Telerik UI for UWP Now Open Source

Another good news for UWP developers: Telerik announced that they open sourced their UWP suite of controls.

UWP Community Toolkit 1.3

Right on the heels of the Windows Developers Day announcements, Microsoft released version 1.3 of the UWP Community Toolkit.  The toolkit is a series of open source controls and helpers for UWP developers.

Windows Developer Day - Creators Update: on demand videos

If you missed this week's "Windows Developer Day - Creators Update" you can now watch all the presentations on demand.

Azure IP Advantage

Microsoft announced to day an initiative called Azure IP Advantage to reduce risks against intellectual property (IP) in the cloud.

Learning Angular at Angular Academy


I've been invited by Laurent Duveau to attend one of his Angular Academy 2-day training session on Angular.  Here are my honest impressions...

I had a little bit of catch up to do regarding JavaScript presentation frameworks.  I did use Knockout on some projects but for the last couple of years, I preferred watching the chaos instead of being part of it.  Now that a leader has emerged, it was time for me to do some learning.  I watched a few Pluralsight excellent courses and Laurent's invitation came at the right moment.

I was part of a group of 26 developers, some new to Angular 2 like me and other with V1 experience.  The prerequisites are simple: you must have some experience building Web applications with HTML and JavaScript but no need to know V1.*.  The course is delivered as a workshop so it is hands-on and you learn by doing.  I'd say that the ratio between theory and hands-on is about 1/3 slides and 2/3 actually coding and the way Laurent delivers this is quite amazing.  I was a Microsoft Certified Trainer teaching developers for many years and the format of the courses have not changed much in the last 20 years.  It's still mostly like this: the trainer teaches lots of theory and do some demos and the class listens; next the class does an exercise or a lab.  Repeat x number of times 'til the end of the training.  What happens most of the time is that students get bored when the theory ratio is too high and only half of the class really does the labs.  The way Laurent trains is like this: he delivers a little bit of theory then goes right away into demo mode except that the students must follow him, reproducing the steps he's explaining and showing.  The catch is that there are no lab manuals and as a student, you must really pay attention.  At first, I thought it was a recipe for disaster, especially with a class of 26 but instead of a lab manual, Laurent provides a series of code snippets that helps accelerate things when there are too many lines to code.  On top of that, Laurent provides the completed code in incremental steps or code completion so if you're really stuck, you just copy the step you're at and voilà, you're back on track.  It helps have the class keeping a good pace and never in the 2-day training that the class was slowed down because of students having problems.  This to me is simply amazing and an eye-opener on a different way of teaching.

In the end, you end up with an excellent Angular kickstart, enough to get you going starting a new project.  I highly recommend Angular Academy, look for it in various cities across Canada and also in private classes. 

Community Content - Azure IoT Suite and Internet of Things

I've been working on some community content for Microsoft about Azure IoT Suite with Colin Melia and I'm happy to announce that it has now been released in the Microsoft/TechnicalCommunityContent repo on GitHub.  The Technical Community Content goal is to provide a set of ready made technical presentations for the community to use. 

I worked on the Azure IoT Suite content, building 11 demos and 1 hands-on-lab for 3 sessions.  If you're looking at presenting Azure IoT Suite or just an introduction to the Internet of Things, look no further.  Note that at the time I published this blog post, some PowerPoints and videos are still being completed and they should be released real soon by Microsoft.

Session 1 - Exploring IoT Solutions

This session introduces the attendees to the Internet of Things concepts.
Demo 1.1
The goal is to demonstrate an IoT solution in action (that uses Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics & PowerBI) and that even smartphones can be IoT devices. You’ll have the audience point their smartphone browsers to a Web page, have them send telemetry to the cloud and WOW them with live data being displayed in charts.
Demo 1.2
The demo goal is to drill into the kind of features provided by a typical IoT monitoring system. To do this, you’ll use the Azure IoT Suite’s Remote Monitoring solution using simulated devices. You’ll show a Web application displaying devices status and telemetry. You’ll show how an administrator can add a new device, send commands to a device and monitor alerts.
Demo 1.3
The demo goal is to demonstrate that besides temperature and humidity values, IoT devices can send data that can be analyzed by APIs like the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs. You’ll have the audience point their smartphone browsers to a Web page, have them enter a sentence, send it to the cloud to be analyzed by a text analysis API and WOW them with live data being displayed in graphs.

Session 2 - Starting IoT Solutions

In this session, things gets more technical and you'll demo code working on Linux, Windows and Raspbian on a Raspberry Pi 3.  

Demo 2.1
The demo goal is to show the Azure IoT Suite's Remote Monitoring solution and some of the components that are used to build it.

Demo 2.2
The demo goal is to show how a Linux device can connect to the same backend solution and send messages.

Demo 2.3
The demo goal is to show how to send message to the backend from a device running C#/.NET and receive commands sent from the solution portal on the device.

Demo 2.4
The demo goal is to show how a physical device (Raspberry Pi 3) can connect to the same backend and send messages.

Demo 2.5
The demo goal is to show how you can set a rule which will fire an alert in the solution when data from a device meets a specific criterion. 

Session 3 - Building Practical IoT Solutions

In this session, the attendees will get hands-on by building an IoT solution.

Demo 3.1
The purpose of this demo is to show the parts of a large IoT Solution and introduce the Azure IoT Suite's Predictive Analytics solution.

Demo 3.2
The purpose of this demo is to show how an available IoT suite solution can be customized and gain a deeper understanding of the Remote Monitoring solution.

Demo 3.3
The purpose of this demo is to show how an additional cloud component (the Azure App Service's Logic App service in this case) can be added to enhance an IoT solution.

The goal of this lab is to build a complete IoT solution using Azure IoT Hub, Stream Analytics & PowerBI. There’s no need to have a physical device like a Raspberry Pi since you’ll simulate a device by running the device code in a Web app.

Finally, I want to thank Colin.  It was very pleasant to work on this project with you my friend :-)

Microsoft IoT Virtual Bootcamp

Microsoft, Raspberry Pi and Hackster have partnered to deliver the first ever Virtual IoT Bootcamp, March 28-30, 2017.  Two tracks will be offered:

Commercial Track
March 28 + March 30, 2017 (7:30 AM – 2:30 PM PST) 

  • Keynote Industry Speaker
  • Windows 10 IoT solutions overview
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise deep dive
  • Installing IoT Enterprise hands-on Lab
  • IoT Enterprise Lockdown
  • Lockdown hands-on Lab
  • IoT Enterprise Security
  • Security hands-on Lab

Makers Track
March 29 + March 30, 2017 (7:30 AM – 2:30 PM PST) 

  • Opening Keynote with Eben Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi
  • Windows 10 IoT solutions overview
  • Windows 10 IoT Core deep dive
  • Installing IoT Core hands-on Lab
  • Application development/deployment hands-on Lab
  • Advanced configuration hands-on lab

Microsoft is offering subsidized hardware so there's a fee for this event:

  • Commercial Track: USD 200 gets you an Intel Compute Stick
  • Makers Track: USD 200 gets you a Raspberry Pi 3 and a Seeed IoT Grove Kit for Windows (w/ display)
  • Both Tracks: USD 300

If you do the math, USD 300 is about CDN 400.  The Intel Compute Stick is listed at $190 + $5 shipping at The Seeed IoT Grove Kit for Windows is listed at $200 and a Raspberry Pi 3 bundle is $75 at the Canadian Microsoft Store so by registering for both tracks, you save about $70 CDN.  Meh for the savings but yeah for the content! :-)

Register here

Visual Studio Talk Show - Roslyn Security Guard

Nous discutons avec Philippe Arteau de Roslyn Security Guard, un outil d'analyse statique de code C# open source s'intégrant à Visual Studio et permettant de valider des règles de sécurité. 

Philippe est un chercheur en cyber-sécurité pour GoSecure. Il est l'auteur de l'outil d’analyse statique Roslyn Security Guard qui supporte la revue de code C#. Il maintient un outil similaire pour le langage Java Find Security Bugs.  Il a développé de nombreuses extensions pour les outils de proxy BurpSuite et ZAP. Il a découvert des vulnérabilités dans les logiciels populaires tels que Google Chrome, Dropbox, Paypal, RunKeeper et Jira. Il a également présenté dans différentes conférences incluant Black Hat USA, Black Hat Europe, ATL Sec Con, NorthSec, Confoo et JavaOne.

Visual Studio Talk Show - Blockchain

Nous discutons avec Vincent Gauthier de la technologie blockchain. La blockchain (ou chaîne de blocs) est une technologie de stockage et de transmission d’informations, transparente, sécurisée, et fonctionnant sans organe central de contrôle. Une blockchain est un grand livre distribué de transactions protégés contre la falsification ou la modification par une chaine de blocs transmise sur Internet. La chaine de blocs fournit une chronologie décentralisée et sécurisée de toutes les transactions effectuées depuis le démarrage du grand livre. Elle permet à la « confiance » de s’établir entre des parties distinctes sans l’intervention d’un tiers.

Vincent Gauthier est un consultant et un entrepreneur blockchain. Il a travaillé sur plusieurs projets bitcoin et blockchain et est maintenant fondateur de la firme 'Made In Blockchain‘. Il est aussi un des co-fondateurs de Blockchain Montréal qui vise à s'assurer que Montréal joue un rôle important dans la révolution blockchain.

Clear explanation of the MSBuild changes in .NET Core

Looking for a clear explanation of the change from Project.json to *.csproj in .NET Core?  Mark Michaelis wrote a must read article for MSDN Magazine that explains clearly the change.

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