Mission Mars: Toronto – June 16, 2017

Mission Mars

Microsoft is hosting a series of Mars-based technical training events around the world in June and they are stopping in Toronto. It’s also travelling to Montreal and Vancouver.

Mission Mars is a fun, space-themed day-long seminar that utilizes the latest Microsoft tools and services to solve challenging puzzles. Using Azure IoT Hub, Azure Functions and Cognitive Services, your job is to work on the red planet to  “recover the crew and get humanity’s progress back on track”.

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Microsoft Technical Guru – April 2017

The TechNet Guru April 2017 Winners have been announced.

For this round I received a Bronze medal in the Microsoft Azure category for my article Deploying a Bitbucket repo to Azure App Service.

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PowerShell Execution Policy Settings

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If you have ever tried to run a PowerShell script on a new system, you probably have encountered the following error: “{File Name} cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details“.

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This post looks at the solution to resolve this issue.

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Fiddle Sites To Test Your Code

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Fiddle sites have expanded lately and there’s a fiddle for most technologies. A fiddle site is a code playground or sandbox where developers can experiment with code without having to create sample projects in an IDE. Typically these websites feature:

  • a code window with syntax highlighting
  • a preview pane to see your results
  • code validation and code clean-up capabilities
  • the ability to save your work to your account or download it your machine
  • the ability to share your code snippets via short URL
  • free access (with some premium services requiring payment)

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Azure DocumentDB Query Playground

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Azure DocumentDBDocumentDBLogo is Microsoft’s NoSQL database service. It is a document-oriented database that stores schema-free JSON data that can be queried using a SQL-like language. These databases are excellent for developers who want to get their projects up and running quickly.

Saving data to a document collection is one hurdle developers must tackle and the other is retrieving the data back out. Fortunately for us, Microsoft has created a sandbox with sample data to experiment with. Called the Query Playground, the site allows you to run complex queries against test data in an interactive environment.

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Visual Studio 2017 Resources

Visual Studio 2017 was launched March 7, 2017 and this live event was streamed around the world. Excitement for VS 2017 is growing and the number of new changes in the IDE is mind-boggling. To help with these changes, Microsoft has provided a few new resources to help developers.

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Visual Studio Marketplace replaces Visual Studio Gallery

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The destination for Visual Studio extensions (an installable unit that brings additional features to Visual Studio) has been the Visual Studio Gallery for a very long time. However, over the past few months, this has changed as the Visual Studio Marketplace has become the new home of every extension for the entire Visual Studio Product Family.

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