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Visual Studio Toolbox: SmartHotel360 Demo App Backend Services

This is the fourth of a five part series where I am joined by various technical experts to review the SmartHotel360 demo app, which was used in the keynotes at Connect() last November and is available on GitHub. In this episode, Brady Gaster shows us the Backend Services used by both the Web and mobile apps. These services are a series of containerized microservices, written in .NET Core, Node and Java, running in a Kubernetes cluster.
SmartHotel360 is a fictitious smart hospitality company showcasing the future of connected travel:

  • The heart of this application is Azure and the code is built using a microservice oriented architecture orchestrated with multiple Docker containers.
  • The public website is where hotel guests can book a room, smart conference rooms, and even include their accompanying family travelers and their pets!
  • SmartHotel360 offers a fully-native cross-device mobile app for guests and business travelers built with Xamarin. Guests and business travelers can book rooms and smart conference rooms as well as customize room temperature and lighting settings.
  • Travelers need quick access to their rooms. We included NFC access from the SmartHotel360 traveler application and we also created a digital door application to check-in and open your room.
  • Mixed reality apps provide hotel management the ability to visualize data and review proposed changes to the hotel lobby by using both HoloLens and the latest in immersive headsets.

Episodes in this series:

  • Overview
  • Web site and Azure Function
  • Mobile and desktop apps
  • Containers and back end microservices (this episode)
  • Mixed reality


  • SmartHotel360 in GitHub
  • Visual Studio blog
  • Connect() keynote demos
  • Connect() keynotes, sessions, on demand videos

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Visual Studio Toolbox: SmartHotel360 Demo App Backend Services


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