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

Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: DevOps with Kubernetes

In my previous two posts on .NET Framework applications and Windows Containers I took a look at the rationale and approach for bringing these applications to containers before using a sample application (MVC Music Store) to show what is involved with containerising an application. In this post I am going to take the next step … Continue reading Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: DevOps with Kubernetes

Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: Migration

We previously looked at the basics of what is involved in bringing .NET Framework applications to Windows Containers. In this second post we are going to go a little deeper and look at migrating an application. We already know that we have some discreet requirements around the types of applications that can be migrated, so … Continue reading Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: Migration

Microsoft Ignite March 2021 – Best Sessions for Aussie Developers

Well... it's that time again! Microsoft Ignite is back for its early 2021 edition, kicking off March 2nd. I sat down and had a quick scrub through the sessions to find the ones I think will give the most value to developers here in Australia. Microsoft Ignite tends to be more of an IT Pro … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite March 2021 – Best Sessions for Aussie Developers

Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: The Basics

In this multi-post series I am going to look at what is required to take existing .NET Framework applications and bring them to Windows Containers. Rather than just dive into the mechanics of the process, first I'd like to take a look at why you might want to move to Windows Containers and what you … Continue reading Windows Containers and .NET Framework applications: The Basics