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Interview with Dona Sarkar and Jeremiah Marble | NXTA 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:30:01 GMT

In this session, Seth interviews Dona and Jeremiah about the latest Windows Insider Program updates


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Data Migration Assistant - Azure SQL Database Assessment | Data Exposed

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Akash Verenkar and Venkata Pochiraju are back on the Data Exposed show to show us the improvements they are making to the Data Migration Assistant. Since the last time they were on the show, they have added the ability to do Azure SQL Database assessment capabilities which they demo on today's show!

They begin the show by highlighting the 3 upgrade and migration scenarios such as migrating from older versions of SQL Server to SQL Server 2016, as well as migrating existing SQL Server on-premises or competitive databases to modern cloud platforms such as SQL Server on Azure VMs or Azure SQL Database.

At the [02:50] mark, they get into the purpose of today's show which is understanding the end-to-end migrations to Azure SQL Database, providing an end to end experience from finding migration blockers, providing auto fixes, and then migrating and deploying the database to Azure.

Akash and Venkata provide a high-level summary of how that takes place and how .bacpacs play a critical role in the migration. Then, at the [06:15] mark it is demo time, and Akash spends the next 6 minutes showing the Data Migration Assistant 3.0, walking us through an Azure SQL Database assessment, including database compatibility and feature parity.

We definitely look forward to having these two guys back to show the migration!

You can download the latest DMA from here:

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Episode 222: Azure Tools for Visual Studio Code with Brady Gaster | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:05:52 GMT

In this episode Chris Risner and Thiago Almeida are joined by Brady Gaster, Senior Program Manager focusing on Microsoft's technical documentation and the new site.  Brady joins us to talk about an Azure Tools extension he's been working on for Visual Studio Code which enables developers to create and access Azure resources from within VS Code.  We walk through installing the extension into VS Code, authenticating against Azure, and then using several of the different capabilities of the tools.

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The Xamarin Show 15: Appium Mobile Automation with Glenn Wester | The Xamarin Show

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

This week James is joined by friend of the show Glenn Wester, Technical Solutions Professional at Microsoft, who talks to us about Appium-based automated mobile UI testing. There are many mobile automation frameworks to choose from when using Xamarin Test Cloud and we're proud to show off another option to choose from. We'll review our support for Appium showing a Java-based UI test driven by JUnit leveraging the Page Object Pattern and testing a Xamarin.Forms application. We'll overview running a test locally, upload a test suite to our device lab and show the results from our test in our web-based test report. We also take a sneak-peek at Visual Studio Mobile Center, Microsoft's mission control for mobile apps.

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TWC9: How TWC9 Should REALLY be Hosted... | This Week On Channel 9

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:00:00 GMT

This week on Channel 9, Nikola and Vlad get kicked out of the studio by some special guests who then discuss the week's top developer news, including;[01:20] Follow @danielfe[02:10] Follow @briankel[03:04] Happy 15th Birthday .NET! [Beth Massi][03:57] Welcoming Jon Galloway as the new Executive Director of the .NET Foundation [Martin Woodward][04:56] Five things you didn't know about me[05:28] Martin is back in VSTS![06:01] .NET Core Roadmap[07:07] Microsoft Build 2017 – come code with us [Scott Guthrie][08:02] Join Us: Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary [Julia Liuson][08:41] How to make an offline installer for VS2017 [Scott Hanselman][08:41] Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.3 [David Catuhe and Giorgio Sardo][10:23] Microsoft’s new Spectator View rig lets you share what you’re seeing on the HoloLens with others [Mehedi Hassan][11:11] Microsoft shares open source system for training drones, other gadgets to move safely on their own [Allison Linn][12:43] The 68 things the CLR does before executing a single line of your code (*) [Matt Warren]Picks of the Week!Brian's Pick of the Week: [13:46] Some friendly advice from the Redmond Public Safety department on nighttime nude jogging [Raymond Chen]Dan's Pick of the Week:[14:36] Developer docs are now all in one place, on [Kip Kniskern], leave a comment or email us at @CH9 Follow @briankel Follow @danielfe Follow @gduncan411 [...]

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UWP Community Toolkit Gets New Controls, Services and More in 1.3

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT

We've covered the UWP Community Toolkit before, UWP++ with UWP Community Toolkit 1.1 and Do you UWP? Then you'll want this..., but this update it pretty special...Announcing UWP Community Toolkit 1.3"The UWP Community Toolkit continues to grow at a rapid speed thanks to the ideas and contributions from the community. Over the last period, over 82 percent of the contributions came from the developer community (59 contributors). Thank you!Today, we are happy to announce the largest update to the toolkit since the launch a few months ago!You can get started following these steps, or preview the latest features by installing the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App from the Windows Store.As a reminder, the toolkit can be used in any app (across PC, Xbox One, Mobile, HoloLens and Surface Hub devices) targeting Windows 10 November Update (10.0.10586) or above. The few features that rely on newer OS updates are clearly marked in the documentation and in the Sample App.Here’s just a summary of what’s new in Version 1.3:Controls. Several new controls were added in this release, including some very popular requests from the community: WrapPanel. Positions child elements in sequential position from left to right or top to bottom, breaking content to the next line.TextboxMask and TextBoxRegex (attached properties). Allows setting common or custom masks (like telephone numbers) for input.SurfaceDialTextboxHelper (attached property). Extends any Textbox control to be controlled directly from a Surface Dial.MarkdownTextBlock. Embeds and renders in real-time markdown syntax.TileControl. Enables repeatable tile content.ScrollHeader. Builds upon FadeHeader and enables Quick Return, Sticky and Fade behaviors.Expander. Provides an extendable container to show/hide any content by clicking the header.AdvancedCollectionView: Builds upon CollectionView and easily sorts and filters collections before displaying them.Loading control. Shows an animation with some content when the user should wait in some tasks of the app.ServicesOneDrive service. Roam user files through the new OneDrive service with a simplified API model (similar to StorageFolder). The new service makes it easy to authenticate OneDrive users and more in the same consistent way you have come to expect from the toolkit services.Microsoft Translator Service. Translate text in 60 languages supported by Microsoft Translator Services. The free tier supports up to 2 million requests per month.We’ve added support for geographical metadata to tweets.AnimationsLight. Add light effects to your page or controls to draw user attention.Reorder grid animations (attached property). Add smooth animations when resizing a grid view.ParallaxService. Allows to create a parallax effect for items contained within an element that scrolls like a ScrollViewer or ListView.NotificationsNew toast features. Allows group toasts notifications (only available on Creator Update).Accessibility. With the support of the community, we started the journey to add accessibility capabilities to all the controls in the toolkit. You can track progress here.Sample AppThe Sample App now has embedded documentation (using the new Markdown control).The Sample App provide pointers to a few external OSS resources, for example, the newly released Windows SDK for Google Analytics.It is now available for preview on Xbox One.UserVoiceThe community can now submit and vote for new features on UserVoice.If you are interested in contributing, please join us on Github!"Follow @CH9 Follow @coding4fun Follow @gduncan411 [...]

High DPI Improvements for Desktop App Developers in the Windows 10 Creators Update | Windows Developer Day - Creators Update

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:15:00 GMT

Display technology and usage scenarios have changed significantly since the time when many desktop app technologies were first introduced. Many desktop UI frameworks on Windows have, historically, struggled to keep up with modern usage scenarios such as handling multiple displays with different DPI values or handling dynamic DPI changes (docking/undocking, RDP, mixed-DPI). This has resulted in desktop applications that can render blurry or be sized incorrectly. In this session we'll discuss what Microsoft is doing to address these challenges, including new APIs and technologies targeted at high-DPI usage scenarios for desktop apps.



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Connecting to the Cloud with Visual Studio Mobile Center | Azure Friday

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Visual Studio Mobile Center powers end-to-end mobile app development experiences. Adrian Hall joins Scott Hanselman to showcase how to work with his TODO app data in the cloud with Visual Studio Mobile Center’s Tables feature. Check out the other Mobile Center ( features including Build, Test, Distribute, Identity, Crashes, and Analytics.


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Halo Wars 2, Dr. Strange, and more | This Week On Windows

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:00:00 GMT

This Week on Windows:  We're giving you tips and tricks to declutter your digital life, we've got Halo Wars 2 making its triumphant debut and we're keeping things Strange and undead in the Windows Store.  Other topics covered on this week's episode include:

  • Did you know: Stay organized with task view and snap
  • MS stores: Declutter your digital life
  • Halo Wars 2: Availability + interview with 343
  • Dr. Strange
  • Walking Dead season 7 part 2/Undead of Winter campaign

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Extensibility in PowerApps | Azure Friday

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:00:00 GMT

Karthik Bharathy joins Scott Hanselman to talk about extending the capability of PowerApps using Custom APIs. In this session, we will use PowerApps with Microsoft Cognitive Services API, a custom Image Upload API and the Camera control to build a cross platform app to detect the age, gender, smile of the user, similar to Karthik explains how to build custom logic can be hosted in an Azure web app or in an Azure Functions and connected to PowerApps using Swagger.


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SQL Server in an Azure VM - What's New | Data Exposed

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

It is a pleasure to have Luis Vargas back on the show to show us what's new with SQL Server in an Azure Virtual Machine since the last time he was here 10 months ago.

No slides and all demo as Luis first provides a quick overview of the available SQL Server offering in Azure Virtual Machines via Azure Marketplace. He shows all the different SQL Server VM images of versions and editions in the gallery, including SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express and Developer as well as SQL Server vNext on Red Hat Enterprise Linux!

Luis also spends a minute showing the BYOL (Bring Your Own License) templates and discusses options as to when those would be useful.

At the [10:15] mark Luis walks us through the creation of a SQL Server 2016 SP1 virtual machine to highlight the new and improved features available, including monitoring of OS diagnostics, automated backups and patching with scheduling, and storage configuration and optimization for optimum performance!

At the [32:00] mark Luis shows off the cool feature of being able to download the configuration template of your configuration which can be used to automate the creation and deployment of the virtual machines. VERY cool.

Luis wraps up the show showing auto-shutdown to automatically stop VMs when not used to save money. He then shows how easy it is to connect to the SQL VM via SSMS.

Great show, and we look forward to having Luis back to discuss High Availability!


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Beth Massi - Happy Anniversary, .NET! | On .NET

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 23:10:51 GMT

This week, we chat with Beth Massi about .NET's 15th anniversary.

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Day 2 Keynote: Data Dreams | NXTA 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:24:23 GMT

We are living in an extraordinary time where every person and every organization on the planet can achieve more through the power of cloud computing, AI and data. Learn about the vision, and the new realities, from Microsoft CVP of AI & Research Global, T.K. "Ranga" Rengarajan who will share innovations and the capabilities of the cloud with a guest appearance from Scott Hanselman to really drive the point home with a relevant and personal demo. If you can dream it, you can build it.


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Opening Keynote | NXTA 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 19:55:51 GMT

NexTech Africa opening keynote


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JavaScript, the Cloud, and The Rise of The New Virtual Machine | NXTA 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:22:31 GMT

One day we woke up and things were different. Maybe it happened overnight, maybe it took many years. Suddenly we are scripting against thousands of Virtual Machines from the command line while creating things today with JavaScript in the browser that were impossible yesterday. LiveScript becomes JavaScript becomes ES6 and now we're compiling C++ to JS. Join Scott Hanselman as he explores the relationship between the Cloud and the Browser, many Languages and one Language, how it might all fit together and what might come next. NOTE: Non-technical business people and technical IT people alike will enjoy this lighthearted talk.


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Keynote | Windows Developer Day - Creators Update

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:30:23 GMT

Kevin Gallo takes us on a tour of what's new in Windows 10 Creators Update. He'll apply a developer's lens as he shows off new Windows capabilities and tooling and will share some news along the way.


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Interview with Hoop Somuah | NXTA 2017

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:05:47 GMT

In this session, Seth interviews Hoop Somuah on his role at Microsoft and on his important work in Africa


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