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Windows 10 - The time is now | Australia 2017

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:33:18 GMT

Take a look at the latest and greatest within Windows 10 right now, and take a sneak peek at Windows 10 Creator's update planned for Q1 2017 – including features, security, productivity and roadmaps. Experience the latest features across the new People centric interface, 3D and more. (image)

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Using Espresso Tests | Visual Studio Toolbox

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:49:14 GMT

In this episode, Donovan Brown is joined by Adam Barlow, who shows how to use Espresso tests with Xamarin Test Cloud and Visual Studio Team Services. He shows how to leverage your existing Espresso tests with in your continuous integration build.

For more information on the Xamarin Test Cloud, see the Test Cloud website.


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Tuesdays with Corey - more AzureCLI 2.0 Goodness | Tuesdays With Corey

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:02:52 GMT

Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Compute team goes ROGUE and decides to cut Rick out of the creation process in order to record his own #AzureTwC on the new AzureCLI tooling.

Post any questions, topic ideas or general conversation here in the comments OR online on via Twitter with  #AzureTwC.



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Cortana, Planet Earth II, and more | This Week On Windows

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:00 GMT

This Week on Windows: Cortana is coming in hot with reminders to help you stay on top of life, we're showing you how to get the most out of your day with the calendar app and we say aloha to Moana and Planet Earth II! Specific topics covered in this episode include:

  • Cortana commitments
  • Planet Earth II
  • Moana
  • Oscar collection
  • Did you know: Intro to calendar app

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The Xamarin Show 16: Polished UI for Xamarin.Forms with Sam Basu | The Xamarin Show

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:00:00 GMT

This week, James is joined by friend of the show Sam Basu, Developer Advocate on the Telerik team at Progress, who introduces us to Telerik's DevCraft UI for Xamarin to create polished user interfaces. We discuss several roadblocks that developers run into when creating mobile applications and specifically focus on user interface controls that developers need such as charts, graphs, enhanced list views, and more.


  • [07:00] Introduction to DevCraft
  • [10:00] Telerik UI for Xamarin
  • [17:00] Enhanced ListViews
  • [30:00] Flyout Navigation, Charts, Graphs, and more

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Eric Mellino - A .NET Core Game Engine and CrazyCore | On .NET

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:20:22 GMT

This week we chat with Eric Mellino about his .NET Core game engine, and the game he built: CrazyCore! Watch a walk through and demo on Linux where we edit a level. 

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Note: To see the actual graphics you should play the game! Alas, our screen capture recording does not do the graphics justice! See you next week, everyone.


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Tydzień z Azure - odcinek #40 | Tydzień z Azure

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:30:00 GMT

Tydzień z Azure aka #TzA to (czasami) cotygodniowe show z polskimi Technical Evangelist + (czasami) goście. Omawiamy najciekawsze znalezione w sieci informacje związane z chmurą Microsoft Azure - materiał techniczny zarówno dla programistów jak i specjalistów IT.Oto linki do tematów z tego nagrania:Tematy IT / DevOps - Dariusz Porowski DEV - Tomasz Wiśniewski (hmm) INNE - loteria ;), udostępniaj i baw się Azure!My w sieci:Dariusz Porowski - Blog | Twitter | FacebookTomasz Wiśniewski - Blog | Twitter [...]

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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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Cognitive Kinecting with the World

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Shiny Ranjan &  Benedikt Lorch blog about their experience Kinecting in a recent hackathon...Kinect & Cognitive with Kinecting the World – Guest blog from ICHack17 Microsoft Challenge WinnersDuring early February weekend, we set off as individuals for IC Hack 17 – a Department of Computing (Imperial College London) organised hackathon – with Microsoft being the gold sponsor. None of us knew what to expect. Through this article we want to share our experiences how the initial anxiety turned into a great surprise.Animated by an exuberant opening ceremony, everyone quickly rushed past the sponsor’s free takeaways and immediately got started with the hack. Having arrived as individuals, the five of us found each other in the #teamfinding channel on Slack and soon enough, we formed a team.We are:· Joon Lee, 3rd year Philosophy and Economics, University College London· Qingyue (Cheryl) Yan, 1st year Physics, Imperial College London· James Knight, 2nd year Joint Mathematics and Computing, Imperial College London· Shiny Ranjan, 1st year Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London· Benedikt Lorch, 4th year Computer Science, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-NurembergThe ideaWith each of us coming from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, we didn’t have difficulties in collecting ideas for a project. Even before everyone could vote for their favourite project on our list, we got intrigued with the idea of creating a Kinect-based language learning game that comes with training and game mode. We decided to follow through with this “Kinecting the World” idea....Jump StartHaving been one of the last teams to assemble, we could not find a table with enough space and started working with laptops on our laps. However, the organisers were very collaborative, even under the stress of feeding more than 350 students and sponsors for lunch, and after lunch we managed to move a table from the venue to a free location....Dead endAs easy as it sounds to draw some strokes, here we got stuck by the fact that all the visualisation in the J4K samples was done in OpenGL. Even though the GL object was accessible, one had to dig into the library to see how GL was set up internally.After we couldn’t find any option to record sound from the camera, which was definitely required for the project, we decided to dismiss everything that we had done so far and switch from Java to C#. The people who have implemented the Java binding definitely did a great job, but with the Xbox logo on it the Kinect definitely finds more support in the .NET community. Installing and setting up Visual Studio and Xamarin Studios for our Windows and Macs respectively took some time, after the fresh start 8 hours in....Fresh startStarting with code from the colour basics sample shipped with Kinect SDK, we quickly caught up to the previous state. As convenient as in J4K, the mapping from 3D to 2D coordinates was already implemented. We started with drawing circles at the position of the tracked hands to verify that both tracking and coordinate mapping were working accurately....A busy nightApart from the spiritual sleeping class that was supposed to replace four hours of sleep in just 20 minutes, we all made it through the night. With the constant activity at the tables all around us hours flew by quickly until we finally put all parts together as dawn approached...Surprising turn of eventsThe closing ceremony was just as glamorous as the opening one. Over the first half an hour, both sponsors and audience were entertained by some really creative pitches from other teams. Unfortunately, mid-way through the ceremony, it was also time to say goodbye to our friend Benedikt, who travelled from Germany in order to attend the hackathon. What we hadn’t anticipated for was being called down for the fin[...]

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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Web Notification API | Web Hack Wednesday

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:53:48 GMT

Martin and Martin look at the Web Notification API to send notifications to your users via your browser.


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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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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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