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Microsoft .NET Development Platform

Microsoft .NET is an important and well received development framework: Visual Studio, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, VB.NET, and C#. It builds upon the investment that organizational enterprise made in the 1990ís with Microsoft client/server programming environments: C, C++, Visual Basic, Visual C++, and SQL Server.

Execution Environment CLR: Common Language Runtime
Executed Instruction Set IL: Intermediate Language
Runs Managed and unmanaged code
Multiple Programming Language Support Visual Basic, C++, C#, JScript, and PowerShell
Runtime execution mode Always runs compiled native code.
Unit of Isolation of an Application Multiple applications are separated by application domains inside a single operating system process. Application domains provide logical partitioning of applications inside an operating system process.
Operating system Currently supported on Windows operating systems only. There are noncommercial options for running .NET on other operating systems such as Mono on Linux.

It was Microsoft Corporation which established the standards for coding uniform interfaces: windows, scrollbars, checklists, droplists, radio buttons, and text boxes. Microsoft scripting and programming languages, in conjunction with its Windows family of operating systems, dominated market share up through the middle of the past decade. MS .NET is required in order to code Microsoft web-enabled applications that access, utilize, and manage the widespread availability of the Internet.

Although a major player with real strengths, Microsoft .NET does not define or dominate web development and Internet programming. Java software and open source freeware has achieved a wide acceptance and provides comparable functionality. Many organizations have elected to code and develop both .NET and Java applications. IBM and Oracle Corporation have drawn upon their considerable hardware, software, and financial resources to compete with the Microsoft .NET software product line and market their own web servers and development platforms: IBM WebSphere and Rational software and the Oracle WebLogic Platform and Fusion software. Both have made significant investments in open source software initiatives to promote their development environments. It will be the exception where organizational enterprise will be dedicated exclusively to Microsoft .NET. There are alternative commercial and open source languages and development platforms.

Microsoft remains committed to .NET; it is superb code and has significant advantages in terms of developing and distributing scalable web-enabled applications in its own proprietary software environment: web presentation and design - Edge, Internet Explorer, and Expression, applications - MS Office, MS Windows operating system family, internetworking - MS SharePoint Stack, and database - MS SQL Server.


Microsoft Web Stack

The Microsoft web stack is a significant component of transitioning its business model. It allows for customer choice and the realignment of Microsoft for business opportunities associated with improvements in hardware and information technology demographics - OSS: open source software, cloud computing, data analytics, and the leading mobile device platforms - Apple ios and Google Android. Microsoft has been concentrating on data center operations and software - development platforms and frameworks.

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Microsoft resources - financial, personnel, and ip: intellectual property - have been contributed to industry projects and GPL: general public licenses. This serves to promote Microsoft proprietary software technology and market presence: top-down - MS .NET platform and bottom up - MS Windows operating system, networking, and desktop.

MS Windows 10 was launched in July 2015; there was a 12 month free upgrade from MS Windows 7 and 8; that option is no longer available. Applications written for Windows desktops also now work on Microsoft smartphones and tablets. After an extended problematic and costly start, there has been a degree of market acceptance for the Microsoft mobile devices. From 2013 to 2015 smartphone sales increased from 34 to 61 million units and tablets increased from 8 to 22 million units. By 2019, the forecasts are for a three-fold increase in Microsoft platform smartphones sales and a 75% increase in tablets sales. 1


Cloud Computing

Microsoft has spent $15 billion on building global data centers to grow and support its cloud computing platform. According to reports by leading research firms, underlying information technology demographics are driving a movement to private and public clouds and a shift away from in house information processing. From 2014 to 2015, total expenditure on traditional information technology decreased from 72% to 63%; the percentage spent on public and private cloud increased from 28% to 37%. 2 The projections are for a continuation of this trend. Microsoft is responding to commoditization of computer hardware, lower teleprocessing costs, and client processing requirements in global markets - IOT: Internet of Things, data analytics, and AI: artificial intelligence.

Microsoft has become a leading competitor to the Amazon Web Services cloud platform. It rents computing infrastructure to other companies in Microsoft-owned data centers.  The benefits of cloud computing are speed and efficiency coupled with rapidly declining costs have greatly reduced the requirement for most enterprises to buy all their own hardware and packaged software.  Microsoft Azure and its cloud business have been growing and now exceeds $6 billion annually.


MS Azure

Azure is based on the Microsoft programming stack. Rather than access to raw virtual machines, it provides a software platform for application development. Azure includes the capability to explicitly define application runtime attributes. It provides client control over the number of virtual servers allocated to an application and user control on elasticity. There is a base relational storage service for storage of arbitrary files and objects and a queuing service.

Microsoft Visual Studio and development tools are used to build, manage and deploy cloud scale applications on Azure. The Azure SDK has an additional set of templates and tools for accessing additional cloud resources and services. There is an Azure extension to the standard toolset for application development and deployment on the Microsoft Corporation cloud. Alternative programming language support includes: Node.js, Python, and Java. Application code deployed on Azure executes in virtual machines. Each instance runs the MS Windows Server operating system. Although users do not control when instances boot and how long they stay up, they can specify the number of instances an application. Application code can be deployed on Azure as a web worker role. Code is run through the MS IIS: Internet Information Server web server included in the web instance. Web roles respond to HTTP requests that automatically are load balanced across application instances. Worker role code can run as a batch process that communicates through Azure data storage queues or tables. Worker role applications can not be accessed from an external network; external HTTP requests can be made either to worker roles or over the Internet.

The main storage Azure service options are: blob, queue, file, table and disk or premium. Each option offers high availability and elasticity. In addition to Microsoft Windows, MS Azure storage supports Linux-variant operation systems.

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Blob Stores unstructured data in the cloud as blobs: binary large objects. Large amounts of data can be accessed from using HTTP or HTTPS. There are page blobs for random read and write operations, block blobs for large blobs; and append blobs for logging and specialized processing - backup and recovery. Azure blob storage comes in two tiers: the hot storage tier is frequently accessed data and cool storage is for infrequently accessed data. Microsoft has been expanding its Azure storage types; Cool Blob Storage is for its cool access tier.
Queue Stores high volumes of messages between application components: on premises, mobile devices, or cloud. In the event of a component failure, the service buffers requests queue storage until there is a resumption of component processed. Messages of up to 64 KB are supported. Queue storage option precludes peak traffic bursts from negatively affecting application performance.
Table Table is a group of entities within a NOSQL data store for semi-structured data. A schemaless design allows for flexibility in modifying application code.  Each entity has key pairs and an automatic timestamp. Tables scale with increases in demand and maintain high availability.
File A distributed file sharing service using the SMB 2.1 or SMB 3.0 protocol. On-premises file- or file share- based applications can be migrated to Azure without modifying the code. Shared application settings and diagnostic data also can be saved.
Premium Is an SSD-based service for I/O-intensive applications which provides high throughput and low-latency disk support. There are three Premium disk sizes: P10, P20, and P30.  In 2016, storage was in 64 terabytes with 80,000 IOPS per VM and 2,000 megabytes per second disk throughput per VM.

An alternative database-storage scheme is provided by SQL Data Services. SQL Data Services are implemented on clusters running Microsoft SQL Server database in geographically dispersed Microsoft-owned data centers. Each MS data center is designated as an authority which hosts containers. Applications access SQL Data Services at the container level through a global address scheme. Each container contains entities which have properties; the properties for each entity can be different in type and number. The architecture of authorities, containers, and tables has been replaced by a relational model supported by MS SQL Server: joins between tables, transactions, and other RDMS features. The SQL Azure model represents a compromise between the limitations of a non-relational model versus a traditional relational database: full relational queries are permitted, but only on small datasets.


MS Azure Document DB

The Microsoft cloud service offers Azure DocumentDB. In addition to file, blob, and relational database storage, Microsoft supports SQL collection queries and hierarchical referencing of data. The SQL engine has been adapted to work with JSON documents. DocumentDB is a type of NoSQL database which automatically indexes documents. The capability for using stored procedures, user-defined functions, and triggers is an advantage when working with MS SQL Server. Instead of using Transact-SQL, DocumentDB is written in JavaScript. LINQ libraries in the .NET platform can be used to query DocumentDB databases; the query processor will map LINQ queries into SQL queries which execute on the database.  MS DocumentDB can meet certain application development requirements better than relational databases. Microsoft bills DocumentDB in capacity units; this includes the core resources needed for data storage.

Unlike relational databases, document databases frequently store related content in a single document rather than in two or more tables. Denormalization avoids joins which are efficient with properly indexed tables and queries; latency results from multiple tables and retrieving data from different parts of disks. A different approach to design is required for a document database to achieve high performance read and write operations.


MS Scripting

MS Windows Scripting Host is an extensible scripting platform serving as an intermediary between an interpretive language engine and the component objects. The Microsoft scripting system has been organized into two parts. The script host manages the component objects and the script engine interprets the script language. This allows Microsoft and alternative open source and third party languages to be used for writing scripts. Scripts are used to automate repetitive and administer tasks such as file management, processing data, changing operating system settings, installing and uninstalling software, and sending e-mail.

MS PowerShell extends the capabilities of WSH and batch files by interacting with web services, manipulating databases, displaying dialog boxes, and boxes. The .NET Framework is available in MS Windows PowerShell command lines and scripts. Well designed scripts serve to encapsulate knowledge by recording how a job is to be performed. In addition to extending the architecture and code base of Microsoft Office Suite applications, MS can be used in conjunction with free open source programming languages. Given that freeware and Linux- and UNIX- variant operating systems and web servers increasingly are being used in combination with Microsoft networks, it is a significant advantage associated with the .NET development platform.

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In addition to WIMP, WAMP, and LAMP, scripting is being performed with open source Korn shell and Perl.


.NET Training by SYS-ED

SYS-EDís staff have been working with .NET since its initial roll-out and have used .NET to develop industry-specific applications. SYS-ED system consultants average 30 years experience in information technology: IBM mainframe system software, Oracle software, enterprise databases, and client/server programming. The value added quality of a SYS-ED .NET course is the cross system expertise of our system consultants who can teach and explain how to code, test, and deploy Microsoft .NET applications in hybrid commercial and open source software environments.

  • Migrating from MS Visual C++ and Visual Basic applications to MS.NET and Java.

  • Developing and deploying .NET applications in Microsoft and SUSE Linux internetworks.

  • Developing and integrating .NET applications with the Oracle WebLogic server platform and and database.

  • MS .NET applications which access and manage data through IBM WebSphere MQ middleware.

  • Coding MS user interface style and web apps for mobile devices and integration with a software as a service programming model.

  • MS Azure and cloud computing application development with the free open source software scripting and programming languages.

Few independent training companies have been teaching MS .NET courses longer or better than SYS-ED.


Courseware for Teaching

The courseware used in SYS-ED courses consists of student handouts, training aids, and industry-specific examples and exercises. At the client discretion an industry standard textbook and accompanying presentation slides can be utilized. The CETi knowledge base aggregates and analyzes information in the public domain. It also is a service for reviewing and answering questions. Content selectively is added to courseware.

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MS C# Programming
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Industry Standard MS .NET Training Service

SYS-EDís MS .NET courses have been developed based upon the application of adult learning theory and the standards of the New York State Department of Education.  It extends Microsoft's industry standard content and incorporates our own consultancy derived industry- and client- specific examples, sample programs, and exercises. 

  • Migrating and upgrading applications from the client/server to the emerging service oriented architecture standard.
  • Explanation of the protocols serving as the foundation of web services and its utilization with .NET.
  • Examine application architecture and code and how it maps to the business and information technology infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the integrity of a client's existing inventory of applications as part of preparing for modernization.

SYS-ED has been conducting courses in the public domain since 1980; however, there have been changes in the laws and regulations governing computer training in the state of New York. The schedule on our websites reflects a projected time frame for licensure with the New York State Department of Education - Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision and submission and approval of curriculum.


Distance-learning


SYS-ED's distance-learning training service is 65% lecture with the remaining 35% of the service provided in the form of scheduled interactive question and answer sessions with a subject matter expert, hands-on exercises, optional validation assessment, and submission of questions through our technology exchange websites.
New York State Department of Education Standards

Enrollment is contingent upon the prospective trainee's having been qualified by our Director of Education to have the appropriate background for the training and review of a checklist of items required for transmission of the service to the client location: bandwidth, firewall, base operating system, software requirements, web browser, and set-up of hands-on machine exercises.

Alternative web-based and e-learning training is available: self-paced, presentation through the client's authoring system. These tailored services are offered selectively.


Microsoft .NET Development Platform Extendeds

SYS-ED staff has been downloading and evaluating the interface, functionality, and protocol-based foundation of Microsoft and hybrid combinations of Oracle, IBM, and FOSS: Free Open Source Software. The SYS-ED training service provides guidelines on the trade-offs involved in migrating and extending an existing investment in Microsoft client/server infrastructure. CETi technology partners are researching the application model for the Windows user interface style apps (formerly Metro) and the differences in the Windows Kernel Services.

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Microsoft introduced UWP: Universal Windows Platform in conjunction with MS Windows 10. It replaces the Universal Windows from Windows 8.1. UWP is a unified ecosystem for developing applications that can run across a range of Windows 10 devices. A programmer can create Windows 10 applications which adapt automatically to their environments. The base operating system of all the MS Windows 10 devices is the same. A single core version supports a common set of application programming interfaces across all devices. Developers do not need to build different versions of their applications for different Windows 10 devices.  This augments APIs specific to the device type.


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.NET Training Services

.NET Courses
SYS-ED's .NET courses are tough, but they're worth it. Our challenging hands-on .NET training provides a foundation and framework for Fortune 1000 companies, government municipalities, and healthcare providers to address their .NET staffing requirements and acquire specialized .NET expertise. 3

Courseware
SYS-ED's courseware is highly respected. We draw upon our extensive library of sample programs and case studies to explain, demonstrate, and teach .NET.

Teaching is Our Business
Most computer training companies are divisions of large software or consulting companies. Not SYS-ED. Our only goal is to provide quality computer training for motivated professionals - no more and no less. Because we're independent, we're free to concentrate on teaching - and since 1980 we have been doing it very well.

Our Teachers Know How to Teach
SYS-ED instructors combine teaching skills with broad practical experience as consultants. Our system consultants have been working with .NET since its initial release. We teach not only "how to", but "why", offering insights into interrelated areas of information technology: web servers, Linux- and UNIX- variants, Java, Oracle, and mainframe system software. After a course, we answer questions from students back on the job.

Enrollment - SYS-ED .NET Courses are Not for Everyone
No one is allowed to enroll in a SYS-ED .NET course, without a consultation with our Director of Education. We review the operational objectives and project specifications for the organization evaluating whether to send its employee for the training. The employee is only allowed to register if they have the background corresponding to the appropriate learning path.

.NET Training - Distance-learning or at Your Office
SYS-ED .NET courses are provided over the Internet through a distance-learning delivery medium or classroom instruction on-site at the client location. Client location courses can include the identical workshops, case studies, and hands-on approach as the distance-learning service offered through the SYS-ED schedule.


Technology Exchange Websites

SYS-ED's websites compile, organize, and present software specific and established operational categorizations of information technology. They provide a framework for assessing knowledge transfer: web-based training, classroom instruction, courseware, learning paths, and validation assessment.

www.dotnettrainingbysysed.us/commquests.htm

Footnote 1:
Bloomberg Business Week - November 2016

Footnote 2:
IDC data reported by Bloomberg Business Week - November 2016

Footnote 3:
SYS-EDís core .NET curriculum are being prepared for submission to the New York State Department of Education - Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision for technical review and licensing.

 
Sources:
Enterprise Cloud Computing Technology, Architecture, and Applications by Gautam Shroff Cambridge University Press 2010.