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Azure Utilities You Should Have In Your Toolbox

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Originally posted on: Developing applications that leverage Azure resources can be challenging.  The Azure portal give you limited view into your account resources.  It shows you the basic structure of you storage accounts, but it doesn’t let you upload and download blobs.  When it comes to your Azure SQL DB about all you have is the ability create and import a database.  So what are the best tools to be productive? The first tool that you might want to look at is the Azure Storage Explorer. It allows
you to view what is in your Azure storage blobs, queues and containers.  You can also create new blob containers, queues and tables as well as maintain the items in them.  It’s biggest drawback is that it can’t be setup to operate against development storage emulator. The Blob Transfer Utility is a little more capable, but takes a little more digging to configure.  You have to manually enter all of your account information and then the file selection is backwards to me.  It selects all files in a folder by default and you have to unselect...(Read whole news on source site)

How to manage Content in NuGet Packages?

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As many of you have probably noticed I’ve been preoccupied the rewrite/repackaging of my Westwind.Globalization library of late and I’m trying to make this library more approachable and easier to get started with. One thing I’ve been struggling with over this beta period is how to best lay out the NuGet packages to make the library as easy as possible to use and get started with while also making it reasonably maintainable. One of the things to make it easier to get started has been to provide some ‘starter’ content as part of the NuGet package. That is provide
a sample page along with a small set set of sample resources that can be imported and let new users both test whether resource loading from the database is working as well as letting her play and see the localized data actually working with the ability to make changes and see the changes reflected in the running application immediately. You may have noticed the question mark in this post – this means that I’m especially looking for some insights, discussion and ideas how to best approach how to break out the packages  for this library. I have a plan and...(Read whole news on source site)

ITCamp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

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Westin Copley Boston

10 Huntington Ave

United States
Thursday, June 04, 2015 9:00 AM 

ITCamp: Extend your Datacenter with Microsoft Azure

1 hour overview on Windows 10 and what it means for your organization!

Migration of on-premises virtualization to Azure Virtual Machines, Apps, and Storage

ADFS on Microsoft Azure and Office 365 Integration, including  Multi-Factor authentication

Microsoft Azure for Test and Development (IaaS)

Application migration to Microsoft Azure (IaaS & PaaS)

SQL BI, Media, Backup, DR and much more
...(Read whole news on source site)

Developing Universal Windows Apps | Visual Studio Toolbox | Channel 9

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Developing Universal Windows Apps | Visual Studio Toolbox | Channel 9

Robert is joined by Navit Saxena,
who demonstrates building Universal Windows Apps with Visual Studio
2015. Navit reviews how to install the Windows 10 tooling, create
adaptive apps, build UI for different device families and use platform
and 3rd-party extension SDKs.

Coolpad & Snapdeal bring two benchmark LTE devices for India market

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Dazen, a smartphone brand of Coolpad, a global leader in smartphone manufacturing and integrated wireless data solutions launched two ground-breaking smartphones on Snapdeal today. Backed by rigorous R&D, Dazen phones will have extended battery up to 50% with patented technology. These dual sim smartphones are equipped with patented technology which promises to redefine the user......(Read whole news on source site)

ContainerDays Boston 2015 | June 5 & 6

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ContainerDays Boston 2015 | ContainerDays Boston 2015

ContainerDays Boston, a tech (un)conference about OS virtualization,
containers and dynamic infra (Docker, Mesos, Kubernetes, frameworks
built on top of them etc.) that a group of community members is putting
together at the Microsoft NERD in Cambridge on June 5-6th.

The programme is a two-day mix of talks, OpenSpaces sessions and
workshops from users, contributors and extenders. We're trying to
provide a community forum to share experiences and promote discussions
beyond "how do I do X with tool Y"
to touch on what it's like running
Docker, Mesos, etc. in production at scale, what the technical story is
behind containers, which application architectures are best suited to
these technologies, where the experts see this area going etc.

What we learned from Container Days Austin [1] is the topics discussed
there were very much of interest to cloud developers, and based on what
we've been able to put together for this event I'd hope things are
similar here on the East Coast. ...(Read whole news on source site)

Dude, you can't solve all the problems by yourself

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I think that the gist of this post should be pretty clear. Unfortunately I've fallen in that same trap myself many times. So often, I had to refrain myself from pulling somebody's keyboard from under their hands, just because I thought I could fix the problem at hand myself much faster. But with the risk of sounding arrogant, quite often I can. And sometimes, when the circumstances demand, I do. But in almost every occasion I did, a bit of patience would have increased the chance that the involved colleague could have solved the problems themselves or even propose a
better solution. And isn't that a much better approach for scaling development projects? So assuming you recognize this kind of (mis-)behavior, here are a few more good reasons for keeping your patience.
People might second guess your solution, potentially identifying a flawed design more quickly. Similarly, by clearly explaining your solution or approach, you might surface new insights yourself (a.k.a. the cardboard programmer). At the same time, you might get more buy-in from your team.
It increases trust and...(Read whole news on source site)