy lifting.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Introducing the CITYTECH Azure Calculator

    May 5, 2010 10:22 PM

    For the last month the .NET Nerds (Seth, Rohit and I ) have been huddled in the CITYTECH nerdery working on a project to show off some of the great features of the Windows Azure platform. Our goal for the project was to create something both useful and interesting. After many refactors of both ideas and code I am very happy to introduce the CITYTECH Azure Calculator (CAC)! The CAC is in its final stages of testing and will be available in the next 24 hours.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Lists of Four in Honor of the .NET 4 Release

    April 8, 2010 2:26 PM

    As a count down to the release of the .NET 4 Framework on April 12, 2010, I am going to list out the top Four features from the top Four products for the next Four days leading up to the official release!

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Windows Azure Start Up Error

    April 5, 2010 4:15 PM

    When starting up my first Windows Azure project, i kept receiving a System.IO.FileLoadException. The message was saying that the path of the temp directory that the assemblies are being built in was too long. The error message looked like this.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Is Windows Azure Secure?

    March 30, 2010 6:19 PM

    Windows Azure (WA) provides lots of great reasons to use cloud computing. There is still one concern that will cross the mind of every person who is considering it and that is security. Traditionally, one of the reasons a company or government entity may want to have all of their software running within their own network is security. The money spent on hardware and maintenance may be worth the cost to know exactly how secure the data that they are serving up and storing is secured. I imagine that no IT manager will be ready to move their operations out to any cloud, including Windows Azure, without understanding how both the code and data that they are trusting the cloud to run is secured.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin

    Web Hosting vs Windows Azure

    March 23, 2010 8:04 PM

    In February 2010 Microsoft released it’s cloud computing platform Windows Azure. Windows Azure is a set of services that gives .NET developers the tools to build applications that run on a cloud. Upon hearing this I immediately sat down to write some Windows Azure code. The only problem was I really had no idea what the heck cloud computing is used for! Almost everything that I had read about cloud computing boiled down to moving a companies or cities email to Gmail, but what I found is there is so much more.

    posted by Pat McLoughlin
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