Wearables + Azure Development – Global Azure Bootcamp 2015

I know, I should’ve posted this long time ago. In fact, it’s almost 1 year since the event in which I talked about the stuff. I simply forgot. Well, better late than never.

The event was called Global Azure Bootcamp 2015, a worldwide community-driven event that merely talks about all stuffs related to Azure. The event was held in hundreds of countries in the world, including Bandung and the other 2 cities in Indonesia. All happened at the same time, April 25, 2015.

Beside as one of the organizers for Bandung chapter, I also delivered a talk in it. The talk was about Wearables app development and how the app can work with Azure services. In that talk, I particularly focus on Apple Watch app development that accessing Azure App Services (it’s Azure Mobile Services at that time).

I’ll be back for more in Global Azure Bootcamp 2016, along with the other Microsoft MVPs or other speakers. Stay tune!

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Visualise Apple Watch App More Realistically

Xcode 6.2 includes iOS 8.2 SDK coming with WatchKit framework and Apple Watch simulator that allows us to develop Apple Watch app. As its function to simulate how the app will look like and accept user input (touch), the Apple Watch simulator only focuses on the screen. Hey, there’s not even a way to simulate Digital Crown input. When you run your app in simulator, you’ll get something like this:

Apple Watch Simulator

That’s it! A rectangle window is all you get.

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Apple Watch App + Azure Mobile Service

In the spirit to embrace wearables industry, especially tomorrow-preorder-opened Apple Watch, I need to share about developing Apple Watch app with WatchKit framework. But the real world app, including Apple Watch app, needs a backend and what I know best is using Microsoft Azure. So, you may wonder how it is possible.

However, for now, to my knowledge, it’s not possible to access backend service, or do network request in general, directly within WatchKit app. We have to do it in big iOS app or so-called parent iOS app of the WatchKit app. Hey, WatchKit app is not even a standalone app, it’s actually an extension of an iOS app. Continue reading Apple Watch App + Azure Mobile Service