The goal of this mini-series was to create a backend hosted in Windows Azure Websites and connect to it from both Android and iOS. More so, I wanted to host something that didn’t require .NET technologies to work. I wanted to do this because, if you’re an iOS developer you are definitely on OSX. Many Android developers are using OSX for their primary development machine as well. This means that if you are forced to use a .NET backend, your hands are somewhat tied since you can’t run Visual Studio on OSX. For that reason, I chose to create a PHP website with a minimal web user interface and all of the functionality exposed via web services. The site and services were relatively simple and exposed the ability to shorten URLs (just like tinyurl.com).