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What’s new in the latest release: Terraform Azure provider v1.24.0 and v1.25.0

There have already been two Terraform Azure provider releases in April and this blog post highlights the new and updated resources in these releases. Before talking about all of the great new functionality, I would like to start by thanking all of the external contributors to the AzureRM provider for these releases. Our support would...

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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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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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What I learned in a year of Postgres – with Azure Database for PostgreSQL

It’s our birthday! Azure Database for PostgreSQL became generally available exactly a year ago. From public preview to today, we’ve gone from mostly getting the “Postgres + Microsoft???” question to it not being as much of a surprise anymore. There’s an exciting road ahead, but an anniversary is a great time to look back and...

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Scaling a WordPress application using Rook on Azure Kubernetes Service

WordPress is a popular free and open source content management system based on PHP and MySQL. One of the major benefits of using cloud computing is having the ability to better support your application by scaling based on user traffic. There are currently many ways to support WordPress scaling, including reverse proxy caching, persistent object...

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Microsoft open sources Accessibility Insights

Today we’re announcing the open sourcing of Accessibility Insights for Windows and Accessibility Insights for Web, a set of two free tools to help developers easily find and fix common accessibility issues early in the dev cycle. Built on Deque’s open source axe technology, Accessibility Insights can run as standalone tools, or you can integrate...

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