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Deploying the “X-Factor”

Published by Cole Francis on Friday, March 24, 2017

So, what do you do when you’re building a website, and you have a long-running client-side call to a Web API layer. Naturally, you’re going to do what most developers do and call the Web API asynchronously.  This way, your code can continue to cruise along until a result finally return from the server.

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VSTS Velocity Dashboard Extension

Published by Norman Murrin on Thursday, March 23, 2017

I started using Visual Studio Team Services last year to manage internal projects at my company, PCS Group. A large portion of our consultants are .NET and Sharepoint developers. As a scrum master I found that I was not able to put information that I wanted, such as a burndown chart and velocity calculation, on the VSTS Dashboard. I decided to put on my developer hat and try my hand at developing a VSTS Dashboard Extension.

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Calling an external service from your chat bot

Published by Mark Roden on Sunday, March 19, 2017

In this article I will show to how integrate simple commands (intents) into your bot to then integrate with an external service. Introduction In previous articles we have looked at how to create a sample Azure bot and in this article we will be looking into how “intents” work. The microsoft documentation on dialogIntents can be found here (for the node bot).

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Setting up the sample Azure bot to work locally with the bot emulator

Published by Mark Roden on Sunday, March 12, 2017

In this article I will demonstrate how to configure your local development environment to work with the environmental variables set up within your Azure environment in the sample bot previously discussed, Introduction  In the previous article we looked at how to create a sample azure bot and then how to configure it in VSTS for continuous integration. If you want to develop with this sample locally you will need to set it up to work with the local bot emulator. (What is Bot Builder for Node.js a

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Adding your bot code to VSTS for source control and configuring continuous integration

Published by Mark Roden on Sunday, March 5, 2017

In this article I will walk through the steps to enable source control and continuous integration for your bot Introduction In previous articles we have seen how to create a sample bot and how to link it into Skype. In this article we are going to look at how to use Visual Services Team Studio (VSTS) to manage source control and eventually continuous integration. We are going to set up is an environment such that when you check your code into the repository a code deployment is triggered to the

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Today’s Successful IT Delivery Leaders

Published by Cole Francis on Saturday, February 25, 2017

By:  Cole Francis, Solution Architect at The PSC Group, LLC, Schaumburg, IL. Today’s successful IT Delivery Leaders focus predominantly on the delivery of a “product” and focus less on the term “project”.  They despise heavy planning phases that require intense requirements gathering sessions, they avoid meetings that they know will produce unactionable results, they redirect unnecessary project drama and chaos, they address unmanageable timelines, and they shy away from creating redundan

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How to create a sample nodejs bot which utilizes Azure Functions in 15 minutes

Published by Mark Roden on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In this article I will demonstrate how to create a nodejs bot hosted in Azure. The bot will be created from a sample provided from Microsoft. The example bot will use Azure Functions as the trigger for it’s communication. You will need a Microsoft Azure account to be able to follow this process for yourself. This is only an introduction on how to get up and running, more steps in the process will come later. Introduction  Looking at the documentation on how to create a test a nodejs bot wi

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What is Dynamics 365?

Published by Michael Springer on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

By now, most people understand that Office 365 is a suite of Microsoft applications they already know and use that are available through a cloud subscription and accessible across most popular devices. So what is Dynamics 365?

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