Encrypting your Credentials on Windows Phone 7.5

Azure Security

The last time I talked to you about Windows Phone security, I showed you how to encrypt your data and save it in Isolated Storage using Silverlight’s AesManaged class to create a Key and an Initialization Vector (IV) based on a password and salt value.  This gave your consumer and line-of-business apps the iron-clad AES … Read more

Sync Framework v4 is now Open Source, and ready to Connect any Device to SQL Server and SQL Azure

Sync

Microsoft has brought the power to synchronize data with either SQL Server on-premise or SQL Azure in the cloud to the world of mobility.

Consumerization of IT Collides with MEAP: Windows Phone > Cloud

In this week’s scenario, I’ll illustrate how Windows Phone utilizes many of Gartner’s Mobile Enterprise Application Platform Critical Capabilities to connect to Microsoft’s Cloud services in Azure

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Uploading Data back to Azure

Submarine

Looking back over the last 6 months of this series of articles, you’ve created wireless-efficient WCF REST + JSON Web Services in Azure to download data from SQL Azure tables to Windows Phone. You’ve maintained in-memory collections of objects in your own local NoSQL object cache.  You’ve used LINQ to query those collections and bind … Read more

What the new App Hub in Windows Phone Mango means for the Enterprise

Windows Phone 8 Tiles

If you attended MIX 11 or watched it on Channel 9, you might have seen Todd Brix’s session titled “Making Money with your Applications on Windows Phone.” In this session, Todd talked about all the great things Windows Phone users and developers can expect with the new Marketplace and App Hub in the Mango timeframe.  … Read more

Confronting the Consumerization of IT with Microsoft MEAP

Microsoft MEAP

CIOs are asking for help in confronting the tidal wave of mobile devices entering the enterprise and IT departments have raised the white flag as attempts to block consumer-focused smartphones and tablets have failed. The Consumerization of IT has been a growing trend fueled by cloud-delivered services and compelling mobile devices with wireless capabilities.  This … Read more

SQL Server Compact 4.0 Lands on the Web

SQL Server

With the new version 4.0, the little-database-that-could has grown up into a powerful server database ready to take on the web.

Reducing SQL Server Sync I/O Contention :: Tip 3

Primary Key

Uniqueness is a key factor when synchronizing data between SQL Server/Azure and multiple endpoints like Slates and Smartphones. With data simultaneously created and updated on servers and clients, ensuring rows are unique to avoid key collisions is critical. As you know, each row is uniquely identified by its Primary Key.

Reducing SQL Server I/O Contention during Sync :: Tip 2

Database Storage

All DBAs know that Joining tables on non-indexed columns is the most expensive operation SQL Server can perform.

Reducing SQL Server I/O Contention during Sync :: Tip 1

SAN Storage

The act of tracking changes made by each SQL Server Compact or Silverlight sync subscriber can cause a lot of locking and blocking on the server.

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Improving the In-Memory Database

Phone 7

About a month ago, I wrote an article intended to help you fill some of the gaps left by the missing SQL Server Compact database. Since your Windows Phone 7 Silverlight app is consuming an ObservableCollection of objects streaming down from Windows Azure and SQL Azure, it makes sense to organize those objects in a … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Network Awareness

Phone 6

By now, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the role wireless data networks play when it comes to the success of your mobile application. They are unreliable, intermittent, highly latent and often slower than they should be due to overtaxed cellular towers and congested backhaul networks.  Hopefully, you’ve built an app that tackles those … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Working with an In-Memory Database

Phone3

In my last article of this series, you finally got to consume wireless-friendly WCF REST + JSON Services from both Windows Server and Windows Azure with data coming from SQL Server/SQL Azure. You now have an ObservableCollection of Customer objects residing in a Singleton on your Windows Phone 7 device.  This Singleton looks similar to … Read more

Windows Phone 7 Line of Business App Dev :: Consuming an Azure WCF REST + JSON Service

Windows Phone 7.5

In my last two articles, I showed you how to build WCF REST services using Visual Studio 2010 that can reside on-premise in Windows Server 2008 or in the Cloud in Windows Azure.  Furthermore, I demonstrated pulling data from a table in SQL Server/SQL Azure.  I serialized .NET Objects using lightweight JSON to speed data … Read more