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

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 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

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

It feels like only yesterday I read through the session list for Microsoft Build 2020 and pulled out what I thought were the best sessions to attend. Here we are in September and it's now time for Microsoft Ignite 2020 which kicks off tomorrow! Microsoft Ignite tends to be much more of an IT Pro … Continue reading Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Recommended Sessions for Australian Developers

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

I’m a .Net developer, do I need to switch languages?

No. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. I work for Microsoft, but not on the teams who work on .Net or Visual Studio. This piece is entirely *my* opinion and is not informed via any internal insights I hold! Seriously though, what *does* the future hold for .Net developers in 2020? Just last week … Continue reading I’m a .Net developer, do I need to switch languages?

Azure Advent Calendar 2019 – Azure Logic Apps

Thanks to UK-based Microsoft MVPs Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper there is a great initiative through December 2019 that is doing 25 days of community-generated content on all aspects of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This content is being organised around the idea of an Advent Calendar which leads up to the celebration of Christmas. … Continue reading Azure Advent Calendar 2019 – Azure Logic Apps

Make working with Git an easier commitment

Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) is a key part the cloud technology landscape which has meant I've had many discussions with people who traditionally haven't had to worry about software development practices in their roles as IT Operators. One key area that seems to undo a lot of folks is file versioning using source control, with the prevailing … Continue reading Make working with Git an easier commitment