The Know It. Prove It. Challenge: Join the 28 day challenge to rock your tech skills

Ready to accelerate your tech skills? Then accept the Know It. Prove It. challenge (KiPi), a month-long global learning challenge for IT pros, developers, and students!

During this month-long learning challenge, you’ll earn badges and points, compete against other learning challenges, and best of all, learn the real-world skills that can make an impact in your job and career. The challenge kicks off throughout February and it’s easy to get started!

  1. Choose your Know It. Prove It. learning challenge

To start the Know It. Prove It. challenge, select one of eight learning challenges right for you on knowitproveit.com:

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  1. Jam on your skills anywhere

Once you’ve chosen your learning challenge, you’ll have access to training modules to help you gain the skills you want to learn. Each one takes about an hour to complete and were created by technology experts to help you quickly build the understanding you need. Just log in from wherever you are and start jamming on your skills.

  1. Assemble your community band

During the Know It. Prove It. challenge, you’ll also have an opportunity to connect with others just like you who are looking to accelerate their tech skills and this starts by completing your profile. After that, you’ll be able to track your progress, share your experiences with other members in the KiPi community. You’ll also receive badges and points, compete against others, and get encouragement to help keep you moving forward!

No matter who you are – an IT pro, a developer, or a student – there’s a topic you can add to your skillset and the Know It. Prove It. challenge is just the way to get there.

To accept the Know It. Prove It. challenge, go to knowitproveit.com and make February the month you rock your tech skills!

Microsoft’s Windows AppStudio Ebook

Microsoft’s Windows AppStudio Ebook

(Download here)

Microsoft’s Windows AppStudio – Menu is the perfect guide to create and extend a Menu App from Microsoft’s Windows AppStudio.

You will learn how to:

• Create an application in Windows AppStudio
• Create a BackOffice App to manage the data
• Connect the Menu App to an Azure Mobile Service
• Add support to Push Notifications
• Integrate with Cortana

With lots of images, code snippets and source code on each important step, this eBook will provide all you need to create fantastic applications.

 

[PT] O meu primeiro podcast…

Hoje foi publicado o meu primeiro podcast, que foi gravado pelo 10Web.pt, e desta agradeço ao Vitor e ao Ricardo pelo convite e oportunidade para participar neste programa.

O podcast pode ser ouvido na página do programa.

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Podem também ouvir outros podcast, da 10Web, aqui.

Azure Mobile Services: How to see the log files in server

Scope

This article has the goal to show how to see the log files from an Azure Mobile Service.

Introduction

In Azure Portal, each Azure Mobile Service has a separator that show all logs registered (Figure 1), and in possible to see the details for each one (Figure2):

The logs

Figure 1: The logs

The log details

Figure 2: The details

This information is very useful and allow to know why the system is down or allow to verify if there is any issue. This page allow to list and see the details for each one, but if we want to export logs, the Azure Portal do not allow it. In this article we will see a solution to get all the log files.

 Description

Kudu is the engine behind Git deployments in Azure Web Sites, and Azure Mobile Services is not more that an extension of ASP.Net WebApi, this way the deployment used in both is the same.

The Kudu project is available in GitHub in this reference github.com/projectkudu/kudu which wiki contains all documentation about it. For each website is possible to access its Kudu using something like https://<Azure Mobile Service Base Url>.scm.azure-mobile.net and the Azure Portal credentials.

Let’s use the Menu App Sample, where the Azure Mobile Service is defined in https://mymenuapp.azure-mobile.net/ to access the Kudo page we need to use https://mymenuapp.scm.azure-mobile.net and we will get
something like in Figure 3:

The Kudu main page
Figure 3: The Kudu main page

To see the log files we need to click in “Debug Console” and then we need to choose one of the options, let’s choose “PowerShell” as following:

Selecting PowerShellFigure 4: Selecting PowerShell

The following page will be showed

Selecting PowerShell
Figure 5: The powershell

Like we can see in the table, we have a LogFiles folder but this contains some logs (logs from Kudu and logs from the application). To see the log, we saw in the Azure Portal, we need to do “cd logfiles” and “cd application” as in the following Figure 6:

Selecting PowerShell
Figure 6: the log file

Using the options in the left we can see the logs and then get it, as following:

Selecting PowerShell
Figure 7: The log file

Conclusion 

In conclusion, we can conclude to get the log files in Azure Mobile Service server is very simple and in some cases can be useful, but each developer should be aware the changes made has impact in the logs separator in the Azure Portal.

I was Technical Guru in 3 categories in December 2014

The The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (December 2014) is out! And I could not be more happy! :)

Here are my 3 gold medals:

Technical Guru
Technical Guru
Technical Guru

I am a Telerik Developer Expert

Today was introduced the Telerik Developer Experts, which program was announced sometime ago in this blog post Announcing A Brand New Telerik Developer Network by Telerik.

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The Telerik Developer Expert program recognizes individuals who have a deep understanding of one or more Telerik technologies and take the time to share that knowledge with members of the developer community. These are folks like you who are speaking at conferences, writing blog posts, contributing to open source projects, or assisting other developers through our community forums and sites. By John Bristowe.

And I was nominate to be a Telerik Developer Expert :)

See all Telerik Developer Expert here and use this form to nominate yourself or someone! :)

Curah! 2014 award – TOP 10 Featured Curators

Last week, was published the article

2014 Curah! Awards + the Week of Curah! Awards (1 Year Celebration!)

And couldn´t be more happy, because I won the Curah! 2014 – TOP 10 Featured Curators badge which represent the award for the curators with most featured curations ( in this case the top 10!).

Here is my new badge
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Next stop Seatle…. I am going to Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2014

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Next week will be Microsoft MVP Global Summit 2014 and for the 2nd time I will be there!

I will stay in Bellevue from Friday to Tuesday then I will move to Seatle for 2 days as a tourist :)

Want to know more about this event? See the following article

MVP Global Summit Home Page
What is MVP Global Summit?

[TechNet Wiki] The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (September 2014) …. is out!

Yesterday was published the The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (September 2014) and one more time I participated in TechNet Wiki. This time I published some articles about Azure Mobile Service and Windows AppStudio, which articles are related with Menu App, see all about it in Menu App Sample.

The results are good and I won

  • Microsoft Azure Technical Guru – September 2014 
  • Windows Phone and Windows Store Apps Technical Guru – September 2014 

Here are the boards

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