Build 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

Phew! I just trawled through all 600+ sessions for this year's online Microsoft Build 2020 and pulled out what I think are the not-to-miss sessions for developers. I've put together the following list which encompasses the smaller, sometimes interactive sessions that will be on offer. You will be able to catch big keynote moments elsewhere … Continue reading Build 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

Running Python Flask apps on Azure App Service

I enjoyed speaking at the Sydney Python (SyPy) meetup on how Python Flask developers can quickly deploy their web applications onto Web Apps hosted on Linux on the Azure App Service platform. But... why Python?! Anyone taking a cursory glance through my writings will see that prior to last year I didn't write about Python. … Continue reading Running Python Flask apps on Azure App Service

Speaking on Azure PaaS and Serverless in Sydney

A short update from me on a couple of speaking slots I'm doing in April 2019 that might be of interest if you're in Sydney. Talk 1: How I built Where's Bit - April 10 Last year at all the developer events Microsoft sponsored in Australia we ran a "hide-and-seek" game based on selfies posted … Continue reading Speaking on Azure PaaS and Serverless in Sydney

Use GitHub Actions to deploy a Python Flask web app to Azure App Service on Linux

In this post I am going to walk through how to quickly get a Python Flask web application deployed into a Web App hosted on Azure's App Service on Linux using GitHub Actions. Getting Azure Ready Create an Azure Active Directory (AAD) Service Principal A Service Principal is a special form of identity in Azure … Continue reading Use GitHub Actions to deploy a Python Flask web app to Azure App Service on Linux

Migrate a static website from AWS to Azure

Today we're going to look at how you can migrate a static website hosted in AWS S3 to Azure's Storage Static Websites. Before we get going there are a few things to be aware of: The Azure Static Websites feature doesn't currently support naked (or apex) domains (using a website without 'www' for example). This … Continue reading Migrate a static website from AWS to Azure

Microsoft Application Insights – APM for Everyone

When you work as heavily as I have with a technology like Application Insights you do tend to forget the amazing power you have at your fingertips. Over the last few years I've come to rely heavily on Application Insights as the primary Application Performance Management (APM) tool of choice for services I build, whether … Continue reading Microsoft Application Insights – APM for Everyone

Continuous Deployment for Docker with Azure DevOps and Azure Container Registry

I've been watching with interest the growing maturity of Containers, and in particular their increasing penetration as a hosting and deployment artefact in Azure. While I've long believed them to be the next logical step for many developers, until recently they have had limited appeal to many every-day developers as the tooling hasn't been there, … Continue reading Continuous Deployment for Docker with Azure DevOps and Azure Container Registry

Deploy a PHP site to Azure Web Apps using Dropbox

I've been having some good fun getting into the nitty gritty of Azure's Open Source support and keep coming across some amazing things. If you want to move away from those legacy hosting businesses and want a simple method to deploy static or dynamic websites, then this is worth a look. The sample PHP site … Continue reading Deploy a PHP site to Azure Web Apps using Dropbox

Zero to MySQL in less than 10 minutes with Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Web Apps

I'm a long-time fan of Open Source and have spent chunks of my career knocking out LAMP solutions since before 'LAMP' was a thing! Over the last few years we have seen a revived Microsoft begin to embrace (not 'embrace and extend') the various Open Source platforms and tools that are out there and to … Continue reading Zero to MySQL in less than 10 minutes with Azure Database for MySQL and Azure Web Apps

Speaking at Office 365 Saturday

If you're interested to learn more about Microsoft Graph API and how you can leverage it to build compelling solutions in the form of Bots in Microsoft Teams, I'll be speaking at Office 365 Saturday in Sydney this week on June 3rd. Tickets are free, but get in while there are still some left! https://www.meetup.com/O365-Saturday/events/238372859/Continue reading Speaking at Office 365 Saturday