Sometime, Dan gets things wrong in this series of posts and is corrected/advised by users in the comments. Dan always takes the comments on board and suggests ways to incorporate these thoughts and improve the code, or changes the code examples as a result of the feedback. Dan’s lack of ego and willingness to improve things adds more value to these pages – so make sure you read the comments!
Update: This series of blog posts is now available as a video course on Pluralsight.
Windows Azure is looking like an excellent choice for hosting web data and services for mobile apps. Much work is being done by Microsoft to support the hosting of services for the iPhone and iPad (as well as Windows Phone and Android). This even includes support for hosting an Apple Push Notification Service provider. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a definitive guide for this – and it is evolving all the time. Anyways, here’s some links to the best resources I’ve been able to find on the web.
April 14, 2011
Video from Mix11: Developing iPhone and iPad Apps that Leverage Windows Azure – Simon Guest.
Demonstrates uploading an image to Blob storage, inserting a row in Azure table storage and (too briefly) using the Apple Push Notification (APN) service.
21 Apr 2011
Simon Guest. Using Apple Push Notifications from Windows Azure. This is the only page I have found, so far, where actual code is shown!
May 9th 2011
May 11 2011
Wade Wegner Video on “Getting Started with the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS”
Jul 25 2011
Vittorio Bertocci’s Video on “Using the Windows Azure Access Control Service in iOS Applications”
Aug 31 2011
Wade Wegner “Windows Azure Toolkit for Devices“. Demo of v1.2.1 of the iOS Toolkit for Azure.
Finally, here are the links to the associated files in GitHub:
Search for this downloadable, sample app on the Apple development web site (at the time of writing it is here). The App demonstrates the use and customization of just about every iOS UI control – buttons, views etc. so is a great reference.
This is the syntax to display an image from an image file in your project in a UIImageView…
// Set image from filename: self.myUIImageView.image = [UIImage imageWithContentsOfFile:[[NSBundle mainBundle] pathForResource:"MyImageFile" ofType:@"png"]];
Here, we display an image with the filename “MyImageFile.png”
The Next Generation of Digital Books. This company is currently in beta with an app that will enable people to create beautiful, interactive books and magazines on mobile platforms – initially on iOS. The first product – Al Gore’s “Our Choice” book looks incredible.