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Decoupling OWIN external authentication from ASP.NET Identity
One of the nicest features of the forthcoming release for the ASP.NET Web stack is the inclusion of bits around external authentication. It makes it stupid easy to add login capability through Google, Facebook and such. Coupled to this in the default...
Portable class libraries and fetching JSON
After much delay, we finally have the Windows Phone 8 SDK to go along with the Windows 8 Store SDK, or whatever ridiculous name they’re giving it these days. (Seriously… that no one could come up with a suitable replacement for “metro” is disappointing...
.NET development on Macs
I posted the “exciting” conclusion of my laptop trade-ins and issues on my personal blog. The links, in chronological order, are posted below. While those posts have all of the details about performance and software used, I wanted to comment on why I...
From HttpRuntime.Cache to Windows Azure Caching (Preview)
I don’t know about you, but the announcement of Windows Azure Caching (Preview) (yes, the parentheses are apparently part of the interim name) made me a lot more excited about using Azure. Why? Because one of the great performance tricks of any Web app...
.NET development on a Retina MacBook Pro with Windows 8
I remember sitting in Building 5 at Microsoft with some of my coworkers, when one of them came in with a shiny new 11” MacBook Air. It was nearly two years ago, and we found it pretty odd that the OEM’s building Windows machines sucked at industrial design...
Installing Visual Studio 2010 SP1 or Windows Phone tools in your VM (danger!)
If you've read my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I tend to develop stuff in a Parallels VM on a Mac. It's how I roll. I like VM's because I can trash them and do really stupid things with beta software. That said, there is a pain...
Current technology stack
Every once in awhile, I feel like I've changed enough stuff around the technology that I'm using to take a sort of inventory. Mostly I just want to be able to refer back to it the next time I feel compelled to do so. In terms of hardware, the last year...
The Silverlight 3 development experience, ups and downs
I started a little science project for CoasterBuzz about a week ago or so. I wanted to build a little Silverlight app that sucked down updates of all kinds, and make it live outside the browser. There are constantly new posts, topics, news items and photos...
Why I hate Windows today
I know there are plenty of excuses that people come up with for Windows, but why does it suck so much? It always seems to get in the way of doing anything. Today I did a fresh VM install of XP so I can use it on the new job (by the way, unattended install...
Understanding the benefit of a good IDE
Tyler posted a link to a blog post about someone preferring a text editor over an integrated development environment (IDE) . Naturally, my first thought is, wow, who thinks like this? My first real exposure to development work was with the old ASP, which...
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