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Under the Hood With “The Future of SharePoint”

It has been about a week since Microsoft unveiled “The Future of SharePoint” at this event here (note: you have to provide your e-mail and some other info to get access to all the content). The keynote has kind of a general overview of all of the new directions that the SharePoint team is heading […]

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Azure: Did You Know? Hybrid Connections as VPN Alternative

In real life cloud deployment scenarios one of the very common cases is when only part of the application resides in the cloud. Usually, it’s when there is a legacy system which can’t be migrated to the cloud and resides on premises, or it’s not optimal to deploy entire system to the cloud. After all, […]

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Ignite 2015 Recap – Top 3 Sessions to Replay

Welcome back from a great Ignite Conference! By now, I hope everyone knows that the conference recordings are posted to channel9, a section of MSDN. Microsoft does a great job of recording and publishing all of this content quickly, its pretty awesome. One of my biggest challenges at the conference was knowing which session to […]

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Top 10 Announcements from Build 2015 Keynote on Day 1

The 2015 BUILD Conference kicked off today, and today’s keynote was packed full of TONS of announcements and new information. Some of these things are going to be released sometime this year, but some of it has also been released to be available today! Even though you can watch the Build 2015 Day 1 Keynote […]

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Working with dynamic schema in Azure DocumentDB

About a week ago Azure DocumentDB, a new Microsoft’s entry into NoSql database market, become generally available. DocumentDB allows user to to store/update/delete arbitrary objects (as complex as needed, not limited by relation structure) and query these objects using a special (quite limited) flavor of SQL (yes, SQL!) or LINQ when it’s used from .NET. […]

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Become a Microsoft Certified Specialist with HTML5, JS & CSS3

Whether you’ve been programming in HTML5, JavaScript and CSS for a long time, or you’re just looking for a way to both validate your skills and differentiate your resume; then the Microsoft Specialist: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (exam 70-480) certification may be worth pursuing. Personally, I’m in the process of renewing my older […]

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Free Microsoft Training with the “Know it. Prove it.” Challenge

Microsoft Virtual Academy held the “Know it. Prove it.” 28-day challenge during the month of February 2015. The challenge was a month-long learning binge with 8 challenge tracks to choose from. Along with more than 55,000 people around the globe; I rocked the challenge during the month of February and leveled up my skills. As an […]

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Azure Search: Scoring Profiles

Introduction When a search query is submitted to the index, each document that is returned has a search score which is an indicator of its relevance in the current search query and context. The higher the score, the more relevant the item and therefore, the higher it is ranked on a scale of high to […]

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Mixing MPA and SPA: worst of both worlds

When the web was young, it was simple, it was stateless. It was originally envisioned by its creators as a set of hypertext documents linked together. Then, somebody added a forms tag and the era of web applications has begun. Nowadays, web applications could be as complex as needed. Pretty much any kind of application could be […]

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Anglebrackets Conference – Day 4

Keynote – ASP.NET vNext and you Speaker: Scott Hanselman ASP.NET will run anywhere (Mac and Linux). Web server will be included. New free SKU of Visual Studio. Community edition will replace Express. ASP.NET and modern web Totally modular (dependency injection built in) Faster development cycle Seamless transition from on-premises to cloud Choose your editors and […]

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Anglebrackets Conference – Day 3

I have been fortunate to attend this year’s Anglebrackets conference in Las Vegas. (See my coverage of Day 1 here and Day 2 here.) The following are my notes from the Day 3 keynote, “Conversations with Microsoft.” The speaker: Steve Guggenheimer, corporate VP and chief evangelist. A lot of changes at Microsoft over last year. New CEO, Satya […]

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.NET 2015 is coming! And then some

Yesterday in New York at Microsoft’s Connect(), a virtual event for developers focused on current and future technologies, Microsoft did what a lot of us in the developer community have been waiting for and  [finally] announced that the next .NET release is coming! But wait, as the late night TV pitchman says, there’s more. There […]

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Anglebrackets Conference – Day 1 Keynote

I’m lucky to be able to attend this year’s Anglebrackets conference in Las Vegas and I’ll try to cover the conference in this Perficient blog as much as I can. Today was the opening day of the conference, which actually consisted only of the opening keynote. The speaker was Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of Cloud […]

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Microsoft Azure updates for October

Every month Microsoft is releasing new Azure services and promoting other services from preview state to general availability. In October this year a few news services were released and a few graduated to general availability. – Azure Automation is now generally available. Azure Automation is essentially a PowerShell scripting in the cloud. Microsoft was recommending […]

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How Microsoft is embracing open source

When I recently researched different caching options in Microsoft Azure, I ran across the following article on MSDN: Which Azure Cache offering is right for me? This article almost shocked me because it was unapologetically advising all new developments to use Redis cache over other Microsoft-developed Azure caching services. Just think about that for a moment: Microsoft […]

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Bing Your Way To Success – Tips Every Programmer Should Live By

When I was in school, I remember studying learning styles – “series of theories suggesting systematic differences in individuals’ natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations.” I was the always the Converger, very hands-on, figuring out things for myself, testing theories. For me, this started at an early age. I can remember being one […]

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Declarative data caching in .NET business layer

One of the most effective ways to improve application performance is to implement data caching. Most of the applications are relatively retrieving the same data from external sources like database of web service and if that source data is never or seldom changes then application is just wasting CPU time and I/O querying the source […]

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Strengthen Company Culture with Yammer enhanced by HDInsight

In a world of broadband internet connections, online collaboration tools and the ability to work from almost anywhere – office culture can be difficult to sustain.  This especially holds true for people who live in large cities (where the commute can be problematic) or in harsh climates (like the never ending winter in Chicago this […]

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Windows Azure: Retiring Windows Server 2008 and how to upgrade

Beginning on June 2, 2014 Windows Azure will be retiring Windows Server 2008.  This means that you will no longer be able to deploy a new Cloud Service or manage your existing services on virtual machines running Windows Server 2008. Windows Azure currently supports four different GuestOS ‘versions’: GuestOS 1.x – Windows Server 2008 GuestOS […]

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SPC 2014: SharePoint for Any Screen Size, a Responsive Approach

Eric Overfield (@ericoverfield) and Rita Zhang gave an informative session. It was chock full of examples and example code.  I couldn’t grab the code examples but a lot of the best practices and screenshots from live sites I was able to grab.  They started with the three pillars of Responsive Design: Fluid Grid Must use a […]

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