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.NET for Apache Spark hits v1.0 

About two years ago, we heard an increasing demand from the .NET community for an easier way to build big data applications with .NET, outside of needing to learn Scala or Python. Thus, in a collaboration between Azure Data and .NET teams, we started the .NET for Apache® Spark™ open source project. Today, we are...Read more

Participate in the Java EE cloud migration patterns survey 

The Java on Microsoft Azure team has been strengthening its commitment and outreach to Java EE users. This effort includes additional technical guidance, tools, scripts, workshops, and more to better support migrations to Virtual Machines, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and managed service (PaaS) offerings. We are working with key industry partners like Oracle, IBM, Red Hat, and...Read more

CloudSkew makes it easy to sketch cloud architecture diagrams 

CloudSkew is a free online diagram editor that helps you draw cloud architecture diagrams. CloudSkew diagrams can be securely saved to the cloud and icons for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes, Alibaba Cloud, Oracle Cloud (OCI), and more are included. CloudSkew is currently in public preview and the full list of features and...Read more

Securing Open Liberty applications with Azure Active Directory via OpenID Connect 

Long gone are the days when you had to create your own user account management, authentication, and authorization for your web delivered software. Instead, contemporary applications leverage these functions (Identity and Access Management or IAM for short) from an external provider. As a full-featured Java application runtime, Open Liberty has great options for externally provided IAM....Read more

VS Code Docker extension can now run containers in Azure Container Instances 

Today we are releasing version 1.4 of our Visual Studio Code Docker extension, which makes it easy to build, manage, and deploy containerized applications from Visual Studio Code (VS Code). In this release, you can now view and troubleshoot containers deployed in Azure Container Instances (ACI) from within VS Code. If you are using, or...Read more

Extreme programming meets systematic testing using Coyote 

Our world is increasingly reliant on cloud services that are expected to have high availability and handle high throughput with minimal latency. These services are also expected to be resilient and reliable in the presence of internal and external failures, while maintaining a high quality bar in the presence of continuous evolution and change. This...Read more

Announcing Azure Functions extension for Dapr 

We’re excited to announce a new extension for Azure Functions that lets a function seamlessly interact with Dapr for building cloud-native applications. Azure Functions provides an event-driven programming model and Dapr provides a set of essential cloud-native building blocks. With this new extension, you can now bring both together for serverless and event-driven apps that...Read more

The Open Application Model reaches a new milestone with v1Alpha2 and Crossplane 

In March of this year, the Open Application Model (OAM) specification reached the second draft milestone of the spec, dubbed v1Alpha2. This draft was a collaborative effort with the OAM community and the community behind Crossplane—a forward-thinking open source project that enables you to use the Kubernetes API to provision and manage cloud infrastructure, services,...Read more

Announcing cloud-native workflows using Dapr and Logic Apps 

The Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr) project is growing rapidly are we’re grateful for all the community support and customer feedback. While working with customers building business applications, we find that one of the most frequent needs is the ability to schedule, automate, and orchestrate business processes. This is often called a business workflow. Workflows also...Read more

Introducing the new differential privacy platform from Microsoft and Harvard’s OpenDP 

The code for a new open source differential privacy platform is now live on GitHub. The project is jointly developed by Microsoft and Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) as part of the OpenDP initiative. We’ve released the code to give developers around the world...Read more

More “Python for Beginners” videos…times two! 

When Susan and I created the Python for Beginners series last fall, we had the goal of trying to help new developers make the transition into one of the most popular and flexible programming languages available. We focused on some of the most common features and attempted to bring you to the point where you...Read more

How Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr) has grown since its announcement 

Since the October 2019 announcement of the Distributed Application Runtime (Dapr), we have seen a tremendous response and the emergence of an engaged Dapr community. Over the past six months, more than 120 contributors have jumped on board and participated in the effort to build and extend Dapr through the GitHub repos – opening issues,...Read more