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Volume 20, Number 5 | March 7, 2016







Microsoft welcomes Xamarin
We are pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for cross-platform mobile app development. You can learn about using Xamarin with the top 10 Channel 9 videos and training from Microsoft Virtual Academy.






Visual Studio and SDK Updates for Microsoft Band
Create custom tile layouts, and drag elements into the visual layout of a Band and generate code easily by using Visual Studio Designer. SDK updates allow you to get daily values for steps and calories, and Universal Apps to receive tile events from the band.


Edge of the Web: Automated Testing in ASP.NET Core 1.0
In this DevRadio Edge of the Web session, Shahed Chowdhuri shows us how to do automated unit testing in ASP.NET Core 1.0 (formerly known as ASP.NET 5) and setting up Visual Studio so that you can quickly test your apps in the real world.


Stuck on an older C++ toolset version? Move to Visual Studio 2015 without upgrading your toolset
Are you currently developing your C++ projects in an older version of Visual Studio? If your reasons for avoiding the all-new features in VS 2015 are covered in the linked post, then read on: we may have good news for you.


Make Your HTML / JavaScript Faster – Web Performance 101
In this episode of Practical Performance Tips to Make Your HTML / JavaScript Faster, Technical Evangelist Doris Chen discusses fundamentals of web performance, methods for performance tuning, and common pitfalls you should avoid in performance optimization.




How Application Intelligence Powers Digital Transformation

Learn how the rise of digital business has transformed the connection between business and IT in today’s enterprise initiatives. Read the EMA report.



Easy data access – Windows Store Analytics API now available
Get analytics information for your Windows Store apps without having to log in to Dev Center and choose specific reports. Using a REST API you can retrieve the information on app and in-app purchase acquisitions, ratings and reviews, as well as app health.


Save 35% at the Microsoft Press Developer Reference Series sale
Save 35% on all developer reference books and eBooks at the Microsoft Press Store. Use discount code DEVSALE during checkout. Offer ends March 31, 2016.


XAML for Windows 10: Layout
Skill up on layout concepts in XAML. Explore common controls and learn to use Custom Panels, Relative Panels, and Grids to lay out the UI of your Windows 10 apps. We’ll also examine a variety of design patterns.


How Azure ML Helped Predict the Results of the NCAA “March Madness” Tournament
Improve your “March Madness” bracket by using Azure Machine Learning! Tune in for this insightful interview as Jennifer Marsman welcomes Damon Hachmeister to the show as they discuss just how Damon used Azure ML to improve his rankings in last year’s NCAA tournament.




Webinar: Handle Relational Data in a Distributed Cache

Attend and learn how to handle relational data in a distributed cache with caching strategies for handling collections, relationships, and dependencies.


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