TWC9: Nikola, Vlad, Windows 10 Update, More Azure, Kinect SDK 2.0 and more... | This Week On Channel 9

This week on Channel 9, Nikola and Vlad discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:18] Hello Nikola![00:38] Hello Vlad![00:56] Rolling out the first new Windows 10 Build [Gabe Aul][02:29] Azure’s getting bigger, faster and more open [Jason Zander][03:16] AzureConf 2014, a partnership with IBM[03:48] Microsoft releases Kinect SDK 2.0 and new adapter kit [Alex Kipman][05:11] .NET Foundation: Forums and Advisory Council [Miguel de Icaza][05:51] Python Tools 2.1 for Visual Studio [Shahrokh Mortazavi][06:18] The Hour of Code 2014 has Launched! Are You Ready to Take the Challenge? [Clair Deevy], Hour of Code[07:05] Xamarin Evolve 2014 Session Recordings Now Available [Joseph Hill]Picks of the Week!Nikola's Pick of the Week:[07:52] Paper Plane Folding Machine Gun is a Mechanical MarvelVlad's Pick of the Week:[08:41] The Microsoft Garage, Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, Now Available for Xbox One as a Free Download [Major Nelson]  Follow @CH9 Follow @metulev Follow @vladkol Follow @gduncan411 Follow @codefoster Follow @nisha_si

Posted by on 24 October 2014 | 3:45 pm

Episode 159: StorSimple with Ahmed El-Shimi | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

In this episode Chris Risner and Haishi Bai are joined by Ahmed El-Shimi, Program Manager on the Microsoft Azure StorSimple team.  StorSimple is a hybrid-cloud storage device.  It's a storage appliance you put into your data center which connects to Azure Storage to extend the amount of storage available and automatically backups data in Azure.  The device also automatically ensures the data accessed most frequently is on the local device while pulling less frequently accessed data automatically from Azure.  StorSimple also enables you to easily access the same data from within Azure.  In the video, Ahmed demonstrates a scenario where he wants to copy production data into a testing environment.  He does this copying 20 TB of data in moments for his testing environment running in an Azure VM.Links from the show:StorSimple landing pageStorSimple DocumentationLike Cloud Cover on Facebook!Follow @CloudCoverShowFollow @chrisrisnerFollow @haishibai2010Follow @storsimple

Posted by on 24 October 2014 | 10:46 am

Hacking a Missile Launcher (as in the Dream Cheeky Thunder Missile Launcher... )

Oh.... missile launcher! Hacking a missile launcher is a long term favorite subject for Coding4Fun. I mean who doesn't want to code up a missle launcher to execute that perfect cube or room defense?Windows 8.1, HID and a Missile Launcher (Oh my)Kinect'ing to a Rocket Launcher? Oh yeah...Xbox One Controller Controlled Rocket Launcher...Missile Launchers with F#Today Jamie Dixon continues working on his Terminator project, adding, well, you guessed it, Missile Launch capability!Speaking of Jamie Dixon;Tv2 - Terminator, Kinect for Windows v2 conversion...Eject-A-BedTerminator, Sky Biometry and the KinectHacking the Dream Cheeky Thunder [Part 1], Hacking the Dream Cheeky Thunder Missile Launcher, Part 2One of the things that the Terminator will have is a missile launcher, which I started hacking here.  The missile launcher Api is controlled by time.  Specifically, you tell it to turn in a certain direction for a certain amount of time.The challenge is converting that duration into X,Y Cartesian coordinates the way the Kinect and the phidget laser system does.  And before getting Cartesian coordinates, we needed to get the polar coordinates.  This is how we did it.First, we tackled the pan (X coordinate) of the missile launcher.  The launcher is a on a square base and the full range of the launcher is 45 degrees to 315 degrees.With some experimentation, we determined that the total time it takes the turret to traverse from 45 degrees to 315 degrees (270 total degrees) is 6346 Milliseconds.  Assume that the motor is consistent (which is a big if using cheap electronics), it takes the motor about 23.5 milliseconds to move 1 degree on the X axis. The tilt was more of a challenge.  We needed a way of measuring the total range along the Y axis.  To that end, we placed the turret 300 millimeters away from the wall.  We then placed a laser pointer on the turret and put a level on it to ensure that it was a 0 degrees and marked the wall.  We then moved the turret to its highest position and then to its lowest, marking the wall with those points.  We then measured the distance to the highest and lowest point on the wall....And with that, we have another weapons system we can add to our kinect Terminiator[click through for the source and much more]Follow @CH9 Follow @coding4fun Follow @gduncan411

Posted by on 24 October 2014 | 8:00 am

Quckly Generate C# Classes from JSON Responses | Windows Store Developer Solutions

This short video will show the developer how to use the Web Essentials Visual Studio Plugin, and a quick tip to quickly generate typed C# classes for working with JSON Responses.  This is very handy if your application makes calls to REST API's that return JSON responses.[00:48] - Simple HTTP Client call to REST API[01:01] - Generate C# file for declaring classes[01:40] - Inspect JSON Response in Debugger[01:56] - Paste as JSON Classes with web essentials[02:34] - Using the new JSON Class in the code 

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Krysta Svore on Quantum Computing | Microsoft Research Luminaries

Microsoft researcher Krysta Svore shares her passion for quantum computing, and how and why her team is creating a unique software architecture for quantum computing called LIQUi|>. This new environment contains complex algorithms for quantum circuit manipulation and optimization, and for layout on various quantum architectures, in addition to many other development tools. Her goal is to determine what the first generation of quantum computers can do for us by building software tools that unlock the potential of quantum computing, while continuing to explore the infinite number of open research problems that someday might overcome today's technology limitations. 

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 7:45 am

Inside Windows Platform | Intro to Azure Mobile Services for Windows Platform | Inside Windows Platform

Today, Yavor Georgiev from the Azure Mobile Services team joined us to walk us through exactly how a Windows application developer would get started building a back-end service for your mobile app.Yavor walked us through getting started with Azure in your .NET project, and showed how you can use the online quickstart, (first link below), to quickly generate a template solution that includes all the functionality you need to get started with a mobile data storage back end for your universal Windows application.As we noted in the video, many of the most compelling mobile applications leverage online services in some way, and Azure provides the average client developer the ability to add a wide variety of online functionality in an extremely simple manner. And... there's a 'free' tier level for mobile services which means you can get started for no cost at all.There are SO many resources online for getting started with Azure, that I don't even know where to start.Getting started with Azure Mobile Services (with C# and .NET)Azure .NET Developer Center(many, many quickstarts, tutorials, references, and sample apps here)Yavor also went deeper on NET implementations with Azure Mobile, including debugging the remote process, in episode 137 of Cloud Cover, one of our two Azure focused weekly shows on Channel 9.and, bonus, for more information about the nuts and bolts of creating your own APIs on Azure that can be leveraged to radically increase the capabilities of your apps, check out Yavor's session from Build 2014, Powerful mobile apps with Mobile Services and ASP.NET Web API.Let us know if you have any feedback!@larryalieberman

Posted by on 23 October 2014 | 1:01 am

Work like a network. Groups, graph and enterprise social updates with Yammer | The Garage Series for Office 365

This week Jeremy Chapman is joined by Yammer and enterprise social expert, Christophe Fiessinger, to give a preview of what's coming with Yammer and Groups spanning Office 365 services for mail, collaboration and social. Christophe demonstrates upcoming changes within inline commenting and integrated collaboration experiences - proving that social is not just a single browser-based destination, but woven throughout Office 365.Stay up to date with the latest shows at the Windows Phone app or the Windows 8 appFollow @OfficeGarage on twitter

Posted by on 22 October 2014 | 5:48 pm

Ping 226 - Ignite conference, Achievements for Halo Master Chief, Tesla and October xBox One Update | Ping!

Hey everybody! Welcome back to Ping!  It's episode 226, apparently NOT an area code (thanks @piercove), so it's just another number... Regardless - it's 226 episodes of what MSFTies are pingin' each other about. In This Weeks episode:[03:20] The Ignite Conference and full schedule for H2.[06:04] 401 Achievements for Halo: Master Chief Collection[08:28] Tesla unveils exotic features, go-fast model[11:33] Xbox One Update: New Friends, Snap, TV Features and More Rolling Out Today  [15:52] Question of the week: What new technology would you like to integrated into cars today?Chat with us throughout the week using  #PingShow on TwitterLike us on Facebook @RicksterCDN

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 1:10 pm

Countdown to TechEd Europe: The last one before we go | The Countdown Show

We are just ONE week away from meeting you all in Barcelona and this week Rick and Joey bring you several items not covered in previous Countdown Shows.First, if you have not yet decided on the sessions you'd like to attend, we have some sample schedules that several of our fantastic community members have put together. Each one of our guys have posted their tips in the blog section but we have the links for you right here:Adnan HendricksSimon DavisFredrik NilssonNext up there are some great sessions this year from our friends in the Office team. Here are the session codes that we featured in this episode:Developer Sessions:DEV B207 Office 365 Developer Kick OffDEV B307 Weave your enterprise solutions directly into Office products with the App ModelDEV B309 Deep dive into the Office 365 RESTful APIsIT Pro Sessions:OFC B320 Overview of Security and Compliance in Office 365OFC B312 Data Loss Prevention in Office 365: Prevent That Ooops MomentOFC B336 Office 265 Professional Plus Deployment Deep DiveNext up in the episode, Rick and Joey are happy to have been given the opportunity to invite everyone to the Office Party being held Thursday Oct 30th from 20:30-23:30 at Opium Mar. Make sure you get your invite from one of the speakers in the Office 365 track or stop by the Office booth in the Expo Hall.Next up the Channel 9 Event App. Make sure to get the Ch9 Events app installed on your device! Browse conference content, follow your schedule, stay connected throughout the event and submit session evaluations afterwards.Download Ch9 Events for Windows 8 | Windows Phone | iOS | AndroidPlease note that to make the catalog easier to browse on your mobile device, we do not show Hands-on Labs, Instructor-led Labs, or Pre-Conference seminars.  All breakout sessions and foundational sessions are listed for your convenience.For additional support you can reach out to: support@eventboardmobile.comFinally don't miss out on Channel 9 LIVE. Bringing you interviews and other fun content LIVE from Barcelona! Tune in on Channel 9 beginning Tuesday October 28th!Note: Joey mistakenly mentioned shuttle service runs Sunday and Monday. Shuttles will run Monday and Tuesday. Below is the correct information on shuttles.Complimentary airport shuttle service between both terminals at Barcelona airport and the Fira Barcelona Gran Via: Monday 27 October, 08:00 – 19:30, and Tuesday 28 October, 07:00 – 09:00. This is your last chance to not miss out on this fantastic event! Make sure you register today for TechEd Barcelona.We also would love for you to give us your feedback:Twitter: use the #tee14 hashtag or comment to @teched_europeOfficial Facebook Page: TechEd EuropeAsk your questions in the ForumsFollow @TechEd_EuropeFollow @JoeySnowFollow @RicksterCDNFollow @Golnaz89

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 7:54 am

WebJobs GA Series Episode 1: WebJobs Tooling with Brady Gaster | Web Camps TV

Join your guide Cory Fowler as he talks to the product teams in Redmond as well as the web community.This week Brady Gaster kicks off a series on the WebJobs feature within Azure Websites which has just became Generally Available. Brady shows us how to use the WebJobs tooling in Visual Studio. He also has a special surprise for us at the end of the show where he shows of the "Deploy to Azure" button which he created with encouragement from Devin Rader and a bit of help from our good friend Vittorio Bertocci.Show LinksWebJobs ResourcesEnabling command line or continuous delivery of Azure WebJobsThe Deploy to Azure ButtonDeploy to Azure (Source Code)The use of Azure Active Directory behind deploy to AzureCQRS Journey (Microsoft Patterns and Practices)

Posted by on 21 October 2014 | 3:41 am

Machine Learning on Azure | AzureConf 2014

Machine Learning can often be a daunting subject to tackle much less utilize in a meaningful manner. In this session, attendees will learn how to take their existing data, shape it, and create models that automatically can make principled business decisions directly in their applications. The discussion will include explanations of the data acquisition and shaping process. Additionally, attendees will learn the basics of machine learning - primarily the supervised learning problem.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 5:04 pm

Microsoft Azure Document Database Deep Dive | AzureConf 2014

Microsoft Azure DB is a purpose built JSON document database that is ideal for use in developing the next generation of modern web and mobile applications. DocumentDB provides the scale and performance of benefits of a NoSQL database but without forcing developers to take a productivity hit at design time in order to use it. In this session we'll deep dive into the capabilities that set DocumentDB apart from RDBMS stores as well its NoSQL brethren. We'll look at how DocumentDB finally delivers on the schema-free promise of NoSQL with whole document indexing and a range of language integrated query mechanisms. We'll look at how DocumentDB provides the sort of data tier programmability that developers take for granted in relational stores but which, to date, has always been a little undercooked in NoSQL land. Finally we'll examine how to get the best performance out of DocumentDB by tuning the consistency level to your application requirements and tweaking your index and query strategies where required. If you're building web and mobile apps on Microsoft Azure then this session will help you to evaluate how DocumentDB can get those apps built faster, scaling better and running more cost effectively than other data storage approaches.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 4:17 pm

Inside the Azure Resource Manager | AzureConf 2014

Keeping track of all the various resources used by a solution is a daunting task.  Azure Resource Manager enables you to group multiple resources into a single logical group.  With the ability to save the group as a template, we can reuse it for future solutions. In this session we'll explore how the Azure Resource Manager can be used to better manage our Azure solutions.  We'll dive deep into creating resources and manipulating the Resource Manager templates. In the end, you'll be able to unlock new, powerful ways to manage your Azure resources.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 4:12 pm

Keynote | AzureConf 2014

Scott Guthrie kicks off AzureConf 2014.

Posted by on 20 October 2014 | 4:10 pm

Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards Launch Event (Morning Session) | Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards

An event for the Sharks Cove hardware development board from Intel. We will demonstrate how it can be leveraged by developers for driver development and see how our Partners have successfully used this platform to further their business.

Posted by on 25 August 2014 | 9:30 am

Day 4: Post Award Ceremony Wrap-Up | Imagine Cup World Finals 2014

John and Golnaz discuss the highlights of the Imagine Cup World Finals 2014 Award Ceremony in this post wrap-up video.

Posted by on 1 August 2014 | 4:47 pm

2014 Imagine Cup World Championships | Imagine Cup World Finals 2014

We'll award prizes to the first, second, and third place teams in the Games, Innovation, and World Citizenship categories. And then the three first-place teams will compete live onstage to see who takes home the overall Imagine Cup trophy and gets a private meeting with Bill Gates.

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 6:52 pm