Introducing the Mobile Center Slack App

I’m Amanda, and I’m passionate about optimization, making processes more efficient, and building apps that improve the world. I’m always looking for ways to save time, whether it’s in personal projects or in my work as a Mobile Center Program Manager, where I spend my days building technology that helps developers deliver better apps faster….


VSTS SSH on Azure’s Global Network

Over the past few months, we’ve been moving SSH for Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) onto Azure’s global network. As part of the move, we’re asking our SSH users to update their remotes to new SSH URLs. We have rolled out the new URLs to all accounts, and will be maintaining support for the old URLs…


Descriptive Statistics – Initial Evaluation of the Data

The most important part of data analysis is a thorough understanding of the data we’re looking at. Once we’ve verified what the source of the data actually means and that we can trust it, we need to do some simple visualizations and calculations to see what it means. I find that using even basic descriptions is…


The (Amateur) Data Science Body of Knowledge

With a format for learning to be an Amateur Data Scientist established and a firm understanding of how you learn, it’s time to focus on what to learn. There are no shortages of Internet posts, magazine articles, or college syllabi describing what a “Data Scientist” should know. I originally thought the term was still up for debate – but there are “real”…


Prepping for learning Data Science

In the September 2015 issue of the Communications of the ACM magazine, there is an article on the Automated Education and the Professional – highly recommended reading. It feeds in nicely to our journey in learning Data Science. The article covers the conflict between traditional college-degree education and the newer competency-based learning systems. I prefer both –…


Docker Blog Series Part 4 – Managing Secrets inside Kubernetes Cluster in Azure Container Service

This post is the next in a series of Docker posts from Premier Developer consultant Monu Bambroo.  In this post, Monu walks through setting up a Web API to leverage Kubernetes for managing secrets. One of the common tasks in application development is to manage configurations. Some of the configurations can be sensitive information. One…


Build a Practice to help customer realize a Modern Workplace

Here are a set of sessions to get your started on building a practice to help customers realize a Modern Workplace Microsoft 365 Virtual Partner Summit  Learn from experts across marketing and engineering as they unveil exciting news that will help you take advantage of the Microsoft 365 opportunity. Get a firsthand look at what…


Performance Issues with Visual Studio Team Services in Central US region – 10/23 – Mitigated

Final Update: Monday, October 23rd 2017 14:57 UTC We’ve confirmed that all systems are back to normal. Some customers experienced web experience failures, slow page loads, and hosted build failures in the Central US Region. User may have also seen poorly formatted web pages and 504 errors in their builds. Sorry for any inconvenience this…


Controlling the Number of Outgoing Connections From HttpClient (.Net Core or Full Framework)

Although there are references to this all over the web for full framework, I had trouble finding it for .Net Core, so I thought I’d note it for others that may be searching. On .Net Full framework, you can control the number of outgoing client connections by setting ServicePointManager.DefaultConnectionLimit to the desired number. It is…


ARM GCC Cross Compilation in Visual Studio

In Visual Studio 2017 15.5 Preview 2 we are introducing support for cross compilation targeting ARM microcontrollers. To enable this in the installation choose the Linux development with C++ workload and select the option for Embedded and IoT Development. This adds the ARM GCC cross compilation tools and Make to your installation. Our cross compilation…