AzureABILITY host Louis Berman discusses ExpressRoute, networking and hybridity with Microsoft’s Bryan Woodworth—a Global Black Belt who can toss off words like “hybridity” with louche confidence. Along the way Brian and Louis also explore such pithy topics as the effect of mullets on the college dating scene. Continue reading
In this episode, Louis Berman discusses how to get started in Azure with his fellow Cloud Solutions Architect, Srini Ambati. Listen in as Louis and Srini give you a leg up into the cloud. Continue reading
I’m less than pleased with the verbalism “Serverless,” a bit of marketing-sprecht pitch to selling consumption-based functionality to the feckless. Not that Amazon’s “Lamda” is all that better a mouthful, but whatever the case I’d feel like less of a shill when talking about Microsoft’s lovely tech if it only had a better name. Continue reading
The leaves have begun to bud, the snow has started to melt, so it can only mean one thing: time for another Code Camp (2018.1). This time round I have two sessions scheduled:
Go Serverless with Azure Functions, Logic Apps and EventGrid
Azure’s serverless story makes it dead simple to decompose your clunky monolithic apps into performant DevOps-friendly microservices. Join Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect Louis Berman as he shows you how to build and deploy a significant cloud-scale application by live-coding a real-world example of automating employee on-boarding to the Microsoft Graph as a serverless app. As a bonus he’ll also show you how to get a handle on your serverless workloads through DevOps.
Zero to DevOps (with VSTS)
DevOps is the secret sauce behind today’s most successful development teams and companies. Join Microsoft Cloud Solutions Architect Louis Berman as he shows you how to speed your race into the cloud; in many cases by as much as 10x within a single year. In this demo-heavy session Mr. Berman will demonstrate how very easy it is for every organization to adopt DevOps, but just as importantly he’ll also focus on the soft-skills needed to “sell” DevOps to your clients and peers. The session will conclude with Mr. Berman’s “Top 10 Tips for DevOps Success!”
If you’d like to get a jump on things (or if you’re reading this after 3/24/2018) you can download my decks:
- Philly Code Camp 2018.1 Zero to DevOps
- Lessons learned on Microsoft’s DevOps Journey
- Philly Code Camp 2018.1 Serverless.pptx
I also prepared a Functions demo (LsbServerless) which you can download from GitHub.
May the Serverless be with you…
HTTP clients can be infuriating in that they generally work without a hiccup; until they don’t!
I recently wrote a utility to receive and then save streamed Bid/Ask data from OANDA; called OandaSink. It wasn’t rocket science—some six hundred lines in all—so I turned it on and the program didn’t skip a beat for three solid weeks. Then, for some unknowable reason, the server forced a disconnect and all of my lovely retry / reconnect logic didn’t do what it was supposed to.
In eleven minutes and some odd seconds, I’d be dead. Not even twelve. Eleven! And I couldn’t do anything to change that less than salutary fact. The “timer” was ticking, but contrary to the popular trope, there was no loose red wire to cut and stop it all. No, the bomb wasn’t even a “bomb” bomb but a routine physics experiment gone terribly wrong, and I knew full well that it couldn’t be stopped thanks to the implacability of runaway exponentials and all that.
For those of you who experienced the Great American Eclipse, enough said. For those who missed it, let me be the first to commiserate with you; you quite simply have no idea.
I could say something like “The moment was glorific;” a true statement, for sure, although an inadequate testament at best. Indeed, the worst traffic jam in Wyoming history could do nothing to lessen my appreciation and wonder. I’d do it again in a heartbeat!
BTW, the traffic jam was truly epic. In my own case, it took ten miserable hours for my wife and I to crawl back to Denver even though the outward journey only took about three. And we were the lucky ones; three of the four other couples that accompanied us on this trip took at least 13½ exhausting hours to do the same.
To get a good sense of the how the eclipse went down (at least in Casper, WY), check out KCWY13’s Even Scientist Were Blown Away By Great American Eclipse. I get a good bit of air-time and I only manage to make one flub; see if you can spot it. As to my favorite moment, at 1:48 or so my friend friend Gary Trapuzzano and his lovely wife Tracey Berlin kiss on camera after totality, clearly elated if also a bit stunned; pretty much summing up the whole experience for me. Sheer magic.
Again, the eclipse was transcendent. Word to the wise, though: 4/8/2024 looks to be even better!