The web portal for managing your Azure subscription and all of your services is very powerful, but more powerful still, IMHO, is the ability to quickly do everything you want right from a command line using node.js and very short, intuitive commands.
A lot of us are not only writing code, but we're standing up in front of our peers - either virtually or in the flesh - and we're talking about writing code. Before I give a presentation, here's what I do to be sure my system is rock solid and ready to go. It doesn't always work, but it's pretty good insurance.
Perhaps you have some experience garnered with Microsoft hugely capable WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) but you've been seeing a lot of chatter about Web API. Which direction to go? Let me see if I can help.
codeShow is a app for learning to make apps. It's very meta in that way. The whole project is an open source project with community contributions. Use it to learn the web platform and Windows app development.
I am launching a new version of codefoster.com and I'm using BetterCMS for the content. I'm always thrilled with a new system when I first plug it in and this is no exception. I think, however, that I'm going to like this one a lot longer and a lot more.
I'm going to OSCON in Portland this year. Are you?
In the article, I'll enumerate a few of the technologies that I think are hot and worthwhile and likely are going to be the sessions I'll tweet and write home to mom about.
HTML is less verbose than XAML, but it's often times harder to figure out what's going on with a bunch of div's on the page. How do you determine by looking at your HTML what's going on with the styling? Shouldn't it be more like XAML - easy to read?
As an application developer, you're trying to communicate with your users in a sense. Not so much like an author is, though. An author can only communicate information, ideas, and the like, but an app developer can communicate behavior as well as information. You have the opportunity to make your users feel empowered as well as informed.