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Tugging at the Heartstrings at Microsoft Build

Microsoft's Day 1 Keynote was one of information overload, with a slew of product announcements. But there was one bit of emotional overload that I couldn't let go. Also: an interview with Paul Pardi and Selina Winter of the Microsoft Learning Group in this week's .NET Insight Podcast.

Wow, that was a lot to take in not just from an informational standpoint, but an emotional one as well. And yes, I'm talking about that first-day keynote speech from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Some of the more interesting proof-of-concept applications being built using Microsoft developer tools includes one that is truly personal.

If you don't watch anything else in the keynote, which you can catch here, at least fast forward to the 52-minute mark, which is the segment with Microsoft Researcher Haiyan Zhang. Her work enabled Emma, a young woman afflicted with Parkinson's disease, to regain enough rudimentary control of her hand movements to capably draw or write or use a touch-enabled device. No joke, I was brought to tears, even after viewing this segment yet again to write this short piece.

To fulfill your needs for information overload, there's also the Microsoft Build Session Catalog, which points you to various videos available via the Channel 9 site. Or just go to the Channel 9 site directly and start looking around there; select sessions (and there are quite a few just from Build 2017) will be available throughout the day live and also on demand later.

Also, in this week's .NET Insight Podcast, an interview with Paul Pardi and Selina Winter of the Microsoft Learning Group, who give us an update on the changes to the MCSD program. Also: We want your feedback and also want your suggestions for how to improve this show and who we should interview next!

Links mentioned in this episode:

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:

Channel 9: Introducing Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft

Azure Development Community: Azure AD – Overview of Libraries

Steve Gordon's Blog: ASP.NET Core Anatomy (Part 4) – Invoking the MVC Middleware

InfoQ: C# Futures: Relaxed Overrides

Andrzej's C++ blog: A serious bug in GCC

The Verge: Windows 10 S won't let you change the default browser or switch to Google search

O'Reilly: The alarming state of secure coding neglect

C# Corner: Asynchronous Communications Using RabbitMQ Message Broker

MSDN Magazine: Cross-Platform Code Generation with Roslyn and .NET Core

Application Development Trends: Node.js Monitoring/Debugging Tool Now Free for Open Source Projects

Redmond Magazine: Microsoft Planning New UWP-Only Windows 10 S and Unveils Surface Laptop

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 [email protected].

About the Author

Michael Domingo is a long-time software publishing veteran, having started up and managed several developer publications for the Clipper compiler, Microsoft Access, and Visual Basic. He's also managed IT pubs for 1105 Media, including Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and Virtualization Review before landing his current gig as Visual Studio Magazine Editor in Chief. Besides his publishing life, he's a professional photographer, whose work can be found by Googling domingophoto.

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