Tis the season for peregrination, la de dah de dah, de dah, de dah. For a start I’m off to a fun-filled family reunion in sweltering San Diego (in Ramona, CA, if I’m being particular; to get that gen-u-ine desert during prolonged drought experience!) followed by two back-to-back weeklong internal Microsoft conferences in Seattle. Yes, the joys of professional development know no bounds, but if that wasn’t enough, I also get to attend a three day team offsite in Baltimore a couple of days after I get back home to Philly.
Anyway, I’m complaining overmuch because for a start (a) I love my family and (b) I’ve heard mention that this time around I get to ride my brother-in-law’s newish 1937 tractor on his “gentleman-farmer” farm, whooping it up and bellowing my trademark “Yowza” at the top of my lungs as the barely motile beast tops an eye-watering 10mph. To be sure, life doesn’t get any better!
Once again, with the new formed buds of spring a-budding, it only natural for a young man’s thoughts turn to . . . WebJobs. OK, probably not. But this (not quite young!) man has a good reason to be thinking of such things: I’m giving a WebJobs presentation at Philly Code Camp 2016.1 later today. The session will be more than a little hands-on, but I also have a smallish deck, with a number of highlights and resource links, that you can download: Batch Processing with Azure WebJobs.
For the uninitiated, WebJobs can be thought of the newish Azure tech that (most usefully!) enables workflow for the modern web. Think image processing, shopping carts, database administration, Monte Carlo simulations, app “glue,” process control, AI, custom testing, IoT facilitation, site scraping, backups, pipelining, log ingestion and more. Even better, WebJobs are super-simple. You can be up and running in minutes, but more importantly, the “hard” stuff rarely takes more than hours.
If you work with the cloud: run, don’t walk.
The Microsoft folks continue to beaver away in PaaS-land, serving up new Platform as a Service offerings on a seemingly weekly basis. One of the best of these is the new pay-as-you-go DocumentDB service; a fully managed, highly-scalable NoSQL (JSON) document database service that provides:
- Schema-free storage of arbitrary JSON documents
- Automatic indexing that supports complex queries
- Transaction support with ACID semantics
- Write-optimized, SSD-backed and tunable via indexing & consistency
DocumentDB should be thought of as a complement to SQL Server, Table Storage, Blobs, etc.; not a replacement. It’s a pretty new offering, but even so, there’s a fair amount of related documentation around on the net:
If you’re one of my fellow Neudesic-ies, I’ll be giving an in-depth DPG Presentation on the topic on Friday afternoon, at 1:00PM EST. Please feel free to download my deck or clone the GitHub repository that contains the DpgDocDbDemo code that I’ll be showing in my talk.