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Call your CRM Platform! Using an ASP.NET Web API to Link Twilio and Salesforce.com

April 17, 2014

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I love mashups. It’s fun to combine technologies in unexpected ways. So when Wade Wegner of Salesforce asked me to participate in a webinar about the new Salesforce Toolkit for .NET, I decided to think of something unique to demonstrate. So, I showed off how to link Twilio – which in an API-driven service for […]

Co-Presenting a Webinar Next Week on Force.com and .NET

April 10, 2014

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Salesforce.com is a juggernaut in the software-as-a-service space and continues to sign up a diverse pool of global customers. While Salesforce relies on its own language (Apex) for coding extensions that run within the platform, developers can use any programming framework to integrate with Salesforce.com from external apps. That said, .NET is one of the […]

DevOps, Cloud, and the Lean “Wheel of Waste”

April 7, 2014

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I recently finished up a graduate program in Engineering Management and one of my last courses was on “Lean and Agile Management.” This was one of my favorite courses as it focused on understanding and improving process flow by reducing friction and waste. My professor claimed that most processes contain roughly 95% waste. At first […]

Using SnapLogic to Link (Cloud) Apps

March 24, 2014

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I like being exposed to new technologies, so I reached out to the folks at SnapLogic and asked to take their platform for a spin. SnapLogic is part of this new class of “integration platform as a service” providers that take a modern approach to application/data integration. In this first blog post (of a few […]

Windows Azure BizTalk Services Just Became 19% More Interesting

February 21, 2014

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Buried in the laundry list of new Windows Azure features outlined by Scott Guthrie was a mention of some pretty intriguing updates to Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS). Specifically, this cloud-based brokered messaging service can now accept messages from Windows Azure Service Bus Topics and Queues ( there were some other updates to the service […]

Using the New Salesforce Toolkit for .NET

January 16, 2014

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Wade Wegner, a friend of the blog and an evangelist for Salesforce.com, just built a new .NET Toolkit for Salesforce developers. This Toolkit is open source and available on GitHub. Basically, it makes it much simpler to securely interact with the Salesforce.com REST API from .NET code. It takes care of “just working” on multiple […]

Data Stream Processing with Amazon Kinesis and .NET Applications

January 9, 2014

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Amazon Kinesis is a new data stream processing service from AWS that makes it possible to ingest and read high volumes of data in real-time. That description may sound vaguely familiar to those who followed Microsoft’s attempts to put their CEP engine StreamInsight into the Windows Azure cloud as part of “Project Austin.” Two major […]

How Do BizTalk Services Work? I Asked the Product Team to Find Out

December 23, 2013

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Windows Azure BizTalk Services was recently released by Microsoft, and you can find a fair bit about this cloud service online. I wrote up a simple walkthrough, Sam Vanhoutte did a nice comparison of features between BizTalk Server and BizTalk Services,  the Neudesic folks have an extensive series of blog posts about it, and the […]

Window Azure BizTalk Services: How to Get Started and When to Use It

December 11, 2013

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The “integration as a service” space continues to heat up, and Microsoft officially entered the market with the General Availability of Windows Azure BizTalk Services (WABS) a few weeks ago.  I recently wrote up an InfoQ article that summarized the product and what it offered. I also figured that I should actually walk through the […]

New Article on Creating and Consuming Custom Salesforce.com Web Services

October 28, 2013

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I’ve been asked to write a few more articles for the DeveloperForce site (the developer-centric destination for Salesforce.com developers) and the first one is now online. This article, entitled “Working with Custom SOAP and REST Services in .NET Applications” takes a look at how to construct custom SOAP and REST services in Force.com, and then […]

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