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Kubernetes: What it is and what it isn’t 

I’m a developer and I’ll admit it, I’m learning Kubernetes. I’ve been developing web applications now for more than 20 years; however, the past two years I’ve moved to working with microservices applications. Originally the microservices were web sites on multiple virtual machines. Last year we started moving towards containers to achieve a higher density...Read more

Learning on Twitch 

Watch someone live code online…why would I do that? Hopefully I can answer this question for you in today’s post. This is the second post in my blog series that describes the value developers can get from social media, including what I’ve learned about specific social media platforms. Today we’ll focus on Twitch, specifically how...Read more

How to use Trill for impression feedback (part 1) 

On the Microsoft BingAds team, one of my primary responsibilities is the development and maintenance of the FastBI pipeline – the system responsible for all revenue coming from the Bing search engine. We have been working on streaming technologies for the last five years, combining the scale and stability of our internal Cosmos compute platform...Read more

Trill 102: Temporal Joins 

This post is the second in a sequence intended to introduce developers to the Trill streaming query engine, its programming model, and its capabilities. We introduced in the previous post the concept of snapshot semantics for temporal query processing. Here, we go deeper into the mechanics of snapshot semantics by showing its impact on one...Read more

Adding automated performance quality gates using Keptn Pitometer 

This blog dives into monitoring-as-code and adding automated performance quality gates into your software delivery pipelines. We’ll walk through examples using a web microservice app and an Azure function app that we developed as open source services that help you qualify the overall performance and quality of applications. Both services utilize the Keptn Pitometer open...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

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...Read more

Setting up Jenkins X on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) 

As adoption of containers grows, we are getting more asks around running Jenkins on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS.) To run Jenkins on a VM on Azure, you can use our solution template in Azure Marketplace. If you want to run Jenkins on AKS, I am happy to announce that you can now consider Jenkins X...Read more

Make websites on WordPress and Joomla faster with Azure CDN 

We all know it; first impressions are the most lasting. As in real-world, sluggish load times can leave a negative impression for any website and even negatively affect your business. Below we’ll walk through how Azure CDN can improve that first impression, speeding up websites hosted on WordPress or Joomla. As with most users, our...Read more

Tutorial: Adding distributed tracing instrumentation to a browser JavaScript app 

In recent years, many developers have discovered the power of distributed tracing for debugging regressions and performance issues in their backend systems, especially for those of us with complex microservices architectures. But in many organizations, our most complex code may not be server-side code — it’s just as likely to be running client-side in a...Read more