Learning Guide for Azure Stream Analytics.

What are Azure Stream Analytics? Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed and hosted system that helps you to spot patterns in data as it enters your application in real-time with the data coming from any one of a number of different locations. This makes it easy to build real-time analytic applications on data streaming from devices, sensors, web…

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Sorry, who are you again?

My name is David and I am a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) at Microsoft in the UK which means I spend all of my time travelling to see different customers teaching them about Azure (http://azure.microsoft.com). I specialize in two main areas: Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) which is Microsoft’s competitor product to EC2 from…

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Resource Locks or “How to avoid deleting stuff you really ought not to”

It’s a pretty crap feeling when you’ve spent ages in the Azure Portal creating your ultimate network of resources only to accidently delete something or an entire resource group. There are two solutions to this: 1. Have a grown-up on hand to put sharpe knives out of your reach. 2. Given you are probably meant…

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Portable Execution (PE) format internals!

All this low level stuff also got me thinking about the first ever Windows worm I had to deal with when working at a previous company – The Nimda Worm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimda. This was the first every worm that I had captured and analysed myself – to do so needed an understanding of the Windows Portable…

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Old skool Win32 non .Net Windows application development….

Every so often I get excited about the internals of Windows and how it works (I secretly harbour a desire to be a hard core kernel debugger!). Recently whilst watching “Defrag Tools” (https://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/)  on Channel 9, I decided it was time to jog my memory on how we created applications before .Net came along. This little…

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