Things to know before Global Azure Bootcamp


Boot-Print-(1)I am sure the news must have reached to you, after all it’s not the age when one waits for the mails to be handed over to him/her by the gentle-well uniformed-postman. The electronic mails termed as email have killed the time consuming process and won the battle against traditional mails to self declare as the King. All the news are at your finger tip now. All the information, around the globe can be served by Bing Sir and Google Sir. Hah..Life got really easy and getting better, isn’t it? Well, I am not going to take your time by telling you the story which is very known to you. Let’s quietly jump to the next paragraph then. Shhhhhhhhhhhh….Please don’t make noise, I am going to write about something very interesting.

globalazurebootcamplogo2016Well … Well.. Well…Global Azure Bootcamp.Very few days to go. If you are new to Global Azure Bootcamp, check this official link for details. This time, it’s happening across the planet on 16th April 2016. I am very excited to attend yet another chapter of Global Azure Bootcamp.  It’s an event where technical experts, IT Pros, Renowned Speakers, MVPs, MSPs, Developers, Students and people who love technology gather together to share – learn – gossip on cloud computing. A full day deep dive for developing cloud computing apps. It’s one of the largest global community event on the planet. This time, it’s happening in more than 150 locations across the globe.

If you are interested, you can find a location near you Global Azure Bootcamp Locations.

Few information about Global Azure Bootcamp 2016

  1. If you are available over Facebook or Twitter and posting something about Global Azure Bootcamp, you can use official hashtag #GlobalAzure
  2. Connect @Azure on Twitter
  3. Connect Microsoft Azure , Global Azure Bootcamp on Facebook
  4. Check Azure Blog

Want to learn the basics before you participate in Global Azure Bootcamp this year? (if you are new to Azure like me)
..then check following links which may help in this regard..

Video Tutorials:

  1. MVA (Microsoft Virtual Academy)
    Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
    Other Microsoft Azure Courses
  2. Windows Azure Free training videos from Devcurry 

Blogs/Articles:

  1. Sorry. No links this time. Just Bing it or Google it.

Free Books:

  1. Fundamentals of Azure : Microsoft Azure Essentials
  2. Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure
  3. Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning

Global Azure Bootcamp Bhubaneswar 2016

MSDC Odisha is organizing the event at Bhubaneswar yet another time. I am lucky to be a member of MSDCOdisha team and excited to learn new stuffs this time too. It was a great success last year with a huge no of audience and my favorite speakers Abhisek Sur, Pooja Baraskar, Abhishek Nandy, Sumantro Mukherjee, Nirmal Hota & Tadit Dash. You can find more details about the last year event at bhubaneswar.azurewebsites.net.

This time we have planned it to make more interesting. We have invited very experienced speakers and IT Pros to make it a more learning day for all of us. Hopefully, we would meet at the event.

Few information if you are looking to join us-
1. Register here
2. Location: ITER, SOA University, Bhubaneswar
3. Time: 9:30 AM to 5 PM
4. More information at the event page
Global Azure Bootcamp Bhubaneswar 2016
5. Contact : MSDC Odisha Team

 

Hopefully, it was worth investing your valuable 10 minutes reading this post. Would like to hear back some sweet or bitter :p words from you. In case you want to know more please feel free to drop me an email at suvendu.giri@live.com

Thanks

Here are some pics of the last year Global Azure Bootcamp at Bhubaneswar

For more photos check this GAB 2015.

Windows 10: Change default File Explorer View


win10This small tip is for those users of Windows 10 who miss the “This PC” or “My Computer” File Explorer view of previous versions. In Windows 10, it opens the File Explorer with its default view as “Quick Access” view which is introduced in this version of Windows.

It is a very useful feature as you can view your most frequent and recent files and folders grouped under two sections. Check this sample screenshot:

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I like this feature and will continue to use as such but if you don’t like it and want the File Explorer to be opened as “This PC” view as it was there in the previous versions of Windows then check following steps –

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click on View menu
  3. Click on Options in the ribbon below the menu bar. It should open a popup window Folder Options
  4. In the General Tab, change the drop down selection- Open File Explorer to : Quick access to
    Open File Explorer to : This PC
  5. Click Apply
  6. That’s all !

Check following screenshot-

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Hope, you liked this post. Would love to read your thoughts on  this.

Thanks !:)

Tip-3: Exciting SSMS features derived from Visual Studio


In this series of posts, we’ll see few great yet less known and under utilized tips/features those are there since earlier versions of Visual Studio and later made their way to SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). I am sure, you’ll love these tips.
Tip 3: Transact SQL Code Snippet – Insert Code Snippet

 

Have you used code snippet feature in Visual Studio? Aren’t they very useful?

What are code snippets?
Code Snippets are reusable code templates those help to write code faster.

What are Transact SQL code snippets?
“A Transact-SQL code snippet is a template containing the basic structure of a Transact-SQL statement or block. You can use snippets as a starting point when adding statements in the Database Engine Query Editor. You can insert the pre-defined snippets supplied with SQL Server, or create your own.”MSDN

We’ll discuss about how we can create a Transact SQL code snippet of our own on a later blog post. For now, we’ll see how we can use them.

You can do it either way-801800

  • Right click on the query window and click Insert Snippet…
  • Using keyboard shortcuts CTRL+K, CTRL+X802

Then choose the appropriate category and then the appropriate template to insert it in to your query window.

 

Hopefully, you liked this tips. Please stay tuned to learn few more exciting tips in this series. Will love to hear from you. Thanks for reading:)

 

Tip-2: Exciting SSMS features derived from Visual Studio


In this series of posts, we’ll see few great yet less known and under utilized tips/features those are there since earlier versions of Visual Studio and later made their way to SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). I am sure, you’ll love these tips.


Tip 1: Clipboard Ring – Copy Paste rediscovered
Tip 2: Box Selection – Select and Edit text easily

90Have you ever imagined to select a particular portion of the text or rectangular region of the text from multiple rows like the figure -1 ?
Box selection?
Why I need that ? Oh ! Believe me, many times while executing queries for various tests you’ll need it.

Is this really possible?
Sad, with traditional horizontal selection system you can’t do that.

If you are known to Visual Studio 2010 (release: 12 April 2010) or newer environment, probably you already know this. Since Eclipse 3.5 (release: 24 June 2009), this facility is there. If you have SQL Server 2014 (not sure about SQL Server 2012), you have the power to do columnar selection also known as box selection.

box-selectionYou can do it either way-

  • Holding down the ALT key and dragging mouse to select text as we do for normal selection.
  • Using keyboard shortcuts ALT + SHIFT + ARROW KEYS

You can do following actions through Box Selection

  • Copy : Copy rectangular region/box of text
  • Text Insertion: Select the box and start typing to replace the selection with typed in new text on every selected line.
  • Paste:
    • Single Copy – Box Paste: On box selection pasting some text will be applied to every line
    • Box Copy – Box Paste: Paste contents of one box selection to another box selection
    • Box Copy – Single Paste: Little weird though. Check what is happening !
  • Zero-Length boxes: Vertical selection of zero characters wide to create a multi-line insertion point for new or copied text. To do this, just hold down the ALT key and keep pressing down/up key till the length you want.  This will create a multi-line insertion point.

 

Hopefully, you liked this tips. Please stay tuned to learn few more exciting tips in this series. Will love to hear from you. Thanks for reading:)

 

Tip-1: Exciting SSMS features derived from Visual Studio


In this series of posts, we’ll see few great yet less known and under utilized tips/features those are there since earlier versions of Visual Studio and later made their way to SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio). I am sure, you’ll love these tips.


Tip 1: Clipboard Ring – Copy Paste rediscovered

How many times it has happened that you have copied some text and before pasting it on the desired position /location, copied another chunk of text and then you realized that you lost the previous copy?
Have you ever wished for a feature which can help you accessing text previously copied to clipboard and which should be as simple as the popular copy paste shortcuts?

If you are using Visual Studio 2010 or newer, probably you already know this. Since SSMS 2012, this feature know as “Clipboard Ring” has been introduced. Either of the following two simple keyboard shortcuts will do the job.

CTRL + SHIFT + V
CTRL + SHIFT + INS

Using these shortcuts you can cycle through the clipboard ring which stores maximum of 20 copy actions.

Hopefully, you liked this tips. Please stay tuned to learn few more exciting tips in this series. Will love to hear from you. Thanks for reading:)

 

Book: Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5 Expert Cookbook


Let’s start with a very short story. Oh ! It’s about you. You bought a latest mobile phone from the market that you haven’t used earlier. Excited to use it. Did some phone calls and text messages. What’s so exciting about it? After all, every mobile phone is supposed to provide those basic functionality. What else? How to learn other features? Yes, you need a guide or references or help manual.

Earlier this month, I got installed Visual Studio 2013 in my laptop and found this particular book to be my true guide in application development and learning new features introduced with Visual Studio 2013 & .Net framework 4.5. It has uncovered many exciting and time saving new features of VS 2013.

News: You can download Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition for free [from here]

The book is authored by Abhishek Sur, a Microsoft MVP since last 4 years who is also a renowned public speaker and also the author of book Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 expert Development Cookbook. You can purchase the book from Packtpub or Amazon.in . You can even view few pages for free [here] .

If you want to be more productive and upgraded to the changes in .Net 4.5 & VS 2013 then this is just that perfect book you are looking for.

 

With the first chapter the book teaches, how to debug better with your new IDE. You’ll find a great in-depth analysis of each features. Debugging is a very essential part of Application Development and one can definitely use these tips to sharpen their debugging skill.
For Example, I was unknown about
“The debugger stores the information of the line number and source code file inside the DB file (known as the program database)

Second chapter is about the Enhancements to WCF. It also teaches to write RESTful services with WCF with few simple and excellent examples. There is a separate chapter on developing Windows Phone 8 apps . Again there is also a separate chapter on “Extending the Visual Studio IDE” which teaches procedure to extend the IDE by applying your changes. From other chapters, you can learn about TFS enhancements, Testing using VS2013, Windows Azure with in-depth analysis and suitable examples.

It was a very good learning experience for me and if you are a passionate .Net developer who loves to learn more then my recommendation is to get it quickly.

Thanks !

Windows: Copy only files recursively from a folder containing sub folders


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What this post is all about?
This post is basically to serve a way to copy all or some files at once from a folder containing one or multiple sub-folders.

Which OS are supported?
Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1

What is the situation, by the way? Can we have an example ?
Let’s create two folders named Folder1 and Folder2 on desktop. Then copy some files in to Folder1. Create few sub-folders inside this folder and again copy few files to each of the sub-folders. Now what we may want to do are:

  • Copy all the files from Folder1 and its sub-folders to Folder2
  • Copy specific types of files from Folder1 and its sub-folders to Folder2

Is there any solution to this requirement?
Yes !:)

Is it a simple one?
Yes ! Very much. Indeed, You know this already😛 .It’s just a simple trick to what you already know.

Then you are waiting for what? Show me !
Okay. I have few pdf files in each level of the folder hierarchy in Folder1 as shown the fig. below .
a1     a2   a3

Now I want all these pdf files to be copied to a4Folder2 at once. Here is the trick then: open Folder1 and search for *.*

Select all files (by pressing CTRL+A) and exclude all the sub-folders, copy (CTRL+C) and paste (CTRL+V) on Folder2 . This solves our first purpose.

For the second purpose, you only need to change the search pattern to *.<file extension> instead of *.* .For Example- *.pdf . This will list only the pdf files automatically excluding the sub-folders.

Hopefully you liked reading this little post. I really welcome all kind of feedbacks and suggestions.

Thanks for reading !