I actually wrote my first AngularJS app a few months ago, back in February. However, despite the long delay, I wanted to do a proper writeup describing my experience – mostly because it was a lot of fun!
Below is a screenshot and link to the demo site I created. It was a proof of concept for a simple consulting site, complete with real-time charts and graphs. If you open up the website in two windows, and change some data, both windows will automatically update – the graphs and charts will animate the change. Awesome! The code can be found on my bitbucket account.
So I finally decided to take the plunge and start learning about hosting in the cloud. In the four years that I was out of the programming game, this has to be one of the areas that has seen the most rapid change and development. What was just starting to take off back in 2010 has now become a virtual necessity for most programmers, and is one of the most important things for me to catch up on. Seeing as most of my recent experience was in a .NET environment, I decided to get my feet wet with Azure.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done any real web development, so it took me a few days to get up to speed with ASP.NET MVC 5, EF 6, and Azure, but after a weekend of tutorials and experimentation, I was up and running. The screenshot below is what I managed to create – a simple recipe website my mom has been wanting for years. Sadly, it’s far from finished, and is more of a quick demo to get me familiar with Azure. I doubt it will see true completion any time in the near future. Sorry mom!
Mom’s Best, a simple recipe website for my mom (no longer live)
I plan on leaving the site up indefinitely, or until Microsoft decides I can no longer host it for free. The code can be found here, on my bitbucket account. To wrap up this post, I’d like to give you a few of my first impressions of Azure, mostly pertaining to simple website development.
A few weeks ago, I was doing a little digital housekeeping, and I stumbled across some of my old screenshots and mockups from the original incarnation of Ryamar. I suppose it must have been about four years ago that I first started dreaming up gameplay ideas and tinkering with implementation concepts.