Testing Precompiled Azure Functions Locally with Storage Emulator

If you're coding Azure Functions in Visual Studio 2017 to work with Azure Storage, one tool that can assist when running functions locally is the Microsoft Azure Storage Emulator, as shown in this hands-on tutorial.

Copying Classes in TypeScript

If you need to create a version of a class from several sources or just want to merge default values with a user's input, object spreading solves your problem. JavaScript won't let you do this (yet) but TypeScript will.

Supporting Developers with JSON Schema

If you're building services it's critical that you support the developers who will create and read your service's messages. JSON Schema lets you support the three principles of good message design in a way that supports developers.

Managing and Enforcing Message Formats for Services

You can dramatically simplify life for developers creating services and their consumers by following three rules for designing messages and then enforcing your message formats with JSON Schema.

Neural Network Dropout Using Python

Go hands-on with data scientist Dr. James McCaffrey as he explains neural network dropout, a technique that can be used during training to reduce the likelihood of model overfitting.

Designing Service Messages for Optimal Performance

If you're building services, then getting your message formats right can be the difference between success and failure. Here's an example of what can go wrong and how it could be fixed.

Invoking and Sharing View Components in ASP.NET Core

View components let you create reusable chunks of business logic coupled with a UI in multiple places in your application ... and then let you share that logic across multiple projects. Here's how to invoke them and share them.

Creating Reusable View Components in ASP.NET Core

ASP.NET Core lets you bundle up business functionality along with its related UI into a view component that you can reuse in throughout your application.

Tools for Debugging Web Workers

Web workers in TypeScript give you concurrent processing but they can be awkward to debug. However, if you set up your web worker code as just another function, you can simplify debugging (or even build your web worker dynamically at run time).

Validating JSON with JSON Schema

Once you've created a JSON Schema that describes a JSON document, you can use it both in Visual Studio -- to provide guidance when creating JSON documents -- and in your code to validate the messages you're receiving.

Changing the Way You Test with Live Unit Testing

Peter tries out Visual Studio Enterprise 2017's Live Unit Testing and has what might be a life-changing experience.

Quick Tip: Switching to SQL Azure

If you're thinking about moving to the cloud, the first step might be the easiest.

Simple Concurrent Client-Side Processing in ASP.NET MVC with Web Workers and TypeScript

Here's how to use web workers in ASP.NET MVC with TypeScript to enable concurrent processing in your client-side code. And, as a bonus, the correct way to think about web workers.

Neural Network Time Series Regression Using Python

Learn how to do time series regression using a neural network, with "rolling window" data, coded from scratch, using Python.

5 Top WordPress Extensions for Visual Studio Code

Here are five useful, ready-to-go extensions available for the Visual Studio Code editor to boost development for WordPress, a leading self-hosted blogging tool.

Defining JSON Messages with JSON Schema

If you're building a RESTful Web service, you can provide both guidance and control around the JSON messages your service works with by replacing documentation with JSON Schemas.

Quick Tip: Checking for Success in Web Calls

No matter how many HTTP codes there are, you really only need to check one property to determine success or failure.

Architecting Services for Flexibility and Growth

The simplest way to ensure that the API your services expose to your consumers is to not let consumers access your services -- at least, not directly.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Visual Studio Team Services

After suffering the consequences of accidentally turning off his firewall for a month and then experiencing a catastrophic workstation failure that took out both of his mirrored hard disks, Tim Patrick gained a new appreciation for online code repositories. He adopted VSTS and won't be looking back.

Building for the iPhone X

Our cross-platform C# specialist turns his attention to the iOS side of things only to demonstrate some programming issues associated with the much-hyped device from Apple, including Face ID, the "notch," Safe Areas, Large Titles and more.

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