For some time now, Microsoft has had two distinct systems for authenticating users; Microsoft Account (or MSA) and Azure Active Directory (or Azure AD); MSA for consumer services and Azure AD for enterprise services. The v2 Endpoint allow applications to authenticate both Microsoft Accounts and Azure AD accounts using a single OAUTH 2 endpoint. This allows developers to build applications that are entirely account-agnostic. This article covers the basics of using the v2 Endpoint and OAUTH2 to authenticate users.
I recently ran into a odd problem where the Edge browser’s default zoom level got stuck at 80%. This is how I fixed it. Full disclosure, this happened on an Insider build. As I signed up to eat this dog food, I can’t really complain when it tastes like… well, dog food.
I include myself in a long list of Windows Live Writer lovers. I’ve tried switching to other editors on multiple occasions but always end up returning. To be perfectly clear, all of alternatives I’ve tied worked as advertised. And in many cases I seriously considered switching. In the end however, they all failed to match the ease and simplicity of Live Writer.
Implementing a custom Route Attribute for Web API that considers Content-Type. This allows for routing based on the data encoding being supplied by the HTTP Request, not just the path and parameters it was sent to.
A few years ago I moved my blog to an Azure VM and it has been running flawlessly ever since. Thanks to WordPress' update process and automatic Windows Updates, there really wasn't much for me to manage. I have zero complaints.
A recently wrote about a little side-project I’ve been working on called Iotiva – a lightweight IoT backend using free and low-cost Azure resources. Here I’ll cover the basics of getting data from your “Thing” to the cloud. Wait. That sounded dirty….[Read the Full Story]
A few months back I got into a discussion with a coworker around the cloud and the Maker community. The question, was Azure (any cloud service really) too cost prohibitive an individual developer to justify? I didn't think so but to prove it I decided to skip any “back of the napkin” calculations (since napkins are notoriously unreliable finks when it comes to architecture and finances) and move directly to building an app. My criteria was simple, stand up an app on Azure that could communicate with 15-20 “things” for less than $12 per month. I determined this amount scientifically; it is what it costs for a Netflix family account.
I recently wrote about getting the a Raspberry Pi connected with Azure storage. This works well for when you have a full network stack to work with but what those scenarios where you don’t have this luxury? Here we’ll walk through one potential solution using the some super inexpensive radios, a Netduino 2 and the Raspberry Pi.