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.NET Core Debugging Support Returns to Rider IDE

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 27, 2017

EAP18 of JetBrains' Rider features the return of .NET Core debugging support for Windows platforms. The previous preview of Rider saw this support removed in order to comply with the licensing terms of a subcomponent. An otherwise small release, EAP18 is crucial for .NET Core developers.

Microsoft Releases Managed Disks, Scale Sets

by Richard Seroter on  Feb 24, 2017

In an effort to simplify virtual machine (VM) storage and scaling in Azure, Microsoft released two new capabilities. Managed Disks eliminate the need to configure "storage accounts" for holding VM disks. Scale sets make it possible to deploy hundreds of identical VMs at once.

Microsoft Makes it Easy to Create JavaScript Web Apps with New Tool

by David Iffland on  Feb 24, 2017

Microsoft's new dotnet new tool provides JavaScript developers an easy way to spin up Single Page Applications using ASP.NET and Node.js.

Microsoft Makes Cloud-Based Biological Research Tool Open Source

by Michael Stiefel on  Feb 21, 2017

Bio Model Analyzer, a Microsoft cloud-based tool that biologists can use to model cell interactions and communications, is now available as open-source on GitHub. It is used to create computer models that can compare the processes within healthy and diseased cells. Scientists can see the interactions between millions of genes and proteins, speeding up research and treatment of diseases.

GitLab.com Postmortem Digs into Root Causes of 18 Hour Outage

by David Iffland on  Feb 21, 2017

GitLab's postmortem into the root cause of their 18 hour site outage is a detailed look at how the incident began, how it got worse before it got better, and how they plan to learn from the mistakes and improve the service.

Rider EAP17 Brings Improvements, But Loses .NET Core Debugging

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 21, 2017

The latest release of JetBrains' Rider IDE for .NET brings some new features in its latest preview build, but licensing issues are preventing it from providing complete .NET Core support.

Microsoft AirSim, a Simulator for Drones and Robots

by Abel Avram on  Feb 16, 2017

Microsoft has developed and open sourced AirSim, a tool that can be used to simulate the flight of drones around the world. The simulator is built on the Unreal Engine and Microsoft will soon add support for robots and other types of vehicles.

What's New in .NET Core Tools

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 15, 2017

The release of the latest Visual Studio 2017 RC joined an update to the .NET Core tooling. This brings several improvements, including changes to templating and many needed bug fixes.

Setting up a DevOps Pipeline for an IoT Application

by Hrishikesh Barua on  Feb 13, 2017

In a recent article on the MSDN site, Daniel Meixler explores a complete DevOps lifecycle for an Internet of Things (IoT) application using Microsoft frameworks and components. The concepts can be generalized to other IoT platforms with some changes.

Microsoft Adds Team and LUIS Support for Flow

by Kent Weare on  Feb 11, 2017

Microsoft has recently announced changes to its cloud workflow service, Flow, to enable teams to contribute and manage flows centrally. This new sharing capability is also available to SaaS and custom API Connectors. In addition to these collaboration features, Microsoft has also announced support for Gmail connectivity and integration with additional Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs.

Visual Studio 2017 Coming March 7

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 10, 2017

Microsoft has announced the formal release date for Visual Studio 2017. Development continues unabated however, as the latest Release Candidate brings a host of critical bug fixes along with a couple last minute new features.

Getting Started with the SQL Server First Responder Kit

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 09, 2017 6

Your SQL Server database is slowly grinding to a halt, your DBA is on vacation, and you don’t know where to start. This is when you break out the SQL Server First Responder Kit. This open source project consists of a set of scripts to help the DBA, or accidental DBA, fix and tune a SQL Server instance.

Visual Studio Code 1.9 Extends Tasks, Improves Markdown Support and Terminal Performance

by Sergio De Simone on  Feb 08, 2017

Following its monthly release cycle, Microsoft Visual Studio Code has reached version 1.9, which includes support for multiple-command tasks, synchronized markdown preview, faster terminal, and more.

Visual Basic: The Road Ahead

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 08, 2017

Microsoft has announced some major changes to how it will treat Visual Basic in the future. Representing the first major change in the company's approach in six years, Visual Basic will now be free to diverge from C#.

Microsoft to Offer Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 07, 2017 1

With more features being pushed down into less expensive versions, Microsoft is always looking for ways to justify the hefty price tag for Visual Studio Enterprise Edition. New for this year, the headline feature is “live unit testing”.

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