February may be the shortest month, but it’s the best time of the year for weather-predicting rodents. Columnists at MSDN Magazine decide to join the fun with some mid-winter predictions of their own.
Creating Azure Functions That Can Read from Cosmos DB with Almost No Code
In the third column in this series, Julie Lerman shows you how to create the Azure functions that will respond to a request to retrieve two sets of score data from users playing the CookieBinge game locally and around the world.
Using Jupyter Notebooks
Jupyter Notebooks provide an interactive scratch pad for developers and data scientists to explore and experiment with. Frank La Vigne explores this tool and how it can be used to create and share documents that contain live code, visualizations and text.
C# 8.0 and Nullable Reference Types
Despite his love for C#, Mark Michaelis acknowledges it isn’t a perfect language. In particular, its handling of nullreferences types has been problematic since the language’s inception. That issue should be considerably improved in C#8.0.
Event-Driven Architecture in the Cloud with Azure Event Grid
Event Grid is a new, fully-managed service in Azure that unlocks unique and new messaging patterns in the cloud and beyond.The article explains the fundamentals of Azure Event Grid, how it fits into the serverless landscape, and unleashes anew set of possibilities for applications and services.
Writing Native Mobile Apps Using a Customizable Scripting Language
Vassili Kaplan discovered that a custom, and customizable, scripting language can provide great advantages for creatingcross-platform mobile apps. In this article he shows you how to use his Customizable Scripting in C# to program for mobiledevices.
Deep Neural Network Classifiers Using CNTK
The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit library is a powerful set of functions that allows you to create machine learning predictionsystems. In this article James McCaffrey explains how to use CNTK to make a deep neural network classifier.
Thompson Sampling Using C#
Thompson sampling is a clever algorithm that can help you estimate the relative effectiveness of a number of differentpossible choices. James McCaffrey explains how it works.
Why Software Still Sucks
Ten years after he published his popular book "Why Software Sucks," David Platt takes a look around to find that bad softwareis still a serious problem.
Going to Graph
It's been a challenge since forever. How do you unlock the data created in and captured by productivity applications likeWord, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint and OneNote? And how do you link up and imbue that data with context, so it can be interpreted,leveraged and consumed? It's a question Microsoft has answered in the form of Microsoft Graph.