Amazon Alexa Skills authenticated by Azure Active Directory and backed by ASP.NET Core 2.0 Web API hosted on Azure

This post is provided by Premier Field Engineer, Nathan Vanderby, who walks us through how to write an Alexa skill using .NET core and AAD. Amazon’s Echo devices and Alexa assistant need no introduction. In this post I lay out how you can write an Alexa skill and use a .NET core 2.0 API backend…


Azure Application Insights Best Practices

In this post, Premier Developer consultant Adel Ghabboun outlines some best practices when using Application Insights. Here are some Azure Application Insights best practices you should consider when monitoring your application: It is always recommended to create multiple Application Insights resources to split telemetry for different environments, but do we have to? The answer is,…

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Creating Developer’s Docker Linux Virtual Machine on Azure

This post on creating Linux virtual machines with Docker in Azure comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Razi Rais. For an upcoming developer event on Docker I had to create handful of Linux Ubuntu virtual machines on Azure with Docker and few additional software installed on it. I looked into couple of ways to…

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How to setup live streaming server using Azure Media Service in less than 30 mins

In this post, Senior App Dev Manager Randy Park walks us through Azure Media Services to setup a live streaming PoC. Background: A customer recently launched a global intranet portal with an audience distributed across the globe.  They expected an increase of the audience on a daily basis and leadership team requested one more interesting…


API Management: Quota versus Rate Limits

In this post, Senior App Dev Manager, Sanket Bakshi spotlights Azure API Management and how it can help with usage throttling. Azure API Management provides really good capabilities for usage throttling. This is useful in scenarios such as defending against a denial of service attack and protecting back-end services against a huge influx of requests…


Blog of Blogging

In this post, Senior App Dev Manager Marcus Fernandez sets up a blog using Miniblog.Core and Azure in just a few simple steps. Miniblog.Core a project by Mads, on the VS \ .NET team at MS, thank you.  I have been exploring dotnet core since it was released and I really like the idea of…


Cloud Computing + Modern DevOps == Productivity Gains

In this post,  App Dev Manager, Omer Amin reminds us that thinking about old problems in new ways is critically important for maximizing the benefits of the cloud.  The Productivity Paradox…When new tools promise higher productivity, but fail to deliver. I came across this concept last weekend when I was reading Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions…


Choosing the right tooling for Azure and side by side Azure CLI and PowerShell commands

This article on the various tools available to perform tasks in Azure comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Crystal Tenn. There are a lot of tools out there for managing your Azure subscriptions! We have the Portal web page, Visual Studio integration (with the Azure SDK), PowerShell commands, and the Azure CLI. Sometimes it’s…

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[Service Fabric] Full/Incremental backup and restore sample

Premier Developer consultant Larry Wall created this sample application to demonstrate how to do full and incremental backups of your Service Fabric services to Azure blob storage. I recently worked with a client who said that they had had trouble implementing incremental backup and restore for their stateful services, so I was set to the…

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Deploying Your Angular Application To Azure Using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)

This tutorial on using VSTS to deploy your Angular application to Azure comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Wael Kdouh. Introduction It is no secret by now that the Angular CLI is the preferred method to develop an Angular application due to its simplicity and power at the same time. One of the main…

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