NEW AZURE REFERENCE ARCHITECTURE: Deploy highly available network virtual appliances – PIP-UDR NVAs without SNAT

How’s that for a detailed title? Regardless, we have a new Reference Architecture (on the Azure Architecture Center) to announce from AzureCAT Keith Mayer. It was edited by Nanette Ray and Mike Wasson. PIP-UDR NVAs without SNAT This architecture uses two Azure virtual machines to host the NVA firewall in an active-passive configuration that supports…


Building a Simple Contact Form with Azure Functions

I write about Azure Functions over and over again because they are the perfect solution for what I am trying to do, small little things that I don’t want to spin up a larger unnecessary app to do it. Then I had a thought, why not have an Azure Function that I could http post to and sent an email from there…


Alexa + Azure Functions + Microsoft Graph = a smarter assistant!

On this blog we have recently learned how to build an Alexa Skill using Microsoft tools and platforms, like C#, Visual Studio and Azure Functions. The skill we have built in the previous posts was available to every user: it didn’t need to know who the user is asking the questions in order to return…


Azure Logic Apps connected to SAP, and now what?

So we’ve released to public preview the SAP connector for Azure Logic Apps which lets you call or be called as RFCs, BAPIs, as well as send and receive IDOCs. But beyond the technical aspect, what does that mean in terms of business process, patterns you can enable with these? What does it really mean…


The Latest in Visual Studio 2017 for Mac – Version 7.7

Today, we are happy to share with you the next update to Visual Studio for Mac 2017. Version 7.7 incorporates much of your great feedback and is aimed at improving the core development experience for every project type from .NET Core to Xamarin and Unity. Below are just a few of the new features in…


Replacing Keen.io functionalities with Azure Functions and Cosmos DB

One of my customers consulted me about how to optimize the costs they were having by receiving SendGrid notifications with the state of the emails they sent. After thinking about a possible solution in Azure I came up with an idea that allowed my customer to reduce their costs from USD$500 to less than USD$50…

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Support multiple languages in an Alexa Skill built with Alexa.NET

In the previous posts (see here and here) we have learned how we can build a skill for Alexa, the Amazon vocal assistant, using platforms and tools which are familiar for a Microsoft developer. The skill is hosted using Azure Function; it’s based on .NET Core; it’s leveraging a C# library called Alexa.NET which makes…


Processing Github Webhooks with Azure Functions

This article is now hosted at http://martink.me/articles/processing-github-webhooks-with-azure-functions All blog articles will be hosted on http://martink.me going forward


Azure Functions – Timer

The labs contained in this article show how to create, configure, code and monitor an Azure Function with a Timer.  There is a detailed document here “Timer trigger for Azure Functions” which discusses the Timer trigger in detail so I will not readdress that content. I have written an AzureFunctionConsumer program which I host on…