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Announcing General Availability of HDInsight on Linux + new Data Lake Services and Language

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Today, I’m happy to announce several key additions to our big data services in Azure, including the General Availability of HDInsight on Linux, as well as the introduction of our new Azure Data Lake and Language services. General Availability of HDInsight on Linux Today we are announcing general availability of our HDInsight service on Ubuntu Linux.  HDInsight enables you to easily run managed Hadoop clusters in the cloud.  With today’s release we now allow you to configure these clusters to run using both a Windows Server Operating System as well as an Ubuntu based Linux Operating System. HDInsight on
Linux enables even broader support for Hadoop ecosystem partners to run in HDInsight providing you even greater choice of preferred tools and applications for running Hadoop workloads. Both Linux and Windows clusters in HDInsight are built on the same standard Hadoop distribution and offer the same set of rich capabilities. Today’s new release also enables additional capabilities, such as, cluster scaling, virtual network integration and script action support. Furthermore, in addition to Hadoop cluster type, you can now create HBase and Storm clusters on Linux for your NoSQL and real time processing...(Read whole news on source site)

What's new on the Office Roadmap - 2015-09-28

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Hey, look at that - a surprise update of the Office Roadmap! This time around we just have a couple of minor updates AND a couple of features that actually is removed from the Roadmap - all related to FastTrack. My guess someone was to trigger happy earlier this month when releasing this… Changes 2015-09-28 These features are no longer listed on the roadmap! FastTrack | Yammer Onboarding Expansion FastTrack | Project Online onboarding FastTrack | Azure Rights Management Onboarding FastTrack | Adoption planning services FastTrack | Skype for Business Onboarding Expansion FastTrack | Data migration to
SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business   All that is left of the FastTrack items are FastTrack | Request Service Onboarding (Rolling out) FastTrack | Providing the customer success service (In development)
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Setting up the IBM Containers CLI

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Setting up the IBM Containers CLI

Docker local daemon may not be running. You can still run IBM Containers on the cloud

There are two ways to use the CLI with IBM Containers:

Option 1) This option allows you to use cf ic for managing containers on IBM Containers while still using the docker CLI directly to manage your local dock

er host.

        Leverage this Cloud Foundry IBM Containers plugin without affecting the local docker environment:

        Example Usage:

ic ps

        cf ic images

Option 2) Leverage the docker CLI directly. In this shell, override local docker environment to connect to IBM Containers by setting these variables, copy

and paste the following:

        Notice: only commands with an asterisk(*) are supported within this option

 If you are using Windows Command Line Prompt (cmd.exe)

        set DOCKER_HOST=tcp://

        set DOCKER_CERT_PATH=U:\\.ice\certs

        set DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY=1

 If you are using PowerShell

        $Env:DOCKER_HOST= "tcp://"


52 Weeks of Xamarin – Week 8: Testing the View Model

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Until now, our tests have focused on the model, Projects.  The point of MVVM, however, is to enable sufficient separation of concerns to allow testing of the program’s logic in the ViewModel. Today, we turn to ViewModel tests, using these tests … Continue reading → For the complete article and hyperlinks, please visit my blog at

PSScriptAnalyzer - Automate code checking for your PowerShell projects as part of TFS build

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With WMF 5.0 we can make use of the PowerShell static code checker utility PSScriptAnalyzer to perform code analysis on PowerShell script files and modules. PSScriptAnalyzer checks the quality of Windows PowerShell code by running a set of rules. The rules are based on PowerShell best practices identified by PowerShell Team and the community. PSScriptAnalyzer generates DiagnosticResults (errors and warnings) to inform users about potential code defects and suggests possible solutions for improvements.

You can download the entire module from PowerShell gallery using the Install-Module cmdlet or create a pull request on the project at Github and build it yourself.
Once you have the module available on the workstation you can perform code checking on PowerShell files by using the Invoke-ScriptAnalyzer cmdlet.

By making use of this cmdlets and the post-build script options from TFS build, you can now perform code checking on the PowerShell projects from the build server and choose to fail the build based on the results. Let’s see how this works.

First we need a function to do code checking using the Invoke-ScriptAnalyzer cmdlet and parse the results. The below content describes the process

function Get-DiagnosticIssue
              [ValidateScript({Test-Path $_})]
              [string] $Path,

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ASP.NET Multitenant Applications Succinctly Released

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My fourth title for the Succinctly series has just been released: ASP.NET Multitenant Applications Succinctly! This time, it’s about writing multitenant applications with ASP.NET. It was fun to write, and I certainly hope you find it interesting too! In it I have a number o “recipes” for handling different aspects of multitenancy. I’m looking forward for your feedback on it! As usual, I want to thank everyone at Syncfusion and also Chris Tune (@tunechr) for his review. So, go get it here!