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Azure: New DocumentDB NoSQL Service, New Search Service, New SQL AlwaysOn VM Template, and more

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Today we released a major set of updates to Microsoft Azure. Today’s updates include: DocumentDB: Preview of a New NoSQL Document Service for Azure Search: Preview of a New Search-as-a-Service offering for Azure Virtual Machines: Portal support for SQL Server AlwaysOn + community-driven VMs Web Sites: Support for Web Jobs and Web Site processes in the Preview Portal Azure Insights: General Availability of Microsoft Azure Monitoring Services Management Library API Management: Support for API Management REST APIs All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note that some features are still
in preview).  Below are more details about them: DocumentDB: Announcing a New NoSQL Document Service for Azure I’m excited to announce the preview of our new DocumentDB service - a NoSQL document database service designed for scalable and high performance modern applications.  DocumentDB is delivered as a fully managed service (meaning you don’t have to manage any infrastructure or VMs yourself) with an enterprise grade SLA. As a NoSQL store, DocumentDB is truly schema-free. It allows you to store and query any JSON document, regardless of schema. The service provides built-in automatic indexing support – which means you...(Read whole news on source site)

Survey on Xamarin usage with .NET or VC++

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Cross platform mobile device development is important: With bring-your-own-device trends in the enterprise, and heterogeneity in the consumer mobile device market, developers are increasingly focused on building apps that can target a variety of devices. We are committed to enabling developers to build apps for this heterogeneous, mobile-first world with Visual Studio for the technology of your choice – whether .NET, C++ or JavaScript. To read more, check out this post by Soma Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for Cloud and Server.   The following
will help us learn about your experiences or expected experience when using Xamarin with .NET or Visual C++. If you are open to further discussions about your experience, be sure to check the box to opt-in and provide your email address.   Thanks! Eric Battalio Senior Program Manager, Visual C++ (blog)
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Munich, Germany realizes that deploying Linux was a disaster, going back to Windows - Neowin

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Munich, Germany realizes that deploying Linux was a disaster, going back to Windows - Neowin

By 2011, Germany was supposedly running LiMux on more than 9000 machines.

Issues arose when the Linux OS users tried to work with those outside
the city and they were unable to share files easily with those on other
applications. More so, the idea is generally that Linux setups are
cheaper than a Microsoft solution as you do not have to pay licensing
fees but what Munich experienced is that Linux was much more expensive.
is it more expensive? That's because the city had to hire
programmers to build out functionality that they needed and then had to
pay the staff to maintain the software.

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7 Steps To Appointment Calendar in ASP.NET MVC5

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As a follow up to the recent update of DHTMLX Scheduler .NET to v.3.1, we’d like to share a simple tutorial that demonstrates how to build an appointment calendar in ASP.NET MVC5 (C#). We used our flexible web control to build a calendar together with Entity Framework (CodeFirst) and Bootstrap. The calendar we are going to create supports all up-to-date .NET frameworks and development environments (i.e. ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 or newer). After you finish all the steps, you’ll get an Ajax-enabled flat-skin calendar template with basic functionality, namely: Basic views: day, week and month  Convenient drag-and-drop Highlighted current day Dynamic data loading and
Your appointment calendar will look like this one: 
Besides, you can download a ready calendar template with all work done for you:
Note: If you use Visual Studio 2012 to build a calendar app, be sure to install Visual Studio 2012 Update 4, which adds MVC5 support. 1st Step. Create ASP.NET MVC5 Project We’ll build an appointment calendar in VS 2012 Express for Web, Update 4. If you use another VS version, there can be no substantial changes. Let’s create an empty MVC5 (C#) project in VS 2012 Express and name it “AppointmentCalendar”.    2nd Step. Create a Model with...(Read whole news on source site)