MSDN Flash - Volume 19, Number 24: December 2, 2015

Top News Worldwide

Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer: Scale Across Platforms and Devices with Azure and Visual Studio

Free dev tools, services, training, and support: Introducing Visual Studio Dev Essentials

Riding the Modern Web: 5 Things to Consider as a Web Developer

A First Look at Azure SQL Data Warehouse

Sponsors: Melissa Data, and Alachisoft

Data Detox: From dirty data to a healthy bottom line

Webinar: Scaling .NET apps with a distributed cache

Your Featured Content

Hear Satya Nadella discuss security in a mobile-first, cloud-first world
Cybersecurity is a critical challenge facing organizations today. Hear Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discuss security for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.

MEAN Stack Jump Start – build scalable web apps quickly and easily
Get a primer on MEAN (MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js), technologies that fit together to provide a full-stack JavaScript implementation for web applications. Experts show you how to use MEAN to build scalable apps quickly and easily, plus a cool Twitter clone demo. Watch here.

Install the latest Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015
We’re pleased to announce that Update 1 for the Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2015 is ready. Follow these steps to install the preview.

Using Azure Machine Learning with SQL Data Warehouse
Azure Machine Learning allows you to run T-SQL queries on your SQL Data Warehouse database to process, sample, and load data into the machine learning environment. You can then create, train, and score predictive models on this data. Read more for details.

Quick Start Challenge: Universal Windows apps in Visual Studio
Take this Quick Start Challenge and build one app that runs on all Windows 10 devices and platforms. Plus, use Visual Studio Dev Essentials to help you design pages that render properly on any device. For a practical exploration of these powerful developer tools, watch here.

Async from the Start
Recent versions of .NET make it easier than ever to write responsive, high-performance applications via the async and await keywords. Learn how, as Mark Sowul takes the default UI startup code for Windows Forms and WPF and transforms it into an object-oriented design with support for async and await.

Secure the value you create – application risk and security management
December 8 and 15, 2015, 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how to implement an effective application security and risk management program without compromising development schedule, budget, or goals. Examples leveraging Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio, and PreEmptive Solutions will be used for illustration.

How to make the most of IoT deployments: Minimize the timeframe and maximize the return
More and more, companies are reaping rewards from their investment in the Internet of Things. Those who remain on the sidelines often ask when, or if, their business should jump into the game. The issue for many is mainly about the perceived investment of time.

Azure: The cloud for any app and every developer
We’re announcing new technologies and capabilities that advance our mission to make Azure the preferred cloud for any app and every developer – from back-end cloud services to higher-level platform services, to the development process itself. Read more for details.

Learn how video provides easy-to-integrate in-app monetization options
You’ve got a great app, and your users are loyal. You don’t want to charge them money, but you’d still like to get paid, right? Take a closer look at in-app advertising with video ads. Learn more and earn points.

Windows 10 – Accelerate File Operations with the Search Indexer
With Windows 10, the power of the search indexer is available to all Universal Windows Platform apps running on any platform. In addition to enabling better Cortana searches, the new indexer improves how apps interact with the file system.

Adaptive and Interactive Notifications in Windows 10
Learn how to increase user engagement with new notification capabilities across a variety of devices and form factors.

Sharpen your skills, gain experience, and get a chance to win a drone
Deploy faster, scale easier, and work smarter with Chef and Docker on Azure. Complete guided, hands-on labs and you will be eligible to win a Crazyflie 2.0 drone or a free Azure Pass.

Demystifying HttpClient APIs in the Universal Windows Platform
Two of the most-used and recommended APIs for implementing the HTTP client role in a managed UWP app are System.Net.Http.HttpClient and Windows.Web.Http.HttpClient. We have received several questions about the differences between these APIs and in this post we will try to address these questions.

The new Recommendations feature for Azure App Service
Azure App Service customers now have a more direct and personalized connection with the App Service platform thanks to the new App Service recommendations feature. With this new feature, customers can benefit from deep, platform-level insights informed by app usage patterns.

Give your Windows 10 app a festive holiday glow – plus earn points
With the approach of the holiday season for many of us, there’s no better time to get in the spirit of things and give one of your Windows 10 apps a little flair inspired by the season. Take the challenge and get started.


Ignite your business – Windows 10 and Office
December 3, 2015, Dallas, TX
Dive deep into Windows 10 and Office with 300-level content around Windows 10 Adaptive UI, Microsoft Edge, and hosted web apps. Explore how to create connected user experiences with cloud services, and how to monetize and distribute apps through one store for all Windows devices.

Microsoft Cloud Roadshow – build your cloud skills
Through March 10, 2016, worldwide
At this free technical training event, learn best practices and gain insight directly from the experts who build and run cloud services across Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Windows 10, and more. You’ll learn something new and walk away ready to apply your new skills.


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Try Microsoft Azure for 1 month free

Microsoft Virtual Academy – new training

Testing tools for web developers

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