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Path Environment Editing Improvements in Windows 10

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I was just poking around in my PATH environment variables as my machine is a relatively new install. To my surprise I found this new Path Environment Editor in Windows 10 Update 1: A real editor for editing environment variables? And a way to manage the 50 or so paths I usually end up with in my SET PATH? Hell yeah… it only took 30 years for Windows to do such a simple thing. It's sad, but this is exciting. How many times have you taken the path string out of the old editor and paste it
into an editor just so you can read the freaking path, let alone edit it on a single line? Well, this is a welcome if long overdue change. When you click on any environment variable you now also get a window that pops up that optionally lets you select a directory or file path: Also notice that all of these windows are resizable which is another useful feature for seeing more of your system vars more easily. More Please! I hope we see more of this sort of thing in future Windows updates. Little things like this...(Read whole news on source site)

Azure ExpressRoute Primer

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What is Azure ExpressRoute? ExpressRoute is an Microsoft Azure service that lets you create private connections between Microsoft datacenters and infrastructure that’s on your premises or in a colocation facility. ExpressRoute connections do not go over the public Internet, and offer higher security, reliability and speeds with lower latencies than typical connections over the Internet. […]

Rendering ASCII Charts with D3

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A few days ago Bloomberg published their list of 50 companies to watch in 2016, and for some reason they decided to publish the entire report in ASCII! Whatever their reasons for doing so, I really like the result. Now as I developer, when I want to create a chart or visualisation the tool I always reach for is D3, which got me wondering, could D3 be used to create an ASCII chart? A long train journey this morning gave me the opportunity to explore this question, and the answer is ‘yes’! Here’s one of the charts from
Bloomberg’s report rendered in ASCII using D3: CHINA IPHONE UNIT SHIPMENTS (FORECAST)
Interested in how this works? Then read on … An ASCII Canvas HTML provides a number of different mechanisms for rendering graphics, with the most popular being SVG and Canvas. Unsurprisingly neither of these particularly lend themselves to the task of rendering ASCII graphics. From a quick Google search I did find a few frameworks that provide support for ASCII games but none of these seemed appropriate, so I decided to quickly create my own:
function AsciiCanvas(width, height) { var buffer = Array.apply(null, Array(width * height)).map(String.prototype.valueOf, ' '); var...(Read whole news on source site)

Enhancing your Office 365 Groups using custom Connectors and Cards for Groups

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Wow, what a day for developers in the Office 365 land! Tons of new features was announced at the Microsoft Connect(); 2015 virtual conference. We've seen the GA of the Microsoft Graph and a bunch of new API's added to the Microsoft Graph beta end-point and more. One of the features that I really have been waiting for is the Office 365 Connectors for Groups and the  Office 365 Connector Cards. The Office 365 Connectors for Groups allows users of Office 365 Groups to add integrations to their Office 365 Groups. Connectors can be seen as services
and events that you subscribe to and then the services when certain events happens posts information to the Group activity feed. There are a set of pre-configured Connectors that anyone can add or you can create your own Connector and customize it for your needs. For instance there are built-in Connectors for Twitter, Github, RSS feeds and Trello. The possibilities for this is endless! In this post I will show you how to create your own Connector and Connector Card. In this sample we assume that we have a CRM system that monitors incoming requests, such as RFI's and RFP's,...(Read whole news on source site)

News and Announcements at Connect(); //2015 - The Visual Studio Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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News and Announcements at Connect(); //2015 - The Visual Studio Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

.NET Core on the .NET team blog, and more on ASP.NET 5 on the ASP.NET team blog and Scott Hanselman’s blog.

Microsoft Graph (GA and Preview), described in detail on the Office Blog and Office Dev Blog and found on,

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