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Volume 20, Number 6 | March 21, 2016 
    
 
Excitement is Build(ing)
We’re sold out – if you can’t join us in San Francisco, add your name to the Build mailing list for updates on live and on-demand content, and add a reminder to your calendar to make sure you don’t miss the live stream.
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Prep for Build with the experts, March 22–24: Building Blocks 2016
 
 
 
Get started with app design
 
 
 
Game developers use Microsoft Azure as “secret sauce” for scale and growth
 
 
Learn how to build touch interfaces that don’t suck
 
 
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Check out the exciting new features of ASP.NET 5
Syncfusion Succinctly series author Simone Chiaretta introduces ASP.NET 5, Microsoft’s newest open-source web framework. Learn how to work with several new features, including Linux compatibility, get a detailed look at the anatomy of an ASP.NET 5 web app built in Visual Studio 2015, and much more.
 
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MSDN Subscriber Benefits
 
New software available for download
•  SQL Server 2016 RC 1
•  Windows 10, Version 1511 (Updated Feb 2016)
 
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Your Featured Content
 
DevOps Dimension: Blameless Postmortems with PushPay
End the post-project friction between IT and dev: In this episode, PushPay’s VP of engineering Josh Robb talks to Thiago Almeida about how the company implemented a culture of “blameless postmortems,” what it means, and its benefits.


Universal Windows Platform Apps for Web Developers
Building cross-browser apps has long been the domain of web developers, and those skills translate neatly to Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that run on Windows 10. Learn how to leverage your web app dev skills when working with UWP apps.
 
Debugging Improvements in Visual Studio 2015
Visual Studio 2015 included a large number of improvements for debugging everyday problems. In this article we’ll take a tour of what’s new and how you can be more productive than ever debugging complex problems.


Essential .NET: Configuration in .NET Core
Mark Michaelis introduces the new open source configuration support in ASP.NET 5, which is available in the Microsoft.Extensions.Configuration collection of NuGet packages, and includes both several built-in configuration providers and support for custom providers.
 
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Implement a UWP App with the Official OneDrive SDK
Laurent Bugnion explores the OneDrive SDK built by Microsoft, showing how the library can be added to a Universal Windows Platform app and how to work with the authentication scheme.


Adding Microsoft Azure Search to Your Websites and Apps
Find out how to add an amazing search experience to your apps and websites, and give your users the level of availability and efficiency they expect, with Azure Search. Expert Liam Cavanagh provides cool details and fun demos. Watch here.


Learn to develop 2D games with HTML5
Build once – deploy everywhere. Experts show you how in this demo-filled course. End with a fully playable role-playing game, including non-player character interaction, an in-game store, and a turn-based battle system. Build your portfolio with universal HTML5 2D games ported to multiple platforms.


Game Dev Show 04 – Intro to PlayMaker in Unity
Technical Evangelist Adam Tuliper takes you on a tour of PlayMaker, a visual FSM (finite state machine) tool for creating logic while speeding development in your Unity games. Easily drag to create new logic and events in your game.


DevOps Basics: Deploying A Simple Docker Environment on Azure
Watch how you can easily spin up a simple Docker environment on Azure. This video is for anybody who wants to discover Azure, Linux, and Docker from the beginning.


DevOps Basics: Deploying Azure Resource Manager Templates with Visual Studio Team Services
How to automatically deploy an Azure Resource Manager template on an Azure Subscription. Read step-by-step guidance or view a complete walkthrough.


 
Visual Studio Subscription (formerly MSDN Subscription) Benefits Made Simple
Assigning and activating benefits included with your MSDN subscription is easy. Let us show you how. Watch these quick 1-minute how-to videos and see what you might be missing. Do you prefer live Q&A? Register now for a live DATE (Developers Ask the Experts).


Windows 10: Speech Recognition and Cortana Integration
Watch this Windows 10 developer training course, to learn how to integrate Cortana functionality into your Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. Explore voice commands, augmented launch, and ListenFor.


The Maker Show – Lecture: Intro to Fusion 360 API
Brian Ekins – the designer of the API provides an introduction to Fusion 360’s API. Learn how you can write code to build and manipulate your parts instead of manually using the application UI.


Breaking into VR with Unity and Cardboard Part 1
Ever wanted to make your own virtual reality game but weren’t sure where to start? Join Adina Shanholtz ( @FeyTechnologist) and Tobiah Zarlez ( @TobiahZarlez) in making your first VR game in Unity for Google Cardboard.


Better Together: PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Puppet
Puppet Labs is in the studio to talk about PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and demo integration between DSC and Puppet.



 
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Events
 
DEVintersection – questions answered, strategies defined
April 17–22, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Microsoft Exec VP Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, Doug Seven, and Scott Hunter are among the 75 industry experts taking attendees on a deep dive into the new Microsoft product releases and current technologies. Register today.
 
Microsoft Cloud Roadshow – build your cloud skills
Through May 23, 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
 
 
Two steps to get Xamarin for students
Tired of trying to port your apps to iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows? Give users the chance to play your game on any device! Get Xamarin today, available to students at no cost from Microsoft Imagine.
 
Boost your mobile apps today
Make your mobile app more interactive with features like offline data sync, single sign on, auto scaling and push notifications. Get Azure Mobile Apps through Microsoft Imagine by activating your Azure student offer today, and take advantage of these features.
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Resources
 
•  Downloads and tools for Windows 10
•  Get started with app development
•  Try Microsoft Azure for 1 month free
•  Microsoft Virtual Academy – new training
•  Testing tools for web developers
•  Free Microsoft Press eBooks
•  TechNet Flash
•  Get the latest information from Channel 9
•  Free software and training for startups from Microsoft BizSpark
•  Code editing tools for building and debugging modern web and cloud applications
 
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