SUSE Linux Can Now Run on Windows 10

Last year, Microsoft gave a boon to Linux fans everywhere when it announced the Windows Subsystem for Linux. The system allows developers to run Linux command lines natively on Windows 10, accessing all their Windows files, and was originally offered in partnership with Ubuntu. Now, the range of available Linux versions is increasing, with SUSE…

New WintellectPowerShell Version with Visual Studio 2017 Support

We have a new version of Visual Studio coming soon so I did the work to update my WintellectPowerShell module to support it. And, what a huge adventure that turned out to be! I will discuss why its support for Visual Studio 2017 was hard a bit later in this blog entry. For those of…

An Introduction to Azure DocumentDB

In the last several years NoSQL database stores have emerged as viable and useful alternatives to traditional relational databases. While relational technologies like SQL Server will likely always have a place in the enterprise, the means to store data as documents or connected graphs vs. classic “rows and columns” is powerful and should occupy a…

‘Game Mode’ Coming to Windows 10 Creators Update

The Windows 10 Creators Update set to release in April will have a ‘game mode’ that optimizes performance for gaming. While details are slim so far, the new mode will support both Universal Windows Platform and Win32 games. “Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the…

Microsoft Launches Platform for Connected Cars

Microsoft has created a new platform for building connected cars, and Nissan is its first partner. Announced at CES on Thursday, the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform will draw on the Microsoft Azure cloud and will bring services like Office 365, Cortana and Skype into the car. In Nissan’s keynote address, company execs demonstrated how Cortana…

Using TypeScript with React

Want to learn how to combine TypeScript with React for top-notch enterprise JavaScript coding? TypeScript makes available critical programming features from C# and Java such as strong-typing, interfaces, and generics. React has become a very popular library for building multi-platform UI components. Combine the two, and you get a powerhouse of rich functionality to code…

Running Spectron Tests in Visual Studio Team Services Build

Having end-to-end tests and running them locally can definitely be beneficial, but one of the main reasons to have them is to run them automatically during a nightly build. Getting these tests to run in Visual Studio Team Services isn’t trivial. Here’s some tips on how to get them going. Setting up build definitions When…

Unexpected Benefits of End-to-end Testing

End-to-end Testing Testing where the entire application is tested in a real-world scenario such as communicating with the database, network, hardware and other applications. The above is the general definition of what an end-to-end test is. Most of these tests are written to make sure general flows of the application that a user may take…

Free Xamarin Training for Your New Year’s Weekend

New Year’s Eve weekend is a time to party, but for the geeks among us, it may also be a good opportunity to curl up with some dev training videos. Enter Microsoft/Xamarin with their on-demand recordings of Xamarin Dev Days sessions. The mobile development training event takes place periodically in cities around the world, and…

Get Function Keys By Default with Parallels and a MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Having purchased a 15 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar recently, I’ve been having a good time seeing how that Touch Bar can be used. With applications that know about the Touch Bar, it is an interesting UI approach. But with many macOS applications not having full Touch Bar support, I’ll reserve full judgment until…

Top NPM Packages for Spectron Testing

Spectron is a great tool for testing your Electron applications. However, some help is needed to get the full use out of it. This post will go through all of the npm packages I’ve found useful in my Spectron testing. Jasmine Reporters The default reporter for Spectron is to just log out to the terminal.…