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Jonathan Rozenblit
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November 12 was quite a day for developers, both already using the Microsoft platform and not, with the announcements made at Connect();. Here’s a quick rundown, though this summary doesn’t do justice to the awesomeness that will ensue:

    • The full server-side .NET Core stack is being open sourced (GitHub)!
    • The open-sourced framework, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Core Runtime, will be expanded to run on Linux and Mac OS X in addition to Windows. Just imagine the opportunities for a developer to be able to build.NET solutions for non-Windows platforms…
    • Visual Studio Community 2013 - Free and fully featured edition of Visual Studio that supports targeting any platform, from devices and desktop to web and cloud services.
    • Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview are now available for download.

    Interest piqued? I hope so! Deep dive into all of the goodness with MVP Pascal Laurin’s roundup of all the announcements, overviews, videos, opinions, and comments here. As well, MVP Filip W. shares his thoughts on why you should care in a post on his blog.

    And now I turn it to you. Thoughts? Reactions? How do these announcements impact you, if at all? Let me know via Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


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HOW TO: Yoooman! Getting Started with Yeoman (Part 1)
This tutorial series will teach you the basics of Yeoman; how to set it up on Windows, how to use the tools and generators, how to create your own generators. Rami Sayer also shares his top 5 favorite yeoman generators along with a short review.
HOW TO: IoT - First Experiences with Galileo (part 2) and (Part 3)
In Part 1, Sergiy Baydaidachny discussed how to setup your Galileo board and showed deploy applications to it. In Part 2, he’ll walks through how you might use it in more advanced projects. The walkthrough continues in part 3 where he discusses the emulation of analog outputs.
Bringing Your Core Business Applications to SharePoint
It has been a long time question: should you bring you core business applications to SharePoint? What are the benefits? What are the risks? Is it hard? SharePoint MVP Vincent Biret answers this question taking into consideration all the new capabilities of the latest version of SharePoint.
HOW TO: The Power of Speech in Your Windows Phone 8.1 Apps (Part 3) – Speech Recognition
Windows Phone Expert and MVP Lori Lalonde continues her series on the power of speech in Windows Phone 8.1 apps by walkthrough how to add speech recognition to a Windows Phone app.
How to get rid of /the/really/long/file/path/that/shows/up/in/searchresults
When you do a Find in Files (CTRL+SHIFT+F), by default the output displays the file path which can fill up the results window. Did you know you can use a registry key to customize the output of your search?
Transform SharePoint Customizations to SharePoint App Model

December 11, 2014 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM PST

If you are customizing SharePoint using farm solutions and feature framework, and you want to align with the product and service roadmap and to update your skills, check out this course. Learn to transform SharePoint customizations with the SharePoint app model.
Beginning Website Development Using Python and Flask

December 17, 2014 | 9:00AM to 5:PM PST

Do you know the basics of Python? Or have you worked with MVC and want to compare it to other technologies? If you're ready to build websites and have fun doing it, check out this course. Bring your basic knowledge of loops and variables, and learn how to create webpages with the dynamic team of Susan Ibach and Christopher Harrison.
Game Production Basics


Know about sprites and boss fights but not how to create them? If you want to get into video game development but don't know where to start, check out this course. Learn what skills you need, and get a look at many available tools and what you can do with them, plus get links to access them yourself (with some free options for students). Explore design, art, and sound, and find out how games actually make money.
Mobile Web Application Development


Are you curious about "Mobile First"? Trying to figure out how to deal with touch devices? Jeremy Foster and Christopher Harrison teach you how to make your web applications work on tablets and phones and to be as friendly as possible.
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Unity Porting Lab  
Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver | December 9, 2014 | 8:30AM to 6:00PM PST REGISTER NOW
Want to take your app to millions of players? Then join Unity & Microsoft experts at our upcoming Porting Lab. Microsoft experts will be on hand in a lab setting to help you port your existing apps to a broader audience on Windows and Windows Phone, and food and drinks will be available to fuel your development.
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Delivering SQL Server as a Service  
Learn more about the latest Microsoft Data Platform solutions: Power BI‚ Azure Machine Learning for Predictive Analytics and SQL Server 2014.
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Introducing ASP.NET vNext (presented by Metro Toronto .NET Users Group)  
Toronto | December 11, 2014 | 6:00PM to 9:00PM EST REGISTER NOW
The next version of ASP.NET is fast approaching. And you will find it different from the ASP.NET you’re familiar with in a number of different ways. Microsoft has decoupled ASP.NET, making it easier to build modular Web applications using only the components that you need.
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DevOps story: VSO and Azure integration (presented by Toronto ALM User Group)  
Toronto | January 22, 2015 | 5:30PM to 9:30PM EST REGISTER NOW
We'll look into integrating Visual Studio Online and Azure into single, seamless experience that allows you to get real work done fast. How to connect your source code to Azure for continuous deployment to Websites and SQL databases, manage your builds and tests, track work items, and more. We'll discuss a new Azure portal and its new concepts such as resource manager, blades, slots, and much more.
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