Agile work in progress tracking: Are we there yet?

In this post, Premier Developer consultant Ilias Jennane explains Agile Work in Progress Tracking. In almost every engagement I have with customers seeking guidance on how to effectively run an Agile development shop, the question of work in progress tracking comes up. However, the question comes in different “flavors”, often signaling where in its Agile journey the…

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HTTP Secure, Part II. Is Diffie-Hellman always used in the HTTPS key exchange?

In this post, Premier Developer consultant Lizet Pena De Sola explains Diffie-Hellman in the HTTPS key exchange. I got a question right after I had spent a week in training classes for the COMPTIA Security+ exam: to describe how HTTP Secure (HTTPS) modifies the HTTP traffic between a client browser and the server.  At the end of my explanation,…

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Docker Blog Series Part 3– Deploy IIS based applications to Service Fabric using Docker Containers

In the third post in his blog series on Docker, Premier Developer consultant Monu Bambroo illustrates how to deploy IIS based applications to Service Fabric using containers. One of  the value propositions of using containers with Service Fabric is that you can now deploy IIS based applications to the SF cluster. In this blog post,…

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Nailing it: Making Sense of Vague PowerShell Errors

This post on troubleshooting PowerShell errors comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Rob Vettor. PowerShell is a “must-know” for Azure cloud development. Yes, it’s a scripting language, but moreover, it’s an automation engine that can execute complex tasks with minimal effort. The vast majority of Azure administrative functionality is available in PowerShell. Many of…

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Claims augmentation with OWIN but outside of Startup code

This post on authentication and authorization is from Premier Developer consultant Marius Rochon. Claims list included in the ClaimsPrincipal usually originate from the security token received by the application as part of user authentication (SAML, OpenIDConnect id token) or access authorization (OAuth2 bearer access token).  However, sometimes there is a need to modify that list…

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How Not to Use Service Fabric Default Services

This post on avoiding the use of Default Services in your Service Fabric application comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Larry Wall and Application Development Manager Danny Kolke. Service Fabric is an ideal platform for microservices making it easy to package, deploy, and scale. As a developer, there are a lot of solutions that…

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What Do You Mean My Windows Container isn’t Running?

This post on troubleshooting Windows container connectivity issues between Visual Studio and containers comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Rob Vettor. The Windows Containers tooling is great! It simplifies the process of containerizing your applications, generating Docker and Compose files and giving you the full Docker CLI (command line interface) with the same API…

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Monitor your Xamarin Forms application with Mobile Center

This article on using Mobile Center to monitor your Xamarin Forms application comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Gustavo Varo. More and more customers are asking about Mobile Center and how it can help them to monitor and analyze the customer experience. A lot of customers mentioned that they know about Mobile Center, they…

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Microsoft Best Places to Work – Chicago

This post is provided by David S. Lipien, Director Premier Support for Developers with a spotlight on Microsoft Chicago. Microsoft was awarded Crain’s Chicago Business Best Places to Work 2017 in April. This was a great external recognition for the Microsoft team in Chicago. As a leader of people at Microsoft and part of the…


HoloLens – How to Create Mixed Reality Part 2

Rick McGuire, Senior ADM, provides the second post in this series — an introduction to mixed reality development with a test drive using HoloLens, Unity, and Visual Studio 2015. With the invention of HoloLens, it is now possible to superimpose a virtual 3D world onto our exiting reality. HoloLens lets you create holograms, virtual objects…