Archive for July, 2012

For those of you that built Windows 8 applications one thing you’ll find out (probably the hard way as I did) is that you’ll need a Privacy Policy in order to publish your app to the Windows 8 app store. So if you don’t currently have those legal documents Termsfeed will come very handy as it is a free and web-based application for generating "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Policy" documents on-the-fly.

termsfeedYou simply mention few variables like the company name, URL, etc. and get the output as a well-formatted HTML.

The documents created covers the most common stuff, you may want to customize it for you needs but they are a good starting point.

Also, optionally, Termsfeed can notify you when an update happens to the documents.

If you’re into metro development (windows phone or Windows 8) I’m sure you’ll appreciate another set of cool mono-colored very simplistic yet beautiful icons.

iconmonstr offers a set which includes over 600 items with multiple variations for almost each element.

Icons are mostly focused for web apps as most of them are actions, charts, badges or social networking-related.

iconmonstrThey are available as PNG + SVG files and completely free to be used in free + commercial projects.

P.S. The only bad part is that the set is not offered as a single download pack but you have to browse pages to view/download each of them.

Crossfilter is a JavaScript library for exploring large multivariate datasets in the browser. Crossfilter supports extremely fast (<30ms) interaction with coordinated views, even with datasets containing a million or more records;

Since most interactions only involve a single dimension, and then only small adjustments are made to the filter values, incremental filtering and reducing is significantly faster than starting from scratch. Crossfilter uses sorted indexes (and a few bit-twiddling hacks) to make this possible, dramatically increasing the perfor­mance of live histograms and top-K lists. For more details on how Crossfilter works, see the API reference.

imageCheckout the Airline on-time performance

IMGP1500Last week I attended TechEd Europe 2012 held in Amsterdam. This was my 6th TechEd but my first time in Amsterdam and the experience was, as always, great.

Although there weren’t any announcements (the announcements were made earlier this month) most of the content presented had something new to teach, a small surprise for every delegate as I regularly said. The topics I found most interesting were about Microsoft’s Windows Azure IaaS WP_000054offerings, Windows 8 development and Big Data and SQL Azure Federations.

Of course TechEd, as most Microsoft events, is one of the best Networking opportunities. During my week there I got to meet a lot of interesting and very smart people.

On Tuesday I had a very insightful private Q&A session with Jason Zander – Corporate Vice President, Visual Studio. and later the same day Mark Brown who runs the Windows Azure insiders program held a party for all Azure Insiders where I got the chance to meet famous colleagues like Wade Wegner, Steve Marx, Nuno Filipe Godinho and so many more.

AzaxFieldPanoramaWednesday was the TechEd delegates party. This year the party was held at the home stadium of Ajax football team where we got to watch the Spain – Portugal Euro semifinal game, eat pizza and hot dogs and drink beer (best party ever!).

Thursday and Friday the Greek delegates got together for drinks and on Saturday I got to attend a Train The Trainer event on Windows Azure and had a wonderful time having a Cruise Barbeque at he the Amsterdam Canales with my fellow Azure trainers.

Now that TechEd 2012 is over… I can’t wait for next year. Till then vaarwel…

A couple of weeks back I had the chance to speak at a Microsoft Dev Day event about all the cool new features announced for windows azure June release and especially those that had to do with IaaS. The room was packed and everyone seemed very interested on these long awaited new features.

I had two sessions and I’m uploading the slide decks I used as promised.

In depth Infrastructure as a service

where I talked about Persistent VMs, Linux on Azure, Active Directory and SharePoint on Azure

Other new services

Where I talked about the new Portal, Windows Azure Media Services, Hadoop and  SQL Azure Federations


As you can see, with the vast number of services offered there is nothing that can not be hosted in Windows Azure so there is absolutely no reason any more for not using it.

Try the 90 day free trial and find out for your self.