This is coming out a little later than I had hoped but, better late than never.  A couple weeks ago I created a few screencasts to walk developers through setting up and running the URL Shortener that I discussed in detail a few weeks back.  Today I’ve finally had the time to get them uploaded and tagged in YouTube and they are now available for you to watch.  The screencasts are split into three different videos: setting up the PHP site, getting the iOS app running, and getting the Android app running.

Setting up the PHP site

The first video goes through pulling down the PHP source code, adding a new website in the Windows Azure portal, configuring the site, and uploading it to Windows Azure.  After watching this video, you should be comfortable with running the URL Shortening website in Windows Azure.

 

Getting the iOS app running

The second video will walk you through pulling down the source code for the iOS app, configuring it to connect to your website, and running it.  Finally, the video reviews the different areas of the code that connect to Windows Azure.

 

Getting the Android app running

The third video will walk you through pulling down the source code for the Android app, configuring it to connect to your website, and running it.  Finally, the video reviews the different areas of the code that connect to Windows Azure.

 

Why Screencasts?

I haven’t done screencasts before (which may be obvious when you watch these) but I do believe that different people learn and absorb things differently.  For some people, these videos may be easier to learn from then trying to go through a six part blog series.  If these are useful, I may stear more content into screencasts (while still blogging about it of course).  If you find the videos useful or have any feedback on them, please let me know.


Chris Risner