Guest Post James Kavanagh: ASD certifications boost cloud opportunities for Microsoft partners

  James Kavanagh Chief Technology Officer Microsoft Australia       I am excited to share the news that more than 50 Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services have been added by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to its Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL). It means Microsoft and our partners now have a hugely expanded…


C# 7 Series, Part 4: Discards

Sometimes we want to ignore values returned from a method, especially those out arguments, a typical example is to check whether a string can be parsed to another type: bool parsedValue;if (bool.TryParse(“TRUE”, out parsedValue)) { /* Do your stuff */ } Here we want to ignore parsedValue. We also want to make this variable inaccessible…


How to Support Windows Authentication for ASP.NET Core in IIS

When we are debugging and testing Windows Authentication based ASP.NET Core application in development environment, it is very straightforward. We can just use Windows Authentication based template to create the application without any code change. The launchSettings.json contains the following section to enable windows authentication and disable anonymous authentication. “iisSettings”: { “windowsAuthentication”: true, “anonymousAuthentication”: false,…


Run H2O.ai in R on Azure HDInsight

In our previous blog, we introduced H2O.ai on Azure HDInsight. Currently, H2O can run on Azure HDInsight in Python or Scala APIs. However, R doesn’t come out-of-box. R has been popular in data scientist communities and support of R in H2O.ai on Azure HDInsight has been sought after by many of our customers. Today, we…


Integrating Angular 4 Unit Tests with Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)

One of the nice features of Angular 4 (and Angular 2 before it) is the introduction of the Angular CLI (command line interface). I like to think of it as a style guide coming straight from the Angular team. But more importantly, it takes care of all the ceremony that accompanies building an Angular application…


Win2D 1.21.0 – SVG, improved HDR support, and bugfixes

Win2D version 1.21.0 is now available on NuGet (for Windows 10 or Windows / Phone 8.1) and GitHub. New in this release: Load, draw, and manipulate SVG (scalable vector graphics) documents  (requires Windows 10 Creators Update) Load and save JpegXR images using extended precision pixel formats  (16 and 32 bit floating point, or 16 bit normalized integer)…


Why C++ in 2017 ?

What are the advantages of making software with C/C++ in 2017 ? The question is simple. But the response is extraordinary powerful. Let me explain… If you are on the server, you want performance… You don’t want to distribute a huge framework and cross too many layers. If you have the socket handler, you make…


06/26 – Errata added for [MS-RDPEGFX]: Remote Desktop Protocol: Graphics Pipeline Extension

Two updates at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt242403.aspx: Changes were made to specify Bitmap Cache size and number of variable-length slot values for RDPGFX_CAPSET_VERSION_10, RDPGFX_CAPSET_VERSION_102 and RDPGFX_CAPSET_VERSION_103 The description for the flag RDPGFX_CAPS_FLAG_AVC_DISABLED was revised to address all modes with specific instructions for the YUV444 mode