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88 years of free open source builds in 8 months with Azure Pipelines 

Back in September 2018 we announced our Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery service, Azure Pipelines. Since that time it has seen phenomenal growth and adoption. Azure Pipelines is one of the services that form a comprehensive suite of collaboration services for development teams as part of Azure DevOps, the next version of Visual Studio Team...

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Introducing pg_auto_failover: Open source extension for automated failover and high-availability in PostgreSQL 

When you’re building a new app, there is a lot you need to focus on. Behind the scenes, there is data stored somewhere, often in a Postgres database. Data is essential, and it needs to be accessible and available. Most of us don’t want to become a database expert early on, and instead focus on...

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Announcing KEDA: bringing event-driven containers and functions to Kubernetes 

Event-driven architectures are a natural evolution of microservices, enabling a flexible and decoupled design, and are increasingly being adopted by enterprise customers. Fully managed serverless offerings like Azure Functions are event–driven by design, but we have been hearing from customers about gaps in these capabilities for solutions based on Kubernetes. Scaling in Kubernetes is reactive, based on the CPU and memory consumption of a container. In contrast, services like Azure Functions are acutely...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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