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Announcing SQL Server on Linux
It’s been an incredible year for the data business at Microsoft and an incredible year for data across the industry. This Thursday at our Data Driven event in New York, we will kick off a wave of launch activities for SQL Server 2016 with general availability later this year. This is the most significant release of SQL Server that we have ever done, and brings with it some fantastic new capabilities. SQL Server 2016 delivers:

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Books we recommend

Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud, Preview 2

Greetings! The second preview of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2016: Mission-Critical Applications, Deeper Insights, Hyperscale Cloud is now available for download. Enjoy!

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Articles we enjoyed

Windows 10 IoT Core support for Raspberry Pi 3
This morning, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced availability of their new board—the Raspberry Pi 3. We’re excited to have Windows 10 support the new board via a new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview update available for download today. The new Raspberry Pi 3 board is available now in the Microsoft Store online.

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CQRS with Decoupled Messaging – Part I
This series of articles show "how" to achieve architecture with decoupled infrastructure concerns so that the end solution is simple to follow and maintain.

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C# – Discrete Event Simulation: A Population Growth Example
Throughout history, the ability to simulate has aided the development of multiple sciences. Medical models simulating the human body enhance the study of human anatomy. Computer simulation games such as “World of Warcraft” recreate an entire fantasy world and “Flight Simulator” helps train pilots on the ground. Various simulation programs explore responses to terrorist attacks, pandemic diseases and other possible crises. Even the simulated dinosaurs in the film “Jurassic Park” hint at the broad application of simulation and its potential.

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Share Information Among Asynchronous Processes Sans Locks
In an earlier column, I discussed how creating an application as a set of cooperating, asynchronous processes can actually simplify your application while giving you all the benefits of asynchronous processing (a more responsive application, related processes that deal well with different processing speeds, plus exploiting multi-core processors). The trick is to divide your application into producers (processes that gather data) and consumers (processes that do something with that data) joined together by some asynchronous pipeline.

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Visual Studio – Debugging Improvements in Visual Studio 2015
Despite our best efforts to write code that works correctly the first time, the reality is that as developers, we spend a lot of time debugging. Visual Studio 2015 brought new functionality and improvements to help developers identify issues earlier in the development cycle, as well as improving the ability to find and fix bugs. In this article, I’ll review the improvements added to Visual Studio 2015 for both .NET and C++ developers.

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Videos we favorited

Introduction to ASP.NET Core 1.0 video

Actually still called Introduction to ASP.NET 5 (I did it before the name change from .NET 5 to .NET Core), a few days ago Microsoft TechRewards published the video I produced for Syncfusion about the new open-source web framework by Microsoft.

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

Announcing ASP.NET WebHooks Release Candidate 1

We are very excited to announce the availability of ASP.NET WebHooks Release Candidate 1. Thank you for all the positive feedback, suggestions, pull requests, and comments to date – they are essential to the process so keep them coming! Read more

New and Noteworthy Visual Studio Extensions – Feburary 2016

Last month I showed you a few of my favorite Visual Studio extensions that give great examples of how developers add new features to Visual Studio. With such a vibrant ecosystem around Visual Studio, new extensions are added almost every day—in fact, over 135 new extensions have been added to the Visual Studio Gallery already in 2016! Read more

UX Design Resources Guide

The following is an always updated and personally curated list of recommended tools, articles, services, products and resources used through a product UX design lifecycle and beyond. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Women Techmakers Lightning Talks

Last year GDG Boulder celebrated International Women's Day with a night of lightning talks. People loved it, so we did it again this year! Read more

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