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    Why are you using AppStudio – Microsoft now provides as Standalone Android Emulator and integration with Visual Studio 2015

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    Validate your app at lighting speed

    Wave goodbye to time spent endlessly staring at the Android boot logo.

    The new Microsoft Android x86 emulator boots and runs at nearly the speed of a physical device, making debugging a breeze on graphics-intensive, processor-hungry apps.  Also, with Hyper-V compatibility you can run the emulator side-by-side with the Windows Phone Emulator and other Hyper-V VMs, cutting the time you spend switching between platforms. Work-From-Home is covered too—unlike other Android emulators, the Visual Studio Emulator for Android works over remote desktop.

    Download the Emulator for FREE

    A free emulator, even when you don’t need Visual Studio on your machine

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    Java developer using Android Studio or Eclipse with ADT? We’ve got you covered with our standalone installer that you can use to acquire our emulator without Visual Studio. Just open up the Visual Studio Emulator for Android entry in your Start Menu, hit play, and the emulator is ready to debug from any IDE. Download the standalone emulator today!

    Best with Visual Studio

    Deeply-integrated debugging for cross-platform and Android projects

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    The Visual Studio Emulator for Android is included when you install Visual Studio to develop for Android, iOS, and Windows—all from one code base using familiar languages such as C#, JavaScript, and C++. Debugging to the emulator is as simple as selecting one of our device profiles from the debug target dropdown and hitting the play button.

    The Visual Studio Emulator for Android integrates directly into C++ Cross-Platform, Apache Cordova, and Xamarin projects and offers one-click access to your Device Profiles from the Tools menu.

    You even receive updates to the emulator alongside other Visual Studio extensions in the Notification Hub.

    Why use Visual Studio Emulator for Android

    Deploy, test and debug Android apps with our fast, free, and best-of-breed Android emulator

    • Fast, x86, Hyper-V compatible
    • Support a variety of Android versions, screen sizes, and hardware properties
    • Easy-to-use sensor simulations
    • Comes free with Visual Studio 2015
    • Works with Android Studio, Eclipse, and any other tool that supports ADB

    Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 now has options for Android development: C++, Cordova, and C# with Xamarin. All Students get Xamarin Studio FREE via DreamSpark.com see https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=100 

    When choosing one of those Android development options, Visual Studio will also install the brand new Visual Studio Emulator for Android to use as a target for debugging your app. You can also download the emulator without needing to install Visual Studio. For more, watch this video teaser or see it in action.

    Further Documentation and resources on the Android Emulator

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    Data Culture – Technical Day 9th December

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    Microsoft is hosting a technical workshop on 9th December in Birmingham to help developers, makers, data professionals, and IT implementers discover the full capabilities of Microsoft’s cloud and data platform through hands-on learning. 

    Attendees will learn how to connect devices, and unlock breakthrough insights and business value by leveraging the latest features of Microsoft Azure including IoT Suite and our advanced analytics platform via one of four immersion tracks.

    Discover how business leaders using data assets to their advantage will capture £53 billion more in business value by 2017 than those who lag behind.
    With the increasing variety and velocity of data growing on a daily basis, data specialists are under increasing pressure to deliver instant and usable insight to gain a competitive advantage for their organisation. The Microsoft Data Culture series is designed to help data specialists manage the complexities of their corporate data landscape to enable high performing data solutions that unlock insights and deliver measurable ROI for their organisations, through three simple steps:

    Understand the benefits of driving Data Culture and delivering on the data dividend
    Unlock access to all your data, whether small or big through fundamental data science and advanced technology including SQL Server, PowerBI, Azure Machine Learning, HDInsight, and Azure Data Services
    Empower your organisation to gain a competitive edge through data driven insight

    The Data Culture Technical Day offers an immersive 4-track event to allow you to get a hands-on experience led by Microsoft and MVPs, which will give you the opportunity to:

    Learn about the benefits of driving a Data Culture within your organisation
    Learn about the data dividend and how to get access to the £58Bn available over the next 4 years
    Understand the latest innovations across the Microsoft Data Platform, Business Intelligence and Analytics capabilities
    Interact with experts from Microsoft and our Most Valued Professionals (MVPs)
    Network with like-minded peers

    Attending this one-day event will allow you to get a running start on understanding the extensive innovations Microsoft is delivering around data that will empower your business with the tools you need to quickly uncover business insights and make smarter business decisions. Make the most of the day and attend a track tailored to your role;
    Agenda

    09:00 - 10:00
    Keynote - Data Platform, Business intelligence and Analytics Overview

    10:00 - 12:00
    Breakout Tracks

    o IoT Track

    o Big Data & Data Management Track

    o Machine Learning and Analytics Track

    o Visualisation and Data Discovery Track

    12:00 - 12:45
    Lunch

    12:45 - 14:45
    Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences

    14:45 - 15:00
    Break

    15:00 - 16:00
    Breakout Tracks – Hands-on instructor led Immersion Experiences

    16:00 - 16:30
    Bringing it all together

    16:30 - 17:00
    Panel, Next actions & Close

    Register Now http://aka.ms/dataculture 

    More Data Culture Events http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/enterprise/event/microsoft-data-culture-series.aspx

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    Installing XNA with Visual Studio 2015

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    I get this question so often? How can I install XNA with the latest version of Visual Studio.

    The question generally comes from UK Academics still teaching XNA here the latest up to date how to use XNA and Visual Studio 2015.

    Thanks to the Open Source Project MXA, XNA now works fine with Visual Studio 2015

    XNA is a great framework for creating games, and we use it as a tool to motivate students to learn how to program whilst creating great games at extra-curricular events such as the three thing game.

    Many academic still stress

    A tool like XNA is an invaluable intrinsic motivator – inspiring students to want to learn to code, as opposed to being motivated because we said so, or because they will get better grades.

    1- Download the latest version of this package MXA - XNA 4.0 Refresh for Visual Studio 2013 downloaded here

    2- Unzip the content

    3- Follow the readme and install all files except the 'vsix'

    3- Open the 'XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix' with the Windows zip extractor

    4- Edit the .vsix file because it doesn't let you install it in VS 2015. It turns out it is simply a ZIP-File.

    5- Simply edit the version numbers in extension.vsixmanifest to 14.0.

     1: <Installation InstalledByMsi="false">
     2:   <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.VSWinDesktopExpress" />
     3:   <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Pro" />
     4:   <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Premium" />
     5:   <InstallationTarget Version="14.0" Id="Microsoft.VisualStudio.Ultimate" />
     6: </Installation>

    6- Copy the modified 'extension.vsixmanifest' into 'XNA Game Studio 4.0.vsix'

    7- Run the vsix with Visual Studio

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    Showcase your work to the world

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    If you’re interested in or studying a subject like art, fashion, design or photography, a digital portfolio is a necessity – an easy way to showcase your work to the world. WordPress has the tools you need to create a beautiful portfolio that could impress peers, teachers and employers alike. But you may have been stuck on how to set one up. Not anymore! Follow our guide below to register for FREE Azure hosting via Microsoft Imagine and DreamSpark, and let your creativity speak for itself. You can download a copy of our guide on how to set up a Wordpress site, too!

    Your creativity boosted

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    Developing a Blog or website acts adds a new dimension to your creativity. It helps you think in different ways creating new opportunities to display, reflect and showcase your work to the world.

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    Microsoft Azure is an open platform that makes it easy to integrate and share your work with others and build a solid foundation for the future.

    Impress the World

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    By going online, you are making your work instantly accessible to your friends, relatives, and potential employers. 24x7 coverage for your creativity!

    Step 1: Register for DreamSpark

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    DreamSpark gives students access to FREE Microsoft software, Azure cloud services plus a store account. All without needing any credit card details.

    If you have already registered for DreamSpark, skip to Step 2 below to register for Azure.

    If you haven’t registered for DreamSpark yet, click here and select Create Account. Chances are your college or Uni is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to do is create your own account to start reaping the benefits. But even if your institution isn’t signed up, if you are a student you can still get it. Here's how. You will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com – if you don’t have a Microsoft account you can create one here).

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    You will now see a screen where you specify your name, date of birth and preferred email; most of this is pre-populated based on the settings in your Microsoft account. Consider selecting the checkbox so Microsoft can let you know about programs and offers in your area. You can use an existing email address for your Microsoft account. After you have completed all the required fields, select Continue to verify.

    Now, DreamSpark wants to verify that you are in fact a student. There are five different ways to do this, pick the one that works for you!

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    A. I have a school email account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, you can just provide your school email address to get verified.

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    B. Get verified through my school account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, but validates DreamSpark through school accounts rather than email addresses, you can select this option.

    All Colleges and Unis in the UK use this authentication method, so if you don't see your school listed it doesn't necessarily mean your school does not offer DreamSpark to its students! It just means they have chosen another method for authentication, so you may want to try the email address option instead. If you choose the school account you just need to search for your school in the list.

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    C. I have an International Student Identity Card – This is not your university or college student ID card, but the international student card (you can apply for one at https://www.isic.org . if you pick this option you can type in your ISIC serial number or the ISIC/CIP number or your ISIC/NUS card number to prove you are a student.

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    D. I have a verification code – this option requires you to enter a verification code. But where do you get a verification code? You need to reach out to a Microsoft representative or possibly a school administrator. Attending a Microsoft hackathon or workshop is a great place to meet someone and find out how you can get a verification code. Entering a code will give you access to DreamSpark resources for one year.

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    E. I can supply documentation – if none of the above options works, choose this option. You can provide a scanned copy of your school ID card, a current report card, or acceptance letter to a university or college as proof that you are a student to get validated.

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    Once you have created and verified your account, you can now download software, get a code that allows you to publish apps to the Windows store for free, and get free cloud services on Azure including website hosting – see the next step.

    Step 2: Register for Azure

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    Once your DreamSpark account is set up, sign in and then click here to go to the Microsoft Azure for DreamSpark site. Click the green button to register for Azure.

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    A verification by phone is required. This is an important security measure that ensures that only you have access to your account in the event of a password reset, by tying your account to your mobile or landline phone number. You’ll receive a text or a call at your number, depending on the option you chose. Enter the code to finish the sign-up.

    Now wait for the Azure servers to provision your account, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

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    You now have access to your very own Azure account! You will be see the new Preview Portal or Standard Portal. To use a new service, go to “New” and search for whichever service you want to use.

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    If a service is greyed out, it’s not yet available for students. Stay tuned on our blog to hear about new service additions. Here are some specific resources you can check out for help with some of the currently available Azure DreamSpark offerings:

    2e
    Web Apps Overview

    Application Insights Overview

    Visual Studio Online Overview

    Quick Start Guides

    Now that you've become part of the cloud, you're probably itching to get started! We've produced 3 Quick Start Guides to help you get up and running - just download the PDF you need.

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    Setting up a new Wordpress site

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    Transferring an existing Wordpress site

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    Deploying your first web app

    Make sure you don’t miss out – register for Student Azure now and start benefiting from all the advanced features of this robust cloud platform!

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    Show the world your talents - grab FREE webspace and tools with Microsoft Azure for DreamSpark.

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    Microsoft brings Azure and the power of the cloud to student developers

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    In today’s mobile first, cloud first world, it’s critical that student developers have access to the latest tools that empower them to create compelling digital experiences. 

    Microsoft vision is to Empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

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    In support of student developers, we’re happy to announce a new offering that enables students to take advantage of the power of the cloud with the launch of Microsoft Azure for student developers.

    This new Microsoft Azure offer enables students everywhere, to explore and expand their development skills in the cloud. 

    The Microsoft DreamSpark Student Azure offer supports the mission we outlined with the launch of Microsoft Imagine: to connect student developers with the tools and knowledge needed to create, code and bring their ideas to life.  It’s not just about the creative spark, but about the ability to turn those ideas into something tangible, like a website or a web app or a cloud service.  

    Student developers are growing up in a world that requires them to leverage cloud services to deliver cool and modern experiences. 

    Microsoft Azure is a great fit for students, because of its speed and flexibility enabling the creation and development of websites and web apps. This new offer for students, available today in 140 countries, gives young developers access to the latest technology, allowing them to develop in or deploy sites and apps to the cloud, at no cost and with no credit card required.

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    Our new Microsoft Azure offer for students offers a number of rich features that will make it easy to develop websites and web apps in the cloud. As an example; Azure App Service Web Apps enables students to build, deploy and scale web apps in seconds, whether they’re programming in ASP.NET, Java, PHP, Node.js or Python.  Another feature, called Application Insights, gives students a 360° view across availability, performance and usage of ASP.NET services and mobile applications for Windows Phone, iOS and Android.

    Microsoft Azure is an open platform that supports many programming languages – and perhaps the quickest path to developing for Microsoft Azure is through Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio Online is the fastest and easiest way yet to plan, build and ship software across a variety of platforms. Students can get up and running in minutes on our cloud infrastructure without having to install or configure a single server.  And of course VS-Online is also available as part of this new student offer.

    We also have a host of other really great services and features

    Azure MarketPlace https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/

    Azure MarketPlace Data http://datamarket.azure.com/browse/Data

    Azure SaaS Application http://datamarket.azure.com/browse/applications

    And amazing competitions for students at http://www.imaginecup.com

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    Get coding in the cloud and sign up for Microsoft Azure for students today.

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    Limited number of Future Decoded tickets available for education customers – register now

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    Future Decoded 2015

    What do Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft; Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Co-Founder of Lastminute.com; Lord Coe, President of the IAAF and Richard Reed, Co-Founder of Innocent have in common? That’s right. They will all be appearing at Future Decoded 2015 in November. What’s more, Anthony Salcito, World Wide Education Lead of Microsoft will be delivering an education specific keynote in the afternoon of the business day.

    General availability tickets have now sold out but we have a limited number available for our education customers. Please register now using the invite code below to secure your free place at what promises to be a life shaping experience unlike any other.

    Invite code: FD15EDUC

    Future Decoded 2015 will explore the skills and technology that will empower us all to do more and achieve more. Future Decoded promises to end 2015 with a cornucopia of informative sessions, helpful insights and fantastic speakers.

    MicrobitAnyone who has visited the Microsoft stand at BETT in recent years will know that we don't do things by half in education! Giving you a small taste of what to expect next January, the Microsoft in Education stand at Future Decoded this November will feature an Office Zone, as well as dedicated areas for people to get hands on with some STEM activities using Minecraft and the BBC micro:bit. Over the course of the two days there will also be education sessions running in the theatre, with day one covering Office and the micro:bit, and day two looking at Minecraft and further exploring the micro:bit.

    With a strong education theme to the event, we're looking forward to Future Decoded 2015 hugely, and do hope to see as many of you there as possible, so please take advantage of the invite code above.

    If you are already registered for Future Decoded 2015 and would like to attend these education sessions, please click here and put in your registration code from your confirmation email to access your booking. Once you are in the “Amend Your Booking” page, please enter the invite code below in the box at the top, click to verify the code, and click on the “Amend my booking” button to confirm your place.

    You will then receive a confirmation email with details of the session which will also automatically appear in your “My Agenda” section of the Future Decoded schedule builder App, due to be released in October. If you have received more than one session invite, please follow the process above to register for each session and add these to your booking.

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    We’ve got a new Yammer Network for our CS teachers, curriculum providers, educators and training staff!

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    We would love for you to  join us!

    Step 1. Please fill out this form here: http://aka.ms/MCSTN so that we can create your account

    The network exists for our CS teachers to engage directly with Microsoft engineers and to:

    1. Collaborate on content directly with other teachers and with the engineers who make the product (or run the training program) at Microsoft! Get teaching tips and tricks from those who are experienced teaching your topic!

    2. Troubleshoot with Microsoft employees to get unblocked so you can teach!

    3. Provide feedback on Microsoft educational tools and training programs! Join private previews and get sneak peaks!

    4. Share with the teacher community the latest news on the topic and get the latest news!

    Microsoft Computer Science Education is all in!

    You’ll be able to join groups and connect directly with Microsoft employees who run the…

    CS Educational Tools/Technologies:

    1. Visual Studio - https://www.visualstudio.com

    2. Small Basic - http://smallbasic.com

    3. Touch Develop - https://www.touchdevelop.com

    4. Kodu - http://www.kodugamelab.com

    5. Project Spark - http://projectspark.com

    6. BBC micro:bit - http://www.microbit.co.uk/

    7. Lego Mindstorms EV3 - http://www.ev3basic.com

    8. Code Hunt - https://www.codehunt.com

    9. Class Dashboard - https://cd.microsoft.com

    10. Dafny - http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/dafny

    11. F* - https://fstar-lang.org

    12. Lean - http://leanprover.net/

    13. Office Mix - https://mix.office.com

    14. Snip - https://mix.office.com/en-us/snip

    Training Programs and Services:

    1. Microsoft in Education - http://www.microsoft.com/education

    2. Imagine - https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/imagine/imagine-home.aspx

    3. Imagine Cup - https://www.imaginecup.com/

    4. Women Engineers at Microsoft

    5. DigiGirlz

    6. Learn to Code - http://aka.ms/learn2code

    7. IT Academy - https://itacademy.microsoft.com

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    DevOps 101 – Accelerate your application delivery lifecycle

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    In 2009, a group of engineers began the conversation about how to forge better collaboration between the development teams that build software and the operations teams that run the software. This conversation quickly spawned the practices of "DevOps".

    DevOps quickly evolved Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and Agile methodologies to address the needs of the digital business including:

    1. The critical importance of transparency, communication and collaboration between development and operations teams

    2. The inclusion of the project’s business owner and other critical groups such as security (DevOpsSec), networking, compliance in the discussion

    Practicing DevOps can help teams respond faster together to competitive pressures by replacing error prone manual processes with automation for improved traceability and repeatable workflows.

    Here some of the main benefits to effective DevOps

    1.Efficiencies

    2. Cost savings Enabler

    3. Provide the best end solution with a combination of on-premises and cloud resources,

    4. Provide a tightly integrated open source tooling and services thus reducing costs.

    5. Minimize risk and facilitate much needed self-service of resources while at the same time reduce security risks across hybrid environments.

    6. Improve quality practices helps to identify defects early in the development cycle, which reduces the cost of fixing them.

    Data Insights & Predicative Planning

    Rich data obtained through effective instrumentation provides insight into performance issues and user behavior to guide future priorities and investments.

    Are you ready for a journey?

    DevOps should be considered a journey, not a destination. It should be implemented incrementally through appropriately scoped projects, from which to demonstrate success, learn, and evolve.

    Collaborating to deliver faster

    Do your customers want

    1. More from your app?

    2. Do they want it now?

    3. Do you know how to to deliver it?

    4. Where to deliver it from? Whether you work in the cloud, on-premises, or in between.

    5. On any platform? Whether you use iOS, Android, Java, Linux or Windows,

    Real-time analytics - Learn from your customers

    Track application health alongside usage metrics and application crash analytics. Get powerful dashboards where you can filter for different views and levels of detail—from segmenting data to drilling down to an event.

    Learn more

    Agile planning

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    Tools for your entire team

    Plan and monitor all your team’s work—including operational issues—using built-in Kanban boards. Track work in progress to ensure you have a streamlined channel from idea to delivery.

    Learn more

    Continuous delivery

    Automated release pipelines

    From continuous integration to continuous delivery, create automated builds and repeatable workflows to keep code quality, get development to match production, and deploy seamlessly. Use the built- in version control or build system, or use your own and easily integrate releasing applications to production and operations faster, more often, and with less risk. Audit progress of your application at every stage of the release pipeline with full traceability.

    Learn more

    Continuous delivery

     

    Benefits

    1. Deliver better quality software faster and with better compliance

    2. Drive continuous improvement and adjustments earlier and more economically

    3. Increase transparency and collaboration among stakeholders involved in delivering and operating software

    4. Control costs and utilize provisioned resources more effectively while minimizing security risks

    5. Plug and play well with many of your existing DevOps investments, including investments in open source

    Free Resources for DevOps

    Download the Forrester Infrastructure as a Code WhitePaper http://aka.ms/iac_tlp

    Get Access to DevOps Training on Microsoft Virtual Academy http://aka.ms/devopsmva

    DevOps Maturity Self Assessment http://devopsassessment.azurewebsites.net

    Learn more about DevOps buy getting hands with PartsUnlimited Scenarios

    http://github.com/Microsoft/PartsUnlimited

    Azure Website + SQL Azure DB

    http://github.com/Microsoft/PartsUnlimitedMRP

    Linux, Java, Tomcat, MonogoDB application with a Chef Recipe

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    Getting to grips with Git, Visual Studio Online & Visual Studio

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    Lets start with some basics

    1. Git is an open source version control system

    2. GitHub is a Git repository hosting service

    So what are some of the common terms you will encounter

    Terms

    Clone – creating a copy of the central repository with version control.

    Once a repo has been cloned you can manage versions of the files that are located there and you can also select a specific version.

    Add – Adding a file to a repo means that the file is now managed with version control.

    New files need to be added before they can be shared with the repository. The Add operation is performed locally so will not impact the central repository until one of the following operations are performed.

    Commit – Simply commits files, files need to be added before they can be committed. The commit operation is also carried out locally.

    Push – With the push operation, the changes made locally are committed to the local index and will be replicated to the central repository So Push is a way to synchronize and share code updates.

    Pull – When a Pull command is used it synchronizes the changes made between the central version and the local version. You should always use a pull command before you use a push command to ensure consistency of the central repository.

    Pull Request – A pull request allows you to propose modifications to the code that exists in an existing repository. The proposed changes will then be discussed by the owner of the code and potentially pulled into the central repository.

    Setting up your Workstation 

    Visual Studio 2015 add/remove features simply select Git features

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    If your using a Mac or windows you can download Git from http://git-scm.com/downloads

    You can also install GUI based Git at the following location http://git-scm.com/downloads/guis

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    Configure Git

    from Git Bash use the following commands

       1: $ git config --global user.name "Your Name"
       2: $ git config --global user.email "Your Email Address"

    1. Create a folder

    This can be done with Git Gui

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    You can now open the selected repository open with Git Bash

    Cloning an existing repository

    For this we will clone the Azure Quick Start Templates

    Simply type

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    Uploading content to Visual Studio Online Account

    Students can setup a FREE Visual Studio Online via DreamSpark https://www.dreamspark.com/Product/Product.aspx?productid=99

    Configure your account in Visual Studio Online for secondary user

    1. Login to Visual Studio online

    2. Select your user account and then my profile

    3. Select the security tab

    4. Select Enable Alternate authentication credentials and create a new account.

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    Clone your Visual Studio Respoistry with Git

    1. Create a directory that you want to use then go to that within Git Bash

    2. Locate in your visual studio online url that you want to use to clone this repository

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    3. Simply select the clone button to show you the url

    4. From a Git Bash prompt type the following command (replace the url with your url)

    Now you can modify the files from the copy

    To Push the content to Visual Studio Online

    To add and upload modified files to the Visual Studio Online repository

    Create a new folder

       1: $ git add.

    Then commit the changes

       1: $ git commit -m "my first commit, always document commits why" 

    Then upload the content to Visual Studio Online

       1: $ git push

    You can now verify the content has been uploaded to Visual Studio Online

    You can alternatively do the code changes add, commit and pushes from directly within Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 see the following instructions

    Clone your repository from Visual Studio

    1. Clone the repository onto your dev machine with Visual Studio.

    2. Choose Clone Repository

       

       

    3. Store the repository locally.

      Choose Clone to store the repository locally

    Create a new app

    If you don't already have an app in the repo, create one.

    1. Create a new project.

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    2. Choose a template and add the new code project to version control.

      Choose a template

    Confirm your settings and add the app

    1. On the changes page (Keyboard: Ctrl + 0, G), if you haven't already done it, confirm your user name and email address.

      Configure settings from the changes page

      Confirm the default settings

    2. Add a comment and commit your app to version control.

      Add app to version control on Changes page

    Snapshot (commit) your code

    With your code project stored in a local Git repository on your dev machine, you can commit as early and as often as you like.

     

    1. As you write your code, your changes are automatically tracked by Visual Studio. You can commit one or more specific changes to your local repository from Solution Explorer (Keyboard: Ctrl + Alt + L).

      When your changes are ready, select Commit

    2. On the Changes page, add a comment and then commit your changes.

      Add a comment and choose Commit

      These changes are now committed.

      Your changes are now committed

    Pull changes from your team

    Pull changes on a regular basis to ensure your code integrates well with the latest code from the team.

    1. From the commits page (Keyboard: Ctrl + 0, O), fetch the commits to see any changes that your team has made.

      Choose Fetch to see any changes that your team has made

    2. When you're ready, pull these commits into your local repository.

      Choose Pull to get these commits locally

    3. The changes from your team are now integrated in your local repository.

      The changes are now integrated

    Push your local commits to the server

    When the code you've written on your dev machine is ready, you can push your changes from your local Git repository to the team project.

    1. From the changes page (Keyboard: Ctrl + 0, G), make sure you've committed your changes.

      Commiting from the Changes page

    2. Go to the commits page (Keyboard: Ctrl + 0, C).

      Push changes

    3. Push your changes.

      Push changes

    Q&A

    Q: Why is my sign-in page different than when I sign in to Visual Studio?

    A: Your sign-in page depends on whether you used a Microsoft account or work account with Visual Studio Online. So, sign in with the username and password that you used with Visual Studio Online.

    Q: Why doesn't Visual Studio launch when I click "Open in Visual Studio" on my team project page?

    A: This link requires Visual Studio 2013 or later. It doesn't launch earlier versions of Visual Studio.

    Q: Can I use earlier versions of Visual Studio to connect to Visual Studio Online?

    A: Yes, you can use Visual Studio 2013 or 2012. You can also use Visual Studio 2010, but you'll need to install Service Pack 1 and KB2662296 first. Or, you can use Visual Studio 2008 SP1, with this GDR update. Launch Visual Studio, then connect to Visual Studio Online using your account URL, and select your team project.

    Q: How can I see what I've changed?

    A: To see what you've changed, compare your changes with the last commit.

    Choose Compare with Unmodified from the context menu

    Q: How can I get more information about the commits from my team before I pull them?

    A: Sometimes you need to see the details about incoming commits from your team. That way you can understand how a change will integrate with your work.

    Choose View Commit Details

    You can get details on the changes to each file.

    Choose Compare with Previous from the context menu

    Q: How do I associate my changes with related work items?

    A: From the changes page you can run a query, and then drag a work item into the list of related work items.

    Associating a work item on the Changes page

    Q: Can I use Git command-prompt tools?

    A: Yes. See Use Git from the command prompt.

    Q: Where can I learn more?

    A: Use Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server with Git

  • Microsoft UK Faculty Connection

    Stand out from the crowd with Microsoft Azure

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    Many jobs today have a digital component, and even if they don't, an online presence can help you stand out from the crowd. Rather than read through a printed CV, future employers can find out much more about you through an online CV, cover letter, personal statement or blog. It could make a huge difference. Follow our guide below to register for FREE Azure hosting via Microsoft Imagine and DreamSpark, and get to the front of the queue in your future job hunt or industry placement search. You can download a copy of our guide on how to set up a Wordpress site, too!

    First Impressions Count

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    You only get seconds to impress an employer so your online presence needs to look the part and present your skillset in the optimum way. Use our information below to get a step up!

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    Being an open platform, Microsoft Azure makes sharing, viewing and accessing your blog and CV easier. In today's crowded job market, online networking pushes you to the front of the queue.

    Take Control

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    It’s always better to be proactive rather than reactive. A digital online presence enables you to project your skills to a wider audience and react much quicker to opportunities as they come along.

    Step 1: Register for DreamSpark

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    DreamSpark gives students access to FREE Microsoft software, Azure cloud services plus a store account. All without needing any credit card details.

    If you have already registered for DreamSpark, skip to Step 2 below to register for Azure.

    If you haven’t registered for DreamSpark yet, click here and select Create Account. Chances are your college or Uni is already signed up for DreamSpark and all you need to do is create your own account to start reaping the benefits. But even if your institution isn’t signed up, if you are a student you can still get it. Here's how. You will be prompted to sign in with a Microsoft account (hotmail.com, live.com, outlook.com – if you don’t have a Microsoft account you can create one here).

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    You will now see a screen where you specify your name, date of birth and preferred email; most of this is pre-populated based on the settings in your Microsoft account. Consider selecting the checkbox so Microsoft can let you know about programs and offers in your area. You can use an existing email address for your Microsoft account. After you have completed all the required fields, select Continue to verify.

    Now, DreamSpark wants to verify that you are in fact a student. There are five different ways to do this, pick the one that works for you!

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    A. I have a school email account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, you can just provide your school email address to get verified.

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    B. Get verified through my school account – If your school has a DreamSpark subscription, but validates DreamSpark through school accounts rather than email addresses, you can select this option.

    All Colleges and Unis in the UK use this authentication method, so if you don't see your school listed it doesn't necessarily mean your school does not offer DreamSpark to its students! It just means they have chosen another method for authentication, so you may want to try the email address option instead. If you choose the school account you just need to search for your school in the list.

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    C. I have an International Student Identity Card – This is not your university or college student ID card, but the international student card (you can apply for one at https://www.isic.org . if you pick this option you can type in your ISIC serial number or the ISIC/CIP number or your ISIC/NUS card number to prove you are a student.

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    D. I have a verification code – this option requires you to enter a verification code. But where do you get a verification code? You need to reach out to a Microsoft representative or possibly a school administrator. Attending a Microsoft hackathon or workshop is a great place to meet someone and find out how you can get a verification code. Entering a code will give you access to DreamSpark resources for one year.

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    E. I can supply documentation – if none of the above options works, choose this option. You can provide a scanned copy of your school ID card, a current report card, or acceptance letter to a university or college as proof that you are a student to get validated.

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    Once you have created and verified your account, you can now download software, get a code that allows you to publish apps to the Windows store for free, and get free cloud services on Azure including website hosting – see the next step.

    Step 2: Register for Azure

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    Once your DreamSpark account is set up, sign in and then click here to go to the Microsoft Azure for DreamSpark site. Click the green button to register for Azure.

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    A verification by phone is required. This is an important security measure that ensures that only you have access to your account in the event of a password reset, by tying your account to your mobile or landline phone number. You’ll receive a text or a call at your number, depending on the option you chose. Enter the code to finish the sign-up.

    Now wait for the Azure servers to provision your account, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

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    You now have access to your very own Azure account! You will be see the new Preview Portal or Standard Portal. To use a new service, go to “New” and search for whichever service you want to use.

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    If a service is greyed out, it’s not yet available for students. Stay tuned on our blog to hear about new service additions. Here are some specific resources you can check out for help with some of the currently available Azure DreamSpark offerings:

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    Application Insights Overview

    Visual Studio Online Overview

    Quick Start Guides

    Now that you've become part of the cloud, you're probably itching to get started! We've produced 3 Quick Start Guides to help you get up and running - just download the PDF you need.

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    Setting up a new Wordpress site

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    Transferring an existing Wordpress site

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    Deploying your first web app

    Make sure you don’t miss out – register for Student Azure now and start benefiting from all the advanced features of this robust cloud platform!

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