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Volume 20, Number 7 | April 4, 2016 
Build 2016 – Our Conversation with Developers, by Steve Guggenheimer
Top News Worldwide
Watch the best of Build 2016 on demand
Run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows
Developing for the intelligent cloud at Build – Azure, Cortana, and more
Mobile app development made easy – Xamarin in Visual Studio and the open source Xamarin SDK
Sponsors: TechXtend, and Alachisoft
Increase the performance of your Windows applications Webinar: Redis vs NCache Feature-Level Comparison
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Have fun. Earn rewards. Build new ideas.
Build Code Challenge: What’s New in TypeScript?
TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that allows developers to build JavaScript apps that scale. The TypeScript type system provides optional static typing for compile-time error checking as well as enhanced editing and tooling support. In addition, TypeScript incorporates features from future versions of JavaScript (ES6+) to allow developers to use the future of JavaScript today.
Build Code Challenge: Build Websites with ASP.NET Core 1.0
In this lab, you will learn about some of the new features available to ASP.NET MVC developers in Visual Studio 2015, by learning how to build websites with ASP.NET Core 1.0.
Build Code Challenge: Using Azure API Apps
A very common application pattern, especially in the multi-platform mobile world, is for applications on devices to talk to back-end services using standard REST based approaches. It’s becoming more common to just take this approach to connect various application components and logic as well – simply exposing application logic using a REST based API. In this challenge, you will build a simple API that represents some business logic in an application. You will then consume this API from another application.
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.NET Goes Cross-Platform with .NET Core
Phillip Carter and Zlatko Knezevic clarify what .NET Core is and how it’s positioned relative to the Microsoft .NET Framework, plus they provide an overview of the command-line experience that Microsoft is currently shipping.

Develop an Azure-Connected IoT Solution in Visual Studio with C++
Marc Goodner shows you how to connect a device to Azure IoT using C++ project templates in Visual Studio, how to set up an Azure IoT hub to ingest the device data, and how related Azure services can act on that data.

Zero to Xamarin: Cross-platform goodness made easy by MVA
Excited about the Xamarin news? If you’re a .NET developer, you can use your existing C# skills to create apps that can work on iOS, Android, and Windows. Microsoft Virtual Academy has the training you need to get familiar with Xamarin.
Microsoft Pushes C++ into the Future
Visual C++ is ground zero for many new proposals to the C++ language and standard library. Kenny Kerr highlights a few new or improved features in the Visual C++ Update 2 release that he finds particularly compelling.

Grow your data science expertise with the Cortana Intelligence Suite

•  Competitions is a new gamification feature of Cortana Intelligence Suite. Access unique datasets and build data models to compete with experts globally. In the inaugural competition, analyze neural data to predict what images a person is seeing. Grand prize is $3,000 USD.
• Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced new intelligence capabilities that will be integrated into the Cortana Intelligence Suite, the new name for the Cortana Analytics Suite.

Skype Bots preview comes to consumers and developers
Skype Bots are a new way to bring expertise, products, services, and entertainment into your daily messaging on Skype. Skype Bots will come to life through messaging today, and in the future will be available for audio and video calling as well.
Increase the performance of your Windows applications
Boost Windows application performance by using Intel Advisor XE to add threading and vectorization. Learn how in Parallel Universe Magazine on page 89.
Office at Build 2016 – new opportunities for developers
At Build 2016, three new Office-specific opportunities were announced for developers: enhancements to the Microsoft Graph; improvements to the add-in model; and new extensibility features for Skype and Office 365 Groups. Get the details.

Using Ionic and TACO to Create Cross-Platform Mobile Apps
Cordova enables developers to create cross-platform, hybrid apps for the optimal blend of reach and impact. Learn how to use the Ionic 2 framework to build an advanced UX for a Cordova app and explore the new Cordova Tools extensions for IntelliSense and debugging in Visual Studio Code.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is bringing exciting opportunities for developers

• Kevin Gallo highlights the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK and other important announcements from Build, and what they mean for software developers.
• Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, details the key innovations in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, coming this summer.
Scott Hanselman on running Bash Shell and user-mode Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10
At Build, Kevin Gallo announced that you can now run “Bash on Ubuntu on Windows.” This is a new developer feature to be included in the Windows 10 anniversary update (coming soon). It lets you run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools unchanged, on Windows.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 and Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 2 have shipped
At Build 2016, we announced the final release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 and Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 2. We also released an early preview of Visual Studio “15”. Learn more.

Decades of computer vision research, one “Swiss Army knife”
There are apps and tools available to help visually impaired people, but they often only serve one limited function and they aren’t always easy to use. Seeing AI, a research project that uses computer vision and natural language processing made its public debut this week.
Webinar: Redis vs. NCache Feature-Level Comparison
Attend and learn how Redis and NCache compare with each other at the feature level, the support provided by each, the strengths of NCache over Redis, and vice versa.
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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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Students - want to turn your Visual Studio into a powerful PHP development environment? Use PHP Tools for Visual Studio today to transparently integrate into Microsoft Visual Studio. Get PHP Tools today, available to students at no cost from Microsoft Imagine.
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