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Microsoft Learn is the new Microsoft Virtual Academy — Build Azure

Over the last few months I’ve seen a lot of comments about Microsoft Virtual Academy being retired, in addition to a fair amount of traffic going to an article I posted about Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) being retired January 31, 2019. It’s important to note that Microsoft hasn’t abandoned the learning community. They’ve actually been…

Microsoft Learn is the new Microsoft Virtual Academy — Build Azure

A Lap around the WinUI TeachingTip Control

XAML Brewer, by Diederik Krols

In this article we will run through a couple of scenarios using the UWP TeachingTip control. This relatively new control is an animated flyout that according to the documentation “draws the user’s attention on new or important updates and features, remind a user of nonessential options that would improve the experience, or teach a user how a task should be completed”.

The high quality of this official documentation made us decide to skip a high-level introduction and to immediately expose the TeachingTip control to some more challenging ‘enterprise-ish’ scenarios. Here are the things you can expect us to cover in this article:

  • programmatically creating a TeachingTip,
  • precision targeting a XAML control,
  • state management,
  • auto-hiding a TeachingTip on time-out and navigation, and
  • building an inherited control.

We also added a sample that expresses our concerns on the light dismiss behavior, and identified an interesting use case for the TeachingTip as ‘Form…

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SQL: Think that varchar(10) means 10 characters ? If so, think again… – The Bit Bucket

SQL: Think that varchar(10) means 10 characters ? If so, think again… – The Bit Bucket
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What are the Benefits of Employing a Microsoft MVP? | Blog

What are the Benefits of Employing a Microsoft MVP?
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Introducing Plato.Core


Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of Plato.Core, a port of our popular Plato.NET library for .NET to the .NET Core framework.

Plato.Core supports the following features:

  • Async/Await
  • Object Mapper
  • Memory Cache
  • Configuration
  • Messaging
  • Security
    • Serializers
    • Support for ActiveMQ
    • Support for RabbitMQ
    • Support for Redis cache

    To get started, search for Plato.NetCore on from within Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code. Take a look and let us know what you think and please contribute!

    The ReflectSoftware Team

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    #MachineLearning – Free Ebook [Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning] from Christopher Bishop

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    Azure DevOps AZ-400 Exam – Study Notes

    Azure Greg

    Microsoft recently released information around the new Azure DevOps exam: –

    This blog post will cover available learning materials and docs links to information relevant to the exam AZ-400, links to these articles will be updated regularly.

    Hopefully this will give you a head start on what you need to learn in order to pass the AZ-400 exam.

    Introducing Azure DevOps – and

    And how about some free Azure DevOps labs –

    Design a DevOps Strategy (20-25%)
    Recommend a migration and consolidation strategy for DevOps tools – Analyze existing artifact (e.g. deployment packages, NuGet) and container repositories
    – Analyze existing test management tools
    – Analyze existing work management tools
    – Recommend migration and integration strategies for artifact repositories, source control, test management, and work management

    Azure Test Plans –
    Azure Boards –
    Migrate to Azure DevOps –

    Design and implement an Agile…

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    Azure Files shared by VMs in a Dev Team

    Roy Kim on Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint

    Azure File is a service in Azure Storage Accounts such that I look at it a managed network file share. For a further introduction read Introduction to Azure Files

    A practical use case for me in a development team scenario is where each team member has its own or shared Azure Virtual Machine and there is a need to share files. A traditional approach I have seen is using on-premises network file shares.

    The type of files one can store are software installation files, scripts, local Git repos, developer and system admin documentation, etc. But I wouldn’t suggest this to be a replacement for project and document management solutions such as SharePoint or TFS.

    Other alternative approaches may not feasible such as Dropbox or online cloud drives where they have network policies and security policies that discourage or limit use. Or on-premises network file shares may not be accessible or the…

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    Azure Logic Apps for Document Content Approval

    Roy Kim on Azure, Office 365 and SharePoint

    Logic Apps is an Azure service for enterprise integration. It comes with many connectors including from outside of the Microsoft ecosystem. In this blog post, I will show an implementation and key implementation points that will facilitate an approval process for approving a document in SharePoint Online.

    Business Scenario

    1. User publishes a document for approval.
    2. Assigned approver gets an email to either approve or reject
    3. Document is set as approved or rejected.

    The business process will be integrating the following three Office 365 services.

    • SharePoint Online – Document Library
    • Office 365 User Profile with Email
    • Outlook

    The Logic App Design

    Implementation Details

    1. To trigger this Logic App, it done through any modification of the document item properties such as the user action of publishing.
    2. We must get the file metadata of the document specifically the ETag which represents the file version. This is for future use. Note this is not…

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    2018 Cloud Growth Profiled in RightScale State of the Cloud Report — Build Azure

    The last few years, RightScale has been surveying organizations and putting together the annual “State of the Cloud Report”. The survey includes data collected from 997 technical professionals across a broad cross-section of organizations, and focuses on gathering information about their adoption of the Cloud. Some of the metric included in the report show the…

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