Azure SQL Data Warehouse loading patterns and strategies

Authors: John Hoang, Joe Sack and Martin Lee Abstract This article provides an overview of the Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse architecture. This new platform-as-a service (PaaS) offering provides independent compute and storage scaling on demand and is currently in public preview. This document provides data loading guidelines for SQL Data Warehouse. Several common loading…


A bit more on the Feb 3 and 4 incidents

Please read my post from yesterday first.  Unfortunately I had a family commitment and had to leave early Friday afternoon before the post was complete.  I asked someone on my team to finish it and he did an excellent job and I’m grateful.  There are a few things I would yet like to add to…


TaskSchedulers and semaphores

When you write multi-threaded code, it’s important to be aware of whether the code in other libraries you call into is also thread-safe. By my observation, most code written is not thread-safe. So if you’re writing thread-safe code, kudos to you. But as you’ll sometimes need to call non-thread-safe code from your multi-threaded code, this…


IoT Development in Azure

Welcome to our latest blog for Azure Developers, new and old. I’m honoured to be asked to help start his blog, and to wax lyrical about some of my favourite time and money saving technologies! If you develop your solutions using Azure, we hope to keep you in the loop with anything you can’t afford to miss, but are…


Profiling Java process on Azure web apps

There are certain situations when your Java web application is not performing as you expect it to. To understand where the problem lies, you may need to profile your application and understand its behavior for different flows. Azure App Service environment being a sandbox environment, does not support to install JProfiler and not even expose…


VS Team Services incidents on Feb 3 & 4

We had two serious availability incidents in the past 2 days.  I’m incredibly sorry for the problems that these have caused.  Increasingly we are bringing on more and more customers who rely on this service day in and day out and any significant interruption is entirely unacceptable.  We know it.  We live it.  We breath…


Visual Studio Team Services – What’s new in the January 25 Update?

For the January release, Visual Studio Team Services featured a plethora of 25 improvements! For starters, let’s get into the details of the new Dashboard Widget SDK! Public preview of the dashboard widget SDK It’s here! When the team launched dashboards, they mentioned that the widgets are written as extensions, which would also allow you…


platyPS: write External Help files in Markdown

Today we are glad to release a Preview of platyPS. platyPS is a PowerShell module that converts PowerShell help files written as Markdown to other formats starting with MAML XML. What’s the problem Traditionally PowerShell external help files have been authored as MAML XML.MAML is cumbersome to edit by hand, and traditional tools and editors…


Package Management now available in Europe and Australia

When we first released the Package Management preview in November, it was only available in the US – If your VS Team Services account was in some region other than the US, installing the Package Management extension would fail.  This week, we deployed Package Management instances in Australia and Europe (which are the only other two regions…