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The final countdown to the release of Visual Studio 2015 and Windows 10
We are just moments away from Visual Studio 2015 releasing on July 20 and Windows 10, the Windows 10 SDK and the Visual Studio Universal Windows app development tools releasing on July 29!

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Articles we enjoyed

Hey Azure, how’s my Cloud Service doing?
The Azure Management APIs give you a lot of useful stats and you can easily use them to build a customised dashboard for an instant healthcheck of your Azure estate. Documentation is a little sketchy though, so this is the first of (probably) many posts detailing how to pull stats out for different Azure services.

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Node.js Development for .NET Developers: Overview
Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to present at a few conferences on the subject of Node.js. No surprise, most of the folks I get to talk to are .NET developers who are interested in learning what Node.js is. In this post I wanted to explain what Node.js is for the .NET developer.

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Visual Studio 2015 – Analyzing Architecture with Code Maps in Visual Studio 2015
Improving the architecture of your application is crucial for preventing the build-up of technical debt, and for maintaining good coding velocity. Further, getting a quick understanding of the impact of a potential code change is an important aspect of deciding whether the change makes sense, and if so, what its likely cost will be. Both goals require an ability to understand the architecture of your application and analyze the dependencies surfaced there. To tackle the first goal, you typically work from the top and drill down. To tackle the second, you generally work from a specific code element and expand up.

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Networking API Improvements in Windows 10
In today’s cloud-first, mobile-first technology world, most Store apps have at least some integration with web services or other devices on a network. These include apps that fetch online weather content, news or sports scores, media or podcast downloaders and even peer-to-peer games, chat or VoIP apps. These apps are built using a wide variety of networking APIs that are a part of the Universal Windows Platform.

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IntelliTest – One Test to rule them all
In traditional unit test suites, each test case represents an exemplary usage scenario, and the assertions embody the relationship between the input and output.  Verifying a few such scenarios might well be enough, but experienced developers know that bugs lurk even in well-tested code, when correct but untested inputs provoke wrong responses.

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Async Programming – Brownfield Async Development
When the Visual Studio Async CTP came out, I was in a fortunate position. I was the sole developer for two relatively small greenfield applications that would benefit from async and await. During this time, various members of the MSDN forums including myself were discovering, discussing and implementing several asynchronous best practices. The most important of those practices are compiled into my March 2013 MSDN Magazinearticle, “Best Practices in Asynchronous Programming” (

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Videos we favorited

Episode 178: Azure API Apps with Panos Kefalidis

In this episode Chris Risner is joined by fellow Technical Evangelist, Panos Kefalidis. Panos joins us to talk about Azure App Service API Apps.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Windows 10 Universal App Samples

Since the month ends with the release of Windows 10, a great way to kick it off is by highlighting the great Windows 10 Universal App Samples available on GitHub. I mean, check out this list of samples! Read more

.NET Web Development and Tools Blog

Hi everyone the blog post below is written by Peter Blazejewicz, who is a core contributor to the yeoman generators for ASP.NET 5. Peter took care of the majority of the updates for beta 5. I hope you enjoy, please leave your thoughts below in the comments. Read more

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