We never get tired of free training!
The dotNetConf 2015 is another these free events and it is organized by Microsoft and the community. The virtual conference will be help March 18 & 19.
Visit the official web sites for all details and to (optionally) register at http://www.dotnetconf.net/
Lately, I have spoken at 2 Azure events in Montréal.
When preparing for the 2 events and while demoing in the 2 events, I created many Azure SQL Databases and Azure SQL Servers.
Now it is the time to cleanup not to use too much credits.
Azure SQL Databases are easily deleted using either the old portal (https://manage.windowsazure.com) or the new portal (https://portal.azure.com/).
But deleting Azure SQL Servers is another story. There is nothing (yet) letting you do it.
I searched and found that we need to use Azure PowerShell. You need to use Remove-AzureSqlDatabaseServer as shown in https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn546728.aspx. To install Azure PowerShell, check http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/install-configure-powershell/. If it is your first experiments with Azure PowerShell, you might want to have a look at http://michaelwasham.com/windows-azure-powershell-reference-guide/getting-started-with-windows-azure-powershell/.
Lately, I talked about Microsoft Azure in 2 events. When it is time to explain the different levels of services offered by Azure, I normally rely on this slide:
It not exactly clear for everybody. Yesterday, I showed the following slide (I don't even remember where I took it from) that makes a great analogy with pizza and everybody now understand.
And this morning, I was catching up on some .Net Rocks episode, and they mentioned a brand new "as a service" that I wasn't aware off!
If you have 10 minutes, go try http://foaas.com/ and have a good laugh!
I just learned about a free ebook from Microsoft Press in July 2014 that everybody interested in designing applications for Azure should read.
This book is Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more, by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson.
And this book does not come alone! It comes with a great website called Building Real-World Cloud Apps with Azure.
This is a must see for any Azure enthousiast.
Now that I have started WPF, I need to rebuild and revisit some of the helpers I have built over the years.
A long time ago, back in January 2009, I wrote an article titled A custom MessageBox showing how to customize the Windows Forms MessageBox.
A few days ago, I needed a custom WPF MessageBox. Therefore, here is something to start you with if you ever need to customize your own.
You can read this new article from http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2015/02/Custom-MessageBox-in-WPF.aspx.
A new free 246-pages ebook is now available from Microsoft: Fundamentals of Azure - Microsoft Azure Essentials.
Get the book details and download it from http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/02/03/free-ebook-microsoft-azure-essentials-fundamentals-of-azure.aspx
I just noticed that menus of many applications are opening on the wrong side. Have a look at the Calculator on a system not configured for lefty!
It was disturbing to me and I found why it does that. Apparently, Microsoft decided to do that on touch-capable devices. Now that I know the reason, I may understand why.
If you want to change this behavior, you can change the value of the MenuDropAlignment from the Registry (HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows) by setting it to 0.
Or if you would just like to change the behavior in your application (which is a bit strange when you compare to other apps on the same computer), you can use a little snippet like this one (taken from a C# WPF application - App.xaml.cs):
private static readonly FieldInfo _menuDropAlignmentField;
_menuDropAlignmentField = typeof(SystemParameters).GetField("_menuDropAlignment", BindingFlags.NonPublic | BindingFlags.Static);
System.Diagnostics.Debug.Assert(_menuDropAlignmentField != null);
SystemParameters.StaticPropertyChanged += SystemParameters_StaticPropertyChanged;
private static void SystemParameters_StaticPropertyChanged(object sender, PropertyChangedEventArgs e)
private static void EnsureStandardPopupAlignment()
if (SystemParameters.MenuDropAlignment && _menuDropAlignmentField != null)
I just published a new article about one of my latest experience and deception.
How come legacy MDI style application are not easily available out of the box for a WPF application?
If you are interested in this scenario (and to find out solutions), have a look at http://emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2015/01/MDI-Style-in-a-WPF-application.aspx.
I just watched a quick video made by the awesome Scott Hanselman.
This video is about properly using tabs in Word.
If you want to learn how to use them correctly, spend a little 18 minutes watching http://www.hanselman.com/blog/VIDEODoYouReallyKnowHowToUseMicrosoftWordThePowerOfTabsAndIndents.aspx
I have been running Windows 10 build 9879 (the first public preview version) for quite some time on a secondary laptop. It ran pretty well.
Lately, Microsoft made available build 9926. I went to my upgrade settings to get the new build. It installed correctly (takes very long time). It restarted automatically to complete the upgrade and I was able to see the new build version at the bottom left of my screen. I was an happy guy.
All of a sudden, without touching anything, there was a message on the screen that the laptop needed to reboot to finish the upgrade. After the restart, I was back to build 9879. A roll back occurred without even asking me!
A few days later, retried the upgrade. Same scenario happened. The upgrade ran correctly (takes very long time), restarted and boom, ... rolled back.
I finally found a way of having a stable latest build: I have downloaded the ISO from my MSDN account and everything now runs smoothly.
So don't loose your time and your patience trying the upgrade. Download the ISO and you will be another happy previewer!