Content Spotlight – New Azure China Documentation!

Recently the Microsoft Azure Documentation page built out the Sovereign Cloud tab pivot: Sovereign Clouds The newest content set is Microsoft Azure China 21Vianet: Azure China main page   The Azure China content set includes a Developer Guide: Developer guide for Azure China 21Vianet We’re proud to offer a high-quality experience for our customers in…


New Azure Service Fabric Customer Profile from Azure CAT and CSA: Alaska Airlines

Special thanks to CSA (Cloud Solution Architect) Brent Funk, a new Service Fabric Customer Profile was released this week: Service Fabric Customer Profile: Alaska Airlines   We won’t spoil it for you too much, but let’s dig into their Azure architecture: This is the architecture that Alaska Airlines uses to run their AlaskaAirlines.com Shopping Cart…


Small Basic Challenges of the Month – October 2017

Big thanks to LitDev for continuing to host these monthly challenges! And to all the community for contributing and helping each other out! You can contribute to the challenges by posting your solutions and questions here: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/bea28921-375a-46f3-824d-8e89ebdb113d/challenge-of-the-month-october-2017?forum=smallbasic  These challenges are intended for people who are learning to program for the first time or for those…

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Who will be announced the October 2017 Small Basic Guru?

What is TechNet Guru Competition? Each month the TechNet Wiki council organizes a contest of the best articles posted that month. This is your chance to be announced as MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY GURU OF THE MONTH! One winner in each category will be selected each month for glory and adoration by the MSDN/TechNet Ninjas and community as…


2 New Azure Service Fabric Customer Profiles for Ignite: ABBYY & FunRock

At the Microsoft Ignite event, the Azure Service Fabric team unveiled two new Technical Customer Profiles! Let’s dig in! ===================== ABBYY is a software company that provides optical character recognition, document capture, and language software for PCs and mobile devices. More than 40 million people from over 200 countries use ABBYY products, technologies, solutions, and…


What is Small Basic – Featured Video

What is Small Basic? This introduction video comes from Zero One Resources. It is 8 minutes and 47 seconds long. This video is a short explanation of what Small Basic is and also contains a demonstration of some of its features. If you want to learn how to program, then this programming language by Microsoft…


Small Basic + micro:bit

Today is a guest blog post from teacher, Jez Dean… In this blog post: Build a computer-to-micro:bit connection with Small Basic. Also, see the article from Nonki, Play with micro:bit and Small Basic.   You can write a simple GUI to send commands to a micro:bit running Python: The program sends Python commands over a…

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Hello world! Welcome to AzureCAT Guidance!

Welcome to the AzureCAT Guidance blog! What is AzureCAT? CAT stands for “Customer Advisory Team.” We work with customers who act as feedback Advisors back to our product teams, by working on engagements with those customers and building ground-breaking solutions! We then have unique lessons we’ve learned from those solutions. And, thus, we publish them back…


Microsoft Coding for Kids!!!

Did you know that Microsoft has had tools and programs for kids… for 8 years??? Well, consider yourself informed! Microsoft K-12 CS Tools 1. Small Basic – http://smallbasic.com/ Small Basic started in 2008! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Small_Basic You’re on the blog for Small Basic now: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic/ Small Basic teaches actual text/syntax-based coding (the professional stuff), helping students take…


Small Basic Curriculum Videos! by Mr. Adams

Thanks to the fantastic Mr. Adams, we now have an answer to the question…   What if I don’t want to download the curriculum and learn how to teach Small Basic to my students?   ANSWER: Just play these videos instead! Yes, it’s that easy. You have an actual technical teacher going through the lessons…