Thursday, October 15, 2015

How to enable Ionic Cordova Project template to run Windows 10 mobile apps


If you are using Ionic Framework project template in Visual Studio 2015, You will not be able to develop and build windows 10 apps in Visual Studio 2015 until you do some changes in your project to support that.

I have posted and answered this issue here:

Hope this helps.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Ionic framework must to know tips

Hi All,

I am writing this blog post to cover essential Ionic framework commands that every developer should be aware of specially if you are new to Ionic Development using Cordova platform.

Here is my tips that must to know when working with Ionic framework:

1) Ionic is a front-end SDK that is used to create incredible mobile apps based on Cordova framework.

2) To start using Ionic to create mobile apps, Ionic uses npm which uses node.js. So you need to install Node.js to start using npm commands.

3) To install Node.js, here is the installation link:

4) Creating Ionic mobile apps project is a folder based, So before executing the following command you need to make sure that you are in the right directory path structure where Ionic framework creates a folder for the newly created application "app1" :

     ionic start app1

The above command creates a folder named "app1" under the current directory path.

5) All Ionic Framework commands starts with ionic either to create, build or run Ionic mobile apps.

6) You can open Ionic projects using Visual Studio Code by executing the following steps:
     a) From File menu, Click on Open Folder.
     b) Select your Ionic project folder and click on Ok.
You will be able to use Visual Studio as your Development Environment.

7) If you want to run your Cordova project into the browser, Follow these steps:
    a) Open the terminal window, navigate to the project folder.
    b) Type the following:
         ionic serve
    c) A new browser will run for your Ionic Cordova project.

8) How to add Git integration to an existing project in VS Code, check out this reference:

Update [11/2/2015]: Updates for Git integration and how to run Cordova apps in the browser.

Hope this helps.

1) Ionic Framework website:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DC Startups join Microsoft Ventures - Join our Equity free program $25k & $500k Azure Credits

Hi All,

I am calling all DC startups who are looking for getting mentorship, grow, get funded and get a great working environment and to join Microsoft Accelerator program.

Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative empowering entrepreneurs around the world on their journey to build great companies. We’re focused on building partnerships with venture funds, angel investors, incubators, accelerators, corporate executives, and at the core startups, as well as run its own accelerators around the world. Our goal and objective is to help scale and grow startups by giving them a great working environment, access to mentors and service providers, free technological tools and connecting them to Microsoft’s customers and business partners. 

The next batch of the program opens on Feb 2016 and it’s going to be themed around Machine Learning and Data Science. We will be targeting startups that are a more mature than previous batches – such that raised $1M-$1.5M, with an existing product and maybe even initial traction.

Having said that, startups that choose to use Azure will enjoy the help of the ML product group in architecting their solutions to the right size and using the cutting edge services Azure ML offers. 
Access to the Microsoft distribution channels – Microsoft Ventures is committed to help startups who have relevant products to our customers and partners get connected to them through our massive distribution channels. In addition, startups will receive assistance in getting set up on the Azure Marketplace allowing the Microsoft sales reps to sell their solutions with higher incentives. 
Free of Microsoft Azure – startups in the program will be automatically enrolled to BizSpark Plus program and be credited for $500K of cloud usage (storage and compute) for 3 years, to be used in their own pace. This allows the startup to focus on the crucial business aspects of their company.

Meet us in person, learn more about the program and benefits. Besides these locations we are evaluating a few more venues so please check out for more details at

Meet us in person on November 4th, 2015 at 1776:

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to get an invite to attend.

Microsoft Azure Tour in Philly - Microsoft Azure Developer Immersion labs

Hi All,

Today we are holding first Azure tour event in Philly this year. Since we have Microsoft Azure Developer Immersion lab during the event and we have limited seating, you will be able to do all labs through the link below.

If you are not able to make it to the event, you will be able to do all labs from the below url:

The link contains all labs, source code before and after the labs.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Philly Code Camp Event Sessions

Hi All,

Today i am pleased to join the speakers team of Philly DotNet Code Camp (PhillyDotNet.Org) which we have it at Microsoft Technology Center at Malvern, PA on 9-10th Oct 2015.

I am delivering two sessions and below is the details of each session:

1) Developing Cross-Platform Mobile Apps using Apache Cordova

This session will cover how to build cross platform mobile applications using Apache Cordova. Cordova allows web developers to use their existing web development skills to build cross platform mobile apps. Write a single code base in HTML/JS/CSS and deploy your app to iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The session will cover how to use JS libraries such as Ionic, Angular and Backbone to build Apps in Visual Studio 2015 with latest TACO official release v1.0.0 on 10/7/2015.

The session will cover insights on understanding the project structure and best practices in building Cordova apps and it is demo driven!

Session url:

2) Get you site Edge Ready

Microsoft Edge – what are the technical details of Microsoft’s new browser, what’s new in Edge, and what’s the best way to develop for it? This session will go over the technical details of Microsoft Edge. We’ll discuss the value of the browser and how you can make sure your web sites are ready for Edge!

Session url:

Hope you enjoy my sessions, and have fun!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Secure sensitive data with SQL Server on Azure

Hi All,

SQL Server 2016 has released a new feature that is called "Dynamic Data Masking" which allows to mask sensitive information to be masked on the fly without a change to a line of code in your application. The video covers the DDM technology, the need for it and how to implement it on SQL DB in Azure. This feature can be implemented either using SQL PaaS (Azure SQL DBs) or IaaS (SQL Server VMs) on Azure.

If you have for example Personal Identification Information (PII), Credit Card Numbers, or Social Security Numbers that you would like to secure from non-authorized view from viewing restricted information to comply with your security policies. DDM is the right feature for you with zero change line of code.

SQL Database Dynamic Data Masking (DDM) limits sensitive data exposure by masking it to non-privileged users. Dynamic data masking is in preview for Basic, Standard, and Premium service tiers in the V12 version of Azure SQL Database.
Dynamic data masking helps prevent unauthorized access to sensitive data by enabling customers to designate how much of the sensitive data to reveal with minimal impact on the application layer. It's a policy-based security feature that hides the sensitive data in the result set of a query over designated database fields, while the data in the database is not changed.

In this video, I cover how to configure DDM feature in SQL Database on Azure using the new Azure portal. How to manage existing masks and how to test out this feature using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

The video covers how to manage multiple users scenario to allow either masked or unmasked data on a SQL database in Azure.

Enjoy the video below.

Channel 9 video link


Monday, October 05, 2015

Identity and Office 365 presentation on DC Cloud Tour Event

Hi All,

I presented a presentation on Cloud Tour event at Microsoft Chevy Chase office in DC metro area. The presentation covered Identity and Azure Active Directory (AAD). I covered how Office 365 uses AAD under the hood to authenticate users and how AAD uses standard protocols such as: OAuth 2.0 to authentication and generate user claims to other applications. The presentation covers how to register apps as a multi-tenant apps and how to set permissions for registered apps.

The presentation covered the following topics:
1) Azure Active Directory (AAD).
2) Office 365 Services.
3) AD Graph API.
4) Registering apps to AAD & Office 365.
5) Build Connected apps using VS 2015 with O365.

Hope this helps.

Azure Data Platform presentation on DC Cloud Tour event

Hi All,

During Azure Cloud Tour in DC, I presented a session about Azure data platform services which includes wide range of services for developers, and architects.

When you build a cloud based solution, you need to have an understanding of the available options to store and secure your data. This presentation covers the following topics:

1) SQL Server Database on Azure as PaaS.
2) SQL Server Database security features such as: Row Level Security, Dynamic Data Masking and Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).
3) SQL Server VMs as IaaS vs PaaS offering.
4) DocumentDB as NoSql option on Azure.
5) Elastic Database Pool for SQL Servers on Azure.
6) Azure Search as enterprise scalable solution.
7) HDInsight Microsoft Hadoop cluster implementation available on Windows and Linux.
8) Data Warehousing as a service on Azure.
9) Data Lake: enterprise wide repository of your data in its original format.

Hope this helps.