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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 8/23)

Microsoft's Cloud Advocates help every technologist, from those in enterprises or startups, to succeed and do what they love: write, code, and learn. They engage developers and others in the software ecosystem to further technical education and proficiency within the Microsoft Cloud + AI platform. Cloud Advocates meet with developers around the world through talks, demos, and engagement in technical communities. Please check out the latest Cloud Advoacy content highlights below for the week of 8/23:



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Topics & Technologies

Recommending VSCode Extensions within your Open Source Projects

Shayne Boyer (Twitter: @spboyer)

Do you run an open-source project? Use Visual Studio Code and its extensive set of extensions when maintaining your project, or even coding day to day?

If you have an extension or set of them you prefer or recommend for your project, Shayne tells you how to help help contributors discover extensions you utilize.

Open Source, VS Code, VS Code Marketplace

Getting Started with AppSec V3

Tanya Janca (Twitter: @shehackspurple)

A list of FREE resources that you can use to learn about Application Security - from Cloud Advocate and AppSec pro Tanya Janca.

This is an update from earlier versions, and, while not an exhaustive list, it includes items Tanya highly recommends or has personally created to help you get started.

Identity + Security, MS Learn

What Licenses Are in Use?

Blog Post

GitHub Repo

Aaron Powell (Twitter: @slace)

Have you ever wondered what licenses the dependencies of your .NET project are? In the ever-expanding world of open source software usage ensuring that your being compliant with the licenses of your dependencies is becoming harder.


This GitHub repo and accompanying blog post introduce a tool to provide insights into the licenses of .NET projects.

.NET, Open Source, Developer Tools,

How to Pick the Right Azure Exam Certification Path

Thomas Maurer (Twitter: @thomasmaurer)

This blog post shows how and where to get started to become Azure Certified, by helping anyone interested in Azure pick the right Azure exam certification path depending on their job roles.

Education + Training, Azure, Azure Certifications

Learning Python from Scratch 007: Dictionaries

Brian Clark (Twitter: @_clarkio) 


Cecil Phillip (Twitter: @cecilphillip)


In this session, Cecil and Brian learned about the Dictionary type in Python. They explore how to create them, learn what's allowed and what's not (causes errors) and find out what the built-in functions do for Dictionaries. The next session they will start learning about Boolean Logic in Python.

Education + Training, Programming (General), Containers, Python


The Ultimate (free) CI/CD for Your Open Source Project

Yohan Lasorsa (Twitter: @sinedied)

If you're like Yohan, who spends a good part of his free time working on open source software (OSS) on GitHub for (mostly) fun and learning new things, and want to know what CI/CD solution you should use to make your life easier, you've come to the right place!

This blog post gives you a step by step walkthrough of how to setup Azure Pipelines for their OSS projects, more importantly, how and why it can help save some precious time.

Open Source, DevOps, CI/CD, Azure Pipelines, Azure DevOps Services

Real Talk JavaScript - Podcast Episode 46: Using New JavaScript Features with Tara Manicsic

John Papa (Twitter: @john_papa)

In this episode, Tara Manicsic joins us to talk about some of the new features in JavaScript, with migration advice and tips for those who are using older versions, and thoughts on TypeScript.

The podcast site also shares links to relevant people to follow on these topics, time-jumps to various parts of the discussion and provides relevant technology resources including Prettier, Babel, ECMA TC39 and more.

Web, JavaScript, Migration, TypeScript

TWC9: .NET Core 3.0 Preview 8, Visual Studio Previews, GitHub Actions for Azure and more

Christina Warren (Twitter: @film_girl)

In this episode of This Week on Channel 9, Christina Warren covers all things developer news: MS Ignite, .NET Core preview 8, VS previews, Xamarin updates for VS, VS tips and tricks and some from Shayne Boyer, Github updates and new Ch9 episodes for Cloud Native show, IoT Show, AI Show.

Visual Studio, .NET Core, VS Code, Xamarin, Linux

On-Call Nightmares Podcast - Episode 35 - Mike Grayson - Paychex

Jay Gordon (Twitter: @jaydestro)

On-Call Nightmares is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with DevOps experts and IT pros on their experiences dealing with "on-call" emergencies. 


Getting paid is a pretty dang important part of your job. Mike and his team at Paychex are working to make sure that the databases that handle that are always online. This week Jay talks to Mike about database ops, his advocacy within that community, and his advice for someone on-call ("don't hesitate to ask questions").

DevOps, Cloud Computing, Advice, Databases, Operations

Countdown to End of Support 2020!

Phoummala Schmitt (Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess)

All good things come to end and the end is nearing. The support countdown clock is ticking. On January 14, 2020, support for several Microsoft products will end. That's 5 short months away when the end of regular security updates begins and several products that will be going end of support (EOS).


Don't let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected. In this blog post Cloud Advocate Phoummala Schmitt talks about what key products will reach end of support and what options you have to get updated and current.

Windows Server, SQL Server, Windows, Infrastructure,