5 ways I stay updated with Microsoft 365 Developer news and announcements (Azure, Office, SharePoint)

We all learn and consume our news in different ways and through different sources and mediums. What works for me may not work for you, but for those feeling like they are struggling to keep up with the constantly changing Microsoft 365 developers landscape I've decided to share where I regularly source my news and... Continue Reading →

How to report on serialized JSON object data in Application Insights/Azure Monitor using Kusto

Application Insights is great for collecting telemetry from your application. You have a lot of control and in addition to the telemetry automatically collected you can also make your own calls to log custom telemetry events and collect variable/state data from your application. This type of data can be very useful for troubleshooting and diagnosing... Continue Reading →

How to use Application Insights Custom Properties in Azure Monitor Log (Kusto) Queries

Azure Application Insights is great for easily adding telemetry to your application across a variety of languages (.Net web apps, Azure functions, .Net Framework / Core apps, JavaScript SPAs and more). The telemetry is logged back to an Application Insights instance in your Azure tenant. You can then view all the reported telemetry via the... Continue Reading →

How to write Azure Kusto queries across multiple Application Insights instances

When writing Kusto queries it is often useful to be able to write queries that span multiple Application Insight instances. This is especially true for micro-services where each service has it's own Application Insight instance. I've tried several times in the past to write cross instance queries and failed to find a way even though... Continue Reading →

Countdown to the European SharePoint Conference 2019

The countdown is on to the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference – just 7 weeks to go!  If you are planning to attend, you or your team can use my coupon code ESPC19SPK to receive a special €100 discount. Book tickets.  Join me on Wednesday 4th of December for my session “Building Office Add-ins Overview: Integrate. Dominate.”  Office add-ins have the potential to keep... Continue Reading →

How to create a Microsoft Teams Messaging Extension pop-up dialog with a custom UI

Messaging Extensions in Microsoft Teams allow you to pull in data from other systems and insert into the new message the user is composing. This can be an incredible time saver for users and results in consistent and accurate data in the form of a card being inserted into the message. Most of the documentation... Continue Reading →

How to enable CodeLens for viewing Application Insights telemetry directly in Visual Studio for Web API projects

I had been using Application Insights for a while with a Web API project and found it immensely valuable for monitoring how the Web API was performing and discovering any issues in production. I only recently stumbled across the fact that for ASP.NET projects, the Application Insights telemetry is surfaced and available in your source... Continue Reading →

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