Recent blog entries

Another GEM: Microsoft SQL Server Credentials for a Remote Web Service

It was simple enough to get access to a Microsoft  SQL Server from a Web Service when all were running on the same machine. You use Windows Authentication. But when the services are both running locally, with the user running a Windows 10 Universal app that calls the web service, they won’t be logged in an so the web service needs credential for the SQL service.

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More GEMS: Kept getting Network Access Required in a Universal App–An hr or 2 later!

I’m creating a Windows 10 Universal Phone App that talks to a Web Service to post an entity (object) in Microsoft SQL Server running on the same machine as the Web Service. Initially did all including the app on my laptop using localhost as the network target. Solved the SQL Server credentials .. OK. But when I switch to using the laptop’s system name or its IP address (all still running on same machine) got Network Access Required error.

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Little GEMS: XAML page not linked to its Codebehind Page .. Solution


In developing a Universal Windows app, when you add an existing XAML and its Codebehind page, they often end up unlinked in the Solution Explorer. This limits the ability to autogenrate event handlers in the codebehind page for UI elements.Spaso Lazarevic has a good solution that involves a little editing of the project file.

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Azure IoT Hackathon

Are you a maker? Have you always wanted to showcase that million dollar idea of yours? Are you ready to build something innovative? Are you ready to take your idea to next level and show the world your new invention?

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Win 10–IoT Core: Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 App Deployment – 3 Universal(Unencrypted Protocol)

In previous versions of IoT-Core, you just used the Authentication Mode-None when deploying and debugging an app from Visual Studio. This has changed a little so this blog is just a short note about the configuration for deploying a Universal Windows App from Visual Studio to an Windows 10 IoT-Core device.

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Microsoft Band Altimeter Now for something completely different

  The new Microsoft Band 2 incorporates 11 sensor which includes the usual GPS, heart rate, and step sensors needed for health monitoring but also included are some hidden features that make this embedded platform ideal for other activities. I am not going to get into the reviews, there are plenty of other bloggers out there for that. I do like the fact that is an open platform and you can write your own apps using Microsoft’ s published SDK for the Band 2. The Band SDK works with, and runs on your smart phone be it Android, Apple Phone or Windows Phone. You can write your app to run on one or all the targeted phones.You will need the Microsoft Health App initially installed on your phone as it will use this to connect and manage the features on the Band. The Band establishes a Bluetooth connection to your phone and basically acts as a head-end display unit and a sensor provider publishing data to the phone. You have several host development platform options available to write your app. You can use ...

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Win 10–IoT Core: Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 App Deployment and Debug Requirements -2

The previous blog explained what needs to be done to be able to deploy and debug apps with latest build for IoT-Core (Build 10586). On the Microsoft IoT forums it was reported by some that if they didn’t set up as in the previous blog they got a pin request. This blog provides some detail as to how the Universal (Unencrypted Mode) authentication works. It also explains why some got the PIN request.

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Win 10–IoT Core: Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 App Deployment and Debug Requirements -1

You need Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 to deploy and debug Universal Windows Platform Apps onto IoT-Core Build 10586, the Dec 3rd 2015 release. You MUST use Universal (Unencrypted Mode) authentication not NONE when Deploying/Debugging.

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Windows 10 IoT-Core Licensing options and Threshold 2 (Build 10586)– Updated-2

Windows 10 desktop/tablet has undergone a major refresh. At the same time Windows Mobile (Windows Phone 10) has RTMed. Also Windows 10 IoT-Core has also invoked two license versions with its latest concurrent release.

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Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 now available on MSDN (Subscriber Downloads)

Available as an update or as a complete Visual Studio 2015  Plus Update 1 installation. Note this is needed for Build 10856 (the latest version) of Windows 10 IoT-Core as connectivity fails with the RTM version of Visual Studio 2015. Looks like its not available yet as the free Community Edition on

Windows Embedded Compact 7

The Windows Embedded Compact 7 (Compact 7) getting started series is created to provide simple and easy to follow information to help academic, hobbyist and commercial developers to learn and engage in Compact 7 development.

***This is a series of 9 articles, with additional supplements, that cover the following subjects:

  • Development environment
  • OS design
  • Managed code application
  • Native code application
  • Silverlight for Windows Embedded application
  • SQL Compact database application
  • Debug and remote tools
  • More..

Embedded101 Articles & Application Notes

Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: Using the Wizard
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 8:56:42 AM

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Apr10CEDriverWiz Version 2.00: An Example
Created by David Jones on 4/10/2013 7:28:32 AM

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Apr09Installing CEDriverWiz for Visual Studio
Created by David Jones on 4/9/2013 8:41:27 AM

Install Visual Studio 2012/2008/2005 (depending upon your version of CE/Compact) and all of t...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz V2.00: About this release
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 7:33:39 AM

This brings the wizard in line with our Wrox book: "Professional Windows Embedded Compact 7" . ...
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Apr01CEDriverWiz Version 2.00 User Manual
Created by David Jones on 4/1/2013 6:40:34 AM

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May15Configure Flash Storage to Launch Compact 7 OS Runtime with DiskPrep
Created by on 5/15/2012 8:41:50 PM

The DiskPrep powertoy is a useful utility to configure different type of flash storage to launch Wi...
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