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TWC9: Building Build Badges, NASA Space Apps Challenge, Visual Lexicon of LINQ and more | This Week On Channel 9

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:45:00 GMT

This week on Channel 9, Nikola and guest host Jeff Burtoft discuss the week's top developer news, including;[01:30] Jeff Burtoft[02:11] Vote for the Windows Developer Awards, At Microsoft Build 2017: First-ever Windows Developers Awards[03:21] Microsoft Build 2017[03:53] Microsoft Releases Dialogue Dataset to Make Chatbots Smarter [Roland Meertens][05:40] How Microsoft builds massively scalable services using Azure DocumentDB [Aravind Ramachandran][07:06] A Visual Lexicon of LINQ: The Wallchart & A Visual Lexicon of LINQ [Michael Sorens][08:13] Top Visual Studio Code Extensions: 50 Powerful Tools to Make Visual Studio Even More Useful [Angela Stringfello][10:06] What programming languages are used late at night? [David Robinson]Picks of the Week!Nikola's Pick of the Week:[11:30] What is NASA's International Space Apps Challenge?Jeff's Pick of the Week:[12:58] Developing for Surface Dial [Sergiy Baydachnyy], leave a comment or email us at @CH9 Follow @metulev Follow @boyofgreen Follow @gduncan411 [...]

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Surface Dial, Microsoft Edge Updates, and more! | This Week On Windows

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:00:00 GMT

This week we're showing off the Surface Dial and the things you can do with it! We've got tips to help you organize your browsing life with Microsoft Edge and we're getting down with Fifty Shades Darker in the Windows Store. Topics covered in this week's episode include:

  • Surface Dial partners
  • Get to know Surface Dial
  • $4.99 movie weekend
  • Did you know: keep track of your tabs with Microsoft Edge
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • Monthly TWOW app/game picks

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Rearchitecting Visual Studio 2017 | Visual Studio Toolbox

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:27:09 GMT

In this episode, Robert is joined by Art Leonard, who explains how and why Visual Studio was rearchitected to support faster and more flexible installs. He discusses the Core Editor, breaking up the product into smaller parts, installing workloads, the ability to install multiple versions of Visual Studio (eg Pro and Enterprise) side-by-side, early access to new features with the Visual Studio Preview and more. 


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Episode 22: Kimono Designer for SkiaSharp with Kevin Mullins | The Xamarin Show

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT

This week, James is joined by friend of the show Kevin Mullins, Senior Content Developer at Microsoft, who introduces us to SkiaSharp, a cross-platform 2D drawing library, and the brand new Kimono Designer to draw and export SkiaSharp and Kimono code immediately into their applications. Simply paint on a canvas, add layers, nest objects, and then export immediately into Visual Studio and all of your Xamarin and Windows applications.

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Interview with Maria Naggaga, Program Manager on the .NET Team | GALs

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:25:01 GMT

In this episode, Golnaz sits down with the amazing Maria Naggaga, a Program Manager on the .NET team who loves to draw Afros at and help the younger dev generation use our platforms.

GALs is a show about the women who work in Tech (at Microsoft or outside) from three ladies that currently work on the Channel 9 team. Golnaz Alibeigi, Soumow Atitallah, and Kaitlin McKinnon have started a new series featuring women in Tech who work in development, management, marketing and research who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT.



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Sock IoT with this Azure Connected System-on-a-chip Project

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

While creating a temperature and humidity IoT project is the IoT "Hello World," Marcel Meurer has put in a cool twist, connecting it to Azure and even PowerBI!Build your own IoT device with ESP8266 system-on-a-chip, Azure Event Hub, Stream Analytics and Azure StorageIoT is a big buzz word. I wanted to make it more tangible for me. So, I decided to build a small WiFi based sensor to monitor temperature and humidity, and to send these data to Azure. For my scenario at home I need less than 12 sensors, but the solution scales up to hundreds – even thousands – of sensors. That’s why I used Azure Event Hub and Stream Analytics.The sensor ESP8266-01 – WiFi SoCI want to build a very small sensor that can connect to my WiFi and execute a short program, as well. The System-on-a-Chip ESP8266-01 is ideal for this purpose. Its PCB Version 01 is flat and has a small form factor, less than 25mm x 15mm. The chip itself works with WiFi (including TCP/IP) and can be flashed with one’s own programs. It’s also brings two I/O ports (GPIO) to connect to – for example, a temperature/humidity sensor. In my case it’s a DHT22 – a digital temperature and humidity sensor. The ESP and the sensor together cost less than $7....Prepare the Arduino IDE to program the chipNow we can access the chip and send programs to it with the Arduino IDE. These programs are saved permanently and executed on start up. Open the Arduino IDE and include the board definition for ESP8266 chips: File -> Preferences -> Additional Boards Manager URLs and add Event Hub and Stream Analytics services for IoT dataIf it works as expected, we can now build our Azure services to collect data sent from our IoT device – after this we must extend our sketch to send data to the Event Hub.To receive data from sensors/IoT devices I use an Event Hub and a Stream Analytics service in Azure. I don’t use an IoT Hub because I only want to have a one-way transmission to the cloud and don’t need to control my sensor(s)....Generate a long-lasting authorization code for the sensorsThe sketch we built before must now be extended to send the data to Azure. But first we need an Authorization code to communicate with the REST API. We can create this code based on the saved connection string from the shared access policy “messages.”...Extend the sketch to send data to the Event HubTo send data to the Event Hub we must extend our sketch (see below). For this, we need some variables to configure the Azure connection:...And after a few minutes in the running Stream Analytics job you will see:...If you connect it to PowerBI, you can have these charts:... [Click through for all the details, steps, tips and tricks]Follow @CH9 Follow @coding4fun Follow @gduncan411 [...]

Don Schenck - Red Hat | On .NET

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:37:00 GMT

This week, Don Schenck from Red Hat is on the show to talk about .NET on RHEL.

To get .NET Core:

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux-specific .NET Core:

To get the Red Hat Development Suite, including a no-cost copy of RHEL, Docker, Kubernetes and OpenShift:

To get the book "Transitioning to .NET Core on Linux":

Installing Red Hat Development Suite:

Installing .NET Core SDK on RHEL:


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Episode 2: Germany - Interview with Dominick Baier | The MVP Show

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:00:00 GMT


In episode 2 of the MVP Show we join MVP, Dominick Baier, in his hometown of Heidelberg, Germany. He has been a tremendous contributor to the technical community and an MVP for 10+ years, focusing on Visual Studio and development technologies. Together we discuss some of his passions, including identity and access control protocols. In this video we also have fun exploring the local highlights from a native point of view. We hope watching this is as fun for you, as we had making it. Any questions or comments? Please don't hesitate to drop us a line below! Who knows, maybe you will be invited to an upcoming video shoot with Seth next!

In der zweiten Episode der MVP-Show treffen wir uns mit Dominick Baier in seiner Heimatstadt Heidelberg. Dominick ist seit mehr als zehn Jahren MVP für "Visual Studio and Development Technologies". Mit Dominick sprechen wir über seine Arbeit, seine Hobbies und auch über Identity- und Access-Control Protokolle. Wir hatten eine Menge Spaß bei der Entdeckung lokaler Sehenswürdigkeiten und hoffen, Ihnen macht dieses Video ebenso viel Spaß, wie wir beim Drehen hatten. Bei Fragen, nutzen Sie bitte die Kommentarfunktion. Und wer weiß, vielleicht wird Seth Sie zum nächsten Videodreh einladen!

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Windows Holographic Rendering: One SDK to Target VR and AR Ecosystems | GDC 2017

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:23:38 GMT

In this presentation, we discuss the new APIs and tools for Windows 10 developers
to create universal holographic applications. Learn how your DirectX application
can target both virtual and augmented reality devices. Applications that visualize
content in the user's environment must ensure a comfortable user experience. The
topics we discuss to achieve this goal include:
  • Positional tracking and rendering: latency, forward-prediction
  • Holographic rendering with DirectX: stereo rendering, frame timing, debugging tools, and best practices
  • Remote rendering from a PC to your HoloLens using remoting to increase scene complexity
  • Developing shared holographic experiences on HoloLens.

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MSSQL Extension for VS Code | Data Exposed

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:26:51 GMT

This week's episode of Data Exposed welcomes Kevin Cunnane to the show to talk about the Big Data Partner Program. Pranav is a Senior Software Engineering Manager in the SQL Server tools team. 

No slides and all demo (we love that!) as Kevin jumps right in to showcase the multi-OS tools that Kevin and his teams have been working on. Specifically, Kevin is in to show off the MSSQL extension for Visual Studio Code. Notice that Kevin is running VS Code on a Mac! How awesome is that! Today's agenda is simple; Kevin shows off the awesome MSSQL extension and then he discusses how you can contribute to it!

At the [02:33] mark Kevin provides a simple overview of the MSSQL extension for VS Code, including how to get it, how to download it and add it to VS Code, and then jumps in on how to use it for the next 10 minutes! 

At the [10:05] mark Kevin spends a few minutes discussing how to the MSSQL extension. 

At the [12:24] mark Kevin gets into the "deep stuff" and actually shows us how easy it is to contribute and make changes to the extension by first discussing the VS Code architecture, then at the [T17:00 mark] jumps in to the actual MSSQL extension code and actually fixes a formatter bug that had been reported, simply to show us how easy it is to contribute. 

For more on the extension, visit the Visual Studio marketplace here.

To contribute, visit GitHub here and here.


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Build intelligence into your apps with SQL Server 2016 | Microsoft Data Amp 2017

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:50:15 GMT

Predictive modeling is a powerful way to add intelligence to your application. It enables applications to predict outcomes against new data. But being able to create a predictive model does not automatically make you app intelligent. You have to be able to consume your models and R code from your application. SQL Server R Services is a platform that enables you to operationalize your R code so that you can consume intelligence from any application. In this video, we'll go through how you can create a predictive model and operationalize with SQL Server R Services.


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Kinect to HoloLens with Hololens-Kinect

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT

Today's project from Michelle Ma is one that is being used as the base for a number of VERY cool projects, like Building a Telepresence App with HoloLens and Kinect (Which we'll highlight next week ;)Hololens-KinectUnity scripts to send Kinect data to the Hololens. The kinect joints are displayed as spheres in front of the user.SourcesThese scripts are derived from the Hololens Sharing example in the HoloToolkit and the KinectView example from the Kinect Tool Unity Pro Packages.RequirementsIn order to use these scripts, you must have:Windows 10Kinect 2Hololens UnityVisual Studio 2015 Update 2The Kinect SDK 2.0In addition, you will need to download:HoloToolkit - Make sure the Assets, External, and ProjectSettings folder are in your Unity Hololens-Sender and Hololens-Receiver Unity project.Kinect Unity Pro Packages from Kinect Tools - Make sure the Kinect.2.0.XXXXXXXXXX Unity package is imported in your Hololens-Sender Unity Project - Read this post for a good tutorial on Unity 5 and Kinect 2 integration)Here are some useful developer links to get started with the Hololens:UsageBefore running/deploying either app, start the Sharing Session Manager from the HoloToolkit menu in Unity. Take note of the IP address for the Sharing objects in each app.Hololens-SenderThe Hololens-Sender Unity app is a program that reads in Kinect skeletal data and broadcasts it to other devices through the Sharing Session Manager. It can be run from the Unity editor and displays the resulting data.SetupMake sure you include the Kinect Unity Package and HoloToolkit in your new Unity project. See above instructions for setting those up. The scene should have 5 things in the hierarchy:...Hololens-ReceiverThe Hololens-Receiver Unity app is a program that can be deployed on the Hololens that listens for messages about Kinect skeletal data and renders it to screen.SetupMake sure you include HoloToolkit in your new Unity project. Also make sure that Virtual Reality is enabled in your player settings, and that internetClient, internetClientServer, and privateNetworkClientServer are enabled in the checklist. The scene should have 5 things in the hierarchy:...Project Information URL: Source URL: @CH9Follow @Coding4FunFollow @KinectWindowsFollow @gduncan411 [...]

Episode 228: Building Games with Service Fabric | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:57:37 GMT

In this episode Thiago Almeida and Etienne Margraff are joined by Mark Fussell, Principal Program Manager Lead working on Azure Service Fabric, and Haishi Bai, Senior Software Engineer on Azure. Mark and Haishi join us to go over demos and real world examples and architectures for running new and legacy games using Azure Service Fabric.

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Microsoft Data Amp Keynote | Microsoft Data Amp 2017

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:16:13 GMT

Whether you're a family-owned shop, a manufacturer with a global supply chain, or an e-commerce site, the path to greater efficiency and boosting sales is through your data. Actionable insights can transform your business—if you know to identify opportunities and optimize your operations. Get started now tapping your most valuable resource: your data.

Watch the keynote of the Microsoft Data Amp 2017.


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SQL Server 2017: HA and DR on Linux | Microsoft Data Amp 2017

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:45:08 GMT

SQL Server on Windows today is built on Windows Server Cluster Services for high availability and disaster recovery.  In this session, we'll show how SQL Server 2017 running on Linux meets the most demanding requirements for high availability using technology that is trusted and familiar for Linux users. Download SQL Server 2017: Now on Windows, Linux, and Docker (


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Top 7 things to be excited about as a C++ developer in Visual Studio 2017 | Visual Studio 2017 Launch

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 02:00:48 GMT

Come learn the top 7 new things in Visual Studio 2017 that should excite you as a C++ developer, regardless of whether you are already using the product and are looking to upgrade, or whether you never used the product but are considering Visual Studio.


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Bring your PC software to the Windows Store with the Desktop Bridge | Visual Studio 2017 Launch

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 23:22:39 GMT

Learn how the Desktop Bridge can help you bring your existing PC software to the Windows Store to simplify deployment and increase reach & monetization. You will also learn how to modernize your existing PC software on Windows 10 with the Universal Windows Platform.


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