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Manage Azure App Service Deployments with Deployment Slots

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Every App Service resource in Azure has the ability to have multiple deployment slots configure. These deployments slots are a feature than can greatly help with the implementation of streamlined testing, staging, and deployment process. Along with the ability to configure multiple hosting environments, the use of Deployment Slots enables zero downtime when deploying application changes, or even rolling back a failed deployment.

Creating Deployment Slots

Deployment slots are a feature of Azure App Service Plans. As a result, every App Service resource (Web App, Web API, Mobile App) in Microsoft Azure has the ability to create up to 4 additional deployment slots with the Standard tiers, and up to 20 deployment slots with the Premium tiers.

Each App Service (in Standard tiers) can have up to 4 additional Deployment Slots in addition to the Production slot.

Each Deployment Slot allows for a separate instance of the application to be…

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How Azure Functions Pricing Works

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Serverless computing is a growing trend in cloud computing, and it’s a natural next step in the Platform as a Service (PaaS) area. First PaaS allowed applications to be hosted without requiring Virtual Machines to manage, then serverless computing further removes the construct of a server. Azure Functions is the service within the Microsoft Azure cloud that offers serverless hosting and execution of application code. With serverless architecture removing the construct of a server from the equation of application hosting the concept of pricing begins to get a little fuzzy. This articles explains how Azure Functions pricing works.

Azure Functions is available with the 2 following pricing methods:

Dynamic Hosting Plan

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Free Website Hosting in Microsoft Azure

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App ServiceThere are many excellent reasons to use Microsoft Azure to host applications and enterprise systems. There’s even plenty of criticisms on it being expensive to host small websites, however the App Service offering in Microsoft Azure does offer the ability to easily host a website in the cloud completely FREE!

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VSTS and Visual Studio 2015 License Types — Automation Planet

Introduction Part 1: Visual Studio Professional licenses Part 2: Visual Studio Enterprise licenses Conclusion Introduction Visual Studio is a very powerful tool and service appropriate for individual developers or even for a team. With Visual Studio you can create any application for PC’s or web and the best part is that all are powered by…

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Getting Microsoft Band Running Outside of the United States

Great post from James Chambers on getting up and running with the Microsoft Band outside of the United States:

http://jameschambers.com/2015/04/getting-microsoft-band-running-outside-of-the-united-states/

I live in Canada and had no troubles with James instructions on getting the Microsoft Health app on my Windows Phone. I was also able to install the Microsoft Health app on my 5th generation iPod Touch.

Here are the links for phone apps:

Enjoy!

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Microsoft Band SDK Preview now available

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The Microsoft Band SDK preview was made available back in February 2015 and can be downloaded from http://developer.microsoftband.com/

Here is some information from the developer site…

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers’ wrists.

Get started with the Microsoft Band SDK Preview

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the band, as well as the ability to create and send notifications to tiles. Enhance and extend the experience of your applications to your customers’ wrists.

Create amazing app experiences for Microsoft Band

Extend the experience of your application to your users’ wrists via a new dimension of interaction. Create an app that can send UI content to the band, keeping users engaged when they’re in motion. Your app can also receive data directly from the band sensors, giving your users more reasons to interact with it. Create a personalized, data-rich, custom experience and enhanced scenarios that will engage users in ways only possible with Microsoft Band.

Access sensors

Use a range of sensors including heart rate, UV, accelerometer, gyroscope, and skin temperature, as well as fitness data, to design cutting-edge user experiences.

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Create your tile

Keep users engaged and extend your app experience to Microsoft Band. Create tiles for the band that send glanceable notifications from your app to your users.

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Personalize your app

Monetize your app by offering users ways to customize the band. Change the color theme, or bring the Me Tile to life by changing the wallpaper.

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References

http://developer.microsoftband.com/

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How to: Unblock a downloaded file to avoid security warnings

Have you ever downloaded a file from the Internet or copied it from another computer and noticed that the file doesn’t behave as expected. This is most likely the result of certain security warnings that Windows has imposed on the file as it can’t determine trust.

To solve this issue, you need to Unblock the file.

To “unblock” a file, right-click the file in Windows Explorer and choose Properties from the context menu:

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Then click the Unblock button in the lower right-hand corner of the Properties dialog, and click OK or Apply:

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It’s important to note that ZIP files need to be “unblocked” before their contents are extracted otherwise the contents won’t be extracted and/or behave correctly.

Enjoy!

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 Now Available

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 3

Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 is now available to download and is primarily focused on bug fixes.

VS2012.3 is an incrementally smaller update than its two predecessors: it includes a few new capabilities, but is focused primarily on bug fixes.  You can find a detailed list of included fixes in the associated Support article.  If you’ve already installed VS2012.2, this update will install on top of it, and if you haven’t, this update includes all of the features from VS2012.1 and VS2012.2, so you can install it on top of either of those or on the RTM release and still get all of the value from those previous updates.  Note that it’s important to install this update if you need to be able to "round-trip" projects between Visual Studio 2012 and Visual Studio 2013, or if you want to run Visual Studio 2012 on the Windows 8.1 Preview. – S.Somasegar

Download VS2012.3 now!

References

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2013/06/26/visual-studio-2013-preview.aspx

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Hello WordPress!

Hello WordPress. I’ve moved my blog over to WordPress from Spaces. I must say, I’m really impressed with what WordPress has to offer.

Look for more blog posts coming soon.

Callon

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1,300 laid off at Blue Mountain

I can’t believe this, but Blue Mountain has closed it’s ski operations this season due to the unusual weather conditions were having.

“Ontario’s largest ski resort has laid off 1,300 workers after closing down its ski operations in the middle of the winter season for the first time in the resort’s 65-year history.” – Toronto Star http://www.thestar.com/News/article/168295

This sucks as I wanted to get out and ride my board before heading to Banff to ski the Big 3.

I think there is hope of skiing in Quebec at Mt. Tremblant. Jonathan…hook us up!!!