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How to teach cloud-powered mobile app development to students

Over the past five years, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a course titled “Cloud-Powered Mobile App Development” ten times at the University of Houston with my long-time friend and faculty colleague Jesus Hernandez. I’ve been humbled by the course’s success, regularly producing some of the highest course evaluations in the department and earning me...

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Microsoft open sources Data Accelerator for Apache Spark

Welcome to Data Accelerator! Data Accelerator for Apache Spark simplifies streaming big data using Spark. Data Accelerator has been used for two years within Microsoft for processing streamed data across many internal deployments handling data volumes at Microsoft scale. Offering an easy to use platform to learn and evaluate your streaming needs and requirements, we...

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Publishing GitHub Pages from Azure Pipelines

Do you work on or maintain a project for technical users? A key part of attracting users, especially to an open source project, is publishing great documentation. However, keeping it up to date as your APIs and concepts change can be challenging or just time-consuming. A popular way to maintain great docs is to keep...

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How Honeycomb is empowering all developers to better understand their systems

Honeycomb is a tool for introspecting and interrogating your production systems. It’s a new type of tool, designed to infuse observability across platforms, microservices, serverless apps, and increasingly complex systems, as well as all the way down to individual customers. I had a chance to catch up with Emily Nakashima, our Director of Engineering at...

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Brigade tutorial: Instant scaling on demand with serverless Kubernetes

Microservices built on Kubernetes are fast becoming one of the core scenarios where computing is done, and Kubernetes development and operations skills are therefore becoming a larger part of any cloud-native toolset. This article shows how to use Brigade, along with other tools from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), to build a Kubernetes-native application...

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Trill 101: how to add temporal queries to your applications

Last December, we released Trill, an open source .NET library designed to process one trillion events a day. Trill provides a temporal query language enabling you to embed real-time analytics in your own application. In this blog post, we spend some time introducing how to get started using Trill. Trill’s query and data model A...

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Announcing Brigade 1.0: Build a new kind of distributed application

Brendan Burns, one of the creators of Kubernetes (and the head of Azure Container Computing at Microsoft) often quips that, “Distributed computing is the new CS 101.” Instead of being considered an advanced topic in computer science, distributed computing is now a core requirement. It is with this in mind that we built Brigade, which...

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Windows containers now supported in Kubernetes

With the release of Kubernetes v1.14 today, Windows Server node support has officially graduated from beta to stable! This support enables developers and operators with Windows Server based applications to containerize them and benefit not only from the power of Kubernetes, but also the robust ecosystem surrounding it. The engineering that supported this release relied...

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What’s new in the latest release: Terraform Azure provider v1.23.0

There is a new release of the AzureRM provider fresh off of the presses. Version 1.23 has lots of new resources and data sources. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty details of the release, check out the Change Log for the provider within the GitHub repo. If you are looking for what’s coming...

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