Razor Redux

Microsoft has introduced a new version of Razor with ASP.NET Core 2. Tom Fischer explains why it’s worth taking another look at this methodology, especially those who discounted it before. He walks you through creating a simple application, highlighting the benefits or Razor.… Read more

Creating, Deploying, and Debugging an ASP.NET Core Application on Azure

As more companies take advantage of the cloud, teams must learn to do the basics in new ways. In this article, Mircea Oprea demonstrates how to migrate an ASP.NET application to Azure and from on-premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. He also discusses how to troubleshoot issues you may find during the migration.… Read more

Converting a Database to In-Memory OLTP

In-Memory OLTP was introduced with SQL Server 2014 as a way to improve transaction performance. There are several scenarios that are not supported, such as some data types, and Darko Martinović describes the issues and provides workarounds. He also has provided a tool to assist in migrating disk-based tables to In-Memory optimized tables.… Read more

Power BI – Part 1: Introduction

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Power BI has been available for a number of years, but new functionality is added regularly. In this new series from Robert Sheldon, you will learn about the latest developments or get started with Power BI if you are new to it. Robert provides an overview of Power BI, the services and tools available in this article. … Read more
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PowerShell Day-to-Day Admin Tasks – Part 6: Real-Time IT Dashboard

Creating a real-time IT dashboard is essential for IT professionals for managing their environments and to be proactive. A Few months ago, a great tool called ‘PowerShell Universal Dashboard’ or ‘PoshUD’ was officially released. In this article, Nicolas Prigent describes PoshUD, and how to use it to monitor your infrastructure using PowerShell.… Read more

Create Azure VMs with PowerShell Part 1

Azure virtual machines are created for many reasons, even just to have an environment to quickly test something out. In this article, Robert Cain demonstrates the first few steps in automating the process with PowerShell. He shows how to gather information needed and set up a resource group, storage and networking needed for the VM. … Read more

Creating Intelligent Bots Using the Microsoft Bot Framework

Azure, Microsoft's cloud, provides dozens of services to make cloud development fast without the need to worry about infrastructure such as hardware. In this article, Jakub Kaczmarek explains the benefits and challenges of creating a bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework found on Azure. He also walks you through creating a simple bot.… Read more

Execution Plans and Data Protection

One of the most important tools for query tuning is the ability to view execution plans. They are even portable; you can send an execution plan to get advice from someone who doesn't have access to the underlying data. Have you even considered that sensitive information might travel along with the plans? Hugo Kornelis explains how execution plans affect data protection. … Read more