Factoring impact of SQL Secure Login Certificate Key Length on SQL Performance

In this post, Application Development Managers, Lou Sawyer and Everett Yang spotlight the performance impact of certificate key length for login operations with SQL Server. The effect of RSA Key Length on CPU utilization during decryption is well documented. With a larger key size, we expect higher CPU utilization during decryption. This is a factor…


Discovering AuthorizeAttribute role names

In this post, Senior Consultant, Marius Rochon showcases how to discover ‘AuthorizeAttribute’ role names. The AuthorizeAttribute is used in ASP.NET code to decorate controller classes and methods which require authorization, e.g. [Authorize(Roles =“admin”)] public class HomeController : Controller { Meaning that to call any method in this class, the user needs to have a role claim with the…

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With Azure, Certifications are hot again!

Senior Application Development Managers, Justin Wendlandt and Doug Owens reflect on Microsoft Certifications and why now is a great time to consider updating yours Microsoft Certifications have been around since 1992. They provided IT Professionals with the ability to prove themselves and their understanding of the technology stack to which the certification was directed. Additionally,…


Introduction to PSfP support for EAS licensees

Senior Application Development Managers, David Huang and Sheldon Ledbetter spotlight support options for EAS licensees Exchange ActiveSync, also known as EAS, is a development protocol requiring purchase of Microsoft Licenses. Almost all major mobile device manufacturers who use Microsoft EAS API to develop their email, calendar, and messaging applications to interact with Exchange Servers need…


Roslyn Analyzer Deltas for VS2017 RC3

In this post, Senior Consultant, Joe Healy showcases Roslyn tools in VS2015. One of my favorite features in VS2015 is the Roslyn based live static code analyzers. Interactive IDE feedback on my code gives me  ‘opportunities for improvement’ to my code.  Think FxCop++ without having to build your project.  I like to say “in your face”…

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When using SharePoint, don’t use $

In the latest post on his blog, Senior Premier Developer Consultant Brian Gregor discusses an error when using Distributed Cache PowerShell cmdlets with a user account that includes a $ in the name. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/briangre/2017/01/24/when-using-sharepoint-dont-use/

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Microsoft Graph – Consolidating multiple APIs into one

Paul King, Senior Application Development Manager, introduces Microsoft Graph API as the unifying endpoint for many APIs As Microsoft’s cloud services has evolved, so have the APIs used to reference them.  When Microsoft first offered cloud services like Exchange Online, SharePoint, OneDrive and others, and API to access that service was launched too.  There would…


Investing In Improvement

  In this post, Principal Application Development Manager, Larry Duff asks “How will you identify your normalized deviances and invest in improvement?” I’ve been following a recent blog about the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and was struck by a phrase in a recent entry, “normalization of deviance.” They were describing a piece of foam falling…


Congratulations Visual Studio on 20 amazing years! Join the VS2017 Launch Event

If you were developing code back in ‘97, perhaps you remember the mind blowing concept of Microsoft delivering a single IDE that could do it all.  Up to this point, developers were used to juggling debuggers, compilers, linkers, editors, and more to build integrated solutions.  It was a special time to experience development technology coming…


Power BI–A case study to end homelessness

Keith Anderson, Senior ADM, shares a practical example of how Power BI quickly transformed a project using simple, out-of-the-box features to integrate data and provide visualizations. I had the opportunity recently to work with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) on their yearly Youth Point-in-time (PIT) Count event.  Microsoft worked with them on a…