Brian Hitney

developing on the microsoft stack

Migrating a Blog to Windows Azure Web Sites

For many years, I’ve hosted my blog on Orcsweb.  I moved there about 5 years ago or so, after...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 08/07/2013

Taking your Apps to Market

I’ve written a lot of apps (and have used a lot of apps) so one thing I’m always on the lookout for...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 08/06/2013

APIMASH Quakes & Astronomy

A bit overdue, but I just realized I never really announced the APIMASH project we’ve been working...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 07/31/2013

Building for Cost Part 2

In the last post, we looked at ways to separate content using different pieces of Windows Azure for...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 07/29/2013

Building for Cost using Windows Azure

One of the great advantages of having a green field cloud-based infrastructure is being able tailor...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 07/24/2013

Windows 8 to 8.1 App Considerations: Screen Size

One of the most frequent questions/concerns I’m seeing in community is:  what application...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 07/12/2013

Creating a Great Mashup Part 3

This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer, a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 07/09/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) APIMASH – Earthquake and Messier Sky Object API Starter Kit for Windows Store Apps

My latest DevRadio episode has been published – here are the details! Abstract: In today’s episode...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 06/19/2013

Creating a Great Mashup Part 2

This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer, a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 06/17/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 7) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Authentication Tips and Tricks

At long last!  Our final installment to the series – check it out! About this Video: Wrapping...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 06/14/2013

Creating a Great Mashup using Windows Azure

This post details features used by Earthquake Explorer, a Windows 8 app that displays earthquake...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 06/12/2013

APIMASH and Intro to Game Dev Raleigh

I’m really excited to be hosting a few events in the Microsoft Raleigh office focused on Windows 8...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 05/23/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: Spring Azure Update Review - IaaS, Web Sites, Licensing and more!

Abstract: Brian Hitney and Peter Laudati review and demo some of the latest updates and features...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 05/20/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 6) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Authentication

Abstract: In Part 6 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps”...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 05/08/2013

Windows 8 “Elev8” App Challenge

We’re coming up on the annual Code Camp here in Charlotte, and this year, we thought it would fun to...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 04/17/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 5) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Adding Push Notifications

Abstract: In Part 5 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps”...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 04/15/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 4) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – Azure Mobile Services

Abstract: In Part 4 of of their “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 apps”...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 04/08/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 3) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps – ASP.NET Web API

Abstract: Back for part 3 in their series for “Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 03/29/2013

Bing Maps Mashup in Dark Skies

I’ve gotten a few requests about how to do a mashup in Dark Skies … so, thought I’d do a blog post...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 03/15/2013

Compressing as Individual Files in Folder

Let’s see how long it takes Jim Christopher to jump in with a better PowerShell solution. :) I had a...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 03/06/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps

Abstract: Peter Laudati, Brian Hitney and Andrew Duthie are back for part 2 of their series and in...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/20/2013

Skipping SSL Connections Locally

When developing locally, often times you don’t want to use SSL for a variety of reasons. ...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/19/2013

WinRT RoamingSettings and Serialization

Recently, a colleague of mine, Adam Hoffman, posted a great tip on serializing a generic...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/18/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 1) Using Windows Azure to Build Back-End Services for Windows 8 Apps

Abstract: Peter Laudati and Brian Hitney welcome fellow Developer Evangelist, Andrew Duthie to the...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/07/2013

Win8 Apps: Check for Network Connectivity

A lot of apps require internet connectivity to function – like my app, Dark Skies.   One...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/05/2013

Short Post: #AmusingCode

This put a smile on my face today: void App_UnhandledException(object sender,...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 02/04/2013

Side Loading Windows 8 Apps

At the Columbia Windows 8 DevCamp this weekend, the topic of side-loading apps came up in a few...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/24/2013

Dark Skies for Windows 8 Updated

I’m happy to finally have the next update to Dark Skies in the Windows 8 store!  In the initial...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/21/2013

Microsoft DevRadio: How to Integrate TFS Projects with Windows Azure Web Sites

Never too late to post!  Here’s an episode of DevRadio Peter and I did on TFS Projects in...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/21/2013

Dealing with Expired Channels in Windows Azure Mobile Services

What’s this?  Another Windows Azure Mobile Services (WAMS) post?!  In the next version of...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/18/2013

Upcoming Events

Lots of great events coming up in the Carolinas: 1/18/2013  Charlotte, NC:  We’re hosting...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/17/2013

Scrubbing UserId in Windows Azure Mobile Services

First, many thanks to Chris Risner for the assistance on this solution!   Chris is part of...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/10/2013

Calling Stored Procedures from Windows Azure Mobile Services

I was surprised, yet delighted, that Windows Azure Mobile Services uses a SQL database.  ...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/07/2013

Best Practice for Sending Windows 8 Tiles from Mobile Services

Those that know me know I am not a fan of javascript, in pretty much all of its forms (including...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/07/2013

Rock, Paper, Azure Re-launch!

I’m a little late getting this out (pesky vacations and all) but we re-launched Rock, Paper, Azure...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 01/04/2013

Windows 8 Pop Up (and Under), Setting up Family PC Settings

The worst best part about being the Microsoft guru when a new OS ships is configuring PCs for family...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 11/13/2012

Azure this Week!

Lots of things going on in Windows Azure this week!  First up, I’ll be presenting at the TRINUG...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 11/12/2012

A Windows 8 Feature You Won’t See or Talk About, but Everyone Loves

I’m going to talk about one of my favorite Windows 8 features – it’s one that everyone will love,...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 11/09/2012

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 2) Windows Azure Web Sites Explained

Peter Laudati , Brian Hitney and Windows Azure Technical Evangelist Brady Gaster conclude their...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 10/23/2012

Microsoft DevRadio: (Part 1) What is Windows Azure Web Sites?

Peter Laudati and Brian Hitney welcome Windows Azure Technical Evangelist Brady Gaster to the show...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 10/15/2012

Microsoft DevRadio: How to Get Started with Windows Azure

Peter Laudati and I kick off our new Windows Azure series by giving us a tour of what’s new in Azure...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 10/11/2012

Windows 8 DevCamp Charlotte 10/12!

Don’t forget – we have our weekly Windows 8 DevCamp in Charlotte tomorrow, 10/12! In this week's...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 10/11/2012

Windows 8 Event Resources

Here are some resources for the Windows 8 Events we’re doing today in Raleigh: Slides and Cookbook...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/25/2012

Coding for Kids #3. Bugs!

In the first post, we introduced the problem.  We’re writing a program that solves the problem...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/21/2012

Coding for Kids #2. Code!

In my last post, I introduced the problem we’re trying to solve via an introductory computer...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/20/2012

Windows 8 DevCamp: Raleigh

Microsoft RD Jim Duffy and I are hosting a series of events, kicking off with a Windows 8 DevCamp in...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/18/2012

Coding for Kids #1. The Beginning.

My daughter, a 5th grader, has shown an occasional interest in programming but having so many...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/18/2012

Windows 8: Cannot Connect to Printer

I have a Canon MP830 USB printer hooked up to my always on workstation at home, and this is shared...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/17/2012

VS2012 Launch Event Materials

[Post to be edited soon] This post contains all of the information needed for the Visual Studio 2012...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/12/2012

Charlotte Windows 8 DevCamp 9/8/12

This coming Saturday, 9/8/12, we’re putting together a 1 day Windows 8 DevCamp! Check out the...

Author: Brian T. Hitney Date: 09/06/2012

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