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Can Artificial Intelligence help protect the Earth?

Carl and Richard talk to Jennifer Marsman about her new role working in the AI for Earth group at Microsoft - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/aiforearth

Jennifer talks about a variety of machine learning projects for agriculture, biodiversity and environmental protection. Some of the projects come from Microsoft Research, and some are developed by third-parties supported by Microsoft with funding and Azure credits.

AI can help protect the world!

Listen at http://ow.ly/Pg6K30lptpn

What AI projects would you like to see developed? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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How are applications being built for Hololens?

While on the Telerik Modern Web Tour stop in Munich, RIchard sat down with Jimmy Engstrom to talk about building VR/AR/MR applications.

But the discussion started out with the frustration over a lack of new Hololens hardware - the current gear came out in 2015! It's time for a refresh! Jimmy talks about how there still doesn't appear to be much in the way of real competition for Hololens, and that it isn't really a consumer device - it makes more sense in certain commercial environments.

The discussion also turns to coding, and Jimmy runs through a number of options for programming the Hololens, but the approach that appears to dominate these days is using Unity - and not just for games! https://unity3d.com/

Listen at http://ow.ly/qPmg30ln8qM

Are you keen to develop for Hololens? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comments on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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Back at the beginning of XAML, when WPF was brand new, before Silverlight, there was MVVMLight. http://www.mvvmlight.net/

While in Zurich on the Telerik Modern Web Tour, Richard sat down with Laurent Bugnion to talk about MVVMLight and how it shaped Laurent's career and is a part of the story of XAML itself, from WPF to Silverlight to WinPhone and Xamarin Forms!

Listen at http://ow.ly/OMFj30lgMVa

Have you used MVVMLight? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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What can developers do to gain some user experience skills?

While in Berlin on the Telerik Modern Web Tour, Richard chatted with Jessica Engstrom about her advice for all developers to pick up a few UX skills. Of course, it's great to have a dedicated UX person, but we don't always have that option. So what can you do?

Jessica starts with the obvious - talking to the users! The challenge from there is to actually take the input that users provide and turn it into a coherent user experience. The UI Tenets & Traps card deck can help, providing tenets for good user interface design, and trap card of the common UI/UX mistakes that you can make.

Check out the cards at http://uitraps.com/

And have a listen to the show at http://ow.ly/X2xH30lgMn6

What UX techniques do you use? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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So many ways to build mobile apps - what works best for you?

Carl and Richard talk to Matt Netkow about the diversity of mobile app development, including native development, hybrid approaches like Xamarin, and the huge array of Javascript-centric solutions including PhoneGap, Cordova, NativeScript and the Ionic Framework.

And then there's Progressive Web Apps - now supported in all the major mobile browsers, you can build what seems like a web app to you, but is just an app to your user. Matt talks through the variety of choices, there's sure to be one that works best for you! https://developers.google.com/web/progressive-web-apps/

Listen at http://ow.ly/smX830lbnto

How do you build mobile apps? Let u sknow in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comments on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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It's 2018, and C++ is hot!

Carl and Richard talk to Kate Gregory about the growing demand for C++ developers - and the expansion of the community with more conferences and training!

The online tools are pretty cool also, Kate talks about the Compiler Explorer - https://godbolt.org/ - which is generally known by the name of its creator, Godbolt. It's a great way to see how C++ code is converted into different assembly code as well as the impact of various compilers and options.

Kate talks about how C++ itself has evolved, adding new capabilities that make your code more capable and maintainable. But there's also the expansion of demand - IoT devices and other resource constrained systems mean that the performance and efficiency of C++ is hugely valuable!

Listen at http://ow.ly/obT330lbmpu

How are your C++ skills? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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GraphQL continues to evolve - should it be in your toolbox?

Carl and Richard talk to Cory House about the latest around GraphQL. https://graphql.org/

Cory digs into the lack of ceremony and simplicity of GraphQL, allowing for as much complexity as you need. The comparisons with oData are inevitable, but as Cory says, they are from different generations of web technology - you need to assess the things that make sense to you.

Listen at http://ow.ly/vvya30l3LGE

Do you expose APIs to the web? What tools do you use for versioning and security? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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It's a container world! We're just living in it!

Carl and Richard talk to Ben Hall about his on-going work with containers both for customers and his own development efforts like KataCoda. https://www.katacoda.com/

Ben discusses the container ecosystem, where Docker appears to dominate in the container space, but orchestration still has a variety of options. Kubernetes covers both on-premises and support from all the major cloud vendors, but there are still scenarios where Swarm, Mesos and RedShift make sense!

And then there's the question of serverless - does it have to be one or the other, or can serverless live happily alongside containers?

Listen at http://ow.ly/tRRl30l3LAl

How do you use containers? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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We've all heard of volcanoes - but how about super-volcanoes?

Time for a Geek Out!

Richard talks through the fundamentals of volcanology and how they scale up ultimately to the concepts of the super volcano. A super volcano is so large that it doesn't make a cone, it is a caldera - it is miles across and looks like a canyon. Right up until it erupts.

While there are seven active super-volcanoes in the world, the Yellowstone caldera is arguably the most famous, and potentially the nearest to eruption. NASA has a proposal on how to mitigate the risk of eruption - does it make sense to pursue it?

Learn more about volcanoes and super-volcanoes at https://www.volcanodiscovery.com/

Listen at http://ow.ly/vObE30kWYcr

Do you think we should be engineering the management of volcanic eruptions? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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Azure loves Node!

Carl and Richard talk to John Papa about running JavaScript on the server side in the form of NodeJS. John talks about how Node focuses on the minimal footprint, just the things you need for your app. Command line is the way in Node, and Azure provides the Azure CLI for working with Node - https://docs.microsoft.com/cli/azure/install-azure-cli

Client-side tooling is important also, and John digs into VS Code and it's plugin model for awesome tooling for Node on Azure.

Listen at http://ow.ly/mxoY30kWY5y

Are you looking at JavaScript on your servers? Let us know in the comments below or on the .NET Rocks website. If we read your comment on the show, we'll send you a copy of Music to Code By!
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