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Free Akka.NET Cheat Sheet
I created this handy 3 page cheat sheet PDF as a quick reference guide when creating actors, using the logging API, etc.

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Your First MVC 6 And EF 7 Application (Using Empty Project Template) : Part 1
If you are tracking the progress of ASP.NET 5, you are probably aware that Beta 8 of ASP.NET 5 is now available. Although MVC 5.x is not going away anytime soon, it's good time to get a feel of how MVC 6 application development is going to be. To that end this article explains how a simple MVC 6 application can be developed from ground up using an Empty Project Template. This article is based on the following software: Visual Studio 2015 ASP.NET 5 Beta 8 Entity Framework 7 Beta 8

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Performance Tests for Azure Web Apps
Anyone that has been involved with setting up the infrastructure that is needed to perform on premise load testing of a realistic number of users knows how much work that is to both setup and to maintain. With Visual Studio Ultimate/Enterprise you needed to create a test rig by creating multiple machines and then installing a test controller and test agents on all the machines and configure them to talk to each other.

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How to simulate a low bandwidth connection for testing web sites and applications
Facebook just announced an internal initiative called "2G Tuesdays" and I think it's brilliant. It's a clear and concrete way to remind folks with fast internet (who likely have always had fast internet) that not everyone has unlimited bandwidth or a fast and reliable pipe. Did you know Facebook even has a tiny app called "Facebook Lite" that is just 1Mb and has good support for slower developing networks?

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Profile Your CPU in the Debugger in Visual Studio 2015
This blog post introduces the updates to the CPU Usage tool in Visual Studio 2015 Update 1. First we will define and introduce the CPU Usage tool and then we’ll go over some of its features.

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Continuous Integration with Ionic Framework using Visual Studio Online – From Check In to Device
Building mobile apps?  How would you like to build a mobile app, check in code, and within minutes be able to verify the functionality of it on any of your devices?  This article will walk you through setting up an Ionic project within Visual Studio 2015, checking it into Visual Studio Online, kick off a build using the new build system, and upload the app to Ionic View.  This will allow you to view and test your application within minutes.  You will see how Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Apache Cordova provides a rich development environment for building hybrid mobile apps that take advantage of your existing web skills.

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Writing and Using Custom Code in U-SQL – User-Defined Functions
In my last blog post, I introduced U-SQL as the new Big Data query language for the Azure Data Lake that unifies the benefits of SQL with the expressive power of your own code. Today we are announcing the availability of the Azure Data Lake in public preview. You can now try U-SQL in Visual Studio and run it over massive amounts of data in the store and across relational store such as Azure SQL Database. In this blog post, I will dive a bit deeper into how you can extend U-SQL queries with custom code.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Announcing .NET Framework 4.6.1 RC

We are pleased to announce the release of .NET Framework 4.6.1 RC today. This release includes ~150 fixes and some new features. You can read about the new fixes and features that are included in the RC release and try out the bits using the links below. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Welcome MVPs to the 2015 MVP Global Summit!

All the deep dive technical sessions (around 600 of them!), rich two-way conversations and excitement of seeing friends and colleagues you haven't seen for a year starts right now at the MVP Global Summit. This year it's bigger than ever. Nearly early half of the 4,000 MVPs from around the world arrived in Bellevue, Washington this weekend for what one MVP described as "like a family reunion, except you like everyone!" Steve Guggenheimer (Guggs), corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer eXperience & Evangelism (DX) group welcomed them in his blog this morning. Read more

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