Windows Azure Media Services Part 1 - Live Video

Windows Azure Media services contains a ton of features that we can use to make our applications rich with media and do it very easily. Media Services consolidate enconding, storage, search, and delivery into an offering that is truly streamlined. Download this poster of everything media services encompasses so that you can understand exactly what we're talking about in this article. In this

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Windows Azure Image Library with DocumentDB and Azure Search

In 2016 Cloud Construct will be working with Windows Azure Media Services for a handful of our agency's clients. Windows Azure Media Services is a subset of the many features that Windows Azure provides, and is one that builds upon already existing services that are offered in the Windows Azure suite. For example, a person could roll their own media storage, encoding server, and str

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3 Simple Steps to Coding from Development Inspiration

Whether you’re coding for your own personal website or one at work, chances are you’ve searched the web and come across a code that you’ve wanted to utilize in your own site. When this occurs, temptations to simply copy paste may be strong. Resist the temptation! I cannot stress enough how important it is to really get to know the ins and outs of the code. I hope you’ll fin

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Thinking in Color: How Color Affects Brand Image

Colors hold the power to instantly communicate brand meaning, message, and personality. That’s why it is hard to overestimate the importance of color in the brand identity design. According to Jill Morton, color psychologist and branding expert, the visual component people remember most about a brand is color, followed closely by shapes, symbols, then numbers and finally words. Although peo

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Specifying Shapes for Custom Elements

The new LayoutPart adds a lot of flexibility to building out pages in Orchard with the ability to add structure and elements to each page. If the already existing elements don’t suit your needs you can create a custom element and reuse that element where needed; although, there will be situations where a custom element does not fully suit your needs either. There are only so many alternates

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Finding Similarities

Last weekend I attended the three day music festival, Boston Calling, a biennial event held at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. A highlight of this festival was the relatively unknown Doomtree set. I would like to use this space to liken this unexpected experience with that of the Cloud Construct experience. The Doomtree group is made up of six people; each with a distinguishable sound and style.

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Integrating Grunt and Handlebar templates into MVC Razor files

Recently the Cloud Construct Boston development team has advocated for using some different tools for building our agency’s new company website. Since our primary development stack is Microsoft.NET, MVC, and Razor, we usually end up building projects using Visual Studio. This doesn't jive well with the process of using some other tools like Grunt and Handlebar templates. Web developers find

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Why User Experience Design is a Good Place to Sink Money

Investing in UX (user experience design) upfront can pay dividends for years to come. It’s sometimes hard for a digital agency like Cloud Construct to convince clients to invest their time and money in user experience design. The value of a high number of features in their next online product is easy to see. If a product can do more, clients are getting more for their money. It’s

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Google Analytics: 6 Interesting Pieces of Information & Some Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you a business owner and have your own website?  Or are you responsible for maintaining your employer’s website?  Have you ever heard of Google Analytics?  If not, I suggest you sign up for this free web analytics service and dive into some interesting data!    Google Analytics collects data about the visitors to your website.  It also measures website

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Before you Redesign that Website of Yours…

I'm taking a break on writing about technical things to address what really goes into website redesigns and brand updates. Often times companies come to our Boston digital agency with questions concerning 1) their website design, 2) the functionality of their website, and 3) the management of their brand. Many times they ask any one of these given questions without taking the other two into accou

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