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Volume 20, Number 12 | May 31, 2016 
    
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Download .NET Core RC2 and .NET Core SDK Preview 1
 
 
 
 
Learn Docker best practices and what’s ahead for containers
 
 
 
The C++ crew is ready to help you migrate to Visual Studio 2015 – apply for a free Virtual DevLab
 
 
Web.Dev 9: High-Performance Tips and Tricks for HTML and JavaScript Performance
 
 
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Enter the Windows Insider Continuum Competition 2016
With Continuum, apps are optimized for large and small screens. Windows 10 Mobile users can project apps built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to a second screen for a PC-like experience – and connect a keyboard and mouse for even greater productivity.
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Your Featured Content
 
Download ASP.NET Core RC2 and try the .NET CLI (Plus, what happened to ASP.NET 5?)
This release succeeds the ASP.NET 5 RC1 release and features a number of updates to enhance compatibility with other .NET frameworks and an improved runtime. A single .NET toolchain can now be used for both .NET Core Console applications and ASP.NET Core applications.


Building a Historical CRUD
Create, Read, Update, Delete operations (CRUD) that were modeled on top of plain relational tables are now evolving into what we can generically refer to as historical CRUD, a CRUD codebase where the implementation manages to track down the entire list of changes.
 
Updated Web Development Tools for ASP.NET Core RC2
With this release, we’re splitting the delivery of the Visual Studio tools from the ASP.NET Core and .NET Core runtime and libraries. Get Visual Studio support for the .NET CLI, separation of templates for .NET Core and the .NET Framework, and more.


Left Brains for the Right Stuff
“We didn’t know what we couldn’t do. So we just went ahead and did it.” Those are the words David Platt heard repeated during a recent gathering of engineers who worked on the Apollo moon missions.
 
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The Multi-Armed Bandit Problem
James McCaffrey provides an implementation of the multi-armed bandit problem, which is not only interesting in its own right, but also serves as a good introduction to an active area of economics and machine-learning research.


An Introduction to Microservices with Mark Russinovich
Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure CTO and cloud luminary discusses Microservices. Learn how the cloud is driving the evolution of microservices – and how developers can take advantage of these concepts to build and manage highly available applications at scale.


Developing Windows 10 Games with Construct 2
Want to use your skills with the Construct 2 game engine to create great games for Windows 10? Watch this course. Discover what’s new for Construct 2 with Windows 10 and the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), along with the latest on Azure App Service.


Build with NASA: The International NASA Space Apps Challenge Explained
Gabriel Rangel, Associate CTO for IT at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), explains the NASA Space Apps Challenge. Each year, participants in over 200 sites worldwide work with NASA data to produce an array of innovations. Learn about past projects and how you can get involved.


Microsoft and VNTANA Introduce the Hollagram
VNTANA, a Microsoft early developer, introduced the HOLLAGRAM , the first interactive and social media integrated hologram system, combining Microsoft technology with VNTANA’s hardware and software. Microsoft’s strong entrepreneurial ecosystem played a key role, providing access to a broad range of platforms and developer tools.


Nano Server now supports Node.js
Learn how to get Node.js running on Nano Server and how Windows Server 2016 TP5 enables you to try it on a Nano Server virtual machine.
 
Build Windows 10 apps quickly – get started with Template 10
Learn how to install Template 10, explore project templates and services, and discover how Template 10 components and features can help you speed up your development process.


Dev/Test in the Cloud
Want to see how Azure, Visual Studio, and Visual Studio Team Services can support your development and testing needs in the cloud? Check out this new, free, on-demand course, led by a team of industry experts. Watch here.


8 ways to learn about DevOps
Get a detailed look, start to finish, at DevOps tools and processes, and learn to streamline your pipeline for a faster and better delivery cadence. We have a number of helpful resources for you.


From Race Car Driver to Games Exec: Kiki Wolfkill’s Creative Path to Success in Visual Storytelling and Games
Kiki Wolfkill, Executive Producer of 343 Industries, shares her story at the Women in Data Bootcamp during the 2016 International Space Apps Challenge. Learn how Kiki’s background in art and video production has allowed her to thrive in the games industry, and what she does to keep people engaged in the Halo universe.


Hey, Azure AD app devs! Be ready for a cert rollover
Did May 23rd’s cert rollover catch you by surprise? It shouldn’t have. Azure AD keys roll over every 6 weeks, but may be changed sooner. Follow these best practices to make sure your apps keep working.


 
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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.
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Student News
 
 
Build something cool. Power it with the cloud.
Students! Ready to boost your iOS, Android and Windows apps using offline data sync, single sign on, auto scaling and push notifications? You can get these services by activating Azure Mobile Apps now at no cost.
 
Visual Studio just got more open source friendly
Are you a student working on a cool project using PHP? Now build it with PHP Tools for Visual Studio. The new tools understand your code, provide smart code completion, quick navigation and syntax error checking. Download today.
 
2016 US Imagine Cup Winners Announced
Get exclusive access to the 2016 US Imagine Cup experience, Microsoft’s premier student technology competition that took place at Build in San Francisco. Fifteen student teams from across the country battled for a chance to win US$4,000 and advance to the world stage. Watch the award ceremony and behind the scenes highlights for inspiration. You don’t want to miss out on viewing their innovative solutions such as a gun safety app, police training simulator, and so much more.
 
Build a movie collection database
Want more practice with Azure? See this tutorial on how to build a movie inventory and how you can use Visual Studio to build your first web app with just a few lines of code.
 
Win Imagine Cup Earth cash prizes
Are you between the ages of 6 and 18, interested in coding and work done by NASA? The Imagine Cup Earth competition is for you! Use Microsoft’s free, online developer tools for students, and data collected by NASA to win cash prizes.
 
Debug Xamarin apps with Visual Studio Emulator
Are you building cross-platform apps using technologies like Xamarin? Learn how to create a default cross-platform Xamarin.Forms app and start debugging it in 3 minutes from start to finish. Watch now.
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