Azure Content Spotlight – Cortana Intelligence Suite

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. Who is Cortana? Cortana is your digital personal assistant, always ready to help you in every situation, in personal and professional life. She will help you find things on your PC, track of things…

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4 ways of adding your application to Azure Active Directory

When you are developing apps for Azure or Office 365, there comes a time that the app needs to be added to Azure Active Directory for authentication. There is written a lot about the manual approach of doing this. But maybe there are other ways to do this, and maybe can we do this even…

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Building your own API Playground

I often have to explore APIs, and get a feeling for what I can do with them before either turning it into a proof of concept, or full on production code. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one in that position. I don’t mind things like Swagger UI for doing some tests directly in…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Network Watcher

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. As cloud solutions become more sophisticated, the tools required to maintain, verify health, and diagnose issues are advancing.  Application Insights, for example, provides a flexible and insightful way of understanding and…

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Global Azure Bootcamp 2017

Developers who work with Microsoft Azure need to stay up to date with all the new changes. The amount of new features and updates being added to the Azure Portal is mind boggling. There is a way though to catch up with what’s new in Azure. Overview Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 is a “free one-day…

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Have you seen the Azure Architecture Center?

Have you seen the Azure Architecture Center? http://aka.ms/AzureArchitecture If you haven’t seen it yet, go ahead and explore it! One interesting article is this comparison from AWS to Azure services: Azure for AWS Professionals   Remember to keep your head in the Cloud! – Ninja Ed  

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Using Azure Functions as a lightweight API Gateway

Not sure if everybody saw the announcement a couple weeks back, but Azure Functions now allows you to create proxies: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/02/22/azure-functions-proxies-public-preview/ While you might think at first glance “what’s all the hubbub about?” this feature is actually quite nifty. It allows you to establish microservice patterns by breaking up Functions, and expose a unified endpoint…

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IaC on Azure – Linux Virtual Machine Deployment in a breeze with ARM Template

Previously, I demonstrated on the topic of Windows Server Virtual Machine Deployment made easy with ARM Template, but the use of an ARM Template is just not about deploying Microsoft Windows Server. With Microsoft Azure IaaS today, you can deploy multiple Linux Distros (Eg. CentOS, Ubuntu, Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise or others) that are…


CQRS in Azure – Part 1

What is CQRS? Command and Query Responsibility Segregation (CQRS) is a software pattern where there is a separation between queries (read) and commands (modify).  CQRS is based on command query separation which is an approach to object oriented design and not a new concept as it first appeared in the late 80’s in Bertrand Meyer’s book Object-Oriented…

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