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My random thoughts on software development

Month: July 2017

TechDays 2017 is coming!

With more than 200 sessions of dedicated content, Microsoft TechDays 2017 offers a wide range of experiences; one-on-one sessions with speakers, event tracks with Microsoft partners, workshops, hackathons, exam training and job coaching. A visit to TechDays forges a link with all participating attendees, sponsors, and more than 120 world-class speakers from the Netherlands and abroad.

This must-attend event will be held at the RAI in Amsterdam on 12 and 13 October 2017. TechDays invites you to discover the endless possibilities of technology and become part of the 4th world revolution.

Create, Build, Reinvent, Explore; become the icon of digital transformation!

I hope to see you there!

Website: TechDays 2017

Large free Microsoft eBook giveaway!

Perhaps you are on holiday already, you will leave soon or you will stay at home… but now you can feed your e-reader with an enormous collection of free Microsoft eBooks. Spend your summer learning modern technologies! Eric Ligman, Microsoft Director of Sales Excellence, has posted a blog about what he is calling: The Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway! And the list with books is indeed quite extensive. As you can see from the list of topics, there is some interesting to find for all of us. Topics including: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud and for example SQL Server.

You can find the list with eBooks here:

Happy reading!

Cross platform development with Xamarin.Forms and Visual Basic.NET

Are you interested in creating a Console App in Visual Basic and run it on Linux? Or running your Xamarin.Forms-App written in Visual Basic on an iPhone, Android or a Windows Tablet? Thanks to .NET Standard, .NET Core and Visual Studio 2017 Update 3 it is now possible!

My friend Klaus Löffelmann has written – for the VB Team blog on MSDN – an excellent post about cross platform development with Visual Basic.NET. Since the release of Visual Studio 2017 Update 3, you are able to use Xamarin.Forms in combination with a Visual Basic .NET platform. The functionality is still a bit limited to C#, but you can write real, native apps for Android, iOS and Windows UWP!

How cool is that! This post is highly recommended for everyone who wants to learn about the next step in Visual Basic development.

Link: Mobile Apps with VB, Xamarin, and .NET Standard!

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