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Build-Up to Microsoft Build, Part 2

Microsoft's mega-event for developers at the end of March won't have the splash of a Visual Studio release, but there are other important technologies that should win your attention. So, how do you know what to focus on? These videos.

Microsoft Build at the end of this month looks to be shaping up to be a much more important event than it seems. Even though it won't have the splash of a new Visual Studio release, the recent RTM of SharePoint 2016 and the work the developer groups are doing to make cross-platform development "a thing" means there's lots of new information that will be unveiled at the sessions in San Francisco that won't be available immediately on the Web sites you frequent for such information.

So, where's a good source of preliminary information that will help you get ready for Build? Microsoft Virtual Academy. Yep, it's in sessions that are taking place as I write this and will be streaming for the next two days on the MVA site.

The sessions feature a number of Microsoft technology evangelists taking on Universal Windows Platform and IoT development, as well as some of the usual suspects (Web and . There's a strong indication from the sessions that machine learning, DevOps, and cross-platform development will be heavily covered topics during the conference.

Even if you aren't attending, there's gobs of information in the video preview. And don't worry if you missed any or all of it -- you can view them on demand on YouTube, so you really haven't missed a thing.

Here are ten more links I've run across that might be useful to you, in no particular order and definitely not conforming to any particular theme:

Integrating ASP.NET Core Configuration in MVC 4 (Geeks with Blogs) -- Environment-based configuration, now built in

SharePoint .Net Integration (Code Project) -- Use C# to create SharePoint docs, lists, and folders

Azure Notification Hubs for Mobile Applications (Channel 9) -- Hanselman on sending notifications to mobile users via Azure Notification Hubs

Easily Extend Your IDE With Extensibility Feature for Visual Studio 2015 (DZone) -- Diving into the Visual Studio's Extensibilty feature

Full text search of audio and video files (Microsoft Azure) -- Search beyond just metadata and text descriptions and get right inside audio and video files

Angular 2 TypeScript and HTML Snippets for VS Code (Code with Dan) -- VD Code coding shortcuts

Suggestions for Free Online C++ Quizzes and Tests (reddit) -- Learning C++ the online way

Microservices: An application revolution powered by the cloud (Microsoft Azure) -- Mark Russinovich, is all I gotta say on that (really, you need to listen)

What's Going on with HoloLens? (Redmond Magazine) -- Develop in 3D

Supporting LINQ Queries Calling Your Methods (Visual Studio Magazine) -- Show me your best

Know of an interesting link, or does your company have a new or updated product or service targeted at Visual Studio developers? Tell me about it at mdomingo@1105media.com.

About the Author

You Tell 'Em, Readers: If you've read this far, know that Michael Domingo, Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief, is here to serve you, dear readers, and wants to get you the information you so richly deserve. What news, content, topics, issues do you want to see covered in Visual Studio Magazine? He's listening at mdomingo@1105media.com.

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