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Volume 21, Number 19 | September 20, 2017 
Top News Worldwide
Writing professional code: Learn key skills and best practices for writing, testing, and delivering better code
MSDN Magazine: A step-by-step guide to getting started with ASP.NET Core 2.0
The Visual Studio blog: Seven more lesser-known debugging tactics for Visual Studio
Microsoft Ignite: Livestream the keynote and select sessions from Ignite (September 25, 2017)
Sponsors: DevExpress, and Red Gate Software
Introducing DevExpress v16.2 A third of teams don’t version-control their database
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How to: Training a deep neural network
MSDN Magazine shows you how to train a deep neural network using the back-propagation algorithm and describes the “vanishing gradient” problem. Get a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes when you use a neural network library, such as Microsoft CNTK or Google TensorFlow.

Visual Studio extensions for C++ developers in Visual Studio 2017
Are you a C++ developer? The Visual C++ team blog looks at several Visual Studio extensions that can make your life a bit easier. Check out these extensions you can use in Visual Studio 2017.
JavaScript: An introduction to Angular services
Ted Neward explains the concept of an Angular service and shows how it relates to component-oriented design. He then begins refactoring a sample project to use services to manage data access against an HTTP API.

Free hands-on training: Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp
The Global Office 365 Developer Bootcamp is a free, one-day training event led by Microsoft MVPs with support from Microsoft and local community leaders. The bootcamps will provide hands-on labs for deep learning and a comprehensive view of all key technologies and products on the Office 365 platform.
Introducing DevExpress v16.2
DevExpress v16.2 is now available. Built and optimized for software developers targeting Windows, the web, and mobile platforms, DevExpress Universal empowers today’s enterprise and helps any organization deliver best-of-breed software solutions across devices and form factors. Download your free 30-day trial today.
ASP.NET Core: Simpler ASP.NET MVC apps with Razor Pages
Razor Pages are not just “training wheels” meant for casual programmers. Learn how Razor Pages (alone or in combination with traditional controller-and-view pages) can improve the design of your ASP.NET Core applications.

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is on a mission to end homelessness in their state. Watch a short video to see how Xamarin and Azure are helping.

Behind the scenes: How ABUS connects its security devices to Azure
ABUS delivers approximately 50,000 IP-enabled security cameras per year and a few thousand IP-enabled alert systems. These devices are not natively cloud-enabled, but ABUS recently teamed up with Microsoft to develop an IoT solution that helps ABUS securely connect their devices to the Azure cloud.

Azure Red Shirt Dev Tour ’17 (October 16–20, 2017)
The Red Shirt Tour is all about code. Join Microsoft’s cloud chief, Scott Guthrie, as he codes live and demonstrates how Azure can help you solve some of your most vexing developer problems. Register to attend an in-person event near you.

Microsoft Teams: New developer tools to save you time and effort
Botkit, one of the most widely adopted bot-making toolkits, now supports Teams. Learn how this and other tools are making it easier to build apps for Teams.

Developing planet-scale applications in Azure Cosmos DB
Azure Cosmos DB is the distributed, super-scalable database from Microsoft that transparently replicates your data wherever your users are. If you’re familiar with leveraging cloud native services on Azure and its big data options, this course from edX will help you take the next step.

A third of teams don’t version control their database
Connect your database to your version control system with SQL Source Control and find out who made changes, what they did, and why. Learn more.
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Live webinar: Exploring UrhoSharp 3D with Xamarin Workbooks
September 21, 2017, 9:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn about 3D graphics code that you can apply to Windows or Xamarin apps. Charles Petzold will provide everything you need – from 3D graphics fundamentals and step-by-step training to project code and best practices – so you can bring your own 3D code to life.
Webinar: Core security with Office 365
September 21, 2017, 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time
Want to learn more about how data is kept secure in the cloud? This webinar will look at how Office 365 security features, including data loss prevention (DLP), and ways to control sensitive data. And register for other webinars on Moving to the Cloud.
Indie game dev: Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge
The Dream.Build.Play 2017 Challenge offers a way for indie game developers to connect and show off their skills. Get the latest updates and find out how you can get involved.
IoT in Action with Microsoft
October 30, 2017, Boston, MA
IoT in Action is a global event series taking place in 7 cities worldwide, including Boston on October 30, 2017. The event will provide thought leadership and technical knowhow to educate and excite attendees. Register to discover what’s possible with IoT.
PASS Summit 2017: Register for the largest gathering of developers and data professionals
October 31–November 3, 2017, Seattle, WA
Join Microsoft at PASS Summit 2017 and delve into the latest Microsoft data technologies. Choose from more than 200 technical sessions covering SQL Server 2017, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Machine Learning, Power BI, and more.
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