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Volume 20, Number 3 | February 8, 2016 
Top News Worldwide
Free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program now includes US$300 in Azure credits
Tidbits of Code and Node 09 - the Debug Console in Visual Studio Code
How to use Xamarin to build native iOS, Android, and Windows mobile applications
See where Microsoft Edge is heading for developers in 2016
Sponsors: /n Software, and Red Gate Software
Add SSH and secure file transfer (SFTP) to your apps Have you got SQL fingers?
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Challenge: Put personal productivity front and center with Windows 10
In today’s hectic world we need all the help we can to get organized, and that is where you come in. Put your app development skills to good use and help out your fellow human to be more productive and get more done.
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Download the Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview
Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables organizations to deliver Azure services from their own datacenter.

Responsive Web Design and Mentoring - An Interview with Web Designer Daniel Mall
Technical Evangelist Stacey Mulcahey chats with Dan Mall, founder and director of SuperFriendly, about responsive web design and his 3 tips that you can use in your design.
Developers Explore Windows 10 Features to Create Award-Winning Music Apps
The 2016 Grammy Awards are right around the corner. While we are celebrating our favorite artists this awards season, developers are embracing Windows 10 to launch music apps so audiences all over the world can explore music and jam in new ways. Get the details.

Advancing Node.js for Windows 10 IoT Core
Windows 10 IoT Core already supports popular boards including Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard Max, and DragonBoard. Because Node.js continues to see excitement in the IoT and the maker community, we have been actively updating the Node.js support for Windows 10 IoT Core for new scenarios.
Add SSH and secure file transfer (SFTP) to your apps
Easily integrate secure shell (SSH) security into your internet applications! IP*Works! SSH includes components for SSH-enabled client, server, and proxy components supporting strong SSH 2.0 encryption and advanced cryptography. Available for .NET, ActiveX, Xamarin, C++, and more.
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How to Use XAML Controls in Your Windows 10 App Development
Continuing DevRadio’s series on XAML Controls, Jerry Nixon welcomes Micah Lewis from the XAML team to discuss even more ways in which you can use XAML to create your Windows apps.

DevRadio: Introduction to Microsoft R Open
Microsoft R Open (MRO) , formerly known as Revolution R Open (RRO), is a complete open-source platform for statistical analysis and data science. It is free to download, use, and share.

Learn from the DevOps experts
DevOps Dimension offers three new shows that highlight the ways in which Nordstrom, MSN, and Bing all benefit from great DevOps practices and solutions. You can, too.

•  Nordstrom: Tips for Making a DevOps Transformation
•  MSN and Universal Store: Combining PaaS with Configuration Management
•  Bing: Experimentation and Testing at Scale

Manually Update a Raspberry Pi 2 running Windows 10 IoT Core
Watch this short 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.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2’s STL is C++17-so-far Feature Complete
In VS 2015 Update 2, we've implemented every C++ Standard Library feature that’s been voted into C++11, C++14, and C++17-so-far.

Microsoft loves Linux: Deep dive blog series
We’ve recently completed a 12-part series of blog posts about running and managing Linux and FreeBSD in an on-premises datacenter. Click here to view all 12 posts.

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.

New in the Vorlon Series
Julien Corioland shows how to get started with Visual Studio Team Services and then how to use it to continuously integrate source code hosted on GitHub.

•  Project planning and management with Visual Studio Team Services
•  Continuous integration with GitHub and Visual Studio Team Services

Attend hack.summit() for free, February 22–25
Learn from some of the best programmers in the world, including the creators of StackOverflow and Trello, Ruby on Rails, Heroku, Apache Storm, test-driven development, agile programming, the software craftsmanship movement, and many more. Just visit and register using the code VISUALSTUDIO.

February 10: 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.

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!

Rapidly diagnose and solve application problems
Want to debug more quickly? See the many improvements in Visual Studio 2015, and learn how to make the most of those improvements. You’ll see plenty of demos, and get helpful tips and tricks as you explore what’s new in Visual Studio 2015.

Price reductions up to 17% on Dv2 Virtual Machines
We are announcing price reductions up to 17% on the latest version of the popular Azure D-series virtual machines, Dv2 Virtual Machines. The Dv2 price reductions will take effect early February and we will share full details on the Virtual Machines Pricing page.
Have you got SQL fingers?
Watch these free SQL Prompt tips videos from SQL Server MVPs, with hints from writing to reformatting, and find out how easily you can write SQL.
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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 led by Microsoft experts to learn how to create faster, more interactive websites that support and drive business – using your current skill set. After getting technical with ASP.NET 5, Angular, Visual Studio 2015, and Visual Studio Code, you’ll learn how to build front ends for both desktop and mobile using the latest web standards.
Let’s dev this. | Cloud Tour
Through February 23, 2016, nationwide
Please join us to learn how the newest services of Microsoft Azure and the latest release of Visual Studio 2015 come together to help you build, move, and manage a variety of apps in the cloud.
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
Microsoft Tools for Beginner Web Developers
Learn how to publish files from Visual Studio Code to your Azure website by using Github. Tune in to learn what Github is, how to create repositories, and how to connect your Azure Website to a Github repo.
Become a skilled mobile app developer
Student devs - add “mobile developer” to your résumé. Learn to code cross-platform apps and games in C# for iOS, Android, and Windows with Xamarin. Get Xamarin today.
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