Staying Current – Drinking Tequila from a Firehose – With NO Lime

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I often get asked how I stay current with so many new technologies. To be honest I think I struggle to stay current but I do attend conferences and consume a lot of information from the internet. Since I primarily deal with Microsoft Technologies I spend a lot of time navigating their website. Sometimes it feels like trying to drink Tequila form a  firehose with no lime.  So let me provide you some lime – I’ve started creating lists of useful resources that I’ve come across and I will be posting them to this blog on occasion. The last time I did this was in my Christmas post last year “The Best Things in Life are Free” and it turned out to be my most popular post of the year. I hope you like this one as much. So without any further ado, here’s the list:

Resources

Notes

Developer Tools Download
Download any Visual Studio skus, including VS 2015
AzureCon On-Demand Videos AzureCon ON-Demand videos on Channel 9 
A New Era of Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft Terry Myerson on new devices for Windows 10
AzureCon Keynote Announcements: India Regions, GPU Support, IoT Suite, Container Service, and Security Center Scott Guthrie’s AzureCon Announcement
Five questions to ask when choosing an IoT provider for your business Before you decide on a solution provider, ask yourself these questions:
Windows 10 development for absolute beginners The absolute beginners’ series is back for Windows 10.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro dev or just starting out, there’s valuable content for everyone.
Zero to Continuous Deployment of Dockerized App for Dev-Test in Azure This video walks through a recent scenario in which we helped a customer optimize their IT processes with DevOps practices and bring their vision to life.
Platform As A Service, Ease of Use, Rich Features Make Microsoft Azure Awesome Interview #3: Michele Leroux Bustamante is the Founder of California based Snapboard and a Microsoft Regional Director. In this video, she talks about the versatility of Microsoft Azure’s features, its cross platform capabilities across Android, iOS, and OpenSource platforms, and what makes Azure the ideal cloud backend.
Preparing your Enterprise for Windows 10 as a Service What do you need to begin testing Windows 10 for your organization? Find out, in the fifth episode of the Enterprise Mobility Core Skills series
What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Preview Check out this demo-packed look at Windows Server 2016 Preview, and see why it is the platform of choice for the integrated datacenter.

You’ll have to get your salt somewhere else 🙂 Let me know what you think. Are these useful for you? Please feel free to suggest additional resources.

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