Episode 4 – Azure Enthusiast: Kevin Boland

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dh33z-aac044

AzureABILITY host Louis Berman talks Azure with Bentley Systems‘ Kevin Boland—an Enterprise Cloud Architect who manages one of the largest and most complex set of Azure deployments on the planet.  The pair of friends talk a good deal of tech, but along the way they also ruminate on the joys of raising Boxers (no, not the underwear!) as well as the pleasures and perils of being a robotics dweeb. Continue reading

Episode 3 – ExpressRoute and Networking and Cloud Security, Oh My!

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-kiz8q-aa6623

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

Campity Do Dah

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:

I also prepared a Functions demo (LsbServerless) which you can download from GitHub.

May the Serverless be with you…

 

Wax On, Wax Off

WaxOnWaxOffHTTP 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.
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Trope

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.

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