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The Morning Brew #1842

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Software Announcing General Availability of Azure Premium Storage – Scott Guthrie announces the release to General Availability of the Premium Storage, providing high volumes of storage at high performance Information C#/.NET Little Wonders: Static Using Statements in C# 6 – James Michael Hare shares another of his Little Wonders series looking at changes in the […]

Mars Rover Problem

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Mars Rovers is a simple programming problem with just enough complexity to be interesting and to provide sufficient challenge to experiment with some different strategies. The problem, as stolen from here, is: A squad of robotic rovers are to be landed by NASA on a plateau on Mars. This plateau, which is curiously rectangular, must be navigated by the rovers so that their on board cameras can get a complete view of the surrounding terrain to send back to Earth. A rover's position is represented by a combination of an x and y co-ordinates and a letter representing one of the four
cardinal compass points. The plateau is divided up into a grid to simplify navigation. An example position might be 0, 0, N, which means the rover is in the bottom left corner and facing North. In order to control a rover, NASA sends a simple string of letters. The possible letters are 'L', 'R' and 'M'. 'L' and 'R' makes the rover spin 90 degrees left or right respectively, without moving from its current spot. 'M' means move forward one grid point, and maintain the same heading. Assume that the square directly North from (x, y) is (x, y+1). Input: The first line of input...(Read whole news on source site)

Dialing a number using DependencyService in Xamarin.Forms

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As you can probably tell from my previous posts, I love Xamarin.Forms; principally because of XAML and DataBinding.  It is just easier to create a cross-platform (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) with Xamarin.Forms than any other way. Sometimes however, you do need … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

Announcing General Availability of Azure Premium Storage

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I’m very excited to announce the general availability release of Azure Premium Storage. It is now available with an enterprise grade SLA and is available for everyone to use. Microsoft Azure now offers two types of 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. Premium Storage is ideal for I/O-sensitive workloads - and is especially great for database workloads hosted within Virtual Machines.  You can optionally attach several premium storage disks to a
single VM, and support up to 32 TB of disk storage per Virtual Machine and drive more than 64,000 IOPS per VM at less than 1 millisecond latency for read operations. This provides an incredibly fast storage option that enables you to run even more workloads in the cloud. Using Premium Storage, Azure now offers the ability run more demanding applications - including high-volume SQL Server, Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Exchange Server, MySQL, Oracle Database, IBM DB2, MongoDB, Cassandra, and SAP solutions. Durability Durability of data is of utmost importance for any persistent storage option. Azure customers have...(Read whole news on source site)