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TWC9: Visual Studio 2017 Powers Up Your Productivity, Holoportation, Slack on the C64 and more... | This Week On Channel 9

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:45:00 GMT

This week on Channel 9, Nikola and new host Kriti Jindal discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:27] Kriti Jindal joins TWC9[01:17] Download Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate[02:04] Productivity in Visual Studio 2017 RC [Mark Wilson-Thomas][02:58] More Productive JavaScript in Visual Studio 2017 RC [Bowden Kelly][03:26] Harness the Power of the Redesigned Start Page [Allison Buchholtz-Au][04:40] Connect(); On Demand[05:15] From “A PC on every desktop” to “Deep Learning in every software” [Joseph Sirosh][06:36] Unity 5.5 is ready for you [Alex Lian][07:22] On The Road with Holoportation [08:39] Microsoft uses HoloLens for the first mixed reality Mannequin Challenge [Tom Warren][09:20] Slack client for Commodore 64 [Jeff Harris]Picks of the Week!Nikola's Pick of the Week:[10:06] Microsoft doubles down on quantum computing bet [Allison Linn]Kriti's Pick of the Week:[11:21] Students launch Windows 10 IoT experiment into spacePlease leave a comment or email us at @CH9 Follow @MarkDeFalco Follow @metulev Follow @vladkol Follow @Kriti_J Follow @gduncan411 [...]

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Azure DocumentDB Elastic Scale - Partitioning | Azure Friday

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:37:17 GMT

DocumentDB collections are logical resources that can span multiple partitions to provide practically limitless scale. In this episode of Azure Friday, Shireesh Thota talks with Scott Hanselman about scaling DocumentDB with a partitioning collection and how best to choose your partition keys to optimize for read and write workloads. Partition management is fully managed by Azure DocumentDB and it is completely transparent to your application, so you do not have to write complex code or manage your partitions.


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Episode 26: Klei Entertainment with Jamie Cheng | Level Up

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:56:12 GMT

Join us as we chat with Jamie Cheng, the founder of Klei Entertainment. Jamie got his start as a programmer for Relic, and in 2005 started Klei to develop their own original titles. Klei is best known for titles such as Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja. We'll ask Jamie about their toy business, lessons learned over the years and how his studio actually achieves work life balance.

[00:00]: The start of Klei Entertainment
[02:40]: Canadian Media Fund
[04:00]: The Diversity of Games from Klei and their core tenant of remarkable experiences
[08:40]: Getting into physical goods and toys
[13:01]: Lessons learned over the last 10+ years
[17:40]: Work life balance in game development

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This Week On Windows: Photos App Update, Minecraft Cartoon Texture packs, and more! | This Week On Windows

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:00:55 GMT

This Week on Windows: Cortana helps you tackle the holidays, Minecraft adds a new cartoon texture pack and a photos app update just in time for holiday selfies! Other topics covered in this episode include:

  • Halo Wars 2 preorder
  • Dead Rising 4 + MS rewards offer
  • Best of 2016 (Windows Store)



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The Xamarin Show 11: Xamarin Profiler with Nina Vyedin | The Xamarin Show

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

This week, James is joined by friend of the show Nina Vyedin, Xamarin Platform Program Manager, who introduces us to Xamarin Profiler for iOS, Android, and macOS apps. Nina walks us through how to get the Profiler, what is capable of, and how it can help developer build better apps by diagnosing performance issues in their apps. We take a long look at cycles and how they are caused in the managed and unmanaged world.


  • [09:00] Getting the Xamarin Profiler
  • [11:30] Profiling an App with Instruments
  • [15:00] Walking through the Profiler
  • [24:40] Understanding Cycles

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Introducing the Database Experimentation Assistant | Data Exposed

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:00:00 GMT

In the Channel 9 studios this week is Harini Gupta, a Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server SEALS team, and Dinek Kothottil, a Senior Engineering Manager on the SQL Server SEALS team.

Both Harini and Dinek are in the studio today to show off a new tool currently in preview called the Database Experimentation Assistant, a tool that enables migrating from a lower version of SQL Server to the latest version of SQL Server. However, it is much different than the Data Migration Assistant in that the Database Experimentation Assistant provides clarity into the complexity and risks of upgrading.

Harini and Dinek explain that the DEA focus is on key upgrade and migration areas such as understanding breaking changes or performance implications through looking at production workload comparisons between your current version and SQL Server 2016.

At the [03:15] mark we get into the high-level architecture and how the Data Experimentation Assistant to capture, replay, and analyzes workloads across SQL Server versions. Harini and Dinek explain how this works and what to expect during the process.

At the [05:35] mark it is DEMO TIME! Dinek spends the remaining 15 minutes of the show demoing the Database Experimentation Assistant tool, including capturing a trace, replaying the trace, and interrogating traces and tests to gain insights into the workload comparisons.

The DEA is a GREAT tool and we look forward to having Harini and Dinek back to provide updates to the tool. They are also looking for feedback on the tool, so download it and provide feedback via the links below!

You can download the latest DEA from here:

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Tools for Apache Cordova Updates in Visual Studio | Visual Studio Toolbox

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:53:04 GMT

In this episode, Robert is joined by Jordan Matthiesen, who shows us enhancements to the Tools for Apache Cordova (TACO). Jordan shows how quickly you can install Visual Studio 2017 with just the Mobile development with JavaScript workload (less than 10 minutes!) [03:30]. He demonstrates new Ionic templates in Visual Studio 2015 [05:30]. He then shows several new features in VS 2017 that speed up the edit-debug cycle [14:45], including a new browser based simulator, live reload and plugin simulation.

For more information on what's new in TACO, see the Visual Studio blog.


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Application Performance Management with Azure Application Insights | Connect(); // 2016

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:17:37 GMT

Visual Studio Application Insights is an extensible, intelligent application performance-management service for web developers, providing fast analytics and integration with your existing DevOps workflows. This video demonstrates how you can use Application Insights to detect and interactively diagnose performance problems and answer complex questions about usage and performance.

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Enough to Keep You Busy During the Holidays?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:00:00 GMT

Today's Hardware Friday post is meant to "teach you how to fish find your own cool projects" is a great community that is all about learning hardware...

"Hackster helps people everywhere learn how to design, create and program Internet-connected hardware. By bringing together our network of close to 200,000 engineers, makers and hackers, 90 technology partners, and 100 Hackster Live ambassadors, we hope to support the creation of technologies that impact meaningful issues, such as a healthy environment, wildlife preservation, and our own welfare."

While that by itself is something great to blog about here, the icing on the cake is that there's a Microsoft focused community on Hackster...



The final bit is that many of the projects have complete instructions, parts list and details...

Robot Kit



You are about to embark on a journey, and we are excited to be part of it! Get ready to make and program your robot using Windows 10 IoT Core!  

By the time you are done with this project you will gain the following experience:

  1. Understand how Windows 10 Universal Windows Applications (UWA) work
  2. See how the same application can come alive and change behavior by running on the robot via Windows 10 IoT Core on a Raspberry Pi 2 and on your Windows 10 Desktop PC
  3. Control digital GPIO from your Raspberry Pi 2
  4. Process keyboard, mouse clicks and touch events

We are excited to embark on this journey with you - Thank you from the Microsoft IoT Team!

..." [Click through to see it all]

That has to be enough projects here to keep you busy throughout the holiday period and beyond...


Data Migration Assistant 2.1 Update | Data Exposed

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:00:00 GMT

The things the SQL engineering team can do in a month! We're excited to welcome back to the Data Exposed show Akash Verenkar, a Senior Engineering Manager in the SQL team, and brings with him today Venkata Pochiraju, a Senior Program Manager in the SQL engineering team, to talk about all the hard work their awesome team has done on the Data Migration Assistant! Together they walk through the awesome changes that have been made to the Data Migration Assistant in the past 30 days and to announce that version 2.1 of DMA is publically available.

They also announce that DMA supports not only assessments (which we saw in the last show) but also now performs actual schema and data migrations! Woohoo!

It's demo time at the [05:15] mark, and Akash spends the next 20 minutes showing both a migration of schema and data of multiple databases using the DMA as well as a command line option to perform assessments and write the results to SQL Server!

You can download the latest DMA from here:

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New Features in C# 7.0 | Connect(); // 2016

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:20:05 GMT

A quick overview of some of the new language features coming to C# 7.0.

For more details see our blog post.


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Immersive Computing with Envelop

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:36:22 GMT

We head to Envelop to experience their Immersive Computing platform. We examine Envelop's SDK that enables web and native applications to extend themselves in VR and see how you can do all this work while you're in VR!


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GoingNative 55: ISO C++ @Issaquah Debriefing | C9::GoingNative

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:42:46 GMT

In this episode of GoingNative, Steve Carroll chats with Gabriel Dos Reis and Gor Nishanov about what happened at the C++ standards meeting in Issaquah, Washington.


Trip report: Fall ISO C++ standards meeting (Issaquah) - Herb Sutter

News, Status & Discussion about Standard C++ -



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Web Development in Visual Studio 2017 | Connect(); // 2016

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:20:14 GMT

This video demonstrates how Visual Studio 2017 makes it easier to be more productive than ever as you create modern web applications.


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.NET Productivity Improvements | Connect(); // 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:47:07 GMT

In this brief overview, we present some of the new productivity features to come for Microsoft .NET in Visual Studio 2017, including improvements in debugging, unit testing, live code analysis, and IntelliSense.

To get started and download Visual Studio 2017, visit:


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Keynote: PowerShell Then and Now | PowerShell 10 Year Anniversary

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:44:33 GMT

Jeffrey Snover and Kenneth Hansen have been driving PowerShell since the beginning.

They will talk about the vision that drove Monad into PowerShell, and reminisce a bit on what it was like to bring a next-generation command-driven platform to the GUI world of Windows.


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Universal Windows Platform (UWP) App Development and the Windows Store | Connect(); // 2016

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:32:12 GMT

Join us for a panel discussing Windows 10 app development and the Windows Store. UWP enables apps to reach PCs, phones, Xbox, Surface Hub, HoloLens, and IoT devices. The Windows Store enables discovery, distribution, and monetization across all of these device families.  


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