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When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that it insulates the application from changes to those images.  The images hosted on the web can be modified or refined without requiring an update to the application, which both necessitates a resubmission to the Windows Store and relies on users to update the application. Windows Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud offering, can be an incredibly convenient and cost effective way to manage the images used in notifications. The easiest way to serve image content from Windows Azure is via blob storage, which provides highly scalabl... (more)

EAServer Problem Analysis & Troubleshooting

Designing and implementing an n-tier or Internet application is a complex task, and issues resulting from errors in the runtime configuration or the application code itself are practically inevitable. Problem analysis and troubleshooting are part art, part science. Therefore, although the techniques discussed here can be helpful, the sheer diversity of client and server environments precludes a single recipe for resolving all issues. We'll focus on problems that involve PowerBuilder that occur from the point of connectivity all the way through an EAServer component's lifecycle, an... (more)

IBM & Informix

In this article we'll discuss connectivity requirements, Informix-specific data type processing, and the use of Informix stored procedures within the PowerBuilder environment. PowerBuilder offers developers four specific connectivity options for IBM Informix databases: Third-party Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) drivers Third-party Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) drivers Third-party OLE-DB providers The "native" driver available in the PowerBuilder Enterprise version In this article we'll focus on the last option and in Part 2 we'll discuss TEXT and BYTE data, Stored Procedur... (more)

Windows 8 AND Visual Studio 2012 Completion Milestones

It’s been a busy day! Both the Windows 8 team and the Visual Studio teams have reached significant milestones in their respective releases. Per Steven Sinofsky’s blog, Windows 8 has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM), and the Windows Store is officially open for paid applications and company accounts (and with a considerable expansion in the number of markets and certification languages). And Jason Zander just announced the final build for Visual Studio 2012, with MSDN availability on August 15th, and a online launch event on September 12th. Here’s a quick rundown of the timel... (more)

The Windows 8 Opportunity

As the march toward general availability of Windows 8 (on October 26th) continues, I’ve had the opportunity to chat and work with lots of Windows 8 developers via hackathons, mini-meetups, and in-person and e-mail conversations. Many of them are well on their way to, or already have apps, in the Windows Store – and I’ll be profiling some of them in the weeks to come. They got there because they recognized the significance of the first-mover advantage; there’s nothing better to increase your visibility - and profitability - than being the first (and perhaps for a while, the only... (more)