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Incident response

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We had an incident on VS Online yesterday, starting at 1 AM UTC (5:00 PM PST).  The incident was caused by an underlying Azure storage incident affecting many stamps in several regions.  I don’t know the root cause of that yet but I’m sure I’ll find out. I want to start by apologizing for the incident.  No incident is good or acceptable.  I know it disrupted important work happening for our customers and we take that very seriously. At the same time, they happen.  Nothing you can do can ever 100% prevent them.  As a result, how you
respond to them is as important as the work you do to prevent them.  I wanted to share with you all a mail I sent to my team this morning that, I think, captures both how well the team did and how I think about what’s important. ------- Begin mail thread -------- I want to congratulate the team for the hard work and great response to this incident.  The availability graph below roughly corresponds to what Buck describes.  It would be interesting to see the Azure storage availability graph overlaid so we could measure how much effect our...(Read whole news on source site)

Coming soon to C#: Expression-bodied members

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New C# introduces expression-bodied members of classes. Instead of property or method that makes some simple calculation we can define expressions and keep our code shorter. Nice thing is – also other .NET languages are able to use these new members. Let’s see what we can do with expression-bodied members in C#. The post Coming soon to C#: Expression-bodied members appeared first on Gunnar Peipman - Programming Blog.

Show All Content in XSLT

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I have already shown how you can display all attributes and their values from a XSLT content, but in case you want to look at the whole structure plus their attributes, you can use this instead:
width: 100%; text-align: left; color: black; line-height: 12pt; overflow: visible; font-family: "Courier New", courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: white;"> 1: 2: 3: (Read whole news on source site)

Access Navigation Nodes in SharePoint XSLT

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SharePoint relies on ASP.NET Site Map Providers for generating navigation links on its default pages. Specifically, the default Web.config file registers a (big!) number of providers, which control different aspects of its navigation:
text-align: left; color: black; line-height: 12pt; overflow: visible; font-family: "Courier New", courier, monospace; font-size: 8pt; direction: ltr; background-color: white;"> 1: 2: 3:

Large scale distributed consensus approaches: Computing with a hundred node cluster

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I’m using 100/99 node cluster as the example, but the discussion also apply for smaller clusters (dozens of nodes) and bigger clusters (hundreds or thousands). Pretty much the only reason that you want to go with clusters of that size is that you want to scale out your processing in some manner. I’ve already discussed why a hundred node cluster isn’t a good option for safety reasons. Consensus algorithm create a single consensus in the entire cluster, usually about an order set of operations that are fed to a state machine. The easiest such example would be a dictionary.
But it make no sense to have a single dictionary spread across hundred nodes. Why would you need to do that?  How would it give you the ability to make full use of all of the power of all those nodes? Usually nodes are used for either computing or storage purposes. Computing is much easier, so let us take that as a good example. A route calculating system, need to do a lot of computations on a relatively small amount of information (the map data). Whenever there is a change in the map (route blocked, new road open, etc), it...(Read whole news on source site)

The Morning Brew #1740

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Software MAT v4.0 Technical Preview Update 1 with Xamarin support – Cameron Lerum announces the availability of the latest preview of the Multilingual App Toolkit which now supports Xamarin Windows Management Framework 5.0 Preview November 2014 is now available – The Windows PowerShell team announce the release of Windows Management Framework 5.0 in Preview release […]

APress Deal of the Day 19/November/2014 - Beginning PowerShell for SharePoint 2013

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Originally posted on:'s $10 Deal of the Day from APress at is Beginning PowerShell for SharePoint 2013. "Beginning PowerShell for SharePoint 2013 is a book for the SharePoint administrator looking to expand his or her toolkit and skills by learning PowerShell, Microsoft's vastly flexible and versatile object oriented scripting language"

How to integrate “Ad Mediator” in your apps?

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Microsoft Ad Mediator”, recently released by Microsoft to maximize your ad monetization – we already talked about it last day. If you don’t know about it, read the said post, download the Visual Studio 2013 extension before continuing with this post. Today, we will discuss how to integrate “Ad Mediator” in your Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. As it currently supports only Windows Phone apps, so we will continue with that.  Once you install the “Ad Mediator” plugin extension for Visual Studio 2013, you
will see a new context menu item in your Windows Phone app project named “Connected Service”. This opens the Services Manager window where you can find the Ad Mediator section to add/configure your ad networks. To do this, right click on your Windows Phone application project, navigate to “Add” – “Connected Service…” as shown in the below screenshot:  At the first, it will search for all the ad network instances installed in your project and load them in this screen. By default, it loads the “Microsoft Advertising” network.  Once it loads the ad network instances, it shows the name of the ad network,...(Read whole news on source site)

Improving the Visual Studio Account Management Experience

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Anyone who has built an application in Visual Studio that uses several services (e.g. roaming Visual Studio settings, accessing Azure services in Server Explorer, or using Windows Store) has probably experienced what we’ve come to call “sign-in Whack-A-Mole,” with prompts popping up when you least expect them to. In Visual Studio 2015 we introduced an account manager to reduce how often Visual Studio needs to prompt for credentials and to make it easier for you to switch among different user accounts within the IDE. You’ll see the account manager utilized in various places inside the Visual Studio 2015
user interface, but the central place of account management resides In File -> Account Settings. Let’s take a deeper look at how the account manager works. Many Services, Many User Accounts There were two general types of authentication workflows we saw in Visual Studio 2013 and earlier: Multiple Services. Online services such as Azure, Office 365, and Visual Studio Online managed their users’ authentication tokens separately. Additionally, re-entering your credentials only refreshed the token for that one feature, leaving other features unauthenticated. This meant...(Read whole news on source site)