• Practical .NET

    Dealing with Databases (and Data) in Docker

    There are lots of ways to handle databases in a containerized environment like Docker. Here's how to create SQL Server in a container, how to load it with the data you want and how to integrate that container into whatever project needs it. Be warned: Some PowerShell is used. 03/05/2019

  • Practical ASP.NET

    Docker with Real Applications

    Here's how to run a "real-world" application (consisting of an MVC application and a Web Service) in a networked set of Docker containers. And it's just a couple of mouse clicks in Visual Studio to implement it. 03/05/2019

  • News

    Did Microsoft's .NET Core Initiative Boost PowerShell Usage?

    Microsoft's move from the ageing Windows-only .NET Framework to the open source, cross-platform .NET Core framework may come with ancillary consequences, such as a boost in the popularity of its PowerShell scripting language. 03/05/2019

  • The Data Science Lab

    Neural Anomaly Detection Using Keras

    Our resident doctor of data science this month tackles anomaly detection, using code samples and screenshots to explain the process of finding rare items in a dataset, such as discovering fraudulent login events or fake news items. 03/04/2019

  • News

    Azure Data Explorer Heads Microsoft Cloud Analytics Updates

    Microsoft has beefed up several data analytics offerings in its Azure cloud platform, including the general availability of Azure Data Explorer and Azure Data Lake Storage. 03/04/2019

  • The Data Science Lab

    Support Vector Machines Using Accord.NET

    The Data Science doctor delves into supporting vector machines, software systems that can perform binary classification such as creating a model to predict the gender of a person based on their age, annual income, height and weight. 03/04/2019

  • Practical .NET

    Building Razor Pages

    If you want to handle the most common pattern in ASP.NET Controllers (displaying a page and then accepting data entered into it), you can do it with Razor Pages. You'll just need less code than if you used a Controller, a View and a model object. 03/01/2019

  • News

    Microsoft Explains How to Port Desktop Apps to .NET Core 3.0

    With cross-platform .NET Core 3.0 poised to support desktop applications -- the next step in totally subsuming the Windows-only .NET Framework -- Microsoft has published guidance on how to port existing WinForms and WPF projects to the new platform. 02/28/2019

  • Designing with the Dependency Inversion Principle

    DIP may sound abstract but, of all the software design principles, Dependency Inversion is the one you understand best. Better yet, it describes how to build stable applications. 02/27/2019

  • News

    Microsoft Offers Visual Studio 2019 Release Candidate

    The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2019 has been made available in anticipation of the official launch coming April 2, after which the RC can be upgraded to the final, official general availability release. 02/27/2019

  • News

    Test Explorer Added to VS Code Python Tool

    A new Test Explorer highlights the February release of the Python extension for Visual Studio Code, by far the most popular tool in the marketplace, installed more than 6.5 million times. 02/27/2019

  • Practical .NET

    Getting Started with Razor Pages: A Better Model for Web Development?

    As fond as he is of using Controllers and Views, Peter isn't sure that Razor Pages aren't a better model for Web development. But the first step, adding Razor Pages to your project, isn't as easy as it should be. And, after that, you'll want to integrate them with your existing MVC application. 02/26/2019

  • News

    VS Code Java Extension Pack Adds AI-Assisted IntelliCode

    Microsoft provided an update on Java tooling for its open source, cross-platform Visual Studio Code editor, detailing better performance and several tweaks and enhancements, along with the introduction of IntelliCode to a popular extension package. 02/26/2019

  • News

    Azure Functions Improves TypeScript Support, Adds Java

    Azure Functions, Microsoft's serverless computing experience in the cloud, now officially supports the Java programming language and has also made it easier to work with TypeScript. 02/26/2019

  • Redirect Code in .NET Core

    As you invest in RESTful Web services, you need to get better at returning the right HTTP status codes to your client. Here are the redirect codes that have helper methods in your Controller and when you should use them. 02/25/2019

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