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Programming Will Always Be Hard

If you're a programmer then you know that you frequently get things wrong. Sometimes you find those bugs before your application gets to production ... and sometimes you don't. Bad news: Nothing is going to help and it's not going to get any better.

Maximizing Your Paycheck

An economic model design to explain profit margins may seem like an odd place to look for career advice, but here are five forces that you can harness to increase how much you get paid.

Microsoft Offers AI Training to Public

To address the confounding shortage of artificial intelligence skills, Microsoft yesterday announced a new online learning track as part of its Microsoft Professional Program, designed to train qualified individuals for specific job roles.

Developer Value Goes Far Beyond Coding

While coding cutting-edge tech in Visual Studio is cool, it's not enough in today's environment of communication, collaboration, agile methodologies, DevOps and so on, said experts in a panel discussion at the Live! 360 conference in Orlando.

Visual Studio Live! Keynote: 'Never Stop Learning'

The key to being an effective developer is constantly expanding your knowledge, says Microsoft's Dustin Campbell, a lifelong programmer and avid learner, at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Anaheim.

Skype Previews New Coding Interview Feature

Microsoft is previewing new functionality for its Skype communications app that lets employers conduct technical/coding interviews with prospective developer job candidates without having to switch among different apps.

Xamarin Offers New Mobile Professional Certification

Microsoft's Xamarin unit announced a new certification program for mobile professionals, offering a badge below the level of its existing cert.

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Once Upon a Time, Microsoft Opposed Open Source Development

Those days are long gone, but Microsoft was at one time a notorious anti-open source company. It's turned that notion upside down within a decade, and is now a member of several foundations whose purposes are to steer open source development deep into the cloud.

Lots of Microsoft Press Books for Free, Including Developer Titles

Among an explosion of free offerings in the Microsoft imprint are resources for mobile development, available to Microsoft Virtual Academy members. Plus, MS Press is discounting certification-related titles by more than half off if bought in bulk.

Random Finds Friday: Electron Supports TypeScript, MCSA Exam Name Changes

Electron now includes TypeScript support with a TypeScript definition file that's included automatically in all installs. And several developer-related certifications are renamed to highlight Microsoft-specific technologies.

How I Approached Gaining Microsoft Certification

If you’re thinking about pursuing a Microsoft Certification, here’s how and why Peter went through the certification process for the second time, including his feedback on some of the resources available to you.

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.

Microsoft Needs Developers for New Data Sciences Beta Exam Testing

Even though this new data sciences exam is aimed at MCSEs, Microsoft Learning is seeking out developers and data scientists to beta test it.

Microsoft Discounts Azure Exams

The Azure developer exam discounts are part of a broader initiative by the Microsoft Partner Network to narrow the Azure deployment and development skills gap.

MCSD and MCSE Titles Revamped

Changes take effect immediately, and MCP transcripts are being evaluated now. Also, new rule: New MCSE and MCSD titles will no longer expire (but there's a catch).

Do You Know the Answers to These Hanselman Questions?

Back when he had a job, Peter used to hire developers. When he did, there were three questions he got from Scott Hanselman's blog, way back at the beginning of the .NET Framework that he's still asking today.

Channel 9 To Live-Stream Visual Studio Live!

Amanda Silver's opening keynote on the Open Microsoft Developer Platform, along with a slew of other selected developer sessions, will be live-streamed during next week's conference at the Microsoft campus.

App-to-Market: Show Me the Money

In this ongoing series on turning from developer to startup, we now look at what you'll need to know about funding your idea. So, who are the players you need to bring in and at what benefit?

New Exams for UWP-Based MCSD Title

As Microsoft Learning slates two exams for the MCSD: UWP for retirement next year, two more skills-focused exams will take their places.

MSDN and TechNet Upgrade to the Cloud

The support and community development portals for Microsoft developers and IT specialists is getting a cloud upgrade, starting with a preview of services around Microsoft's enterprise mobility technologies. Bonus: It's being open sourced.

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