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Today's ITUnity Champ:

Julie Lerman

Julie Lerman

Self-employed mentor, author, programmer
Blog: http://thedatafarm.com/
Twitter: @julielerman

If you’ve heard of Microsoft’s data-access technology known as the Entity Framework, you definitely know Lerman. And if you haven’t, you should still know her.

She’s a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for VIsual Studio and Development Technologies and a Microsoft Regional Director. She’s the founder of the Vermont .NET User group and Vermont Code Camp, a founding board member of the Vermont Technical Alliance, a frequent conference speaker and book, article and PluralSight training author.

In addition to all that, she’s self-employed and works as a mentor for software development teams. She does a lot of work with .NET, SQL Server, Azure SQL, Azure DocumentDB and Node.js, among other technologies.

Microsoft is currently testing its next version of SQL Server, including a version of it that will work on Linux. (Expect to hear more about this at next week’s Microsoft Data Amp web-event.) In the interim, check out Lerman’s latest SQL Server on Linux post that also features Docker on a Mac and Visual Studio Code, to boot:

Mashup: SQL Server on Linux in Docker on a Mac with Visual Studio Code

I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new mssql extension for Visual Studio Code. I have an article coming in MSDN Magazine and am planning more fun as well. My latest experiment was doing a big mashup taking advantage of the fact that there is now a Linux version of SQL Server. So we are no longer limited to hosting it on Windows or Azure. The most lightweight way to host SQL Server on Linux is in a Docker container. While I am sitting in front of a MacBook typing this I’m by no means working towards abandoning my Windows development or Windows machines. I’m just happy to have more options at my disposal as well as have the ability to share what I am learning work beyond the world of Windows developers.

Read the rest of her post here.