Apple documentation on Local and Push Notifications

Here’s a link to Apple’s own documentation. Exhaustive and dry, but absolutely vital that you put time aside to read through all this if you want to use the Apple Push Notification Service (APNs).

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Using Microsoft Windows Azure to Host Web Services and Apple Push Notifications for your iOS Apps.

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.

Here’s a link to a blog post and the code from the above presentation.

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

Blog entry on MSDN about the new release of the IOS Toolkit for Windows Azure.

Video: Deploying the Cloud Ready Packages for Devices

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:

Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS (Library)

Cloud Ready Package for Azure