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Azure: Premium Storage, RemoteApp, SQL Database Update, Live Media Streaming, Search and More

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Today we released a number of great enhancements to Microsoft Azure. These include: Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax Highlighting Site Recovery: General Availability of disaster recovery to Azure for branch offices and SMB customers Azure Active Directory: General Availability of Azure Active Directory application
proxy and password write back support All of these improvements are now available to use immediately (note that some features are still in preview).  Below are more details about them: Premium Storage: High-performance Storage for Virtual Machines I’m excited to announce the public preview of our new Azure Premium Storage offering. With the introduction of the new Premium Storage option, Azure now offers two types of durable storage: Premium Storage and Standard Storage. Premium Storage stores data durably on Solid State Drives (SSDs) and provides high performance, low latency, disk storage with consistent performance delivery guarantees.

Don't Get Sunk by Sunk Costs

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The other day I came across an article describing 8 mistakes our brains make subconsciously, and it struck me that I was experiencing one of them at that very moment, namely the sunk cost fallacy.
Let it go, already. (photo – "sunken skiff" by Jenny Spadafora) There's lots of information online about this phenomenon, so you can use your Google- or Bing-fu to find out more, but the short version is this: the sunk cost fallacy causes us to continue to invest (time, money, effort, etc.) into something beyond the point at which those
investments make sense, because we do not want to "throw away" the time, money, or effort we have already invested (the already made, or "sunk," cost). One example of the fallacy is the gambler who, having lost substantial amounts of money, continues to gamble in hopes of making back all the money they've lost. In reality, that money is gone for good. And given their previous results, a gambler who's lost substantial amounts of money would be better served walking away from the table, as their odds aren't improved by mere persistence. My Own Sunk Cost Example In my case,...(Read whole news on source site)

Using C# and Wix# to Build Windows Installer Packages

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Using C# and Wix# to Build Windows Installer Packages

Wix# answers many MSI authoring challenges. It solves the common
MSI/WiX authoring limitations in a very elegant and yet unorthodox way.
Wix# follows the steps of other transcompilers like Script#,
CoffeeScript or GWT by using source code of a more manageable syntax (C#
in this case) to produce the desired source code of a less manageable
syntax (WiX). A "more manageable syntax" in this context means less
verbose and more readable code. The code with a better compile-time
error checking
and availability of the advanced tools.

Wix# also removes any need to develop MSI sub-modules (Custom
Actions) in a completely different language (e.g. C++) by allowing both
components and behavior to be defined in the same language (C#). This
also allows homogeneous, simplified and more consistent source code

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The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking | Search Quality Insights

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The Role of Content Quality in Bing Ranking | Search Quality Insights

In Bing, the relevance of a result is a function of:

Topical relevance to the query (“Does it address the query?”)Content Quality (as measured by the three pillars described above), andContext (“Is the query about a recent topic?”, “What’s the user’s physical location?” etc…)

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp

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I’m excited to announce our acquisition of HockeyApp – the next step in our journey to turn Application Insights into the best tool in the world for helping you get insight into your applications.  With HockeyApp we add great support for mobile devices, allowing you see more of your application and helping you answer: 1) Is my application available/reliable? 2) Is my application performing? 3) Is my application succeeding – allowing my users to accomplish what they intend and delivering on my business goals? HockeyApp brings a fantastic solution for:
Crash reporting – Fast and precise crash reporting with easy app integration, rich crash analysis and support for connecting directly to existing workflows and bug tracking systems. Distribution and feedback – Beta distribution and built-in user feedback system. And HockeyApp provides fantastic support for mobile platforms – iOS, Android and Windows Phone. In the coming months, we will integrate this into our overall Application Insights offering to provide you a 360 degree view of your applications.  While that happens, the existing HockeyApp product continues to be available, exactly as before and...(Read whole news on source site)

Microsoft acquires HockeyApp, leading mobile crash analytics and beta distribution service for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone

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As mobile, cloud, and DevOps continue to transform the application development landscape, we are bringing together the most complete set of tools and services for highly productive mobile-first, cloud-first development - from cross-platform mobile development tools in Visual Studio to Application Insights in Visual Studio Online. Today I’m pleased to announce that we have acquired HockeyApp, a class leading service for mobile crash analytics and app distribution for developers building apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.  We will integrate HockeyApp into the Application Insights service in Visual Studio Online to expand Application Insights support for iOS and
Android. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, HockeyApp offers a range of mobile development services enabling developers to develop, distribute, and beta test great mobile applications.  This includes: Crash reporting.  Fast and precise crash reporting with easy app integration, rich crash analysis and support for connecting directly to existing workflows and bug tracking systems.  Distribution and feedback.  Beta distribution and built-in user feedback system. Cross-platform.  Support for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone provides a consistent developer experience across mobile devices. In the coming months, we will introduce new iOS and Android SDKs for Application Insights  based on the features of HockeyApp.  Application Insights offers a 360-degree view...(Read whole news on source site)

Entity Developer Review, Part 1

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IntroductionI recently started to use Entity Developer, by Devart, to generate entities from my databases. It is a commercial product, mind you, and I am in no way affiliated with them, I just happen to like it, so I am going to talk a bit about it.A very strong point is that it supports out of the box NHibernate, Entity Framework and the now half-forgotten LINQ to SQL, which makes it stand out from other products. This is not going to be a thorough review, but I will post more as soon as
I explore things in more depth.Look and FeelIn general, the UI has a classic Windows appearance, with multiple floating windows, and there are a couple of skins available, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.There’s a Database Explorer window which allows us to browse our databases and to see what’s in there (tables, views, functions and stored procedures), plus we can drag objects from it into the Diagram window, which will add this objects to the model.The Diagram window allows automatic layout of the objects in it, having each in different colors, adding...(Read whole news on source site)