Improving Client Engagement with Visual Studio Online

Cloud Construct’s preferred development stack consists of a set of Microsoft solutions thanks to the enterprise functionality, integrated nature, ease of use and ubiquity. Many of our clients leverage Orchard Content Management System (CMS) hosted in the Azure cloud. We also leverage Microsoft development tools for planning, tracking and the Integrated Development Environment (IDE). When w

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Details Matter in User Experience Design

Sometimes clients will not readily understand why designers appear to be so picky and opinionated when collaborating with them on User Experience and Visual Design for a project. But a big part of the value of consultation by a talented designer, during the creation of a web application, website, or even a fundamental branding element like a logo, is having someone pay close attention to every det

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What are the benefits of TypeScript for Web Development, and how can you use it?

Here at Cloud Construct we have been using Typescript as a useful technology to accelerate cross-platform web development and reduce defects. Below is a summary of the technology and how you can start using it in your projects. Let us know if you have any feedback or questions! Typescript Overview and Benefits TypeScript is described as a “typed superset of JavaScript” that compile

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Constant Contact vs Mailchimp vs SalesGenius

A web developer’s comparison test Cloud Construct has delivered a number of marketing led client web development projects that include integration to email marketing platforms. Part of our responsibilities in the projects was to develop email templates for the platform, upload, test, and distribute. Recently, the three most common marketing email platforms we have worked with Constant Conta

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

Here at 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 w

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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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