Using the join.me API to schedule online meetings in Orchard CMS

Here are Cloud Construct we use join.me for all of our online meetings, audio conferences, and screen sharing session with clients. We like it a lot since it's simple and easy to use. Recently we were asked to figure out a way to host online meetings dynamically for a client and allow online scheduling for these meetings. We did not want to write conference software from scratch so we to

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Running the Orchard Command Line Interface in Azure

Since we’re big Orchard and Azure users at Cloud Construct, we love sharing tips and tricks with the developer community. There may be instances where you want to access the Orchard Command Line Interface (CLI) in your staging or production site hosted in Azure. I ran into a scenario where a disabled module was added as a dependency of an already enabled module, causing the site to crash. In

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The Cloud as the Starting Point for New Business IT

Why is the cloud important for a new business? This is an amazingly broad question that needs to be unpacked quite a bit before any analysis can take place. And of course, opinions are woven throughout, and you know what they say about opinions…. First, what do I mean by “the cloud”? Wikipedia is pretty clear: “Internet-based computing that provides shared processing reso

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory B2B

Cloud Construct has been working with Windows Azure since its launch into the market. We have worked with the early features and primitive developer portal and tools. As new features are released, our team gets pretty excited because often, it is something we have been waiting for. One feature recently released in Windows Azure is one that really helps our interaction with our clien

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Trends are Your Friends – 7 Web Trends to Follow in 2016

Now that we’re weeks into 2016, we’ve been watching the web pretty closely, and listening to our clients, in search of what are the biggest web trends to expect in 2016. From design to development and user experience, here are the 7 most prominent web trends we believe are on the horizon this year: 1) Increasing Migration From Desktop Browsing to Mobile Devices as the Principle Meth

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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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