Why .NET Deployment Automation Is Vital for Agility
By Ron Gidron
Developing and deploying large-scale .NET-based applications can quickly
become a time-consuming and error-prone process, as you waste resources and
expose yourself to the risk of failure and diminished employee satisfaction.
It may seem a trivial task at first, but as .NET development is scaled to
hundreds of applications and thousands of servers, its deployment must be
automated like any other process if you are to achieve enterprise-wide
agility. It's time to take action.
As your .NET code base and your number of applications grow, .NET deployment
automation becomes a bigger challenge and many aspects need to be considered.
Here are two examples of what may be required for a .NET deployment
Workflow deploys application, creates Windows ser... (more)
19th December 2012 - Ascribe, a leading provider of clinical IT solutions,
has today announced that they are supporting Microsoft Corp.'s HDInsight.
HDInsight is Microsoft's distribution of Apache Hadoop for the Windows Azure
and Windows Server platforms. Through this support, Ascribe will provide
health and social care professionals with real-time analysis of large volumes
of data, enabling clinicians to make better informed clinical and operational
decisions to improve the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of care.
Data relevant to the health and social care sector is growing at a huge rate.
The rise in patient data is fuelled not only by the increasing use of
electronic medical records but also by the increasing application of patient
portals and most importantly, the use of social media and additional content
generated by the internet. Decision making, based... (more)
C# Exception Handling Best Practices
By Matt Watson
Welcome to Stackify's guide to C# exception handling. In this article we
cover the following topics:
Basics about C# Exceptions, including examples Common .NET Exceptions How to
Create Your Own Custom C# Exception Types How to Find Hidden .NET Exceptions
C# Exception Logging Best Practices
What Is an Exception?
Exceptions are a type of error that occurs during the execution of an
application. Errors are typically problems that are not expected. Whereas,
exceptions are expected to happen within application code for various
Applications use exception handling logic to explicitly handle the exceptions
when they happen. Exceptions can occur for a wide variety of reasons. From
the infamous NullReferenceException to a database query timeout.
The Anatomy of C# Exceptions
Exceptions allow an application to transfer... (more)
Clearly Satya Nadella has made a huge difference at Microsoft since taking
office in 2014. The stock in 2016 hit an all time high since 1999. So
investors are happy. Here are the key changes he has made since taking the
role as CEO:
Skipped Windows 9 and went straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10, a great
release. However revenues from Window is declining with the reduction of PC
sales. Released Microsoft Office for iPad. Also releasing the Outlook product
on iPhone & Android. Embraced Linux by joining the Linux Foundation,
previously anathema to Microsoft’s window-centric culture. Spent $2.5B to
buy Mojang, the studio behind hit game Minecraft. Introducing Microsoft’s
first laptop, The Surface Book. Revealing Microsoft HoloLens, the
super-futuristic holographic goggles. New partner program to provide
Microsoft products on non-Windows platforms. Hired ex-Qualcomm e... (more)
Illumio has extended the capabilities of Adaptive Security Platform (ASP)™
through integration with Microsoft's Active Directory groups. The new
capability, known as Adaptive User Segmentation, dynamically calculates and
provisions connectivity rules based on user identity to prevent unauthorized
communications with, and access to, any Illumio-protected applications.
Illumio ASP now can govern how hundreds of millions of users connect to
applications across data centers, clouds or hybrid-cloud compute
"Illumio's mission since our founding has been to help our customers regain
control over their applications and data," said Andrew Rubin, co-founder and
chief executive officer of Illumio. "With the introduction of Adaptive User
Segmentation, Illumio once again is dramatically reducing computing attack
surface through dynamic, policy-driven enforcement t... (more)
Reducing IT Operation Costs with Windows 10 Hello for Business
The newer Windows 10 devices with the Hello extensions are definitely going
to have a cost implication, but in today's context in our own consumer world
where every individual has access to Smartphones with advanced biometric
features, why should the enterprise user continue to use the old PCs that are
managed by traditional passwords? I think the cost of transformation to these
devices will be worth the efficiencies in the ITIL operations as well as
improved security to enterprise data. It would be useful to collect data
about OEMs who have Windows 10 PCs with Biometric Hello features and the same
list can be utilized by enterprises. I will write a separate article on
Windows 10 devices for enterprises.
Incident Management and Passwords
Incident management, which is one of the process area of ITIL, is key... (more)
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Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs
for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit,
render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats
within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications.
Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the
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@ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3,
2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center!
Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here
Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here
All major researchers estimate ... (more)
Windows Azure at Cloud Expo
My colleague, Peter Palmieri, just penned a blog post about Microsoft’s
recent announcement that the Azure platform will offer extensive and familiar
relational database features via SQL Data Services (SDS).
In his post, Leveraging Skills, Peter discusses the fact that .NET developers
will be able to leverage their existing SQL Server database skills when
developing against the Azure platform.
In doing so, he has touched upon what I think is Microsoft’s most strategic
advantage in the realm of cloud computing.
Microsoft has a ready-made ecosystem and developer community from which to
draw its consumer innovators and early adopters.
And I believe it plans on leveraging that advantage to vanquish the
competition. The sheer breadth and depth of these cloud consumer first-movers
may prove to be game-changing.
From my perspective, abstractio... (more)
Everyone knows that the longevity and ultimate success of a platform lies in
the developers willing to create on that platform.
Creating a healthy developer ecosystem in which both the developer and the
platform vendor can grow and prosper is very important. No one knows this
better than Microsoft. It has long been their mantra that “developers,
developers, developers” are the key to success. With most of the new large
scale websites and platforms being launched on open source platforms and now
the cloud, this is becoming even more important.
4th International Cloud Computing Expo attracted more than 50 sponsors and
exhibitors and expo floor was visited by more than 2,250 delegates in Santa
If you just do some casual research, it is easy to see that the largest and
most heavily trafficked sites on the web are written in languages such as
PHP, Ruby on Rails ... (more)
This week, we've been putting both the iPad 4 and the Microsoft Surface
tablet through their paces. In our testing, we're happy to say that both
tablets are very solid HTML5 platforms. Internet Explorer 10 on the Surface
has a broad, well implemented HTML5 feature set that mostly meets and
occasionally exceeds mobile Safari's. On the performance front, the iPad 4
SVG implementation. Having comprehensive, high performance HTML5 support is
now a "must-have" feature for new mobile devices. For end users, both these
devices promise great user experiences from well-designed HTML5 apps.
Going into our testing, we were bringing expectations set by the iPad 3 and
our developer hardware for Windows 8. When we reviewed the iPad 3 in the
Spring, we were disappointed with iPad performance. Ordinary web... (more)
Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)