MicrosoftDeveloper Newsletter Volume 22, Number 15 | July 25, 2018 
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Now available: Azure Service Fabric Mesh tools in Visual Studio 2017
Download the TypeScript 3.0 Release Candidate
Refactoring features in Visual Studio 2017 and new features coming to version 15.8
Now generally available: Azure DevOps Projects for developing, deploying, and monitoring applications
Developer training at Microsoft HQ 53% of devs now use database source control – join them
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Azure Service Fabric Mesh is now in public preview
Azure Service Fabric Mesh is a fully managed solution that lets developers deploy and operate containerized applications without the need to manage virtual machines, storage, and network configuration. The preview is now available for everyone to try.

Introducing the Python Language Server
Visual Studio IntelliSense has supported Python since 2011. Microsoft is now making this Python support available to other tools. Get more info about Microsoft Python Language Server, which will work with any tool that handles the language server protocol.
Try the new Azure Cloud Shell editor
The same web standards-based editor that powers Visual Studio Code is now integrated directly into Cloud Shell, offering a powerful solution for managing your cloud infrastructure, complete with syntax coloring, auto completion, and code snippets. Try it now.

How to improve your language-driven applications
Language Understanding Intelligence Service (LUIS) lets you deliver intelligent voice-driven interactions in your apps. Learn about two open source frameworks, Scattertext and LIME, and find out how you can use them to train LUIS more effectively.
Developer training at Microsoft HQ
Join VSLive! for 5 days of practical, unbiased developer training August 13–17 with hard-hitting sessions, insightful workshops, and fun networking events.
SignalR: Hubs, data streaming, and counting online users
ASP.NET Core SignalR offers some intriguing features. This article delves into hubs and explains how you can use them to count online users and enable data streaming.

Discover how blockchain can be used to prevent fraud
Get an overview of how various forms of fraud are driving up healthcare costs. Find out how blockchain technology is helping to prevent this fraud by improving data integrity and enabling more transparency.

Microsoft Visual C++ preprocessor language conformance
The preprocessor in Visual C++ is getting an overhaul with improvements for language conformance and usability. Get details about these changes and find out how you can still use the traditional “non-conformant” behavior for existing applications.

Announcing the public preview of Azure Dev Spaces
Find out how the new Azure Dev Spaces makes it easier to build and run your applications in containers. With minimal setup, you can run and debug containers directly in Azure Kubernetes Service. Learn more and get started with Dev Spaces.

Use a deep neural network for image classification
Convolutional neural networks are commonly used for image classification. However, for simple image classification tasks, a standard deep neural network is easier and just as effective. Learn how to use a deep neural network with the CNTK library.

53% of devs now use database source control – join them
Database source control is more important than ever. Reduce the risk of data loss at deployment: SQL Source Control links your database to any source control system. 
Try it free.
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Webinar: Powering the future of energy efficiency with IoT 
July 31, 2018
Join this IoT in Action webinar to hear how the energy industry is benefiting from IoT use cases, both on the consumer level and the industrial level. Find out how Microsoft is leading smart energy and digital transformation initiatives with Azure IoT and learn about solutions from Apergy.
Microsoft Ignite 
September 24‒28, 2018, Orlando, FL
Explore the latest in cloud technology, collaboration tools, and productivity at Microsoft Ignite. Register to attend and connect with the experts who build and support the tech you use every day.
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