Roll-Up Board widget extension supports feature flags

We shared our research of the implementation of the feature flags, using LaunchDarkly, with our VSTS extensions in a series of blog posts: Phase the features of your application with feature flags Building VSTS Extensions with feature flags : Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Azure Functions : Prepare for continuous delivery, Provisioning and…


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…


How we made backups faster with SQL Server 2017

In my previous blog post on enhancements in SQL Server 2017, we briefly introduced improved backup performance for smaller databases in SQL Server 2017 on high end servers. In the recent PASS Summit 2017, Pedro and I delivered a session on Intelligent diagnostics where we explained how we leveraged the indirect checkpoint heuristics to enable…


Released: Microsoft Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server 4.1

We are pleased to announce the latest generally-available (GA) of Microsoft Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server. Get it here: Download Microsoft Kerberos Configuration Manager for SQL Server Note : this replaces the previously released v4.0. Why Kerberos? Kerberos authentication provides a highly secure method to authenticate client and server entities (security principals) on a…


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,…

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