News from Build 2013: Presentation from the VP R&D Forum

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Sela and Microsoft have established a wonderful tradition: several times a year, VP-level R&D managers from various Israeli companies meet at the Crowne Plaza hotel (with beautiful views to the Tel-Aviv beach) to share news and hear updates about Microsoft technology. The latest meeting was yesterday, and I had the opportunity to present a 45-minute talk covering the latest announcements from Build 2013 and some of the more recent news concerning Visual Studio 2013, Windows 8.1, and Windows Azure. Thank you for coming, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at future forum events. My slides are below, and should...
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Some Post-Build Thoughts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

It has been a week and a half since I returned home from Build, and it took me a while to organize my thoughts. During the conference I’ve been hopping from session to session, meeting old friends and making new acquaintances, and haven’t really had any time to process what I was seeing. There was one thing I felt throughout the conference, which was a bit hard to put into words, but I’ll try anyway: this time, Build had a great atmosphere. Last October in Redmond we spent most of the time between sessions standing in line for...
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Visual Studio 2013 Heap View

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

It’s always fun to add a new blog tag – VS2013. In today’s post I’d like to tell you about the Heap View feature (a.k.a. “Debug Managed Memory”) that you can use to analyze dump files in Visual Studio 2013, announced at Build last week. Although this feature is far from baked and would likely only be useful for simple investigations, I welcome any improvements to the diagnostic tooling built into Visual Studio and look forward to the day I can solve most bugs without leaving the IDE. Essentially, Heap View is a simple explorer for your application’s...
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Capturing Dumps of Windows Azure Web Sites

Monday, July 1, 2013

Among the hundreds of new feature announcements at Build, one gem is hidden in plain sight: an improvement to the Kudu platform (Windows Azure Web Sites) which enables you to capture a dump file of your website’s process across the wire. No more remoting into the destination VM, fiddling around with tool downloads, and putting the dumps in a shared FTP folder. You can now generate a minidump – or even a full dump if you need to – by hitting a diagnostics endpoint on your website. Specifically, if you set up a Windows Azure Web Site at...
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Build Day 1 Windows QuickStart Challenge

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Build officially started today, and instead of writing yet-another-summary-of-the-keynote analyzing Julie’s anxiety and Steve’s sweaty armpits, I think it’s more interesting to tell you about the Windows QuickStart Challenge that I stumbled upon in the expo hall. In a nutshell, you are challenged to integrate a simple Windows 8 app with a number of partner offerings for analytics, push, authentication, in-app purchasing, and other services. If you integrate with five different partner offerings, you win a Surface RT. Which is exactly what I did :-) The funny thing is that I started the challenge with...
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BUILD Day 4: My Summary (2/2)

Monday, November 12, 2012

The last two talks I went to at BUILD… Spending all my time preparing for the Windows Azure Conference next week, where I have two sessions: one on Node.js and one on Windows Azure Mobile Services. Herb Sutter – The Future of C++ Herb has been giving this talk for a few years in a row now at major conferences, and there’s something new every time – this really tells you a lot about the excitement in the world of C++ during these years, culminating with last year’s standard, C++11. Herb shared the...
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BUILD Day 4: My Summary (1/2)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

I had barely time to blink, and BUILD is almost behind us. The fourth day was shorter than the rest, but there was one session that made my morning and my day: Subramanian Ramaswamy – Deep Dive into the Kernel of the .NET Framework on Windows Phone 8 This long title was well-justified, as the .NET Framework on Windows Phone has been revamped as dramatically as the underlying Windows CE –> Windows NT kernel drop-in. This talk was divided into two parts – one about the productivity enhancements for .NET developers on Windows Phone,...
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BUILD Day 3: My Summary

Friday, November 2, 2012

No keynote today, but Scott Hanselman’s 8:30AM talk was a great replacement – he himself called it an “unkeynote”. Also, before the talk Scott looped some hilarious videos, such as MacBook Wheel from The Onion. Scott Hanselman – One ASP.NET and the Cloud This was really keynote material in that Scott highlighted some of the recent developments in what the cloud means for developers. He started by showing the Azure PowerShell cmdlets, which give you provisioning of websites or virtual machines by virtue of a few keystrokes. These are the “five computers” somewhere in...
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BUILD Day 2: My Summary

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Satya Nadella and others – Day 2 Keynote Day two started with Satya Nadella orchestrating an amazing keynote with Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman, Josh Twist, Jason Zander, and David Campbell. This amazing lineup of speakers showed multiple demos, including live coding, covering the most recent developments – mostly around the Windows Azure Platform. Satya’s point of view on the current state of Windows Azure is that it is a complementary offering to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, in that it provides a great backend for mobile apps. This great backend is not just words...
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BUILD Day 1: My Summary

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

After nerve-wrecking last minute flight changes, I made it to BUILD on Monday and heroically spent almost 2 hours in the registration queue. After a good night’s sleep, we regrouped for the first day’s keynote. Another long line, and we were sitting in the third row! Ishai Ram, Alon Levi, Noam Kfir – 3rd row of the keynote hall. Steve Ballmer and others – Day 1 Keynote Surprisingly, Steve Ballmer himself kicked off the keynote with an incredible amount of energy. Although he didn’t jump up and down screaming...
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