MSDN Flash - Volume 21, Number 20: October 4, 2017

Top News Worldwide

AI news from Ignite: Visual Studio Code Tools for AI, Azure Machine Learning, Cognitive Services, and more

Serverless for all: Azure Functions come to Linux, Mac, real-time analytics, .NET Core, and productivity apps

Building better cloud deployments: 5 steps to immutable infrastructures

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Get started with free training from edX

Microsoft Ignite: Watch the keynote and select sessions any time on demand
Did you miss Microsoft Ignite 2017? You can still watch Satya Nadella’s keynote and select sessions on demand to hear the latest announcements.

New additions to Excel JavaScript APIs
Requirement sets 1.5 and 1.6 are now generally available across all supported platforms. In addition, a wide set of APIs are being introduced as public preview APIs. Read the details and find documentation and code samples to help you learn more about the new features.

Announcing new Azure VM images: SQL Server 2017 on Linux and Windows
SQL Server 2017 images on Linux and Windows are now available in the Azure Marketplace. Deploying SQL Server in Azure VMs delivers the performance and security you expect from SQL Server along with the flexibility and connectivity of Azure. Find out what’s new and how to get the new images.

From Ignite: Updates to Cognitive Services collection of intelligent APIs
Microsoft Cognitive Services enables developers to enhance their applications with the ability to see, hear, speak, understand, and interpret needs using natural forms of communication. Learn more.

MSDN Magazine: From algorithms to coroutines in C++
It’s often said that C++ developers should expunge all naked for loops and replace them with algorithms. In the latest issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr gets after that goal with his effort to build a range algorithm using C++ coroutines.

Secure code: Policy-based authorization in ASP.NET Core
ASP.NET Core adds support for authorization policies, which are more powerful and flexible than the traditional role-based approach. Read this article to learn more about authorization policies.

Artificially Intelligent: Exploring Azure ML Studio
MSDN Magazine’s Modern Apps columnist Frank Lavigne is transitioning into covering artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. Check out his newly rebranded column, Artificially Intelligent.

Intelligent insights for Azure SQL Database: Performance diagnostics log at scale
Azure SQL Database has built-in intelligence that continuously monitors database usage, detects disruptive events, and provides recommendations for improving performance. This log can be used with Azure Log Analytics or a third-party solution for custom DevOps alerting and reporting capabilities.


Microsoft Tech Summit: Build your skills with the latest in cloud technologies
November 16, 2017–April 25, 2018, worldwide
Attend a free technical learning session from the experts who build and run Microsoft’s cloud services. Whether you’re developing innovative apps or delivering optimized solutions, Microsoft Tech Summit can help evolve your skills, deepen your expertise, and grow your career. Find an event near you.

IoT virtual bootcamp: A brief journey from device to action
November 14–16, 2017
Join a free, 3-day virtual workshop to learn from experts how to create enterprise-grade IoT solutions that leverage the power of the cloud. Listen to IoT experts from Microsoft,, Raspberry Pi, and Adafruit, and then create your own IoT solution.

IoT in Action with Microsoft
October 23, 2017–February 13, 2018, worldwide
IoT in Action will focus on building world-class, enterprise-grade IoT solutions. Register to discover what’s possible with IoT. You’ll walk away with actionable knowledge for building IoT solutions using Microsoft Azure platform and services.

PASS Summit 2017: Register for the largest gathering of developers and data professionals
October 31–November 3, 2017, Seattle, WA
Join Microsoft at PASS Summit 2017 and delve into the latest Microsoft data technologies. Choose from more than 200 technical sessions covering SQL Server 2017, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, Power BI, and more.


Introduction to IdentityServer for ASP.NET Core
Learn how to use, host, and configure IdentityServer to secure your applications. See how easy it can be to build your own security token service and watch demos covering the basics of setting up IdentityServer, building an MVC client to authenticate users, and more.

Ethics and law in analytics and AI
Starts October 17, 2017
In today’s world of big data and artificial intelligence, anyone who works with data should be familiar with the ethics and regulations that pertain to data. As the scope and depth of your work increases, so does your responsibility. Join leading experts for an in-depth discussion in this self-paced course from edX.


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