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Azure SQL is a great service - you get your databases into the cloud without having to manage all that nasty server stuff. However, one of the problems with Azure SQL is that you have to authenticate using SQL authentication - a username and password. However, you can also authenticate via Azure Active Directory (AAD) tokens. This is analogous to integrated login using Windows Authentication - ...
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VSTS supports service hooks like Slack, AppVeyor, Bamboo and a host of other ALM tools. You can also create your own hooks using a simple WebHooks API. There's an example here. However, one thing that is missing from the sample is any kind of authentication. Why care? Well, simply put - without authentication, anyone could trigger events to your event sink. That may or may not be a big deal, but I ...
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If you've read my blog before, you'll probably know that I am huge fan of Docker and containers. When was the last time you installed software onto bare metal? Other than your laptop, chances are you haven't for a long time. Virtualization has transformed how we think about resources in the datacenter, greatly increasing the density and utilization of resources. The next evolution in density is ...
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I am a huge fan of Aurelia – and that was even when I was working with it in the beta days. I recently had to do some development to display d3 graphs, and needed a simple SPA app. Of course I decided to use Aurelia. During development, I was again blown away by how well thought out Aurelia is – and using some new (to me) tooling, the experience was super. In this post I’ll walk through the tools ...