One of the fun projects I’ve been working on recently related to my app has been bringing online a cloud to handle sending push notifications processing. I’m using Node.js for this and have a ton of people enjoying the beta push experience right now: toasts, live tiles, etc.
Tonight I pushed to GitHub ‘mpns’, a simple interface and helper to the Microsoft Push Notification Service (MPNS). It essentially takes the simple properties for your live tile update or toast, packages it in a simple XML payload, and then posts it to the subscription endpoint.
It isn’t a lot of code, but I sure hope it helps others who may be experimenting with other platforms while building a great push experience. If you’re using Azure, the Windows Phone team has already provided some awesome content here – Yochay has previously posted about a Windows Push Notification Server Side Helper Library.