Trying out PowerShell 6.0 in containers

I’ve been meaning to give a try to the PowerShell Core 6.0 builds on Linux recently. The PowerShell team offers some nice pre-built Docker images you can use to test it, so that’s great. I thought that would be a simple, but cool scenario to try out the new Azure...

Using Azure Functions to create AppInsights release annotations

I recently had the opportunity to discuss with a customer one cool feature in Application Insights: Release Annotations. As the article above shows, you can easily create Release Annotations using Visual Studio Team Services release pipelines. In this post, I’d like to provide an alternative way to implement release annotations...

Viasfora v3.6 Released

Today I pushed to the Visual Studio Gallery version v3.6 of my Viasfora Visual Studio Extension. This version includes a few minor bugfixes, and some new features, such as: Export/Import settings Export/Import color themes Support for JavaScript template literals If you run into any issues, or have any feature suggestion,...

Creating an Azure WebApp through ARM and Node.js

I recently posted an article on how to create an Azure WebApp on AppService with an associated Application Insights resource using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates. I’ve been playing the past couple of days with the Azure SDK for Node.js, and thought I’d write how to accomplish the same thing...

Updating Viasfora Themes

A few days ago, I wrote about Themes coming to Viasfora in v3.6. One of the issues that some users will face is that I had to make a breaking change to fix something I was unhappy about for a long time: The classification names used by Viasfora were very...

Deploying a WebApp with Application Insights using ARM

I saw a question yesterday about deploying a WebApp on Azure App Service with Application Insights using an ARM template, and thought that would make for a good sample. The sample ARM template can be found here as a Visual Studio 2017 project. Creating both the WebApp and the Application...

Using Application Insights Cohorts

A while ago I added some basic telemetry to Viasfora based on Azure Application Insights. This telemetry contains no Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of note (*), and it is only used to track: Viasfora getting loaded into Visual Studio Some features being used All of this is done by emiting...

Viasfora Themes and Settings in v3.6

With the release of Viasfora v3.6 in the following days, there are two new features coming up: Exporting/Importing the current settings. Generally speaking, you can always just copy the Viasfora.xml settings file, but this provides a more straight implementation. Exporting your current Viasfora color settings as a “Theme” that you...

Service Fabric Streaming Trace Viewer

One of my features I find the most useful in the Service Fabric SDK tools for Visual Studio is the Streaming Trace Viewer window in Visual Studio. This is used to provide a streaming (i.e. close to real-time) view of the events generated by the SF runtime and the application...

Culture is not supported

Today I was helping a customer troubleshoot an issue with a tool that is WPF based. What was happening was a bit surprising to me, and something I haven’t seen all that clearly documented, so thought that putting it in a blog post would be useful in case I run...