The following free online Microsoft Azure events will be held online in April and May of 2021:
Oracle Database 21c has been released with several new features. This includes Blockchain tables, which is a new type of table that only allows insert operations. Other enhancements include a new JSON data type and new SQL Function JSON_TRANSFORM. Oracle has also updated its Database Administrator’s Guide and JSON Developer’s Guide for this database version.
Visual Studio Codespaces – formerly known as Visual Studio Online – allows you to create Visual Studio solutions entirely in the cloud across multiple devices. This development environment is currently in public preview.
Microsoft and Oracle both released announcements on their recent agreement to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud services. This will allow users to connect to both using a unified single sign-on experience.
More information on this service is available at www.oracle.com/cloud/oci-azure.html.
Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows SandBox, which allows you to run untrusted programs in a new isolated temporary desktop environment without setting up a virtual machine. Windows Sandbox builds upon Windows Containers and is currently only available as part of Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Insider Preview Build 18305.
Microsoft has made Azure SQL Database Managed Instances available in Preview mode. These instances offer much greater compatibility with traditional SQL Server when compared with Azure SQL databases.
A free Azure account can be created at azure.microsoft.com/free.
More documentation can be found at:
- Azure SQL Database Managed Instances – General Information
- Choosing a cloud SQL Server option
- Create an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance in the Azure portal
- Migrate SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance online or offline
- Connect an application to an Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
- T-SQL differences between SQL Server and Azure SQL Database Managed Instances
- Azure SQL Managed Instances – Feedback Forum
Extensions for the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products can be found at marketplace.visualstudio.com. Extensions add support for languages not included in Visual Studio, aid in IDE development, or perform a specific task.
Some current popular extensions are:
- Developer Analytics Tools
- PowerShell (replaces PowerShell ISE)
- SQL Server, Azure SQL and SQL Data Warehouse (mssql)
- C# and C/C++
- Deploy to Azure
- Chrome Debugger
- Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio Code
- Go language for Visual Studio Code
- PostgreSQL for Visual Studio Code
- Visual Studio IntelliCode (productivity features for Python and Java)
- Visual Studio Live Share
- Visual Studio Pull Requests
- Visual Studio Code Remote for WSL, SSH and Docker containers
- Java Language Support (Red Hat)
- All Microsoft Visual Studio Extensions
Extensions can be free, preview, or paid. Paid extensions are often charged per user per month. Preview extensions are eventually converted to paid extensions. Extensions are either written by Microsoft, third party vendors, or individual developers.
More information can be found at code.visualstudio.com/docs/extensions/overview.
Two recently detected security flaws currently named “Meltdown” and “Spectre” are causing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Intel, and others to release security updates to fix any potential problem. The flaws potentially affect all recent computers, smartphones, and tablets that use a CPU performance feature called speculative execution. There is no evidence that the flaws have been exploited at this time. The general recommendation is to download updates for all devices.
Current Apple products may have the security flaws with the exception of the Apple Watch. Apple is continuing to work on updates and released a statement at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394.
Microsoft issued guidance for Windows users, SQL Server, Windows Server, and has updated most of its Azure infrastructure and will continue to do so. Security update KB4056890 also updates Internet Explorer and Edge browsers. Microsoft also issued update KB4056892 for various Windows versions but notes that some AMD processor machines to stop working after installing it.
Google recommended that Chrome users should turn on site isolation. Google also responded with these blog posts:
Intel released a statement as well and is releasing updates. It also reported some systems rebooted more frequently after the updates. AMD also released a statement on their CPUs and speculative execution.
Oracle issued updates for MySQL, Java, PeopleSoft and other products that it maintains.
eWeek reported that Linux 4.15 was released with Meltdown and Spectre patches and that further patches would be made for this issue.
More information can be found at https://spectreattack.com.