Real-time air quality monitoring and alerting with Azure and PurpleAir – Part 1

Anyone who was living in Australia during the 2019/2020 summer can't help but remember the massive bushfires we had, and the impact they had on air quality. Probably the starkest way to illustrate how bad it was is this post from December 10, 2019. I also added a recent follow-up post to show what it … Continue reading Real-time air quality monitoring and alerting with Azure and PurpleAir – Part 1

How to avoid JSON deserialisation issues with .NET 6 Web APIs

It's been a while since I've coded more than a few lines of C# and in that time Microsoft has gone from .NET Core 3.1 to .NET 5 and now 6. I am currently working on an IoT gateway project and I thought I would use the new minimal APIs in .NET 6 to build … Continue reading How to avoid JSON deserialisation issues with .NET 6 Web APIs

Setting Helm Chart version and appVersion properties during CI/CD with GitHub Actions

The release of Helm 3.7 sees some major changes to the way Helm behaves and the commands you work with. In addition to this, stricter adherence to Semantic Versioning (semver) can be observed for both Chart and Application versioning. In this post I am going to look at one way you can simplify setting the … Continue reading Setting Helm Chart version and appVersion properties during CI/CD with GitHub Actions

How to port AWS Serverless solutions to Microsoft Azure

Avoid Vendor Lock-in. Three words. I wonder how many hours (days, weeks, months?) have been lost to designing and building software solutions and systems to the lowest common denominator simply to avoid the perceived risk of betting on the wrong platform? While risk mitigation and extensibility should form a part of any design, I've believed … Continue reading How to port AWS Serverless solutions to Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Ignite 2021 – Best Sessions for Aussie Developers

Here we are again - it's almost time for the annual Microsoft Ignite conference. This edition is virtual again, so it's a great chance to hear the latest news while being able to sit at home on your sofa! Microsoft Ignite tends to be more an IT Pro and Microsoft 365 event, but there are … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite 2021 – Best Sessions for Aussie Developers

Build a Serverless Gaming Console Stock Checker with Playwright, Azure Functions and Twilio

Unless you've been living on the Outer Hebrides you can't help but have noticed how in short supply the XBox Series X has been since its launch. If, like me, you have a house of mad gamers, the ongoing demands for one of these devices remains high and the constant challenge is being able to … Continue reading Build a Serverless Gaming Console Stock Checker with Playwright, Azure Functions and Twilio

How to Build and Debug an Alexa Skill with Python and Azure Functions

Voice assistants have become all the rage, and they provide a great way to access and consume information. A fairly common scenario, and one that most assistants ship with, is reading the latest news headlines. This got me thinking about how I could take the foundation of my last post on generating a PowerPoint presentation … Continue reading How to Build and Debug an Alexa Skill with Python and Azure Functions

Generate a PowerPoint file using Azure Functions and Python

For many years I have been involved with the Azure Sydney User Group, and even though I'm no longer the organiser I still gather updates for Azure in the prior month and prepare a PowerPoint presentation that contains them. My go-to place for the information is the Azure Updates website and I've typically just been … Continue reading Generate a PowerPoint file using Azure Functions and Python

How to build and run a free link tracker using VS Code, Java, GitHub, MongoDB and Azure

Many developers are interested in learning how to build and run software on cloud platforms, but are wary of the potential for hidden costs and bill shock. Often times this bill shock come from not understanding how consumption-based services work, and by being lulled into a false sense of security by the relatively tiny amount … Continue reading How to build and run a free link tracker using VS Code, Java, GitHub, MongoDB and Azure