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Demo code from my “Azure as the backbone” talk @DevTeachConfere

Thanks to everyone who attended my “Azure as the backbone” web-api based talk today @DevTeachConfere in Montreal.

Demo code can be found on my sky-drive here.

See how easy it is to create a web-api based app using the Visual Studio 2012 wizard, deploy it to Azure and then create Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps that uses the service from within Azure.

Going through these examples you’ll see that there was very little code required in order to get these Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 apps connected to the web-api based Azure app.

Please note that the web-api MVC 4 project uses a bunch of NuGet packages, automatically installed by the wizard within my project.

Write me or comment for questions!

Demo code from my Practical Kinect session @DevTeachConfere

Thanks to everybody who attended my session about practical kinect at the Dev-Teach conference (@devteachconfere) today, to hear about the Kinect SDK, the different types of interactions and the way to implement them in Windows.

The demo code can be downloaded from my SkyDrive: here

The demo code includes two solutions:

KinectPointers: demonstrating how to react to hand movement by moving the mouse and generating a mouse click upon  a 1 second hover at a certain position

KinectWPFDemo: demonstrating how to create a media-player that uses postures to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and alter the playback volume.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for practicle apps using the Kinect SDK!

Another session to prepare for the coming “DevTeach” in Montreal- “Developing Kinect interface for common tasks”

I was just scheduled to give  another session at the DevTeach Conference in Montreal (Dec 10-12 2012), titled: “Not only for games! Developing Kinect interface for common tasks“.

Microsoft Kinect hardware is a fun way for playing games, but not only games.
Using the Kinect SDK for Windows allows developers to use the same hardware for enabling exciting new ways to interface with their apps, in addition to the mouse and keyboard.

In this session we will go over the different ways to interact with the user using the Kinect and demonstrate how to develop an interface that will extend an existing app to accept user commands via the Kinect.

I’m going to enjoy waving my hands up and down in front of all of these people, and for strictly professional reasons! 🙂

Preparing to lecture about “Using Windows Azure as the backbone” @DevTeachConfere

I’m scheduled to lecture at the DevTeach Conference in Montreal (Dec 10-12 2012), about “Using Windows Azure as the backbone for Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps using Visual Studio 2012“.

Windows 8 enables creating rich tablet and desktop apps. Windows Phone enables creating apps that go with the users wherever they go, while also extending desktop apps apps features. The glue between both apps would be the common data and services, offered by the Windows Azure being supported by both platforms. In this session we will create an Azure backbone RESTfull service-set to support both applications, as well as hold the common data. We will see how it all adds to form a complete solution.

See you there!