Development

Microsoft Adaptive Cards 1.0 is now Available

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During the Windows Developer Day 2018 keynote, Kevin Gallo talked about Adaptive Cards and how they can be used to provide a flexible way to present your content and your data.

Adaptive Cards gives you the tools to create scale across any engagement surface.

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Adaptive Cards was first announced at the Microsoft Build 2017 conference and has now come out of preview and is generally available as a 1.0 product. When Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is released, you will be able to use Adaptive Cards on the Windows Timeline along with other experiences like a bot, Skype, Notifications, Teams and so much more.

Enjoy!

References

Windows Developer Day 2018 Keynote

http://adaptivecards.io/

https://github.com/Microsoft/AdaptiveCards/releases/tag/v1.0

Development

Visual Studio 2017 (15.6) has new Update Experience

After updating to Visual Studio 2017 (15.6) earlier today I noticed a minor update is out (15.6.1) and you will notice a new update experience as shown here. The updated dialog shows the current version, the update version and a link for the release notes:

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This update (15.6.1) only takes a couple minutes to apply.

Enjoy!

AzureEvents

Azure Developer Tour is Coming!

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The latest in compute, serverless and more – hosted by the Azure Advocates.

This is a a FREE event where you’ll learn about compute, serverless, storage, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and so much more…plus lunch is included (every developer loves a free lunch).

Cities

Toronto, On – April 3, 2018

Vancouver, BC – April 5, 2018

Washington, D.C. – April 6, 2018

Los Angeles, CA – April 9, 2018

Austin, TX – April 10, 2018

San Francisco, CA – April 12, 2018

Seattle, WA – April 12, 2018

In addition there will be University Tours for students and faculty.

Register at a city near you to learn how to build great cloud apps!

Enjoy!

References

https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/web/index.cfm?PKwebID=0x752173abcd&wt.mc_id=AID688794_owned_CESocial_Copy

Windows

How to Find your Windows 10 Spotlight Lock Screen Images

Have you ever wondered where you can find the Windows 10 Spotlight Lock Screen images? Well the following post explains How to Find Windows Spotlight Lock Screen Images in Windows 10 and the extract them for using as your Windows 10 desktop background.

Enjoy!

References

https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/find-windows-spotlight-lock-screen-images-windows-10/

AzureEducation

Introducing Azure for Students

Today Microsoft has announced that they will be offering a free $100 annual credit + 25+ free products to eligible students to help encourage them to build cloud apps for Azure and you pay nothing.

Today’s students are the developers of tomorrow

For students seeking the skills leading to the most opportunity for cloud based careers, Azure offers students and educators across the world the resources they need.

This offer is different compared to the current free Azure Credits offers in that no credit card is required, students simply verify their student status to take advantage of this offer. In addition to this free credit, students can also get 750 Hours of Linux Virtual Machines, 250GB of SQL Database, 10 mobile or web apps, 1 million Azure Function requests and so much more.

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Get started today and activate your credits at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/students/#free-products-section

Enjoy!

References

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/students/

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-ca/education/

Uncategorized

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…

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

Azure

Introduction to Application Insights

Application Insights gives you the deep diagnostics and performance information you need to take control of your web apps, and bring sanity back to your life. Get actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics.

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What can you do with Application Insights ?

  • Detect and diagnose exceptions and application performance issues
  • Get answers to your tough questions, and take your applications to the next level
  • Detect trends in application performance and behavior, identify usage patterns, and get fast answers to probing questions about your website performance
  • Monitor Azure websites, including those hosted in containers, plus websites on-premises and with other cloud providers
  • Seamlessly integrate with your DevOps pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), GitHub, and webhooks
  • Quickly get started from within Visual Studio, or monitor existing applications without redeploying

Azure Application Insights is included with Visual Studio. You get automatic instrumentation for ASP.NET applications and application telemetry data right out of the box—including usage, exceptions, requests, performance, and logs.

Pricing Models

There are two offerings for Application Insights – Basic, and Enterprise.

With Basic, you pay based on the volume of telemetry your application sends, with a 1 GB free allowance per month. This free data allowance gives you a great way to try out Application Insights as you get started, and it also allows you to use Application Insights for free on an ongoing basis for debugging and low-volume applications.

In the Enterprise pricing option, you pay for the number of nodes that host your application, and you get a daily allowance of data per node. Additional data beyond the daily allowance is charged per GB. A “node” is a server, or Platform-as-a-Service instance that runs your application, and from which we receive telemetry.

The Enterprise option also provides unlimited, continuous export of data at no extra charge.

Summary

With Application Insights there is no upfront cost, no termination fees, and you only pay for what you need.

In my next post I’ll show you how easy it is to setup Application Insights with your application.

Enjoy!

References

https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/Azure/Application-Insights-Animated-Introduction

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/application-insights/

http://aka.ms/getapplicationinsights

Documentation