Software News and Events for Week 34

SDN Cast

Another webcast (Dutch) with tech-news and this time a Docker and HoloLens Demo. This is week 34 and here is the news we discussed in our SDN Cast. The latest news on software development with both serious and light news items.

Where can you find the Dutch SDN Cast edition 16?
https://youtu.be/ILQd9Saol9s

Subscribe to our channel so you won’t miss our broadcast. Usually we broadcast live every Thursday evening 20:00 GMT+2 but to make sure you best Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3oE_YPB4AJVQSInC-yy3pw !

News of the week

Visual Studio “15” Preview 4
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/08/22/visual-studio-15-preview-4

What’s new in C# 7.0
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2016/08/24/whats-new-in-csharp-7-0

Why are we open sourcing our extensions?
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudioalmrangers/2016/08/17/why-are-we-open-sourcing-our-extensions
https://github.com/ALM-Rangers/Countdown-Widget-Extension

GitHub Extension for Visual Studio 2.0 is now available
https://github.com/blog/2232-github-extension-for-visual-studio-2-0-is-now-available

Google Stops Chrome Browser Apps (Except for Chrome OS)

http://blog.chromium.org/2016/08/from-chrome-apps-to-web.html

Microsoft Edge and Continuum: Your desktop browser on Mobile
https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2016/08/24/microsoft-edge-continuum

The Dick Moffat Technique
https://dmoffat.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/how-to-really-publish-excel-data-to-power-bi

Power BI Desktop Augustus Feature Summary

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-august-feature-summary

No More Ransomware

https://www.nomoreransom.org/

Fun: Xbox onesie
https://majornelson.com/2016/08/25/xbox-onesie-giveaway/?linkId=28048492

Events

This week’s events

Xamarin Dev Days Amsterdam- Augustus 27th
https://www.xamarin.com/dev-days
https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-amsterdam

Next week events

Announcing the “App Dev on Xbox” – august 30 live event

https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/08/23/announcing-the-app-dev-on-xbox-live-event

SDN event September 2nd – Zeist


Our second Dutch SDN Event for 2016 with special guest Roy Janssen with his company
Semper IT showing the HoloLens for you to see with your own eyes what the device looks like and what it can do. In a special presentation Roy will show you what you can do with it. There is still room for registration for the event in Zeist (NL) so don’t miss it and register here:

http://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/2-september-2016

Upcoming events

Fixxup – September 22nd
http://fixxup.nl

LevelUp Mobile 2016 – September 22nd
https://www.afas.events/portal-events/levelup2016?_anta_mlayout=Single

CodeUUR Worldrecord – October 14th

http://Codeuur.nl

.NET Developer Days – Central / East Europe – October 19-21
http://net.developerdays.pl/

Demo context:

This week in our Dutch webcast two demos, the HoloLens Teaser and a Docker Intro. We asked Roy Janssen to give us a quick intro of what we can expect in his sessions at the SDN Event next week September 2nd and we also did a Docker Demo as a follow up of one of our earlier SDN Casts where we discussed the Docker Conference a couple of weeks ago.

HoloLens

This week a HoloLens Teaser to warm us up for next week’s event we organized: SDN Event op 2 september. Roy is showing us what you can do with the HoloLens and is showing what Augmented Reality is all about. Next week in the SDN Event session he will deep dive into the HoloLens in a special session giving an overview of the options you have to develop for the HoloLens by showing use of the tools and applications available. His company can be found at his website http://semper-IT.nl.

Docker

A couple of weeks ago we discussed the Docker Conference in our Events section. As promised back then, this week we finally demoed in our 16th Dutch SDN Cast Docker for Windows to show you how quick and easy it is to set up a running Docker environment on your Windows machine and use some of the images available on http://hub.docker.com.

We hope you like watching our Dutch SDN Casts to catch up in about an hour on the topics that are hot for this week and hear the latest news and see the great demo’s on technology and software development that you can apply in your real world scenarios.

Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel as with enough subscribers we get the option to create an easier to remember link instead of the complex URL we are forced in today for our channel!
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3oE_YPB4AJVQSInC-yy3pw

Software News and Events for Week 33

SDN Cast

Another week of webcasts and tech news. This is week 33 and here is the news we discussed in our Dutch SDN Cast covering the latest news on software development and side information related to that for this moment in time.

Where is our Dutch SDN Cast to be found?
https://youtu.be/rOK-XKuV5OY

Subscribe to the channel if you understand Dutch and don’t want to miss another episode of our cast!

News of the week

Google is killing off Hangouts on Air in September
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/15/12490666/google-hangouts-on-air-september-youtube-live

Hangouts On Air moving from Google+ to YouTube Live
https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/7083786

Introducing the UWP Community Toolkit
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/08/17/introducing-the-uwp-community-toolkit
https://github.com/Microsoft/UWPCommunityToolkit

Announcing NuGet 3.5 RC
http://blog.nuget.org

Introducing the .NET Framework Monthly Rollup
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2016/08/15/introducing-the-net-framework-monthly-rollup

Fewer Visual Studio Sign-in Prompts
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/08/15/fewer-visual-studio-sign-in-prompts

Announcing HTTP/2 support for all customers with Azure CDN from Akamai
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-http-2-support-for-all-customers-with-azure-cdn-from-akamai

Customer segmentation and push notifications: a new Windows Dev Center Insider Program feature
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/08/17/customer-segmentation-and-push-notifications-a-new-windows-dev-center-insider-program-feature

Project Spark ended this week
http://forums.projectspark.com/yaf_postst214854.aspx

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux
https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/powershell-is-open-sourced-and-is-available-on-linux

Events

Events Last Week

Visual Studio Live 8-12 Augustus – Redmond
https://vslive.com/events/redmond-2016/home.aspx

Recordings are to be found on Channel9
https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Visual-Studio/Visual-Studio-Live-Redmond-2016

Upcoming Events

Xamarin Dev Days Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Augustus 27th
https://www.xamarin.com/dev-days
https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-amsterdam

SDN event – September 2nd – Zeist, The Netherlands
http://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/2-september-2016

Fixxup – 22 September – Utrecht, The Netherlands
http://fixxup.nl

LevelUp Mobile 2016 – September 22nd, The Netherlands
https://www.afas.events/portal-events/levelup2016?_anta_mlayout=Single

TechBash – September 28-30 – Pennsylvania, USA
http://techbash.com
CodeUUR World record – October 14th, The Netherlands
http://Codeuur.nl

Demo context:

In the SDN Cast Demo we tried to get an old .NET Forms application to be ported to .NET Core by switching out the backend using Entity Framework Core and existing databases. This didn’t go all that smooth but got it to work in the end showing the principle of how to get your hands on it and show what kind of issues you can run into doing this.

Here is a link we used to get us in the right direction:
Entity Framework Core – Existing Database
https://docs.efproject.net/en/latest/platforms/aspnetcore/existing-db.html

Software News and events for week 32

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This week I collected the news for our SDN Cast again so here is the news for week 32 as we discussed in our Dutch SDN Cast Channel. A weekly informal webcast where we discuss the news, events and everything to know on what is going on in software land.

This week the news and events and demo by Fanie Reynders on his Open Source WebAPI proxy project he is converting to .NET Core..

Where is the webcast to be found?
https://youtu.be/79Sl2I-6o8E

News of the Week

TFS “15” RC1 is available
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2016/08/08/tfs-15-rc1-is-available

I Can Has .NET Core
https://icanhasdot.net

What I missed while I was relaxing this summer
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2016/08/05/what-i-missed-while-i-was-relaxing-this-summer

August 2016 evaluation Windows developer virtual machines
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/08/08/august-2016-evaluation-windows-developer-virtual-machines

Get a Windows 10 development environment
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/virtual-machines

What’s new for Windows 10 IoT Core – The Anniversary Update
https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/iot/Docs/WhatsNew

Microsoft Azure Stack: Upcoming Technical Preview and other updates
https://azure.microsoft.com/nl-nl/blog/microsoft-azure-stack-upcoming-technical-preview-and-other-updates-3/

Microsoft acquires Beam interactive livestreaming service
http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/08/11/microsoft-acquires-beam-interactive-livestreaming-service

Preview: iOS Simulator (For Windows) update 3
https://releases.xamarin.com/preview-ios-simulator-for-windows-update-3

Events

Events Last Week

NDC Sydney
http://ndcsydney.com
https://vimeo.com/ndcconferences

Events of this Week

Visual Studio Live August 8-12 – Redmond
https://vslive.com/events/redmond-2016/home.aspx
Live on Channel9 now!
https://channel9.msdn.com/

Upcoming

Xamarin Dev Days Amsterdam 27 Augustus
https://www.xamarin.com/dev-days
https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-amsterdam

SDN event September 2- Zeist
http://www.sdn.nl/EVENTS/2-september-2016

LevelUp Mobile 2016 – September 22
https://www.afas.events/portal-events/levelup2016?_anta_mlayout=Single

October 14 – CodeUUR Worldrecord
http://Codeuur.nl

Tip of the week:
A mix of Gist and Roslyn
http://gistlyn.com/

Software News and events for week 31

SDN Cast

Every week I collect the news for our webcast. I thought it was a good idea to also share the news here on my blog: The news for week 31 as we discussed in our Dutch SDN Cast Channel. A weekly informal webcast where we discuss the news, events and everything to know on what is going on in software land.

This week the news and events and as special guest we invited Dick Moffat to discuss and demo the latest tech on Power BI. This part obviously is English, where our webcast usually is Dutch.

Where is the webcast to be found?
https://youtu.be/PFKAdZqPYNM

News of the Week

Windows 10 Anniversary Edition Released
Microsoft announces Windows 10 anniversary update available Aug. 2
https://news.microsoft.com/2016/06/28/microsoft-announces-windows-10-anniversary-update-available-aug-2

How to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/08/02/how-to-get-the-windows-10-anniversary-update

Windows 10 Anniversary Update SDK Now Available! Windows Store Open for Submissions
https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/08/02/windows-10-anniversary-update-sdk-14393

Stack Overflow Documentation for Microsoft Developers
https://docs.microsoft.com/teamblog/stackoverflow-documentation-for-microsoft-developers

Botness 2016 Videos Available
http://fuse.microsoft.com/botness/botness-2016/

Unity 5.4 is out – here’s what’s in it
http://blogs.unity3d.com/2016/07/28/unity-5-4-is-out-heres-whats-in-it/
https://store.unity.com/download

Microsoft expanding in Middenmeer (The Netherlands) with two additional datacenters speeding up development
http://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/stadstreek/schagen/article28340696.ece/Microsoft-breidt-in-Middenmeer-met-twee-extra-datacenters-versneld-uit_ (Dutch)

HoloLens Development Edition Updates
https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2016/08/02/hololens-development-edition-updates-2

Announcing .NET Framework 4.6.2
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dotnet/2016/08/02/announcing-net-framework-4-6-2

Xbox One S 2TB Launch Edition is Available Now
http://news.xbox.com/2016/08/02/xbox-one-s-2tb-available-now

API’s for #AzureAD Identity Protection are now available in the Microsoft Graph!
https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/08/02/apis-for-azuread-identity-protection-are-now-available-in-the-microsoft-graph

Docker for Mac and Windows is Now Generally Available and Ready for Production
https://blog.docker.com/2016/07/docker-for-mac-and-windows-production-ready

Announcing the general availability of the Microsoft Excel API to expand the power of Office 365
https://blogs.office.com/2016/08/03/announcing-the-general-availability-of-the-microsoft-excel-api-to-expand-the-power-of-office-365

.NET Standard Library Support for Xamarin
https://blog.xamarin.com/net-standard-library-support-for-xamarin

Events

Events van vorige Week

Fixxup 28 juli
http://fixxup.nl/#event_28072016

Events van de Week

NDC Sydney
http://ndcsydney.com/

Upcoming Events

Visual Studio Live 8-12 Augustus – Redmond
https://vslive.com/events/redmond-2016/home.aspx

Xamarin Dev Days Amsterdam 27 Augustus
https://www.xamarin.com/dev-days
https://ti.to/xamarin/dev-days-amsterdam

SDN event 2 september – Zeist
http://www.sdn.nl

LevelUp Mobile 2016 – 22 september
https://www.afas.events/portal-events/levelup2016?_anta_mlayout=Single

14 oktober CodeUUR Worldrecord
http://Codeuur.nl

Apple WWDC 2016 Overview – iOS

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This is the third part of my Worldwide Developer Conference 2016 event overview. In this part I will get into iOS 10, one of the four operating systems by Apple. The operating system running on Apple iPods, iPads and iPhones (and Apple CarPlay). iOS 10 operating system features were presented at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2016 on June 13th.

Lock Screen Refresh

With this version of iOS activates the lock screen whenever the device is picked up: “Raise to Wake” on devices with Touch ID. So simply just lift the device and it is ready to go, unlock it or open the device.

A feature that was removed with this is “Slide to Unlock”. It appeared that most people used the Touch ID to unlock the phone anyway so now when you pick up your device it will say “Press Home to Unlock” or if already unlocked “Press Home to Open”

Sliding will in fact still do something, it will bring up your Widgets panel when swiping to the right. Swiping left will bring up the camera.

Siri

To access Siri from your apps Apple provided the SiriKit SDK in iOS 10. Right now the SDK is limited to Booking Rides, Search Photo Apps, Send Messages, Calling, Payments and Workouts. The reason for this limitation is the risk of privacy breaches. Apple likes to control what is accessed through Siri and user information should not be able to be accessed through Siri.

Removing Stock Apps

Now you can remove Stock Apps from your device. This wasn’t possible earlier. Stock Apps are the preinstalled Apps from Apple such as: Calendar, Compass, Contacts etc. etc..

Messages

Messages got a big overhaul and took a huge part of the Keynote. Many new features arrived at the Messages App. From animated backgrounds, more visual link where the message shows you a preview of the content like pictures, videos to written messages using ink. Emoji’s are the next big thing in Messages. Emoji’s will sometimes show bigger sized, when there are more size will change back to normal. Writing a new message allows you to highlight the possible candidates to be replaced by emoji’s and easily swap out the words by icons. More message customizing can be done with the use of new Stickers.

Photos

As we have seen with photo services from other providers Apple is adding more machine learning to their systems. It will now recognize up to seven facial expressions and thousands of categories recognizing subjects such as dogs, cats, flowers, whatever … Apple also added Memories. With Memories pictures are bundled from similar events. Your vacation in Spain for instance, or the event in a sports arena last weekend. Interesting statement again related to privacy is that Apple stated not able to ‘see’ the images.

Apps Update

Controlling your home is added with the new Home app. Switch on or off your lights or other HomeKit compatible devices. Apple Music has been updated, many UI updates and lyrics are added. Apple News got an update, breaking news notifications and the option to have subscription based information.

Apple Pay web payments can now be done through Safari with participating websites. A “Pay with Apple Pay” button will be available where you will be able to pay by authentication through the Touch ID.

And what else is there?

Besides the features mentioned above there are numerous other updates. Not so big, smaller updates but overall a lot. For developers one important thing is probably that a large part of the kernel is now available unencrypted. Not sure this was intended or published by accident.

 

 

Apple WWDC 2016 Overview – watchOS

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This is the second part of my Worldwide Developer Conference 2016 event overview. In this part I will get into watchOS, one of the four operating systems by Apple. The operating system running on Apple Watch to be exact. It is the third update on the watchOS operating system presented at the Worldwide Developer Conference 2016 on june 13th. An update with new apps, watch faces and most of all a significant improvement of performance.

New watch faces

Three new faces have been added to the set of existing faces. Minnie Mouse with adjustable clothing to match the color of the current band you attached to the watch. An activity face to show you how you are progressing in your day and a Numerical watch face to show you just one number depending on the current time.

Face gallery on the iPhone

The Apple Watch app on iPhone now contains a Face Gallery where you can change the properties of the watch faces, like the color of the Minnie Mouse dress. You could do this in previous versions on the Apple Watch but now you can do the same on the larger screen of your iPhone in the Apple Watch app.

New ‘Favorites’ Dock and Control Center

The navigation has been changed for watchOS 3 where the button on the side of the watch previously showed a list of your contacts. This is now replaced by a collection of your ‘favorite’ apps. This collection replaces the Glance view you brought up by swiping up. Instead of the Glance view, when you swipe up, you will get the Control Center, just like you are used to see on the iPhone. Also switching the face plates is a lot easier in this version. Simply swipe left or right, no longer is the deep press needed to bring the other faces up.

Quick loading of apps from memory

Besides changing the navigation also the use of memory has been changed significantly. Your favorite apps you put in the Dock view are constantly available in the background and stay in memory to enable quick switching between apps. These apps are always updated in the background. Apps running in memory are to be seven times faster than on the old system.

Not only the docked apps will be loaded in memory but also your most recent used apps. When browsing the apps on the dock it will display a current snapshot without loading the app completely. You can add up to ten aps to the Dock view.

Emergency call

A new feature on the Apple Watch is SOS, if you press the lower side button for over three seconds the watch will call the local emergency service. This depends on where you are. In the Netherlands supposedly it would call the 112 emergency service instead of 911 in the US.

Calling the emergency service will also provide the medical information such as age, weight, allergy information and more.

Activities

Sharing of your activities

Sharing your activities is hot nowadays, who doesn’t own an activity tracker? Apple did notice that and next to adding the Activity watch face they added activity sharing so you can share your stats with the friends you like.

Wheelchair support

Activity tracking has been made compatible for wheelchair users. Instead of telling you to stand up, which can be awkward if you can’t, the watch will now suggest that it is “Time to roll” if you are in wheelchair mode. Also pushing the wheels of the wheelchair is now a supported activity in this mode.

Workouts

Several improvements have been made in the area of the Workouts. For instance there is now support for automatic pausing in case you are stopping for traffic lights or some other reason. Registration will pause and will start again when renewed motion is detected. Lifting your arm is now sufficient to show you the stats of the workout. Manually putting the workout on hold can also be accomplished by pressing the Digital Crown and stopping is now done by right swiping instead of force touch. If you are doing a workout that is not in the list you can use ‘other’ workout types.

New apps

Breathe App

One app in particular they spent some time on was the Breath app. With this app you will get support to train your breathing and get into control to be more relaxed. The watch helps by showing images and graphics to indicate how you should be breathing.

Reminders and Find my Friends

Equal to the iPhone the Reminders and Find my Friends app is now added to the Apple Watch for you to use. As ‘docked’ app the Find my Friends app will always be active in the background and allows you to quickly show you where your friends are located.

Heart Rate

With the replacing of the Glance view there is now the Heart Rate app. This was the only thing that didn’t already have its own app outside the Glance view.

Messages

Immediately after receiving a message you can now send a reply by really writing on the screen using the new Scribble feature. You can also do that in Chinese if you like, just draw the characters on the screen.

Leftovers:

Authentication

With watchOS 3 you can use your watch as an authentication device for your iPhone to unlock the phone. So you can unlock your phone as soon as it is in close range of the iPhone and no longer needed to enter the authentication information like a pin code.

Apple Pay

Appls on the Apple Watch now get access to Apple Pay, that is if it is supported in your locale. If it is developers can add Apple Pay features to their apps in order for you to use it in the apps of your liking.

New APIs

With watchOS3 the developer gets access to the Digital Crown, touch events, speaker audio, SpriteKit, SceneKit, Game Center, CloudKit to enable saving data over multiple devices and many other new options…

A final word

If you look at it, it really became a large article where at first sight one may have thought there wasn’t all that much changed for this operating system. Still too bad most features can only be used with the phone nearby, the iPhone to be exact – it isn’t multi-platform, but we are used to that with Apple by now.

 

 

Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2016 Roundup – tvOS

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With these posts I’d like to summarize what was announced at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2016. The WWDC 2016 conference can be divided into four sections, each section for one of its four operating systems. Where Microsoft took the path of consolidating all operating systems into one operating system, Apple currently has four operating systems for each of the dedicated device types. You can think of it what you want, but the fact is that Apple currently has the operating systems: iOS (iPhone, iPad), tvOS (Apple TV), watchOS (Apple Watch) and OS X renamed to macOS (Mac)

This is part one of probably four about the announcements at WWDC 2016 related to tvOS.

tvOS

tvOS is the operating system of Apple TV with integrated App Store and voice-based Siri searches. WWDC is positioned to be a developer conference, but I found that the conference is for a large part also about content and new UI capabilities. Of course it is up to the developer to integrate the capabilities but the WWDC show doesn’t show you how (at least in the keynotes, so you might think the keynotes are in fact end user presentations).
That said, Apple announced several new Apps to be arriving on tvOS: Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV and games such as Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party.

Single Sign On Authentication

At WWDC 2016 Apple announced Single Sign On for tvOS. With Single Sign On for tvOS you only need to enter your credentials once without the need to re-enter your credentials every time you access a pay-tv subscription item. So no longer you are required to repeatedly enter your name and secret password whenever you switch between ‘locked’ channels. This feature will also be available for iOS according to Apple at WWDC.

Games that require Controllers

Apple TV now also supports up to four game controllers.

Topic Based Siri Commands

Siri supposedly will now be able to do searches around topics like “Comedies from the 70’s” or “Movies about Soccer”. Also Siri can now help you to jump straight into your live channel with commands like “Watch CNN News” to go directly to channel CNN. Another thing is smart YouTube searches like “search YouTube for funny home videos”

Homekit Commands

Apple TV will also get support for Homekit. The API to control all your Homekit compatible devices independent from what manufacturer the device came.

New iPhone Remote App

This app will allow users to control their content but also to use Siri to control the Apple TV. It can also be used to play games on Apple TV or enter text using the iOS keyboard.

New tvOS APIs

Apple announced a couple of new tvOS APIs and also support for PhotoKit and Homekit. A new API is ReplayKit that enables recording of live broadcasts from your apps.

Other features

New features that arrive at iOS and macOS also will come to tvOS. Among those the new redesigned Apple Music with lyrics. You can now chant along with your fav music on Apple TV as well. Photos will get, just like iOS and macOS, the new feature called Memories that tries to bundle all the topic/location related pictures in one view. Remember that Microsoft already has a feature like that on their OneDrive online albums.

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