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DirectX Shader Compiler in the Windows SDK

The Windows SDK includes a number of files that can be used for development. There are three files included: dxc.exe. This is the command-line to run, which is the main scenario the Windows SDK addresses. dxcompiler.dll. This is the same dxcompiler.dll you know and love from the GitHub project. dxil.dll. This library only provides the…


Cloud Computing + Modern DevOps == Productivity Gains

In this post,  App Dev Manager, Omer Amin reminds us that thinking about old problems in new ways is critically important for maximizing the benefits of the cloud.  The Productivity Paradox…When new tools promise higher productivity, but fail to deliver. I came across this concept last weekend when I was reading Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions…


Getting started using TypeScript with Dynamics 365

Scenario: I’m familiar with TypeScript, but not quite sure how to apply my knowledge to start using it with Dynamics 365.  How do I get started? I’ve been asked this a few times.  I didn’t find anything out there (or my search skills are failing me) that was an end to end walkthrough.  I found…


Application Insights Planned Maintenance – 11/16 – Final Update

Final Update: Wednesday, 22 November 2017 17:14 UTCMaintenance has been completed on infrastructure for Application Insights Availability Web Test feature.Necessary updates were installed successfully on all nodes, supporting Availability Web Test feature. -Deepesh Planned Maintenance: 17:00 UTC, 21 November 2017 – 00:00 UTC, 23  November 2017 The Application Insights team will be performing planned maintenance on Availability…


How to undelete a deleted release definition?

We (Garima Srivastava) have recently added a feature in the product with which you can undelete a release definitions yourself using our rest APIs. This undelete can be done within 4 weeks of deletion and after which the definition is deleted permanently. Here is a sample power-shell script which uses our rest APIs to find…


Integrating desktop code into UWP apps with an AppService

UWP apps are great, with a clean install experience and buttery smooth touch. But what if you want to call desktop DLLs or break out of the sandbox and call desktop APIs? You may have heard of Brokered Components that used COM wrappers to call into Win32 code, but these were quite messy to deploy,…


Feature Update: Post customized announcements to your Lab

As a Lab admin, you can now post announcements to notify users about recent changes or additions to your Lab. For example, you can notify them of a new image, a new VM size being made available, or a specific Lab policy being updated. Note that this announcement feature was meant to be used for…


DevOps for Data Science – DevOps Maturity

In this series on DevOps for Data Science, I’ve explained what DevOps is, and given you lots of resources to go learn more about it. Now we can get to the details of implementing DevOps in your Data Science Projects. Consider that the standard Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) with Data Science algorithms or API’s added…


Q&A: MVP Karen Payne Talks With Us About Being A Transgender Woman In Tech 

If you were at last year’s MVP Global Summit, you might remember Karen Payne. The VSDT MVP presented at the Summit’s very first Diversity & Inclusion Reception about her experience as a transgender woman in tech, and how she mentors others to meet their full potential. Her story has also been featured on The New York…