Excluding weekends and holidays in date differences in PowerApps

The DateDiff function allows an app to calculate the difference between two dates – a simple calendar operation. However, in many business applications, one needs to remove weekends when getting the difference – the app needs to know how many business days are between two given dates. There are a few threads in the forums…

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Supporting multi-valued “listboxes” in PowerApps

One the current limitations of PowerApps is the lack of support for multi-valued fields – a column in a data source that can take zero or more of a predefined set of values. One example is a Choice column in SharePoint that allows multiple selections, which is a required scenario for some users. – if…

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Building multilingual apps in PowerApps

PowerApps is localized in many languages – depending on the language of your computer, you’ll see the authoring experience in the appropriate language (if the language is supported). For example, if I set my browser (Chrome) language to French, I’ll see the authoring Studio in that language. If we want to make an app that…

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Formatting fields in PowerApps data tables

The Data table control in PowerApps is an easy and quick way to display data in a tabular format on an app created in the platform. It has been released a couple of months ago, and it still has many features coming up over the upcoming versions (listed in the control reference page). One of…

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Using automatic format selection with a compression encoder in self-hosted scenarios

Although I haven’t been working with WCF for over 4 years, every now and then I run into a question from either the forums or someone directly contacting me that catches my attention and I try to see if I can help. Last week I got one of those and I think it was interesting…

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Logging with the .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/24/logging-with-the-net-backend-for-azure-mobile-services.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] On the node.js version of mobile services, logging was done mostly via the node’s console object. In any of the server…

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Creating MongoDB-backed tables in Azure Mobile Services with .NET backend

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/14/creating-mongodb-backed-tables-in-azure-mobile-services-with-net-backend.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] One of the advantages of the .NET backend for Azure Mobile Services is that it has out-of-the-box support for multiple data…

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Creating an Azure Mobile Services .NET backend from scratch

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/10/creating-an-azure-mobile-services-net-backend-from-scratch.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] When learning a new feature I often like to understand the minimum pieces necessary to get it running. In the case…

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Deep dive on the offline support in the Azure Mobile Service managed client SDK

[This post originally appeared in http://blogs.msdn.com/b/azuremobile/archive/2014/04/07/deep-dive-on-the-offline-support-in-the-managed-client-sdk.aspx. I’ll be writing Azure Mobile Service related posts in the Azure Mobile blog primarily, and cross-posting them here for people who have feeds linked to this blog only] Last week we announced a new feature in the Azure Mobile Service SDK (managed code only for now): support for offline…

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.NET Runtime for Azure Mobile Services – First Impressions

It’s been now about a month since the .NET runtime for Azure Mobile Services was released, but I haven’t seen a post comparing it with what we had before (a node.js runtime). I think that’s one good way to understand what the .NET backend gives, and what it lacks compared to the node.js runtime, and…

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