ICTV029: Introducing Pablo | Imagine Cup TV

Introducing Pablo, the new Imagine Cup competition manager. He's got a ton of competition updates; Imagine Cup World Finals, Code Hunt, and Break into code. Excitement is building for the 2015 Imagine Cup World Finals, its right around the corner.

Posted by on 7 July 2015 | 11:49 am

CodeChat 030 - Everett Carney on Being a Tech Startup Developer | CodeChat

Everett is a relatively new developer on a team called Slope.Slope (goslope.com) has been in business for some time shooting, editing, and publishing media, and realized the pains involved in collaborating on such massive files. So they are working on a platform to ease their pain - and yours if you work on media with other people.In this chat, Everett talks about choosing to work at a startup instead of a larger, more established organization. He also takes this opportunity on a technical broadcast to talk about some code.You'll hear why Everett and team chose React for their frontend framework and Node.js for their backend. We do not, unfortunately, take the time in this episode to get into it, but Slope is also using Azure Media Services for media storage, management, and streaming. Overall, they have a good, modern stack.

Posted by on 7 July 2015 | 10:00 am

Kinect Helps Detect PTSD

As a cold war army veteran and having a son that deployed to Afghanistan this post hit close to home....Kinect helps detect PTSD in combat soldiers...According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD affects 11 to 20 percent of veterans who have served in the most recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s no wonder, then, that DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a part of the U.S. Department of Defense), wants to detect signs of PTSD in soldiers, in order to provide treatment as soon as possible.One promising DARPA-funded PTSD project that has garnered substantial attention is SimSensei, a system that can detect the symptoms of PTSD while soldiers speak with a computer-generated “virtual human.” SimSensei is based on the premise that a person’s nonverbal communications—things like facial expressions, posture, gestures and speech patterns (as opposed to speech content)—are as important as what he or she says verbally in revealing signs of anxiety, stress and depression.The Kinect sensor plays a prominent role in SimSensei by tracking the soldier’s body and posture. So, when the on-screen virtual human (researchers have named her Ellie, by the way) asks the soldier how he is feeling, the Kinect sensor tracks his overall movement and changes in posture during his reply. These nonverbal signs can reveal stress and anxiety, even if the soldier’s verbal response is “I feel fine.”SimSensei interviews take place in a small, private room, with the subject sitting opposite the computer monitor. The Kinect sensor and other tracking devices are carefully arranged to capture all the nonverbal input. Ellie, who has been programmed with a friendly, nonjudgmental persona, asks questions in a quiet, even-tempered voice. The interview begins with fairly routine, nonthreatening queries, such as “Where are you from?” and then proceeds to more existential questions, like “When was the last time you were really happy?” Replies yield a host of verbal and nonverbal data, all of which is processed algorithmically to determine if the subject is showing the anxiety, stress and flat affect that can be signs of PTSD. If the system picks up such signals, Ellie has been programmed to ask follow-up questions that help determine if the subject needs to be seen by a human therapist....Giota Stratou, one of ICT’s key programmers of SimSensei, provided details on the role of the Kinect sensor. “We used the original Kinect sensor and SDKs 1.6 and 1.7, particularly to track the points and angles of rotation of skeletal joints, from which we constructed skeleton-based features for nonverbal behavior. We included in our analysis features encoded from the skeleton focusing on head movement, hand movement and position, and we studied overall value by integrating in our distress predictor models.”...Key linksNews and information about Kinect for WindowsUSC Institute for Creative TechnologyRead about the psychological underpinnings of SimSenseiLearn more about PTSDKinect for Windows on Facebook and TwitterProject Information URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2015/07/01/kinect-helps-detect-ptsd-in-combat-soldiers.aspxFollow @CH9Follow @Coding4FunFollow @KinectWindowsFollow @gduncan411

Posted by on 7 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Tuesdays with Corey: DSC and ARM templates with Jeffrey Snover | Tuesdays With Corey

Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Windows Azure IaaS team meets up AGAIN with the man, the myth, the legend - Jeffrey Snover and this time talks about DSC and ARM templates.Don't forget - we're always looking for Suggestions and Questions here in the comments section OR via twitter #AzureTwC. You never know - you might make it to an upcoming episode and be a virtual star of the show - like THIS one!Post any questions, topic ideas or general conversation here in the comments OR online on via Twitter.Follow @CoreySandersWAFollow @RicksterCDN 

Posted by on 7 July 2015 | 2:10 am

Creating Hosted Web Apps with Project Westminster

Hosted Web Apps are Universal Windows Apps that let you leverage your existing web workflows and continuous deployment to publish a responsive web app to the Windows Store. You can start with a preexisting website URL, place it in the app manifest, and create an app targeting the Windows 10 platform. Once installed, your website can integrate with the platform and call Universal Windows APIs from JavaScript. For more information and resources, check out the "Project Westminster" landing page.

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 2:26 pm

Azure Machine Learning with Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh

For this interview I had the privilege of talking to Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning at Microsoft. For those of you that know me this was a real treat given my strong interest in Machine Learning. It was great to see the passion that Microsoft has for this particular area, hear about how Azure Machine Learning works, as well as look to the future of this already amazing product. Here are some links to help you get started with Azure Machine Learning:AzureML Main PageAzureML GalleryI took the liberty of interspersing some screen captures of the things Joseph was talking about during the interview to get a real sense of how amazing AzureML has turned out.

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 12:00 pm

Episode 178: Azure API Apps with Panos Kefalidis | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

In this episode Chris Risner is joined by fellow Technical Evangelist, Panos Kefalidis.  Panos joins us to talk about Azure App Service API Apps.  First we quickly review what Azure App Service is and how it combines different complimentary pieces into a single uniform platform.  Then we talk about API Apps and how they provide extended metadata for APIs (written in any language) to enable more easy consumption and distribution.  One of the very powerful features of API Apps is it's Swagger metadata generation for creating client SDKs to talk to your APIs.  Panos wraps up the show by creating a Logic App that consumes the API App he earlier created and deployed into Azure.Links from the show:Previous show on Logic Apps[01:36] - Agenda[01:51] - What is App Service?[05:12] - Differences between API Apps and API Management[08:36] - Platform benefits[10:15] - Developing API Apps[12:54] - More on Swagger[16:46] - Logic Apps and pre-built API Connectors[18:13] - Demos[33:45] - Creating an API App client SDK with Visual StudioAzure App Service documentationAPI Apps User VoiceLike Cloud Cover on Facebook!Follow @CloudCoverShowFollow @chrisrisnerFollow @haishibai2010Follow @pkefal

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 10:54 am

Defrag Tools: #132 - PATH | Defrag Tools

In this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder bring sense the to Windows Search Path (%PATH%).Timeline:[00:00] - Getting the %PATH%; set PATH or path[01:25] - path | clip[01:56] - Leverage Excel to organize the PATH[02:21] - Data | Convert Text to Columns - Delimiter Semicolon[03:03] - Paste Special | Transpose[03:50] - Remove Duplicates[03:58] - Sort[25:12] - Put them in a logical order (most important first)[06:38] - Copy-Paste into Notepad[06:57] - Search-Replace TAB with Semicolon[07:18] - Set the new %PATH% - This PC | Properties, Win+Pause, Win-X-Y[09:04] - Process Monitor - View the OS searching though the folders...[10:38] - "Bit Rot"[12:38] - Email us your issues at defragtools@microsoft.com

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 8:00 am

Last Week on Channel 9: June 29th - July 5th, 2015

Even with a quite week due to the July 4th holiday here in the States, we still have 18 sessions for you to check out...Technology and Friends: Episode 352: Josh Holmes on NitrogenJosh Holmes describes Project Nitrogen - a framework that helps maintain data retrieved from hardware devices and stored in the cloud.Intro to Machine Learning with Seth JuarezChannel 9's own Seth Juarez comes to lay down the knowledge and get Scott up to speed on Azure Machine Learning 101.TWC9: Visual Studio 2015 Release Date, Windows 10, Open WWT, Maker.js and moreThis week on Channel 9, Jeremy and guest host Greg Bulmash discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:34] Seattle CoderDojo, CodeChat 007 - Greg Bulmash (Coder Dojo) ...Technology and Friends, Episode 351: Jeff Fritz on ASP.NET 5Jeff Fritz describes features in the upcoming release of ASP.NET.Let’s code! Build a custom progress ring in Windows XAMLThere are several controls that ship for free in the Visual Studio XAML toolbox. One of them is the ProgressRing, a neat, animated ring of dots that goes round and round and round. Developers use the ProgressRing to indicate to the user that something is working, loading, or just doing something where the user should wait.But what if you wanted to do more without splitting the atom? Could you build your own, custom progress in that super-charges the branding of your Windows app? ..TechNet Radio: (Part 23) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Azure Key VaultContinuing their data protection through encryption episodes in their "Build Your Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze explore Azure Key Vault,  a new feature found in Azure that increases security and control over keys and passwords used in cloud apps and services.[1:20] Let’s chat about Azure Key Vault and some of the recently announced features from the Ignite conference.[8:30] DEMO: Azure Key Vault walkthrough ...GoingNative 39: await/coroutinesIn today's long-awaited episode (bahaha), returning GoingNative guest Gor Nishanov talks about how you can take advantage of await/co-routines to do your own asynchronous programming (and more!) with speed and ease!Video Timeline: [00:50] - Meet Gor (again =P) ...CodeChat 029 - On Simplifying Cloud DevOps with Paul AllenPaul and his team at CloudCoreo have an ambitious goal and an awesome product.The goal - to make dev ops for cloud solutions simple and collaborative. What if the entire description of your architecture were stored in a GitHub repository, you could choose for it to be either public or private, and your whole team could easily contribute changes and maintain a history of changes? ..TV Everywhere and Scalable Azure Platform Simplify Video EncodingTV Everywhere's Vidcoding solution encodes video that works across a wide range of devices and platforms. Vidcoding simplifies the encoding process, which can be highly complex, while also meeting the challenges that scaling can present. ..Tuesdays with Corey: Nano Coolness with Jeffrey SnoverCorey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Windows Azure IaaS team meets up with the man, the myth, the legend - Jeffrey Snover and talks about Nano Server. ...Introduction to PowerShell Desired State ConfigurationDuring this video, we will introduce the PowerShell "configuration" keyword, which enables us to build declarative configuration documents that will help us to declare our "infrastructure as code." Once we build a basic DSC configuration document, we will invoke it to generate the MOF files, and then deploy the DSC MOF files to the local system. ..Community Corner: An Interview with Javier Dutan, CEO of Sabor - Restaurant Point of Sale for Windows TabletsJames Quick welcomes Javier Dutan, CEO of Sabor, a Restaurant Point of Sale System built for Windows tablets. Listen in as he provides us with a brief demo of his company, demos his solution as well as discusses how he uses Microsoft Azure and the BizSpark program. ...Nepal Earthquake 2015 MIC Supports Relief with HumanTrafficking Prevention AppAfter the devastating earthquake hit Nepal in April 2015 The Microsoft Innovation Canter in Kathmandu realized that it needed to support recovery in many ways.Protecting vulnerable people whose lives have been upended became a quick priority. Utilizing an Appathon the MIC was able to quickly develop an app that can track people and stop human traffickers from taking advantage of this tragedy. ...Walk, Surf, and Charge All at Once with Walkway, Powered by AzureWhy pick between exercise and productivity when both are possible? Walkway, powered by Azure and a Windows 8.1 app, enables people to walk at a workstation while surfing the Internet and charging devices. ...Ping 246: Hoverboards, Xbox Gold, HoloLens in spaceWelcome back to Ping! We talk about the return of robot combat return to television, we chat about a one-way ticket to Mars on the space desk, and more stories that 'softies are pinging each other about...[00:39] Last Show (Robot DARPA Challenge) ...Dundas Seamlessly Integrates with Azure, Azure SQL Data WarehouseDundas Data Visualization, Inc., a global provider of business intelligence and data visualization solutions, announced Dundas BI – its customizable dashboard, reporting and visual analytics software – is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. With a browser-based and consistent user experience across any data source and on any device, Dundas BI makes it easy and quick for users to access, analyze and visualize their data.  ...Defrag Tools: #131 - Windows 10 SDKIn this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards and Chad Beeder walk you through the download of the Windows 10 SDK and the latest Sysinternals tools. We harvest the Debugging Tools for Windows, Windows Performance Toolkit, and Application Verifier files from the SDK. ...Installing TFS 2015 - A quick walkthroughIn this short video you will see how you can easily install Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2015 in a single server configuration.Follow @CH9 Follow @gduncan411

Posted by on 6 July 2015 | 4:00 am

Intro to Machine Learning with Seth Juarez | Azure Friday

Channel 9's own Seth Juarez comes to lay down the knowledge and get Scott up to speed on Azure Machine Learning 101.

Posted by on 2 July 2015 | 6:00 pm

TWC9: Visual Studio 2015 Release Date, Windows 10, Open WWT, Maker.js and more | This Week On Channel 9

This week on Channel 9, Jeremy and guest host Greg Bulmash discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:34] Seattle CoderDojo, CodeChat 007 - Greg Bulmash (Coder Dojo)[00:58] Save the Date: Visual Studio 2015 RTM on July 20th [Soma], Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event[02:25] How to use Process Monitor and Process Explorer [Scott Hanselman][03:48] Release Dates and Compatibility: Visual Studio 2015 and the Windows 10 SDK [Emilio Salvador Prieto][04:36] Become a git master [Tomas Lycken][05:31] Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 10158 Released [Clint Rutkas], Windows 10 Developer Tools[05:56] Windows 10 Build 10159, 10162 Released[06:44] Windows 10 Development Training Resources[07:14] Working Toward Universal Interoperability in IoT [Steve Teixeira], Node.js and the Internet of Things Using Intel Edison[08:45] Learn JavaScript in in Picture (Tweet), javascript-in-one-pic[09:36] Announcing the 1.0.0 release of Application Insights Windows SDKs [Joshua Weber][10:55] MVPs in the Americas Connect Communities to Microsoft Virtual Academy and Channel 9[11:48] Channel 9 Visual Studio Hub[12:13] Maker.js - A JavaScript Library for Makers, https://github.com/Microsoft/maker.js[13:33] Open WorldWide Telescope, https://www.github.com/WorldWideTelescope, Microsoft open sources WorldWide Telescope, Welcoming the WorldWide Telescope to the Open Source .NET Universe[14:35] PowerShell ISE Theme – Visual Studio Code style [Stuart Leeks]Picks of the Week!Greg's Pick of the Week:[15:30] Minecraft in educationJeremy's Pick of the Week:[17:01] easy-asyncPlease leave a comment or email us at twc9@microsoft.com.Follow @CH9 Follow @metulev Follow @gduncan411 Follow @codefoster Follow @vladkol

Posted by on 2 July 2015 | 5:00 pm

F# and MBrace with Lena Dzenisenka | .NET Fringe 2015

I had the privilege of talking with Lena at .NET Fringe about F# and MBrace. She is definitely a genius level software engineer (and I've met a lot). She takes us through using MBrace to distribute work across multiple machines using F#. If you'd like to learn more:F#MBrace This is a first in a series of interviews I did at the brand new .NET Fringe Conference (more on this later with Glenn Block). It was essentially a conference about some of the great work happening in the OSS space for .NET. F# (and MBrace) form part of that great open source work being done by both Microsoft and the community at large. Let me know what you think! 

Posted by on 8 June 2015 | 11:00 am

All About .NET Fringe with Glenn Block | .NET Fringe 2015

In this video Glenn explains the genesis of the inaugural .NET Fringe Conference. It was an interesting discussion on OSS in the Microsoft ecosystem. Some notes:.NET FringeGlenn Block (Twitter, GitHub).NET Rocks Open Source PanelI've known Glenn for many years - it was fun to catch up!

Posted by on 8 June 2015 | 11:00 am

Windows Design for Developers: Getting the Balance Right | Build 2015

Come hear more about Microsoft’s approach to design: why it is evolving and how developers can benefit. Partner Director of Design Albert Shum will discuss high-level design influences in Windows 10 as well as our rich set of Microsoft experiences that empower developers. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with executives Jeff Fong, Karen Kesler, Jonathan Wiedemann, and Jeff Arnold.

Posted by on 31 May 2015 | 1:07 pm

Microsoft Edge: Introducing the new browser and rendering engine for Windows 10 | Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2015

Microsoft Edge will be the new browser across all Windows 10 devices, from phones to tablets, PCs and beyond. This session will provide a fast moving tour of the new browser features and peer inside at the new rendering engine under the covers.

Posted by on 5 May 2015 | 10:46 am

Building Microsoft Surface Pro 3 | Microsoft Ignite 2015

Have you wondered what it takes to pack the power of an Intel core chip in a thin tablet? Come hear it from the engineers who built the individual components of the Surface Pro 3 device. Hear the stories behind the tablet that can replace your laptop.

Posted by on 3 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

Introducing ASP.NET 5 | Build 2015

ASP.NET 5 is a lean and composable framework for building web and cloud applications. ASP.NET 5 is fully open source and available on GitHub. In this technical talk The Lesser Scotts will put it all into context. What does that ASP.NET 5 mean for compatibility? What powerful new cloud scenarios does ASP.NET 5 enable? We’ll cover ASP.NET 5 both inside and outside the IDE, on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Posted by on 27 April 2015 | 2:13 pm