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Azure Cosmos DB: A Completely Unofficial Primer 

Ian Moulster is back with a totally unofficial look at Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB, a service that is growing at a phenomenal rate as developers and data scientists across the world start taking advantage of its remarkable capabilities....Read more

Using the Distance Matrix API for Bing Maps 

The Distance Matrix API allows you to generate travel time and distances (with the help of the Bing Maps Route API) for a given set of origins and destinations. It can also factor in predictive traffic information when generating times thereby allowing you to avoid any potential delays....Read more

Enterprise-wide orchestration using multiple data factories 

Building simple data engineering pipelines with a single Azure Data Factory (ADF) is easy, and multiple activities can be orchestrated within a single pipeline. More sophisticated data engineering patterns require flexibility and reusability through Pipeline Orchestration....Read more

Getting up to speed with Visual Studio for Mac 

Last month Microsoft hosted the Visual Studio for Mac: Refresh(); event, which ran through many of the IDE’s latest features and capabilities. Don’t worry if you missed the event live – all of the talks from the day are available to watch on-demand, and it’s a perfect way to get you back up to speed....Read more

Analysing social media streams using Power BI and Logic Apps​ 

There are numerous technologies that can be utilised to stream, analyse and visualise tweets on Azure, including traditional Big Data technologies such as Hadoop, Kafka, Spark, Storm, No SQL DBs and more. However, there are also a number of PAAS services that can be utilised to achieve the same result, with much less coding, configuration...Read more

Getting started with Azure PlayFab 

An effective LiveOps strategy can make the difference between success and failure for a modern game. LiveOps techniques can be the single most important reason why great games connect with players over the long haul....Read more