Building a SharePoint Online chat room with SignalR and Azure – Part 4: Deploy the site to Azure

Deploy the site to Azure Next, we need to create a publishing profile and then deploy the application to Azure.  In Visual Studio, right click the Web project and select “Publish…” Since we’re going to be deploying this site to Azure, select a publish target of “Microsoft Azure Websites” in the window that opens: Visual […]

Building a SharePoint Online chat room with SignalR and Azure – Part 3: Create the SharePoint Online web part

Create the SharePoint Online web part Start by right clicking on the ChatRoom app project (not the web project!) and selecting Add –> New Item… In the window that opens, select “Client Web Part (Host Web)”, change the name to “ChatRoomWebPart”, and click “Add”. The next window gives us the option to create a new […]

Building a SharePoint Online chat room with SignalR and Azure – Part 2: Test the app in Visual Studio

Alright, let’s get on with it.  F5 that baby! At this point, Visual Studio will automatically deploy our application and then launch a browser to our app.  It may also ask us to login again.  If it does, be sure to use an account that has permissions to deploy to the development site.  Finally, it […]

Building a SharePoint Online chat room with SignalR and Azure – Part 1: Create the SharePoint Online app and associated website

Create the SharePoint Online app and associated website The first step was to determine if SignalR even works in a SharePoint app.  One option was to do a bunch of research to try and discover if it would work.  A more fun option would be to just give it a go. Step one:  Create an […]

Building a SharePoint Online chat room with SignalR and Azure

I’m a huge believer in the concept where if the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer, then everything becomes a nail.  As it turns out, trying to install a new tile floor or unclog a drain with just a hammer becomes problematic.  So, in an effort to add more tools to my software […]

Getting started with the Azure Active Directory Graph Client Library

Background Microsoft has recently released the Azure Active Directory Graph Client Library for .NET.  This library wraps up the Azure Active Directory Graph API, making it much simpler to use for .NET developers.  I’ve been working with a non-profit lately in their Office 365 environment and we’ve been building an application that delegates user management […]

Creating a CLR assembly in SQL Server

Recently I had a need to do some performance testing against a CLR assembly in SQL Server.  It seemed to me that the first step to do that performance testing was to create a CLR assembly in SQL Server.  It was a new experience for me, so I thought I’d share the details with you.  […]

Conference Etiquette – Swag

This week I attended TechEd 2014 in Houston, TX.  It was the very first time I’d ever been to TechEd.  What an experience!  There were SO many people there!  It was amazing to see all of the different speakers, vendors, and attendees.  I was also incredibly impressed by the caliber of the folks that surrounded […]

Azure Emulator Table Storage Pain

Recently I’ve been working on an Azure based project.  Luckily for me, I’ve also had the guidance of Azure guru Brent Stineman to help guide me through the Azure bits.  This is my first Azure based project, so there are definitely some learning pains. One of the pains that I ran into early on had to […]

WordPress with SQL Server

So the other day I had a brilliant idea that I wanted to start writing a blog.  It was brilliant because I normally don’t care much for writing.  I never really enjoyed the composition classes in high school or college and I certainly don’t keep any sort of journal.  The extent of my writing is generally limited to e-mails […]