Welcome to the World of Tomorrow:

We are in an emerging world of technologies and innovation, where IoT cannot stand alone.

The Internet-of-Things(a.k.a IoT) provides us with lots of sensor data/information. However, this sensor information by themselves does not add value unless we can turn them into actionable, contextualized information useful for mankind. Big data, data visualization and Machine Learning(ML) techniques allow us to gain new insights by learning, batch-processing and information analysis(online/off-line). Real-time sensor data analysis and decision-making are often done manually but to make it scalable, it is preferably automated.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) provides us the set of framework and tools to go beyond typical real-time decision and automation use cases for IoT. Who knows we may end up in a world where humans have less work to do like in Sci-Fi Hollywood movies. Whatever happens will be the best towards for our next generations and we have the responsiblity to build a better world for them.

The intent of this blog is to provide you latest insight into what is happening in the Cloud, IoT & AI industry. Keep reading, keep contributing and please share as well.

Azure CosmosDB – a multi-model, multi-API for highly scalable applications

Azure Cosmos DB is the next generation globally distributed multi model database from Microsoft. Cosmos DB has been built from scratch in mind with efficient global distribution and horizontal scalability aspects as the core.

  • Azure Cosmos DB guarantees single-digit-millisecond latencies at the 99% availability across the world with Enterprise Level SLAs.
  • Offers a set of well-defined consistency models to enable high availability.
  • Multi-Model – offers ability to support key-value, graph and document data in one service
  • Multi-API – Azure Cosmos DB automatically indexes all data, and allows you to use your favorite API including SQL, JavaScript, Gremlin, MongoDB and Azure Table Storage to access your data.
  • Elastically scalable and higher throughput.
Data Model API’s
  • Key-value
  • Document
  • Column Family
  • Graph
  • Document DB
  • Mongo DB
  • Table Storage
  • Gremlin Graph
  • Spark

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** Azure Cosmos DB is a superset of the existing DocumentDB service, and Microsoft  will be transitioning all existing DocumentDB customers to Azure Cosmos DB, free of charge without data loss.

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Visual Studio for Mac–Final–Released / Download Here

Microsoft has released Visual Studio for Mac, a revamped and renamed version of Xamarin Studio with little bit look and feel changes to make it look like Visual Studio product line has been released.

With Visual Studio for Mac, you should be able to develop .NET/C#/ASP.NET based apps and XAMARIN Native and Forms based apps in Mac OS environment.

Visual Studio for Mac comes with different editions like as in Visual Studio 2017/Xamarin Studio such as Community, Professional and Enterprise.

  • Visual Studio Community for Mac – Free, fully-featured IDE for students, open-source and individual developers.
  • Visual Studio Professional for Mac – Professional developer tools, services, and subscription benefits for small teams.
  • Visual Studio Enterprise for Mac – End-to-end solution to meet demanding quality and scale needs of teams of all sizes.

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Go through Release Notes here for more details.

Download: 

.NET Framework 4.7–Released for All versions of Windows

Microsoft has released next version of .NET Framework (do not get confused with .NET Core) .  Though the .NET Framework 4.7 was released as part of Windows 10 Creators Update a month ago. You can now install the .NET Framework 4.7 on other versions of Windows

Download the: .NET Framework 4.7  – Web installer  |  Offline Installer

.NET Framework 4.7 Developer Pack  In order to add support for .NET Framework 4.7 in Visual Studio 2012 or later we need to install Developer Pack.

Windows Versions and Support:

The .NET Framework 4.7 is supported on the following Windows versions:

  • Windows 10 Creators Update (included in-box)
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 SP1

The .NET Framework 4.7 is supported on the following Windows Server versions:

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

New Features in .NET Framework 4.7:

On a high-level below are the set of new features introduced in following areas:

Core

Networking  Default operating system support for TLS protocols*

ASP.NET

  • Object Cache Extensibility  (plug in new implementations of an object cache for an ASP.NET application by using the new ICacheStoreProvider interface. )
  • Memory monitoring (Developers can now write their own memory monitors to replace the default by using the ApplicationMonitors.MemoryMonitor property.)
  • Memory Limit Reactions. (Developers can now replace or supplement the default behavior by subscribing IObserver implementations to the application’s memory monitor.

Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 

  • Ability to configure the default message security settings to TLS 1.1 or TLS 1.2
  • Improved reliability of WCF applications and WCF serialization

Windows FormsHigh DPI support

Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF)

  • Support for a touch/stylus stack based on Windows WM_POINTER messages
  • New implementation for WPF printing APIs

Also improvements in :

  • High DPI support for Windows Forms applications on Windows 10
  • Touch support for WPF applications on Windows 10
  • Enhanced cryptography support
  • Support for C# 7 and VB 15, including ValueTuple
  • Support for .NET Standard 1.6
  • Performance and reliability improvements

 

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IoT Central–Microsoft’s SaaS solution for IoT

Microsoft has today released their IoT SaaS offering for customers and partners called as “Microsoft IoT Central”.  IoT Central enables powerful IoT scenarios without requiring cloud solution expertise and also simplifies the development process and makes customers to make quick time to market solutions, making digital transformation more accessible to everyone without overhead of implement solutions end to end.

As per Microsoft :

“IoT Central provides an easier way to create connected products that propel digital business. Take the complexity out of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a true, end-to-end IoT software as a service (SaaS) solution in the cloud that helps you build, use, and maintain smart products.”

Benefits of IoT Central:

  • Proven platform and technology with enterprise grade security.
  • Reduced complexities of setting up and maintaining IoT infrastructure and solutions.
  • Building smart connected products with lesser cost  and lesser overhead would ensure higher customer satisfaction.
  • Quickly adapt to changing environments.

For those would need control on implementing end to end can still choose the PaaS solution Azure IoT Suite.

Below is a picture from @JanakiramMSV’s article from forbes.com, to help you have a high level look at all the IoT offerings from Microsoft.

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Visual Studio 2017 Install error– 0x80131500 – Failed to Deserialize packages

I was frustrated by this error when I am trying to reinstall Visual Studio 2017 after my visual studio got corrupted/failed during upgrade to 15.1 ( or after a previous installation failed due to low disk space).

There is a file called ‘state.json’ , in below mentioned path, which is creating this particular issue. 

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\Packages\Instances\<instance> 

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Solution:

  • Delete/rename the folder as is or rename ‘state.json’ file to ‘something.json’ .

Found from : https://developercommunity.visualstudio.com/content/problem/2877/install-error-0x80131500-failed-to-deserialize-pac.html

Azure SDK for .NET 3.0 available for Visual Studio 2015/2017

Windows Azure SDK for .NET, which include SDKs, basic tools, and extended tools for Visual Studio development for Azure Cloud enabled applications.  Microsoft has released latest Azure SDK for .NET along with Visual Studio 2017 (RTW). The new version v3.0 will support only Visual Studio 2015/2017, if you are using Visual Studio 2013 you can use Azure SDK for .NET v2.9.6.

You can have both the version side by side, by uninstalling earlier version first for Visual Studio 2013 and installing latest version to support newer visual studio.

There is not much major changes included in this release:

  • All the tools you need to do Azure development will be part of Visual Studio 2017 going forward.
  • For Visual Studio 2015 the SDK will still be available through WebPI.
  • Microsoft have discontinued Azure SDK for .NET releases for Visual Studio 2013 now that Visual Studio 2017 has been released.

Download: Azure SDK for .NET 3.0  – VS 2015   |  VS 2013 (v2.9.6 )   |  All Versions (including Java/Node.JS)