Microsoft Developer Newsletter - Volume 23, Number 5: March 6, 2019

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Download: Visual Studio 2019 Release Candidate

See what’s new in Visual Studio 2019 Release Candidate

Register now for Microsoft Build 2019 (May 6–8, 2019)

Step by step: Port desktop applications to .NET Core 3.0

Real-time web applications with ASP.NET Core SignalR
See how easy it is to add real-time functionality to your web applications using ASP.NET Core SignalR. Learn about targeting with clients, SignalR transports, and options for running your applications in the cloud.

Use your favorite extensions with Visual Studio 2019
More than 850 extensions are currently available to use in Visual Studio 2019 Preview. Find out how to use Extension Manager to move the extensions you’ve already installed.

Full stack C# with Blazor
Build powerful, modern, and responsive single-page applications within a full-stack C# environment. Learn how to write a Blazor web application that runs inside the browser and shares code with a C# backend server.

Now generally available: Java support in Azure Functions
Azure Functions now supports Java workloads in production. Build functions based on Java SE 8 LTS and the Functions 2.0 runtime while using the platform (Windows, Mac, or Linux) and tools of your choice.

Take a look at the EF Core Cosmos DB provider preview
Explore the Cosmos DB provider preview in EF Core. Learn about advanced features, such as configuring containers, integrating owned entities into the mix, and using logging to check out actions generated from the API.

Modernize your desktop apps
Discover how Windows, .NET, and Visual Studio are making it easy to incrementally modernize your existing applications. Watch a demo of app packaging via MSIX, learn about calling Windows APIs, and see a preview of the upcoming .NET Core 3 support in WinForms and WPF apps.

Verify electronic documents with smart contracts in the Azure Blockchain Development Kit
Learn how to build an electronic signature solution using the Azure Blockchain Development Kit for persisting file hash and metadata on a blockchain digital ledger.

Create a neural regression model using PyTorch
The goal of a regression problem is to predict a single numeric value. Learn how to create a prediction model by using a demo that creates and trains a neural network and then makes a prediction about the median house price in a test town.


Cloud Immersion Experience: Learn AI Bootcamp for Emerging AI Developers 

March 7, 2019, Alpharetta, GA
March 7, 2019, Bellevue, WA
March 7, 2019, Irvine, CA
March 7, 2019, New York, NY
March 13, 2019, Denver, CO
March 13, 2019, Malvern, PA
March 14, 2019, Reston, VA

We will focus on hands-on activities that develop proficiency in Azure Cognitive Services including Computer Vision, Custom Vision, LUIS, and Bing Search. You will also learn to leverage other AI-oriented services such as Azure Search and Azure Bot Services.

Cloud Immersion Experience: Azure Databricks and Spark 

March 20, 2019, Burlington, MA
March 20, 2019, Sunnyvale, CA
March 26, 2019, Houston, TX
March 27, 2019, Denver, CO
March 28, 2019, Alpharetta, GA
March 28, 2019, Reston, VA
March 28, 2019, San Francisco, CA

The Azure Databricks hands-on lab will cover loading data, connecting to Azure Blob Storage, a demo of Structured Streaming, Spark SQL, connecting to SQL Data Warehouse, Databricks optimizations, and machine learning in Azure Databricks.

Cloud Immersion Experience: SQL Database Managed Instance 

March 19, 2019, Detroit, MI
March 19, 2019, St. Louis
March 20, 2019, Chicago, IL
March 20, 2019, Edina, MN
March 21, 2019, Alpharetta, GA
March 21, 2019, Irvine, CA
March 21, 2019, New York, NY
March 21, 2019, Bellevue, WA
March 27, 2019, Malvern, PA

Azure SQL Database Managed Instance (MI) is the strategic piece in Microsoft’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering. It provides scalability, high availability, and flexibility while reducing administrative complexity. MI is also nearly 100% compatible with versions as far back as SQL Server 2008.

Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event 
April 2, 2019, online
Join the launch event for Visual Studio 2019. Learn how you can be more productive and build innovative apps with Visual Studio 2019, participate in live Q&As, and take the latest version for a spin.

Microsoft Ignite: The Tour 
Through May 22, 2019, worldwide
Attend a free technical training event for tech professionals in a city near you. Explore the latest developer tools and cloud technologies, and put your skills to work in new areas, including IoT and machine learning. Find an event near you.

Microsoft Build 2019 
May 6–8, 2019, Seattle, WA
Join us in Seattle for Microsoft’s premier event for developers. Come experience the latest technologies and imagine new ways to create solutions. Connect with your community to share new trends and innovative ways to code.

Microsoft Business Applications Summit 
June 10‒11, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Register for this event for analysts, technical architects, and advanced users. Delve deeper into the tools you use every day, get a sneak peek at what’s next, connect with experts, and learn new skills.


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