Difference between Apply to each and For each actions
Microsoft Flow and Azure Logic Apps are based on the same platform and therefor very similar. There are, however, cases where they’re a little different. Take for example the Apply to each (Flow) action and the For each (Logic Apps) action. They’re very similar in that they execute the actions for each of the items in the array. There’s one caveat though and that is the default concurrency setting. Apply to each action
Custom profile images in Edge
Ever since Microsoft announced the next version of Edge will be based on Chromium and provided the Edge Insider program I’ve been happily running the Dev channel of Edge. If you haven’t tried yet, you should. It’s that good. One of the benefits of the Chromium based Edge is that it brings profiles to Edge. Profiles are great, because they allow you to have separate profiles for different purposes, e.g. a work profile and a personal profile.
Connect to Azure AD secured SignalR Hub from your SPFx code
SignalR is a great technology to provide users with real-time UI updates of events happening in the back-end. It’s a perfect match with SPFX to build some amazing web parts for SharePoint. With the recent release of ASPNET SignalR Core (now incorporated in the ASP.NET Core GitHub project) SignalR is easier to use than before. So you’ve gone and created a web part that connects to a SignalR hub and the experience makes a real impact for your users.
Logic Apps improvement suggestions
I must say that Logic Apps has come a long way in its brief lifetime. It’s surprisingly easy to get up and go with Logic Apps and the number of available connectors is crazy. However there are still a couple of things that could be improved to make it friendlier for the more serious applications. Here’s my list. The last few weeks I had the chance to spend a lot of time with Azure Logic Apps.
Move your development VM to Azure
During my day job I regularly had to use virtual machines to do my work on. It just simply isn’t convenient to run BizTalk Server or SharePoint on you laptop. I’ve used many types and brands of virtualisation software like Virtual PC, Virtual Server and VMWare. More recently I started using Hyper-V, which, because baked into Windows 8, sounds like a very natural thing to do. Unfortunately, whatever software I used, the performance I get just doesn’t provide a good user experience.
Preparing for 70-485: Advanced Metro style App Development using C#
A few weeks agoI posted learning material for preparing for exam 70-484. In the meanwhile I also took the 70-485: Advanced Metro style App Development using C# exam and used the information below for my preparation. As the exam was still in beta I don’t know yet whether I passed the exam, but I doubt it. You really need to make sure you’ve got hands-on experience with each of the topics.
Preparing for 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C#
Last week I took the 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C# exam. In preparation for the exam I used the resources below. Hopefully they can help you too preparing for the exam. Design Metro style Apps (19%) Design the UI layout and structure. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms750613.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.windows.style.aspx Design for separation of concerns (SOC). http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays/TechDays-2012-Belgium/282 Apply the MVVM pattern to your app design. http://dotnetspeak.com/index.php/2012/07/working-with-gridview-control-in-winrt-app/ http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/BR209833 Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM).
Lightswitch: custom ribbon button
Two weeks ago, on July 26th, Visual Studio Lightswitch 2011 was released. I ‘d seen a couple of videos what you can do with Lightswitch so I though I’d put it to the test by developing a replacement for a tool I use at one of my clients. Lightswitch is really easy to use and I believe I can actually teach my wife to create data-centric application using it. Until you reach the limits though, because than it becomes more difficult really fast.
Windows Phone 7 Mango features
A lot has been said and written about Windows Phone 7 Mango. The eagerly awaited update to Microsoft’s new Windows Phone platform is said to sport 500 new features, bringing it up to par with its competition. While 500 features sound a lot, it may well be achieved if you count every little detail. Many of the bigger features can be found all over the web, especially in the much detailed Engadget in-depth preview.
MIX11: Day 3
It’s a wrap, MIX11 is over. Yesterday was the last day of MIX and many people have already returned to their homes. There was not much news to be shared, but here are my findings anyway. Designer and Developer: A Case for the Hybrid (Jeff Croft) In this talk Jeff Croft talks about what makes good designers and developers. His statement is that designers should know how to program and developers should know how to design.
MIX11: Day 2
Today was a really interesting day, with lots of new stuff being announced and sessions packed with interesting information. These are my findings of this day. Keynote (Joe Belfiore, Scott Guthrie) The keynote started off with an inspiring viral video. It appears a fan of Windows Phone created it by request of Microsoft after he created his own viral out of love of the phone. If the viral gets over 200k of views on YouTube, it is turned into a real commercial.
MIX11: Day 1
Today was the first conference day and my second day at MIX11. The day began with a keynote and after that a couple of sessions. These are my findings of today. Keynote (Dean Hachamovitch, Scott Guthrie) Dean started off with looking back at the development of IE9 and how successful is has been so far. Then he announced that they’re already three weeks into development of IE10, which didn’t come as a surprise looking at the shirt he was wearing with a bit TEN on it with the ‘E’ being the IE logo.