TechnologyI’m Thomas Dohmke, I co-founded HockeyApp and now lead a team making mobile developer tools at Microsoft. I’m here with my colleague, Ryan J. Salva. Ask us anything!
Jun 22nd 2017 by thomasdohmke • 13 Questions • 2424 Points
I've been working as a Master Blender for 22 years, specializing in Swedish aquavits. The most known and popular is O.P. Anderson. I spend my days in a lab, extracting flavour from spices to create new products. A great aquavit comes down to craftsmanship and that's why we've just released a new documentary about our new distillery and the people who thrive to create an amazing product. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1orZomXx08 Proof: http://imgur.com/sNZFsUJ I'll start answering questions at 9AM CET
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Edit 2: I need to check out now but, post your questions and i will answer as many as I can when I check in tomorrow :)
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Edit 5: Checking out. Thanks a lot for all interesting questions, it has been fun to answer them. I hope you have found my answers helpful! I wish you all a nice summer!
Hi! How do you describe the cloud to non-developers? Also what new tech is your team most excited about? Thanks!
Is it true that Skåne is simply diluted OP?
Hm, good question. Depends how much the person knows about technology. I guess I would say something like: It's a lot of computers in a lot of factory buildings around the world, where companies can run their web pages and web apps. Those computers are owned and maintained by a company like Microsoft, which offers all kinds of services in addition to just the hardware.
Technology: AI/AR/VR is very exciting. On a day-to-day level, we do a lot of stuff in Node.js, React, React Native, and all kinds of container technology like Docker.
For non Swedes: Skåne Aquavit is the second most sold Swedish Aquavit after O.P. Anderson Aquavit. It was launched in 1931 when there was a demand for a milder less spicy aquavit. Yes, it is true. It was based on the recipe of O.P., and to make it milder they simply halved the amount of the same spices (Caraway, Aniseed, Fennel)
Are there any exciting new features coming to the Analytics and Crashes API's that you can talk about?
Why is it that Aquavit must have some certain ingredients to be called Aquavit?
OP Andersson and Norrlands Aquavit are my favorites
Edit: bad memory
Continuous export is coming for both Analytics and Crashes to Azure blog storage or Azure Application Insights. In Crashes, we will add Windows support, breadcrumbs (i.e. what happened before a crash), search, and handled exceptions. We are also bringing over the bug tracker integration from HockeyApp and more alerting features.
From the beginning Aquavit was a medicinal drink, medicinal herbs and spices were steeped in spirit and then used as medicine. The name Aquavit is from Latin "Aqua Vitae" meaning "water of life". A lot of those spices were used to improve digestion and caraway was one on them. Over the years it developed to be something you drank also for the taste and intoxication. From that followed that the spicing that was best with the food became most used and Aquavit turned into a term used for Caraway spiced spirits. Nice choice of favorites! :)
How long windows mobile be supported before noone buys anything but IOS and Android devices?
What's your favorite glogg recipe?
It is supported in HockeyApp and Mobile Center, and we have no plans to not support it. If you are asking how long the Windows Group will support it as an OS or launch new devices, then I don't honestly know.
"Glögg" is the name for the Swedish type of spiced wine, drunk hot in Christmas time. My favorite is the classical Swedish recipe, sweet and spicy. Made from red wine, fortified wines, sugar and spiced with cloves, ginger and cardamom. The original recipe sold under the brand name "Blossa" Yummy! :)
Yeah, I use iOS as secondary for the same reasons. As a follow up question what's your experience of working at Microsoft like?
Got any recipes for mixed drinks with aquavit? What alcohols/juices/flavors work best with aquavit if I wanted to experiment?
Microsoft is a great place to work, and it has changed for the better in recent years under Satya. I love how much open source Microsoft is publishing, how it is open to all platforms and developers, we are really active in inclusive hiring and supporting diverse communities, and I am meeting with cool teams every week and get to see their products. On the downside, it’s still a big company, so lots and lots of meetings and Microsoft is really crazy when it comes to how many emails one would get on a single day.
I really encourage you to experiment! Check out what these guys do for inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im7KP6766yg&list=PLPr1o12ioO7OkJvfwYXTGAoXpwr2PHDLr
Thomas says that since I'm American, my choices are white or yellow, so I'm going with yellow.
I heard from my partly russian friend that in Russia they believe hangover is caused by the methanol in the vodka. He says that in the distilling process methanol is always produced in small quantities and the better the vodka, lower the methanol concentration. That is why hangover is in Russia considered the be a "sickness" of the poor people. Is there any truth to this?
I really like Tilsit cheese, and for your pasta, you obviously want a real Parmesan cheese (from Italy!)
It is not really true. Hangover is mainly due to over consumption of ethanol (the "normal" alcohol) in whatever form it is consumed. It is correct that in natural fermentation of sugar to alcohol (ethanol) a lot of other substances are formed, some of those will distill over during distillation and end up in the distillate. Among those are fusel oils (different higher alcohols) and methanol. Methanol is very poisonous if consumed pure, it will kill you, that unfortunately happens when people are buying "moonshine" but are sold stolen methanol (pure methanol is used in industrial processes). The methanol in distilled products are though harmless, it is low in concentration and the ethanol in the product is actually a protection against methanol poisoning. This is due to that methanol will be a danger first after being metabolized in the liver resulting in dangerous substances. Methanol and ethanol is degraded a the same "sites" but ethanol "fits" better. The reason being that during the evolution our bodies have been adjusted to metabolize ethanol (eating by eating fermented fruits). So as long as ethanol is present the methanol will be intact and leave the body without causing any harm. The first treatment of methanol poisoning is to give the patient normal alcohol to drink. The purity of the distillate will though have an impact on hang over due to that our bodies will have more substances to take care of if the spirit is less pure. So a pot-still distilled spirit will give you more hangover (cognac, whisky,..) than a column distilled spirit (vodka, gin aquavit,..) if you over consume them but the main part of the suffering is due to the same ethanol.
Is it on your team roadmap to improve the build clean vs. build changed logic in Mobile Center? (E.g., Make it so it's not always a full clean build, but more like a local recompile of only the changes.)
It's not on our roadmap as this would mean we would need to cache your project and source code on the VM. Today, if you start a build, we boot a new, clean VM, clone your repo, install certs and profiles, then throw away the whole VM after the build is finished and the artifacts were uploaded to distribution, crashes, etc. We will never keep a copy of your source code or a copy of the VM for that matter.
As an alternative, you can use Visual Studio Team Services with your own build agents, then you have full control over what's stored and what not.
Why did MS kill SQL Compact (sdf files)? I have several apps that rely on this (these apps used merge and transnational replication to MS SQL Server) and as a result, we will be using windows mobile 6.x forever OR... simply move all the mobile apps to Android.
Sorry, we are not in the SQL team and don't know why they deprecated certain products (I hadn't heard of SQL Compact before your post).
First of all, great work on the product. You saved me and my team lots of stress and time. Thank you.
Q: what was life like in the weeks following Apple's takeover of testflight and announcement to drop support for Android/absolutely mangle your competitor's product?
It was a very busy time for us on-boarding all these new customers. I was at a ski trip in Austria shortly after the announcement and remember vividly how I did a lot of demos and customer support instead of being on the slopes. ;)