Tasks are (still) not threads and async is not parallel

Premier Developer consultant Ben Williams recently had the honor of having one of his blog posts reposted to Wintellect’s Dev Center as a guest post.  Here’s a blurb from that post, be sure to head over to Ben’s blog to check out the full technical deep-dive and download his sample WPF application. I talk to…

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Windows Server 2003 Migration (Part 1) – coping when reality interferes with the plan.

In Part 1 of this 5 part series, Senior Application Development Manager, Chuck Goodspeed, shares insights and lessons from a large Windows Server 2003 migration. July of 2015, Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 came to an end. By this point of time, all of our customers should have migrated off of Windows Server 2003…


Big Data on Azure: A Real-World Implementation Using Cortana Analytics

Premier Support for Developers was part of the first ever Cortana Analytics Workshop earlier this month.  Be sure and check out our own Brian Raymer discuss how an international customer can ingest millions of events per hour, exploit near-real-time analytics, and tackle true ‘Big Data’ problems successfully on our Azure data platform. This talk provides…


US Developer Ramp-up Series

The Developer Ramp-Up Series, offered through Premier Support for Developers, is a collection of webcasts created with the goal of teaching developers basic development skills. No prior knowledge is necessary. The current offering includes a collection of webcasts and hands on lab guides/exercises in the areas of PowerShell, Object Oriented Programming basics, Web Development Basics…


US Workshops, Webcasts, and Tech Talks – August / September 2015

Premier Support for Developers provides access to a wide range of advisory and training options that include most popular developer technologies.  Options range from onsite, instructor-led workshops to remote training, and even access to a distinguished team of Developer Consultants for specialized advisory needs.  Content frequently includes proven practices established through the support of Microsoft’s…


Results, Value, and Premier Support for Developers

In this post, Senior Application Developer Manager, Paul King reflects on how an ADM provides value and drives results into the software development lifecycle as an organization grows and matures. If you are reading this BLOG, you are learning about Microsoft Services and more specifically, Premier Support for Developers.  I want to expand on the…


Spotlight on ALM and TFS

Establishing good ALM practices and learning to take full advantage of ALM tools is one of the best investments you can make with your team. Premier Support for Developers works with many of Microsoft’s largest and most strategic customers to optimize the use of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio ALM tools. Whether you are…


Spotlight on Critical Situation Support

If you write software or manage infrastructure, unplanned downtime will occur. Even with the very best people and process that money can buy, the unexpected still happens. At Premier, we support Microsoft’s most innovative and talented customers but nobody is immune—not even Microsoft. We all deal with system outages and downtime of critical business systems….


.NET Lifecycle, Roadmap, and Announcements

In this post, Application Developer Managers, Joe Irizarry and Reed Robison provide an update on .NET – spanning new announcements, roadmap updates, and important support lifecycle changes. With the release of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 last week, it might be a good time to review upcoming support lifecycle changes as well as…


US Workshops, Webcasts, and Tech Talks – July / August 2015

Premier Support for Developers provides access to a wide range of advisory and training options that include most popular developer technologies.  Options range from onsite, instructor-led workshops to remote training, and even access to a distinguished team of Developer Consultants for specialized advisory needs.  Content frequently includes proven practices established through the support of Microsoft’s…