As many of you know, I have had a regular column in MSDN Magazine on UWP development for the past 18 months. However, today I am excited to announce that the column will now shift focus to Data Science, AI, and Machine Learning.  This is a natural progression, given the direction of and the Data Driven podcast.

I’m even more excited to announce that the new column, called “Artificially Intelligent” is now available as of the October issue, which is online now.

Here’s a sample:

Over the last 10 years, the focus of many developer and IT organizations was the capture and storage of Big Data. During that time, the notion of what a “large” database size was grew in orders of magnitude from terabytes to petabytes. Now, in 2017, the rush is on to find insights, trends and predictions of the future based on the information buried in these large data stores. Combined with recent advancements in AI research, cloud-based analytics tools and ML algorithms, these large data stores can not only be mined, but monetized.


Programming thousands of machines is no easy task.

One approach pioneered by Google is known as MapReduce.

MapReduce provides a programming model that simplifies programming thousands of machines by breaking down distributed programs into two steps: map, and reduce.

How would you make presentations better?

While at ProgNet in London, Carl and Richard talked to Mark Rendle about his efforts to build a tool to make presentations more social – with a project he calls Shtik!

The idea is to provide a cross-platform presentation tool using HTML so that it works on any platform (hence .NET Core) but also provides ways for the attendees to take notes and send feedback in real time. This opens the door to having the attendees of a presentation help direct it, offering a very different type of talk.

Everything is open source and Mark is looking for some help, so take Shtik out for a spin!

Press the play button below to listen here.