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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 allows JavaScript developers an easy way to spin up Single Page Applications using ASP.NET and Node.js.

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.

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.

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”.

Introducing Portable PDB

by Jonathan Allen on  Feb 06, 2017

Microsoft has taken the need to create a cross-platform PDB library as a reason to completely revamp the format. The new Portable PDB format is open source, documented, and significantly more compact. But the new format also brings with it new limitations, especially regarding legacy code.

Google Pursues Enterprise, Targets Windows and SQL Server Workloads

by Kent Weare on  Feb 04, 2017

Google recently announced increased support for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server, in the Google Cloud Platform, by providing pre-configured images for Windows Server Core and SQL Server Enterprise Edition. Google has also added support for High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

Fatigue, Spam, and Lack of Backups Take down GitLab.com

by David Iffland on  Feb 03, 2017 1

What started out as an attempt to protect GitLab.com from spammers turned sour as engineer fatigue and a lack of backups took the site down for nearly 18 hours and the loss of six hours worth of production data.

Microsoft's Plans for the Future of .NET

by Jeff Martin on  Feb 03, 2017 5

Microsoft develops C#, Visual Basic, and F# in public but doesn't always share its plans for these popular languages. Mads Torgersen has provided some new guidance on where Microsoft plans to take these languages in the future.

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