Microsoft Cloud, DevOps and Mobile Development Tutorials

Microsoft Azure, DevOps, VSTS and Xamarin tutorials to combine features and services to create business solutions. Also covers CI/CD, Git, Agile.

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Abstract: Azure Application Insights can monitor the health of a deployed web application without any code change. This tutorial shows how to do health monitoring, along with the various features of Application Insights.
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Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates how to deploy Azure Infrastructure using Terraform. In today's DevOps world, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is an essential component. ARM templates are great, but they can be difficult to author. Terraform is a great option to ARM templates. We can you use Terraform as IaC (Infrastructure as Code) not only for Azure, but also across multiple clouds and even On-premise.

DevOps Timeline

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 3/7/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: DevOps concepts can be understood if we first have a clarity about Agile development and activities in its timeline. In this tutorial, I have shown how the activities and strategies of Agile engineering can be brought on the same timeline so that each team member playing any role in DevOps team knows their responsibilities.
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Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates how to create Azure DevOps repos, boards, pipelines, artifacts etc. using Azure DevOps Command Line Interface extension.

Azure DevOps Search – Deep Dive

Authored by: Imran Siddique , on 2/24/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure DevOps Search (Search) service is one of the microservices of Azure DevOps that powers its search functionality and makes it easy to locate information across all your projects using just a web browser. This article discusses the inner workings of DevOps Search.

Developing Mobile Applications in .NET

Authored by: Damir Arh , on 1/21/2020 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: In this tutorial, I will describe the tools and frameworks available to .NET developers for all aspects of mobile application development i.e. front-end, back-end and operations.

Azure DevOps - YAML for CI-CD Pipelines

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 1/16/2020 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure Pipelines is a service which provides CICD. In this tutorial, we will see how to get started with the creation of Azure Pipelines.We will fetch code from GitHub repository and create a build pipeline with yml followed by a release pipeline. We also discuss how customization can be handled for yml.
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Abstract: Creating and distributing Visual Studio templates is hard. You need to get familiar with custom XML formats, the VSIX project type, and Visual Studio’s occasionally eccentric behavior. Now you don’t waste time with that. Learn how you can instantly extract a ready-to-go template out of your existing solution using solution-snapshotter.
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Abstract: This tuorial teaches how to continuously integrate and deploy an ASP.NET Core application (Docker support enabled) to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) using Azure DevOps.

Azure Cosmos DB - Deep Dive

Authored by: Tim Sommer , on 11/4/2019 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Azure Cosmos DB is a powerful database service. This tutorial explores the concepts, features and advantages companies get when using Cosmos DB in distributed environments.

Microsoft Azure Cloud Roadmap

Authored by: Vikram Pendse , on 10/14/2019 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: This Azure Cloud Roadmap tutorial aims to remove some common misconceptions about Microsoft Azure. While migrating to the cloud, this tut will also help you avoid mistakes, illustrate a better ROI and enable you to take decisions and build a long term, sustainable, profitable and secure Cloud roadmap for your organization.

Configuration driven Mobile DevOps

Authored by: Hardik Mistry , on 9/8/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial explains how to achieve end-to-end Mobile DevOps with Azure AppCenter to help build apps, manage the distribution, execute custom scripts to handle scenarios such as automagic version update or replace values from environment variables.

Using Secrets in Azure Pipelines

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 9/2/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure Key Vault is a service from Azure that allows storage of keys, secrets and certificate in a safe and encrypted repository. In this tutorial, I am going to show you different ways that Azure Key Vault can be used by Azure DevOps Pipelines.

Azure DevOps for Angular Applications

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 8/8/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: How to use Azure DevOps services of version control, build and deployment for an Angular 6 app. We will also test the deployed app using Protractor.

Azure DevOps for TypeScript React.JS App

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 6/21/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial will walk you through the creation of a React.JS app using TypeScript and do the build and deployment to an Azure App Service as a web app.
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Abstract: This tutorial explores Azure Service Bus integration with Azure Event Grid, and the benefits it brings in to create truly reactive, event driven systems.

Security in Azure DevOps (formerly called VSTS)

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 5/21/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: This tutorial will discuss key concepts of Security features for Azure DevOps (cloud functionality) along with Azure DevOps Server (on-premises).

Working with Barcodes in Xamarin.Forms

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 4/11/2019 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: This Xamarin tutorial discusses what barcodes are and how they can be used in an App. You will learn how to generate and scan barcodes in your own Xamarin apps. You will also learn to scan and generate barcodes that connect to a Wi-Fi connection.

Azure DevOps to build and deploy ReactJS App

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 3/30/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Azure DevOps provides all the necessary support to build, deploy and test React.JS apps. It allows us to use multiple frameworks like Mocha and Selenium to be used in collaboration to run automated tests after the app is deployed to an Azure App Service as a web app.
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Abstract: Using Azure DevOps to perform the build of a NodeJS app and deploy it to Azure App Service as a web app.
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Abstract: In this walkthrough of using Azure DevOps for the build and deployment of NodeJS application, you will learn how to create NodeJS app, add it to a git repository under the team project of Azure DevOps and use pipelines service of Azure DevOps to do the build, deployment and testing of that app.
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Abstract: In this tutorial, we will discuss how Azure DevOps can be used for Source Control for Java apps. We will also see how Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment can be achieved between Jenkins and Azure DevOps.

Xamarin.Forms 4 – What is New?

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 2/9/2019 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Xamarin.Forms 4 will be releasing soon. This tutorial contains the most important highlights of what is to come in this new version.

Jenkins for DevOps – Part 1

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 2/5/2019 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Jenkins can be integrated with various tools like GitHub, Azure DevOps, JUnit Tests, Selenium Tests for Source Control, Build Management and Test Management. Part 1 of this tutorial demonstrates these features.
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Abstract: Microsoft recently launched Azure DevOps (formerly known as VSTS) that comprises of 5 different services that span the breadth of the value chain of product development. This article dives into what is the Azure DevOps offering and how is Microsoft uses Azure DevOps to build its own products.

Serverless Apps with Azure Functions

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 9/24/2018 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Learn what Serverless is, how Microsoft implemented this concept with Azure Functions and how to use it with Xamarin apps.
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Abstract: Using SqlLocalDB to allow simple automated Integration Testing in both greenfield and brownfield projects.

Xamarin.Forms 3 - Cheat sheet

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 7/31/2018 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: This tutorial gives a good overview of the most important new features of Xamarin Forms 3 in the form of a cheat sheet, and a reference on how to use them.
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Abstract: This tutorial explores how to develop .NET Core applications in Visual Studio Code (VS Code). We will explore some extensions that enhance Visual Studio Code and improves your .NET Core development experience.
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Abstract: Create your first Speech-to-Text artificial intelligence console application in C# using the Microsoft Bing Speech Cognitive API
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Abstract: The Cognitive Services Toolkit is a very powerful suite on Azure. We will learn how to use the Azure Custom Vision API and Content Moderator Services to implement content moderation.
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Abstract: Learn how to do Load Test using an Azure Account, how to associate it with VSTS account to store history and how to observe the data.

A lap around Visual Studio App Center

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 4/20/2018 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Visual Studio App Center proves to be a great tool for everything that has to do with your mobile app development. Let us have a look at what App Center is, and what it can do for you!
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Abstract: In this tutorial, we will learn about what containerization is, how it is rapidly changing the cloud-based deployment landscape and where Kubernetes fits in. We will also touch upon how various cloud providers like Azure and AWS are dealing with this change.
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Abstract: Graph Databases are an in-thing at the moment. Azure SQL Database and SQL Server 2017 introduce some cool Graph features which can help you solve your graph data requirements. This tutorial provides an overview of the new SQL Graph features.

Microsoft’s Devops story

Authored by: Sandeep Chadda , on 3/22/2018 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Learn how Microsoft built VSTS (now known as Azure DevOps) based on the DevOps learning of its users, and get inspired to implement DevOps in your organization.
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Abstract: Use the DocumentDB Nuget package to quickly build a simple but complete ASP.NET MVC core application based on Azure Cosmos DB.
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Abstract: Explore what Cognitive Services are and how easily we can incorporate it into Xamarin apps, to make them intelligent apps.

Unraveling the mysteries of DevOps

Authored by: Subodh Sohoni , on 1/29/2018 in Category DevOps
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Abstract: Understand what is DevOps, along with some best practices and the pillars of DevOps which includes team mindset, seamless collaboration, Automation tools.
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Abstract: Machine Learning as a concept or term is fairly known in the tech world now. This tutorial is a short and sweet primer on this topic, as well as on the Azure Machine Learning Studio. After reading this article, you can confidently have a 10 minute elevator talk to anyone on Machine Learning.
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Abstract: A walkthrough of the DevOps Project service of Azure to automatically create a CI / CD pipeline in VSTS for a containerized ASP.NET Core application

Visual Studio 2017 - What’s New

Authored by: Mahesh Sabnis , on 11/15/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Visual Studio 2017 (VS 2017) is the latest version of Visual Studio. This article explains some of the most important features of VS 2017 which are useful for boosting developer productivity.

Using MVVM in your Xamarin.Forms app

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 11/8/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: If you have looked into Xamarin.Forms, or even built an app with it, you might have noticed that Forms has everything to implement the MVVM framework. Xamarin.Forms is already equipped with data-binding, commands and dependency injection which are some MVVM ingredients we will look at in this article.
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Abstract: This article provides an idea to design an application around Azure Cosmos DB. The application uses DocumentDB APIs consumed in ASP.NET Core Web APIs and an Angular 4 client.

Xamarin.Forms 3 - What’s upcoming?

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 9/30/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: The next version of Xamarin.Forms was recently announced at Microsoft Build 2017. This article gives an overview of some upcoming cool features in Xamarin.Forms v3.

Azure Logic Apps - An Overview

Authored by: Sanjeev Assudani , on 9/10/2017 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Learn what Azure Logic Apps are, along with some key components, advantages and a practical scenario for using Logic Apps in your applications
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Abstract: This article covers some common scenarios for designing Azure based applications and workloads where you can save costs by following best practices.
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Abstract: Connect to a Bitbucket from Visual Studio 2017 and use Git features to create and clone a repository, commit, create and merge branches and create and use pull requests.
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Abstract: This article explains what is an Azure Logic App, why you should use it, and a demonstration of how Azure Logic Apps can be useful to automate workflow process using SaaS services with custom API.

Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 5/3/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Live Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2017 improves upon traditional unit testing to provide automation testing and helps achieve rapid development.

Xamarin Test Cloud - Building 5 star apps

Authored by: Gerald Versluis , on 4/5/2017 in Category Xamarin
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Abstract: Xamarin Test Cloud is a UI acceptance-testing tool for mobile apps. This tutorial will show you how to write tests for a Xamarin app in C# using the Xamarin.UITest framework in Visual Studio.

NUnit Testing with Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 3/20/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Learn NUnit testing starting from TDD to converting it to data driven test and how to incorporate it for Visual Studio 2015.
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Abstract: Learn how to create a simple Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Service for Azure Service Fabric, a client to call it, and a description and a demonstration of the upgrading the service in realtime.

Visual Studio Code (VS Code) Condensed

Authored by: Damir Arh , on 2/6/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: This Visual Studio Code (VS Code) article will help you get started, and make you more productive at this increasingly popular text editor.
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Abstract: This article will discuss best practices for Agile Development from a developer’s perspective and how tools like Visual Studio help implement these Agile best practices.
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Abstract: Learn how to set up CI/CD for your Xamarin app without spending a dime using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Bitrise and HockeyApp.
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Abstract: An overview of Application Insights, an Azure based service which makes it possible to monitor any application to know about its availability, failures and performance.
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Abstract: Learn Azure Active Directory basics including AD structure. Also learn how to secure an ASP.NET MVC app via OWIN and WIF.

Authorization call back function in Azure

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 1/11/2017 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Create and execute call back function from the azure website. We also create an authorization page for the organization.
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Abstract: This article discusses multiple ways to create an environment using Microsoft Test Manager
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Abstract: Explore Elastic Database Pool in Azure with a case study, and see how it helps to scale and achieve economical resource consumption especially in SaaS scenarios.

Code Quality Tools in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 12/3/2016 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: The Code Quality tools in Visual Studio 2015 can help developers identify potential risks in the code and fix them in order to create quality, maintainable code.
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Abstract: This article talks about serverless architecture in cloud platforms like Azure and AWS. We will also see how various cloud platforms like Azure are readying up for serverless offerings.

Log Analytics (OMS) in Microsoft Azure

Authored by: Vikram Pendse , on 9/28/2016 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Log Analytics (OMS) is an Azure based service which gives you real time operational intelligence and Visualization from your Windows and Linux servers.
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Abstract: Scalability can’t be an afterthought. This article explains why and how to build for scalability, mentioning Azure components that are useful in that effort.
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Abstract: The Microsoft Bot Framework and Cognitive Services allow us to develop intelligent Facebook and Skype bots. We will create a simple bot in this article.
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Abstract: A skinny to-the-point overview of the Microsoft Azure Platform and its AWS equivalent
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Abstract: The Microsoft Azure Platform is huge. This article provide some quick access information and important links about all the services that are offered on Azure.
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Abstract: How a team can use VSTS for developing a cross platform mobile application in Xamarin on the Azure Platform

DevTest Labs in Microsoft Azure

Authored by: Vikram Pendse , on 7/22/2016 in Category Microsoft Azure
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Abstract: Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure and save time, efforts and resources.
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Abstract: Project Centennial converts Windows desktop applications to Universal Windows platform (UWP) so as to include them in Windows Store and give them full application identity.
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Abstract: Use the WinRM service to execute PowerShell script on a remote machine in Azure that is under ARM
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Abstract: Moving from a Relational database to NoSQL is a difficult decision. Azure DocumentDB comes handy here to export-import data from any data source like SQL Server to DocumentDB
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Abstract: A Windows 10 IoT app running on Raspberry Pi2 to show the next Bus schedule.
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Abstract: Microsoft entered the NoSQL database space via its Azure DocumentDB. This NoSQL database provides a schema-free JSON form of data store on Microsoft Azure.
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Abstract: Project template creation for Visual Studio can be another tool in your tool belt. This guide will get you started.
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Abstract: Using Windows 10 IoT app and Raspberry Pi 2 to display weather information for Bus routes.
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Abstract: Explore how Microsoft Azure Remote Apps features can run desktop application. We will also see the benefits associated with running desktop apps in the Cloud.
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Abstract: Execute Code Metrics Utility with the help of PowerShell Script as part of the new Build process in TFS and Visual Studio 2015
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Abstract: A compilation of our best Visual Studio 2015, Windows Azure with MVC, C#, Software Gardening, Design Patterns, WPF and UWP articles authored in 2015.
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Abstract: Create a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Music Player app and deploy it to both a Windows Phone and Raspberry Pi2 without any code changes.
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Abstract: Diagnostic analyzers are a great new extensibility feature in Visual Studio 2015 for performing static code analysis. This article will walk you through the process of creating a simple diagnostic analyzer on your own.
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Abstract: Explore ways in which Azure supports the tasks of operations team as part of DevOps. We also deploy our App on a Linux VM created on Azure using Chef and Puppet

Diagnostic Analyzers in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Damir Arh , on 10/8/2015 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Diagnostic analyzers in Visual Studio 2015 will strongly affect the way we will be writing code in future.This article will help you learn everything you need to know about diagnostic analyzers.
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Abstract: Integrate an ASP.NET MVC application with multiple Azure hosted ADFS using 3rd Party Identity Server application like Auth0
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Abstract: Build a Sound Cloud Music Player app in Windows 10. Also use some of the unique new platform features in Windows 10 to develop a single app which runs on multiple devices
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Abstract: The new XAML tools provided in Visual Studio 2015 helps developers to effectively manage and work with XAML based applications for UI Debugging, Performance etc. This article gives you an overview of the new XAML tools.
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Abstract: Host an ASP.NET MVC application integrated with multiple ADFS using Owin Katana in either Azure WebApps or Azure Cloud Service
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Abstract: This article explores how the Universal Windows 10 Platform Apps (UWP) aims at changing the way we create apps. Instead of creating separate apps for different platforms, UWP apps run across all major platforms with minor code changes.
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Abstract: Implement multiple ADFS integration in ASP.NET MVC using OWIN Katana
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Abstract: Use Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) configured in Azure VM for Single Sign-on implementation in an ASP.NET MVC application.
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Abstract: Developing a Smart Garbage Bin application with monitoring capabilities using IoT device (Gallileo) code and Javascript/jQuery to send sensor data to Azure Cloud Services.
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Abstract: The debugging features in Visual Studio 2015 are developer friendly and easy to use. This article demonstrates how developers can use these features for effective debugging management.
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Abstract: Configure Active Directory Federation Services in Azure Virtual Machine (VM) with detailed walkthrough for Azure Virtual Network (VNET) configuration, Azure Virtual Machine (VM) provisioning and Active Directory configuration on Azure VM
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Abstract: Create an active directory on Windows Azure and configure single sign-on for ASP.NET MVC applications using organizational authentication.

Smart Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2015

Authored by: Gouri Sohoni , on 3/24/2015 in Category Visual Studio
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Abstract: Smart Unit Tests in Visual Studio 2015 are used for automated white box testing along with code coverage. This article gives an overview of Smart Unit Tests.
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Abstract: Windows Azure Storage provides highly scalable and available storage for applications. In this article, we will implement an ASP.NET MVC application for managing profiles of Job seekers. The application will store the profile information in Table Storage, whereas the resume will be stored using BLOB Storage.
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Abstract: Explore some new IDE features in Visual Studio 2015 which makes developers more productive.
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Abstract: Using Grunt, Gulp and Bower to build modern web apps in Visual Studio 2013 and 2015
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Abstract: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Online and Azure are now closely integrated to give us an effortless way to do Continuous Delivery of the web application. In this article, we will see the steps to link these products.
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