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  1. Windows Server 2016 New Core Licensing Model ¿How to digest it?

    It's well know that Microsoft launched to the market the new version of Windows Server 2016 and with it, a "new" licensing model based on the physical cores. It's been more than a year since this and still, there is a lot of confusion about how to eat it? how to license? what types of SKUs? Is there any rule? and so on. This article purpose is to clarify some aspect of this change, how to manage it but more important: Understand it.Let's start in the beginning: WHY? Traditionally, Windows Server...
  2. Keras: The Python Deep Learning library with Tensorflow and CNTK

    Hey, This is my first article, I hope you find informative.  Currently, I get interested in the AI & Machine Learning. And start learning by experimenting as well. I usually use Tensorflow and CNTK in Parallel. So, First I give a little Introduction to both like What they are and What they do?Tensorflow is an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow graphs. Nodes in the graph represent mathematical operations, while the graph edges represent the multidimensional...
  3. Microsoft's Bot Framework

    Microsoft's Bot FrameworkIntroductionThe Microsoft’s Bot Framework is an inclusive offering that is used in building, as well as deploying quality bots for their users while enjoying their desired conversational practices. When writing bots, all developers face the same issues. It paramount that the bots have the basic I/O; it is a requirement for them to have language and dialog skills; it is crucial for them to be performant, receptive, and scalable. Moreover, they must connect to the users. The...
  4. Lessons Learned Writing Spring Boot Auto Configurations

    My team and I make heavy use of Spring Boot to build microservices that power our applications at our company. We've even gone so far as to write our own custom auto configurations to ease development. We package these auto configurations along with other goodies into what we call our platform.Recently, after releasing a new platform version, we encountered an issue where one of our microservices would fail to start at what appeared to be random intervals. After further digging, we noticed specifically...
  5. Using the HoloToolkit for HoloLens

    Developing applications and experiences for HoloLens is not hard to get started with, but after you have started a number of projects and worked through the same setup and plumbing a few times, you wish there was an easier way to do it. Well, there is! Created by the team that produced Fragments and Young Conker, the HoloToolkit is a collection of scripts and components intended to accelerate the development of holographic applications targeting Windows Holographic. The toolkit is all free...
  6. Making HoloLens Accessible to Developers

    Interest in HoloLens, the mixed reality device from Microsoft, and digital reality in general, is growing rapidly. A large part of that interest comes from developers wanting to know how to build software for the device. And guess what: It isn't that difficult at all. With some basic C# knowledge and a free copy of Unity 3D you can get started in very little time. The first step is to get comfortable with the five main pillars of mixed reality development. First of all there are the three key...
  7. Spring Cloud and Netflix Ribbon: Client-side Load Balancing

    Eventually you'll reach a point where you need to run multiple instances of an application or a service for high availability or to manage increased load. That's what load balancers are for. There's generally two different types:What many people would call a "load balancer" is actually a server-side load balancer. It can be implemented in hardware or software. The traffic is sent to a dedicated service that decides where to send the traffic, using an algorithm like round-robin, to one of the...
  8. An Introduction to R for Java Developers

    As a Software Engineer I'm always keeping up to date with technology and one of the things that helps me do that is book reviews. Right now, I'm reviewing The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics by Tilman M. Davies. R is a programming language used in statistical computing and has gained in popularity in the recent years due to the explosion of data and its applications like Machine Learning.
  9. The Power of PowerShell.. And the Shell..

    "What is the one technology I need to learn to get a job like the one you have?" - this is a question I've received from time to time, and my answer would vary, depending on who asked. Or rather; who I perceive the questioner to be - I cannot *know* for a fact what most suits his or her particular ambitions and style.. But in the last few years my answer, more often than not, has been "PowerShell"! Simply because I see it as one of the most important and game-changing technologies to come out of...
  10. Spring Boot 1.4: @MockBean and @SpyBean

    It's August 2016 and the Spring Boot team recently released Spring Boot 1.4 ( on July 28th, 2016 ). Some of the biggest improvements and simplifications are around unit and integration testing. We'll take a focused look at two of the newly added features: @MockBean and @SpyBeanThe newly introduced annotation, (@MockBean), adds generalized support for mocking of any Spring bean. If you've used Mockito Annotations before, @MockBean is simliar to @Mock but with Spring support.Suppose we have a simple...
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