Get started with Azure Relay Hybrid Connections – Using Apache Thrift Listener

The Azure Relay Hybrid Connections service enables you to securely expose services that reside on-prem to the public cloud, without having to open a firewall connection or require intrusive changes to a corporate network infrastructure. You can follow the steps outlined in the document Get started with Relay Hybrid Connections. You can find another example…

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Integrate Bot App with Cognitive Services LUIS, RESTful Services and Web APIs

  This post walks through the steps you take to integrate Cognitive Services – LUIS and RESTful services and web service APIs. The idea is to use LUIS to get the intent from user activity, and then call a RESTful service or web service API (e.g. Yahoo Finance API or OpenWeatherMap API) to get data…

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Developing and Deploying a Service Fabric Voting App to Azure

While preparing for a partner meeting on Service Fabric, I went through two labs, Part I by the Service Fabric team and Part II by my colleague Max Knor, and created a working Voting app on Windows. If you are interested to learn how to develop a Service Fabric app, I highly recommend that you…

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Use Bot Framework Emulator Correctly to Test Your Bots

You can use the Bot Framework to build and connect bots to interact with your users in apps (or communication channels) such as your website, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Office 365 mail. Before or after deploying and publishing bots, you can use the Bot Framework Emulator to test them. In the post I will share…

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Adding HTTPS Support to Individual Windows Containers Using Self Issued Certificates

There are two types of Windows Containers you can work with Windows Server Containers and Windows Hyper-V Containers. While a Windows Server container shares a kernel with the container host and all containers running on the host, the kernel of the container host is not shared with the Hyper-V Containers, which results in expanded benefit…

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Microsoft Power BI – Choosing the Offering that Meets Your Needs

Microsoft Power BI is a suite of business analytics tools to analyze data and share insights. With free Power BI desktop tool, you can easily create intuitive reports using a variety of data sources and publish them to your Power BI dashboard. You can then view your reports in the browser or the Power BI…

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How Many Developers Use C++ vs. C# vs. Other Programming Languages

A customer recently asked me a question on C++ vs. C# in terms of developer populations while deciding whether or not to recode a C++ app using C#. One reason for the thought was that going forward it might be easier to find C# than C++ developers. As I set out to find a not…

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Troubleshooting Tips on Getting Started with Azure Service Fabric Application Development

  Azure Service Fabric is a PaaS service with which developers can build always-on, scalable, distributed applications microservice based apps. To get started, follow the steps outlined in the articles below. Prepare your development environment Create your first Azure Service Fabric application I updated Service Fabric runtime SDK, and tools for Visual Studio 2015 on…

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Deploy an Azure Container Service cluster – Tips and Tricks

Deploying an Azure Container Service (ACS) cluster is fairly easy. You can use the Azure portal, PowerShell scripts or CLI command lines. You can find a good introduction to ACS at github. You can find step by step instructions below. Deploy an Azure Container Service cluster Connect to an Azure Container Service cluster Container management…

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Tips and Tricks on Doing “Lift and Shift” On-Prem Systems to Azure

While Microsoft Azure offers an open and flexible platform for PaaS solutions, customers and partners usually take a “Lift and Shift” approach to moving their existing apps to Azure, that is, they try to keep and run the systems “as-is” or with minimal changes. The reason why they take the approach is rather obvious, whether…

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