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Liquid Newsletter Template Week:03
Year:2016
Date:2016-Jan-19
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Books we recommend

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

With Microsoft SQL Server 2016, a variety of new features and enhancements to the data platform deliver breakthrough performance, advanced security, and richer, integrated reporting and analytics capabilities. In this Preview Edition ebook, we introduce three new security features: Always Encrypted, Row-Level Security, and dynamic data masking; discuss enhancements that enable you to better manage performance and storage: TempDB configuration, query store, and Stretch Database; and we review several improvements to Reporting Services. 

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Enterprise Cloud Strategy

Lead the journey to the cloud and drive innovation! Discover what makes the cloud so compelling to enterprises; with which applications you should start your cloud journey; how your organization will change, and how skill sets will evolve; how to measure progress; how to think about security, compliance, and business buy-in; and how to exploit the ever-growing feature set that the cloud offers to gain strategic and competitive advantage.

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Articles we enjoyed

How to Optimize Json.NET Serialization Performance
By default, JsonConvert uses reflection to recursively search through the structure of an object during the serialization process. By implementing a custom JsonConverter that already knows the exact structure of the object, you can significantly increase serialization performance.

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Deploying ASP.NET 5 website on IIS without using Visual Studio
Recently I blogged about ‘Deploying the ASP.Net5 based MVC6 application on IIS which was developed using VS 2015’. The scope of this blog is to ‘Deploying ASP.NET 5 website on IIS with VS and configure the IIS to access this website’.

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ASP.NET 5 and Application Offline
ASP.NET 2.0 introduced a concept of application offline. This mean that when there is App_Offline.htm file in the root of a web application directory then ASP.NET will shut-down the application, unload the application domain from the server, and stop processing any new incoming requests for that application.

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Identities and Work Item Tracking in TFS 2015
In Team Foundation Server 2015 we introduced identity fields which made significant changes to how the Work Item Tracking (WIT) system handles identity values. These changes help modernize the underlying system and provide support for upcoming features . However, the changes result in API and data format differences that TFS users (especially those writing third-party tools with ClientOM or REST) need to be aware of.

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Use C# Interactive Window for your coding experiment in Visual Studio 2015
The Interactive Window in Visual Studio is a great utility to play around the code, language features, API’s and other .NET framework features. It is a REPL  (Read–eval–print loop) that provides us an environment for live coding and evaluate expression or code snippet based on our inputs. The Interactive Window also support features like IntelliSense, syntax highlighting and navigating through executed commands. 

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Videos we favorited

Check out the new MVP Channel 9 page!

If you’re an MVP fan, we’re happy to announce a new way to discover great technical tips, tricks and ideas from these community leaders. Last week, Microsoft launched the MVP landing page on its highly popular Channel 9 site, which showcases technical videos, interviews and news from across Microsoft technologies.

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Tips for making a DevOps transformation

Nordstrom is regarded by many to represent the pinnacle of customer service. Many factors contribute to this stellar reputation... one is their IT Dept's commitment to doings things differently with greater agility. We're happy to have Courtney Kissler and Rob Cummings in studio to share their perspective on how DevOps has helped them be as agile as possible to uphold that great front end customer service on the backend.

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