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Optimize SQL queries using subqueries for lookups in Azure SQL Databases

I like to work with Azure SQL Databases and use data from the cloud without any administrative effort. When working with apps, App Insights helps to detect anomalies, and to analyze bottle necks. Although SQL Azure can scale very well, we discovered performance issues in some legacy apps. Read here how we solved that by optimizing TSQL data queries.

Tips for PowerApps-Add required user permissions for PowerApps using Dataverse

When users shall have access to a PowerApp that is using Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service - CDS), they also need to have the permissions to access the data entity (nowadays called table). So, if your users get an ugly "unknown error occurred" when accessing the PowerApp, here´s the solution to assign the required security role and permissions.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 7-Resolve issues with the SharePoint Connector

Using SharePoint Online (SPO) and Azure Logic Apps helps to automate processes. For a project, we have created some workflows with Azure Logic Apps that monitor changes to an SPO list or document library for approvals and other document workflows. We have found that the SPO connector does not always send all data in a reproducible manner: sometimes some fields were sent and sometimes not. We struggled with this behavior and found an unexpected workaround.

When to use what Azure monitoring service

The well-known Scott Hanselman has been producing the recurring Azure Friday series for a long time. Last Friday, Scott interviewed Azure Barry (Barry Luijbregts) about "What to use for monitoring your applications in Azure". Barry did a great overview about the main monitoring services. See the recording and a kind of summary transcript here.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 6-Work with items in Apply to each

Automation of small tasks is helpful for many recurring processes. Unless you regularly use Power Automate (Flow) or Azure Logic Apps, it is often not that easy to remember the correct syntax for accessing items in a loop. Here is the quick help.

Working with Azure AD schema extensions in Graph PowerShell

Schema extensions enable to store extended custom data directly to objects in Azure AD. This article describes how to access data we defined and added in Introducing user schema extensions in Delegate365 with the Microsoft Graph PowerShell module.

Use multiple Node.js versions on your computer (and develop a SPFx webpart)

As developer, it often makes sense to have multiple versions of a framework installed on a single computer. For example, when developing SPFx applications with Node,js v10.x and developing web applications using Angular and Node.js v14.x you need both versions. Thankfully, with Node Version Manager, we can.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 5-Custom JSON payloads

Did you ever have the problem of pushing different JSON payloads to a logic app and hitting errors due to JSON schema mismatches? The usual HTTP Request forces you to define the JSON Schema at the beginning. For every tiny difference in the later used properties you need to create your own Logic App even if the process is the same. I will show you an example of a single Logic App deciding at runtime which JSON schema to use for decoding the post body payload. Stay tuned!

Working with Azure AD schema extensions and Microsoft Graph

Azure Active Directory is Microsoft´s Cloud Identity system that stores user, license, group, apps, device data and more data in a secure way. As developers, we can extend many of these resources with custom extension. This can be useful to store additional metadata, such as a cost center or personal data for a user, for a group or other resource types. Unfortunately, there isn't much documentation on that. Here's how to do this step-by-step for the user resource with Azure AD schema extensions in real life.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 4-Working with SharePoint dropdown fields

Yesterday I documented in "Get data from SharePoint as HTML table with Azure Logic Apps" how data is retrieved from SharePoint Online with an Azure Logic app. To dig a little deeper into working with SharePoint list data, here are a few more helpful tips.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 3-Get data from SharePoint as HTML table

Sometimes it´s good to get data from a data source as a table and as quickly as possible in an automated way. While this can be done with multiple ways, here´s a quick solution if you want to get the items from a custom list in SharePoint Online sent as a HTML table in an email with Azure Logic Apps (or Power Automate).