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Volume 20, Number 11 | May 16, 2016 
    
Top News Worldwide
 
 
Introducing a new, advanced Visual C++ code optimizer
 
 
Save 40% on Microsoft Press Best Practices Series through June 4, 2016: use code BESTDEV
 
 
 
Explore, learn, and earn at the DevOps Factory
 
 
See new Windows IoT Core features in this Azure Machine Learning demo from First Robotics 2016
 
 
Sponsors: DevExpress, and Alachisoft
Touch-Optimized Hybrid Apps Webinar: Scale Entity Framework Apps with Distributed Caching
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Have fun. Earn rewards. Build new ideas.
 
Submit a Continuum UWP App to the Continuum Competition 2016
You can enter a UI design or an actual UWP app – or both! – and win different prizes for each challenge. Follow the steps at the link to be entered to win a Lumia 950 and a trip to Microsoft corporate headquarters in Redmond, WA.
 
AppToCert – Earn exam credit for apps you build
Calling all Windows app developers! We know you have real-world experience in building apps, and hard decisions on how to spend your limited time and money for training and certification. So, why not simplify your life and get credit for those apps?
 
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Your Featured Content
 
Common Tasks for Linux on Azure
Get answers from the experts at Linux Academy. Choose from stand-alone modules based on your specific Linux on Azure interests. Learn about creating a Linux VM in Azure, accessing Linux VMs using remote desktop software, running virtual hosts, and much more.


Dapper, Entity Framework and Hybrid Apps
A popular micro-ORM called Dapper can help solve performance issues, and you don’t have to give up Entity Framework to take advantage of it. Data Points columnist Julie Lerman explains how hybrid apps may be just what you need.
 
Maximize your Model-View-ViewModel Experience with Roslyn
Learn how to simplify the implementation of the Model-View-ViewModel pattern with custom Roslyn refactorings. Del Sole shows you how to take advantage of the Roslyn APIs to automate the generation of common objects in MVVM, starting with plain text analysis and moving on to creating new syntax nodes.


Going Solid
Old habits die hard, and old training even harder. Hidden among the lessons of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident was the role that received wisdom from another domain had in the meltdown of the reactor.
 
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Create Touch-Optimized Apps with DevExpress
DevExpress Universal provides a comprehensive collection of UX tools so you can create touch-first apps that are built for today and ready for tomorrow.
 
Enterprise Application Integration Using Azure Logic Apps
With Azure Logic Apps, developers can visually compose integration flow and easily handle scenarios that involve long-running transactions, handling condition-based routing of workflows, retry logic to handle transient failures, and more.


With newly available services, Azure continues to be the best place for SaaS developers
Azure SQL Database elastic pools help you avoid having to make the tradeoff between database isolation and DevOps efficiency. The general availability of Azure CDN from Akamai makes Azure a multi-CDN offering, enabling you to choose the best CDN for your needs, streamlining support and service.


Windows 10: Managing the App Lifecycle
Watch this course for a look at the lifecycle of a Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform app. The course covers activation and suspension, the implementation of extended splash screens, and events associated with navigation.


Using Build Hooks to Build Docker Containers
Building and packaging is super fun with the new build framework in ASP.NET Core. In this episode we take a look at how to hook into the various different stages of the build.


Develop native apps on Nano Server
Try developing your own Nano Server app. Check out the prerequisites and then follow the steps to write and debug a simple app.


Behind the Scenes: Making the “MyDriving” Cross-Platform IoT Sample Application
Jerry Nixon welcomes Hari Menon to showcase MyDriving. MyDriving leverages Microsoft Azure services such as IoT Hub, Stream Analytics, SQL databases, HDInsight, Machine Leaning, and App Services – plus (like we need something else to show off!) it was all built using Xamarin.
 
Bringing Docker to Windows: Learn more at DockerCon
June 19–21, Seattle, WA
Get hands-on guidance and learn to build, ship, and run distributed apps with Docker by using the tools you know, including Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure. Remaining space is extremely limited – Use code MSDNFlash for your 10% discount while tickets are available.


Build Office 365 Connectors to engage your customers
Connectors enable Office 365 users to stay current with information and updates from products like Twitter, Trello, Wunderlist, and more. Build your own connector in a few easy steps and add your product to the growing catalogue. For more info, visit the developer center.


Get notified of Outlook changes with Microsoft Graph Webhooks
Join Gareth Jones as he talks about the newly released Webhooks on Microsoft Graph. Learn how you can make your app more efficient by subscribing to changes in Outlook data and learning to cut down on your API polling habit.


A Journey to DevOps: Publish images in the Docker Hub using Visual Studio Team Services
Learn how to use Visual Studio Team Services and the Linux build agent to automatically build and publish a Vorlon.JS Docker image in the public Docker hub.


Step by Step: Export a Resource Group as an ARM Template
You can now export an existing environment to an ARM Template through the portal. Follow these instructions to see how and learn about the benefits.


 
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Webinar: Scale Entity Framework Apps with Distributed Caching
Attend and learn how to improve the performance and scalability of Entity Framework applications using distributed caching along with hands-on examples.
 
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Events
 
Bringing Docker to Windows: Learn more at DockerCon
June 19–21, Seattle, WA
Get hands-on guidance and learn to build, ship, and run distributed apps with Docker by using the tools you know, including Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure. Remaining space is extremely limited – Use code MSDNFlash for your 10% discount while tickets are available.
 
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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Resources
 
•  Free offers from Microsoft partners
 
•  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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