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VS Online Update – Sept 18

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Sorry for being so late on this one.  The last couple of weeks have been very hectic for me and I’ve mostly had to ignore my blog. Last week we finished rolling out our sprint 88 work.  You can read about the details in the VS Online release notes. As has become the pattern over the past 6 months, this sprint, we rolled out a bunch more improvements to our Agile planning tools.  The cards became even richer with on card sub-tasks.  Queryability of kanban column metadata and more. Sprint 89 is already right around the
corner.  Stay tuned for info on the next round of updates in about a week. Brian
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Now Available: Visual Studio 2015 ALM Virtual Machine and HOL's / Demo Scripts

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TL;DR - the Visual Studio 2015 ALM VM and HOL's / demo scripts can be found here: ++++++++++++ It's been almost a year since I transitioned away from my role as an evangelist for Microsoft's ALM/DevOps offerings into a role as a program manager on the Visual Studio Online / TFS team. It's been a fun ride and I learn something new every day from my outstanding co-workers. But the #1 question I always get when people learn about my new role is "What about the ALM virtual machines you built?" I'm pleased to say that the ALM VM has landed in good
hands with my colleague Sachin Hridayraj. He has taken over this deliverable and has already started to make his own improvements to it. You can check out the brand new Visual Studio 2015 version, complete with a revised set of hands-on-labs and demo scripts, over at Enjoy!      
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How to hide notifications in #Windows 10 while presenting?

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Windows 10 provides an easy way to hide notifications. You can handle it in different ways; either you can completely turn off or can turn off for specific apps. If you are a presenter, you can also ask the system to turn off all notifications while you are in presenting mode. In this post, we will discuss all the different approaches and guide you to easily handle it as per your convenient way. Continue reading to know further about it.   If you do presentations from your Windows 10 system, you might have noticed app notifications while you
are connected online. This might be your mail notifications, system notifications or social networking apps notifications. When in presenter mode, these notifications definitely creates annoyance. To resolve this, Windows 10 provides different approaches to handle it and over the next few paragraphs, we are going to find out the best approach that would be useful for you. To do so, open the Windows 10 Settings app from the start. Alternatively, you can press “Win + i" to open the settings app. Click the “System” settings as shown below to proceed with:  Permanently turn OFF all app notificationsIn the System Settings page, click the...(Read whole news on source site)

Entity Framework Pitfalls: Using Stored Procedures for Basic Operations

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Entity Framework, as of version 6, allows the usage of stored procedures for its CUD (Create, Update and Delete) operations. We just need to override the DbContext’s OnModelCreating method and call MapToStoredProcedures.
100%; text-align: left; color: black; line-height: 12pt; overflow: visible; font-family: "Courier New", courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: white;">protected override void OnModelCreating(DbModelBuilder modelBuilder){ modelBuilder.Entity().MapToStoredProcedures();

Byte Rot: Health Endpoint in API Design: slippery slope that it is

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Byte Rot: Health Endpoint in API Design: slippery slope that it is

Apart from being reachable, service needs to respond within acceptable time (Low Latency) and has to be able to achieve its business activity (Functional)

A canary endpoint normally gets implemented as an HTTP GET call which
returns a collection of connectivity check metrics. You can abstract the
logic of checking various dependencies in a library and allow API
developers to implement the endpoint by just declaring the dependencies.

We are currently working on an implementation
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