Generating and Loading Synthetic Patient to FHIR Server using Azure Container Instances

Fast Healthcare Interoperable Resources (FHIR) is a new HL7 standard for exchanging information between healthcare systems. If you are a regular reader, you will have noticed that I have been working on setting up FHIR servers in Azure and loading data into FHIR servers. When testing FHIR servers and applications, it is important to be…

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Azure Active Directory Authentication (Easy Auth) with Custom Backend Web API

A common scenario in web application development is a frontend web application accessing some backend API. The backend API may provide an interface to some shared business system or database (e.g., a customer or inventory database) and the frontend web application may be a business system interacting directly with customers or employees. We see this…

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Sending Email from Web App using On-Prem SMTP Server and Storage Queue Relay

When organizations move web applications to the cloud, they often look to hosting environments such as Azure Web Apps. The Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments are very appealing because they reduce the operations and management overhead, but in some cases it turns out that things that used to be easy to do on-prem have…

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Writing and Deploying a Database-Backed Website in Less Than 10 Minutes

One way to test your cloud development tooling is to see how fast you can actually get a real application up and running if you start from scratch and don’t copy/paste code from anywhere (except memory). How intuitive and easy is it to get from logic around business objects to something that is deployed in…

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Managing Secrets in .NET CORE 2.0 Apps

There are two kinds of developers: 1) the ones who have (accidentally) checked passwords and connection strings into source code repositories and 2) the ones that lie about it. It is a problem, we have all done it. It is annoying. When developing ASP.NET applications, you can set yourself up so that it will not…

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