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Volume 20, Number 4 | February 22, 2016 
Top News Worldwide
C++ compiler improvements in Visual Studio 2015 Update 2
Rapidly diagnose and solve application problems
Timely, secure, accurate – see how the 2016 Iowa Caucus App was made
Java tools challenge – US$85,750 in prizes
Sponsors: DevExpress, and AppDynamics
Introducing DevExpress Universal v15.2 The Relationship of Microservices to DevOps
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Have fun. Earn rewards. Build new ideas.
Update the age ratings assigned to your Windows 10 apps to make sure everyone has access to your apps and games
The International Age Rating Coalition’s (IARC) age-rating system will speed getting age and content ratings for your apps and games worldwide, and help speed getting your work into appropriate markets. The questionnaire can be completed in just a few minutes.
Know it. Prove it. Life lessons from a pro – plus a last chance to attend Build 2016 in person
Check out the always-popular instructor Bob Tabor in MVA Office Hours, as he coaches you and other new developers, shares his experience, and helps you over potential hurdles. Short version? All that hard work is definitely worth it. You can even qualify to win a chance to attend Build 2016.
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Your Featured Content
The Maker Show – start your project today
Get started with the Maker Show . Go hands-on with techniques, how to’s, tips and tricks in areas including electronics, programming tools, boards, components, sensors, connectivity, hardware hacks and gadgets, 3D printing, manufacturing prototypes, and more.

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for Windows 10
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is part of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which means that it can be used in all apps targeting Windows 10. With OCR you can extract text and text layout information from images.
IoT Analytics Architecture Whiteboard with David Crook
Technical Evangelist David Crook uses a white board to diagram and discuss a very common architecture when dealing with IoT devices and then addresses some common questions he is asked.

JavaScript for Experienced Developers
C#, C++, or Java developers interested in adding JavaScript to your toolbox, learn from the entertaining and informative Christopher Harrison. Learn how to create an object, classes, and inheritance. Look into advanced topics, like managing asynchronous operations. Plus, explore cool add-ins to enhance your apps.
DevExpress Universal v15.2 is available now
DevExpress continues its commitment to .NET by extending its product line with enterprise-ready features designed to help teams deliver next-generation user experiences on the platforms of their choice. DevExpress Universal v15.2 ships with everything you’ll need to build your best, without limits or compromise. Download your free 30-day trial today.
Join the Know it. Prove it. challenge today
The countdown is on. February is the month to learn a new tech skill, and there’s still time to join. Register for Know it. Prove it.from Microsoft Virtual Academy, be a part of the community, and share your progress in conquering the tech challenge of your choice.

Manually update a Raspberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core
Watch this short “how do I” video where Technical Evangelist Bret Stateham walks through the process on how to manually update your Raspberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core build 10.0.10586.0 to the new 10.0.10586.63 update.

Future Decoded 2015 UK
Check out the on-demand sessions from Future Decoded 2015 UK. View a plethora of different topics, from IoT and developing Windows Apps to talks on web development and moving your software cross-platform. Don’t miss the keynotes about the future of artificial intelligence and cloud-connected cows!

On demand: Five reasons to run your Microsoft apps on Azure
Join Corey Sanders of the Azure Compute team to learn why you’ll benefit from running Microsoft apps on Azure.

Calling all app builders: Special Microsoft Action Pack offer
Action Pack is loaded with tools and solutions to help you learn more and grow faster. And now, you can take advantage of a special offer. Get 50% off your annual subscription. Use code WELCOME2ACTIONPACK.

Start with one thing: Microsoft partner ICONICS shares their secret to success in IoT
The CityNext blog has some sage advice from guest blogger Melissa Topp of Microsoft partner ICONICS: Don’t try to do it all at once. Instead, pick one thing and spend time getting it right before expanding your program.

The Relationship of Microservices to DevOps
DevOps is critical in determining where and when microservices should be used.
Learn more.
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Let’s dev this. | Web Tour
Through March 2, 2016, nationwide
Build a better, faster, and more modern web with ASP.NET 5, Angular, Visual Studio 2015, and Microsoft Azure. Join us for this free, interactive, full-day training session, and learn how to build front ends for both desktop and mobile using the latest web standards.
DEVintersection – questions answered, strategies defined
April 17–22, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Microsoft execs Scott Guthrie and Steve Guggenheimer kick off this post-BUILD event, diving into Microsoft Azure, ASP.NET 5, Visual Studio 15, data science, DevOps, IoT, Angular 2, and open web technologies. Attendees taking workshops choose a Surface 3, Xbox One, or a Microsoft Band 2.
Microsoft Azure Tour
Through March 1, 2016, worldwide
This one-day technical training event is designed to help you be more successful in the cloud. Choose between traditional sessions or a unique hands-on experience that will get you closer to the cloud. You’ll end the day with a working Azure web and mobile application.
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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Student News
Make your first Unity2D Pong game
Create your first Unity2D game in just 7 steps. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple Unity2D game that will transport you right back to the ’80s with a Pong-style clone.
Game Dev Show 01 - Which language should I program my game in?
In this first episode, Technical Evangelist Dave Voyles discusses the languages available to developers who are interested in creating games.
#ImagineThis: Episode #003 - How can technology help solve today’s problems?
Join Kat Harris and Gavin Bauman for the new #ImagineThis episode and learn how a couple of Harvard Med students got inspired to change the medical industry with the use of Microsoft Azure.
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