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Hey guys! Thanks for the AMA. :)

How serious is Microsoft Azure about Blockchain? I know you have a Blockchain service, but I don't see many real-word apps built on the top of this. What is Microsoft Azure doing to bring Blockchain closer to average developers?

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Not an area of expertise for me as well, but I would say based on the customer stories alone, I would say they're pretty serious.

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Is desktop development still alive? What do you think?

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Yes, desktop development is very much alive. I see people working with desktop applications all of the time. However, I do believe ultimately what we call "mobile" will gain capabilities to replace what was traditionally "desktop" and what used to be the tower sitting under our desk will be replaced by compute power in the cloud. That used to seem so unrealistic but as WiFi and cellular network coverage evolves and spreads, I imagine we'll start to find our experiences are no longer about what platform or device but more about what is the back end service that drives it and which interface do we want to use to experience it. Personally I'm a fan of eventually sitting in a cafe wearing augmented reality glasses typing on air.

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Why should developers consider joining Microsoft? What's the best and worst part about working at MS?

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Developers should consider working at Microsoft because the things that were mentioned above, and also because they are interested in solving a lot of interesting problems. Because it's such a large company, it's likely there's at least one problem that a developer would find and love solving here. It's also telling that a lot of the employees stay for many years here, 10-20+ years long. My favorite thing is the ability be to remote. While not every team is set up for it, it's nice to have a work environment that works for me, and done well to where I don't feel in a vacuum. My least favorite thing is filling out forms/surveys/reports, a necessary evil, it's probably a personal problem :)

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How good is Azure for other languages like Python/Django?

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There is great support for Python. Checkout the Azure for Python Developers docs - https://docs.microsoft.com/python/azure/?view=azure-python&WT.mc_id=hasnode-twitter-shboyer

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Do you guys use anything apart from Microsoft products for coding? Imagine a personal project, what would you choose?

  • VSCode or Sublime/Atom?
  • Azure vs AWS/DO
  • Microsoft Surface or MacBook Air? 😀
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I used Atom before Microsoft, but when working with .NET I use Visual Studio a lot - the tooling is perfect for me there. I was converted to VS Code when I joined Microsoft. I still use Atom for a few other things (I don't want to abandon my Add-on setup I worked so hard on!), but mostly personal projects. I primarily use a Surface Book (Work computer), MacBook Pro and a PC I built myself that runs Windows 10. I'll most likely start a personal project on my PC, and continue on my MacBook if I want to work on it somewhere else, like a coffee shop.

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