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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:16
Year:2016
Date:2016-Apr-19
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Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free
Exciting news! Starting today, SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is now a free download for Visual Studio Dev Essentials members (you will be prompted to sign in to Visual Studio Dev Essentials before you can download SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition). We are making this change so that all developers can leverage the capabilities that SQL Server 2014 has to offer for their data solution, and this is another step in making SQL Server more accessible. SQL Server Developer Edition is for development and testing only, and not for production environments or for use with production data.

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Articles we enjoyed

Data Points – Handling the State of Disconnected Entities in EF
Disconnected data is an old problem that precedes Entity Framework and, for that matter, most data access tools. It’s never been an easy one to solve. The server sends data down the wire, not knowing what may happen to it in the client app that requested it, not even knowing if it will return. Then, suddenly, some data reappears in a request. But is it the same data? What was it up to in its absence? Did anything happen to it? Is it completely new data? So much to worry about!

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Interactive Analytics for Application Insights
Analytics is another powerful and new feature of Application Insights that can help you to apply advanced search over collected telemetry data from your application.  The data return by the query could be tabular or a graphical representation and can be understand very easily. This can help us searching for very specific set of data which are not available out of box in the portal.  Writing  interactive queries for analytics over the telemetry data can also help us discover trends of issues, users, additional issues, usages etc.

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Videos we favorited

Our Reaction to the News and Announcements Made at Build 2016

Build 2016 has come and gone and our DevRadio regulars decided to get together for a candid no-holds barred session and discuss what they thought of all of the news and announcements made last week. Curious what they think of the new Bot Framework or Bash on Windows? Or maybe that they little announcement made about Xamarin? Well stop reading this and tune in now!

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Libraries and Tools to the rescue

What’s new in VS 2015 Update 2 for Universal Windows developers

At //BUILD/, we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 that includes a significant update to the tools for building Universal Windows apps. These tools now support building apps for many new classes of Windows 10 devices such XBOX, HoloLens, and Surface Hub (in addition to Phone, PC, and IOT). Read more

.NET Goodness at BUILD 2016 – .NET ALL THE THINGS!

BUILD 2016 was two weeks ago in my favorite city, San Francisco. There was a TON of .NET content & announcements delivered. Here’s a recap of all the big .NET sessions, announcements, downloads and resources. And my apologies for not getting this out sooner, but I was unexpectedly out last week. Plus, anyone trying to pay attention to all the stuff happening that week probably needed a little break anyways ;-) Read more

What’s new in VS 2015 Update 2 for Universal Windows developers

At //BUILD/, we announced the availability of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 that includes a significant update to the tools for building Universal Windows apps. These tools now support building apps for many new classes of Windows 10 devices such XBOX, HoloLens, and Surface Hub (in addition to Phone, PC, and IOT). Today, we are releasing yet another update to the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) tools that includes our most significant update to .NET since the first release of these tools. You can install the latest tools by running Visual Studio 2015 setup and selecting the “Tools (1.3.1) and Windows 10 SDK (10586)” option under Universal Windows App Development Tools. Read more

Events/Webinars/Seminars you shouldn't miss

Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2016

Microsoft Edge Web Summit is free conference organized and staffed by the engineers building Microsoft Edge and Chakra. We'll be presenting a full day of technical talks covering the EdgeHTML rendering engine, the open-source Chakra JavaScript engine, and developer tools. You'll hear what's next for the web platform that powers Windows 10, straight from the engineers who build it, and you'll get an inside look at powerful techniques and new tools to make your life as a developer just a little bit easier. Read more

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