Last Week on Channel 9: November 24th - 30rd, 2014


Last week, due to the United States Thanksgiving holiday, it was pretty quiet, yet even so we premiered a new show, Level Up, and more...

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Getting Started with Desired State Configuration

Brian Keller talks with Keith Bankston (Senior Program Manager) and Jeff Levinson (Technology Solution Professional) about the PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), the new Configuration as Code guidance and plans to create a vibrant community around the PowerShell Gallery. DSC is a new management platform in Windows PowerShell that enables deploying and managing configuration data for software services and managing the environment in which these services run. It is emerging as a pivotal player in the DevOps world.

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CodeChat 020 - Stefan Negritoiu (

Stefan joins me on CodeChat this time. He and his team have a Startup called BizLogr and have a well-established service - MileLogr - that helps business types track their expenses without a lot of work and hassle. Now they're working on a service that a lot of us are excited about.

It's called FreeBusy and it aggregates your various personal and business calendars and makes your net availability easily accessible to folks you collaborate with. So the "when are you free" dance just got a lot smoother!

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Episode 1: Project Spark

Level Up is a show devoted to game development. Each show will recap current news and events in gaming, deep dive with a game industry insider, and cover tips for programming or finding resources to help you with game construction. We would love to hear from you with feedback or suggestions for what you would like to see on the show, or just tell us about the projects you are working on. Write us at

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Jethro Tull fan app made with Windows App Studio

Russ Fustino used Windows App Studio to create an officially-endorsed fan page for the British rock band Jethro Tull. Watch as Russ shows off his app to lead singer Ian Anderson.

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Breakpoint: The Art of Being a TFS Reporting Ninja

We get it. Managing software projects can be hard. But Microsoft's ALM platform (including Team Foundation Server) provides the best software project management solution on the market for making sure you have all the information you need to make the right decisions. Part of this includes the detailed reporting capabilities built into TFS. On this episode of Breakpoint, Paul Laberge and Jonathan Rozenblit talk about TFS Reporting and show you how you can use it and how you can extend it. With all the data generated within a project, you can become an ALM Project Ninja with reports that can give you, your team, and your stakeholders the upper edge in making the right decisions.

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Connected Services

In this episode, Robert is joined by Steve Lasker and Merwan Hade, who show us how Visual Studio 2015 makes it much easier to connect to cloud services. The new Connected Services dialog hides much of the complexity involved in connecting to services, blending together Getting Started guidance, with a wizard-based approach for finding relevant services, getting the right connection libraries, and configuring the services. Steve and Merwan show connecting to a Salesforce service and talk about other service providers you can expect to be added.

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Monthly Catch-up: S74 and Day 2 of the MVP Summit

On our second show, we go take look at the current and future sprints and have some great guests dropping in during the second day of the MVP Summit.

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