MSDN Flash - Volume 19, Number 6: March 23, 2015

Top News Worldwide

Windows 10 developer tooling preview now available to Windows Insiders

Free Microsoft Press eBook – Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation

March 24 at 11:00 A.M. PDT: Hear Scott Guthrie announce a new Azure service for developers

“Always keep learning:” new Microsoft developer courses at EdX

Sponsors: DevExpress, and Red Gate Software

Your next great .NET app starts here

How to find and fix slow code in your .NET application

Dive deep into the ASP.NET 5 runtime – .NET Framework, .NET Core, even Mono
Daniel Roth takes a deep look under the hood of the new ASP.NET 5 runtime and the flexible, layered architecture that allows it to run on the .NET Framework, .NET Core and even the cross-platform Mono framework.

DevOps training: Managing Your Systems on Microsoft Azure with Chef
DevOps experts Steve Murawski and Damien Caro guide you around the Chef platform, exploring its building blocks, how to use it, and how it works with Microsoft Azure. See several practical demonstrations to learn how to use Chef to configure your virtual machines (VMs) and your infrastructure in Azure.

TypeScript <3 Angular – Somasegar announces the convergence of TypeScript and AtScript
We’re excited to announce that we have converged the TypeScript and AtScript languages, and that Angular 2, the next version of the popular JavaScript library for building web sites and web apps, will be developed with TypeScript.

Go cross-platform with the .NET Framework
While it may seem an unreachable goal to have your apps easily target multiple platforms with minimal revision, the .NET Portability Analyzer can examine your projects and provide recommendations about the APIs you should use to increase compatibility.

DevOps expertise: Chef and Microsoft announce automation workload integration on Azure
Chef and the Microsoft Azure team have partnered to provide automation platform technology and DevOps expertise. Customers will be able to move both Windows and Linux workloads more easily to Azure. Learn more and join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkDevOps.

A web game in an hour
Moving from web development to game development is easier than it looks. Michael Oneppo shows how to build a simple web game from scratch in under an hour, using only jQuery and a library for making the game touch-capable.

DevOps: The honeymoon is over
Smaller, “born-in-the-cloud” companies grow and prosper by applying modern DevOps practices from the get-go. Larger enterprises, carrying large bags of technical and cultural debt, need ideas to stay or to become more competitive. Learn more about how DevOps and the practices that come with it may be able to help.

Microsoft for Startups: (Part 1) Women Building the Future
DevRadio kicks off a new Microsoft for Startups series highlighting women-led tech startups. David Giard welcomes Tereza Nemessanyi, a serial entrepreneur who currently helps startups through the Microsoft BizSpark program, as they discuss BizSpark and how women-led startups are building the future of tech.

C# Fundamentals for Absolute Beginners
Want to learn a different language? Over the course of 25 episodes, our friend Bob Tabor, from, teaches you the fundamentals of visual C# programming. Tune in to learn C# concepts applicable to video games, mobile environments, and client applications.

Prepare a Silverlight Phone app for Windows 10
Windows 10 will provide a common Windows platform with one API layer (WinRT) and consistent UX design surfaces. For developers who have existing Silverlight-based apps in the Windows Phone Store, bringing them to WinRT-based universal apps is fairly straightforward. Now is the right time, both to expand your audience and to prepare for Windows 10.

OpenCV enabled for Windows runtime family
MS Open Tech has just contributed support for modern Windows builds in OpenCV via CMake. It will be welcome news for developers who want to leverage this popular toolkit to bring computer vision capabilities to their Windows Store and Windows Phone applications.

Create an IoT device by using the Gadgeteer with Azure Blob Storage
Benjamin Perkins shows how to create an IoT device using the Gadgeteer to capture data and store it on the Microsoft Azure platform, and explains how you can use some of the Azure Big Data services to unlock the hidden secrets in that data.

Create cross-platform games with Marmalade
Build games with a fun (and free) high-performance, cross-platform development tool. Lee Stott and James Mintram walk you through an entire Marmalade game build, and look at monetizing and publication. If you’re ready for more Marmalade, watch Developing Games with Marmalade and C++ for Windows and Windows Phones.

Top 5 DevOps learning resources
Interested in DevOps but don’t know where to start to build your foundational skills? Check out these valuable resources for IT ops and developers with a desire to understand DevOps – from concepts, processes, to tooling – both on-premises and in the cloud. Join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkDevOps

Have questions about the ASP.NET Web API?
Whether you’re brand new to the framework or you want to take your design to the next level, this course has the answers. Experts Christopher Harrison and Jeremy Likness walk you through Web API technology, uses, and nuances.

April 1: Package Management and Workflow Automation
Developers, check out these package managers on April 1, with entertaining experts, Jeremy Foster and Adam Tuliper . And look at workflow automation tools, like Grunt and Gulp. Plus, find out how to take advantage of the efficient continuous integration capabilities in Microsoft Azure.

March 26: Fundamentals of Application Lifecycle Management
Focus on getting to production faster, creating quality software, and understanding the big picture, with an in-depth, demo-rich, and end-to-end look at application lifecycle management (ALM). Get lots of practical details and tips you can take back to your team.


Get your code running in the cloud at a free Microsoft Cloud DevCamp
Through April 23, 2015, nationwide
Learn how to use Microsoft Azure features and services, including Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Azure Websites to build and move apps to the cloud, including websites, mobile, and enterprise-class applications.

Develop fast, beautiful, and interactive websites
Through April 14, 2015, nationwide
Take your websites to the next level with the new release of ASP.NET and Web Tools for Visual Studio Community 2013. After you build a cutting-edge site, deploy and scale it quickly with Microsoft Azure . Want to learn how? Join us for a free, live WebCamp in your local area. Don’t miss this free opportunity to sharpen your coding skills – regardless of which languages or platforms you use.

700+ sessions, thousands of experts at Ignite
The first all-up Microsoft enterprise tech conference offers hundreds of dev-focused deep-dives, hands-on labs, and more – tailored by technology, role, level, and even speaker. Search Ignite developer sessions. Registered Ignite attendees get 50% off certification exams. Join us in Chicago, May 4–8. Space is filling fast – register today.

If DevOps is your thing, check out the Ultimate And Totally Biased Ignite Session List For DevOps Aficionados.

Microsoft Virtual Academy

March 24: SharePoint Online Development for Office 365

March 24: Data on Azure – A Technology Overview

March 26: Advanced MonoGame for Windows Phone and Windows Store Games

March 26: Fundamentals of Application Lifecycle Management

April 1: Package Management and Workflow Automation

On demand: MEAN Stack Jump Start

On demand: Cloud-Enable a Windows Presentation Foundation LOB App

On demand: Polyglot Persistance: Choosing the Right Azure Storage Mix

On demand: Creating Your First Marmalade Game

On demand: Developing Games with Marmalade and C++ for Windows and Windows Phone


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