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  • Blog Post: Python and Data: SQL Database on Azure as a data source for Python applications

    This post will show you how to use Python to connect to a SQL database on Azure in the cloud, as well as how to save and retrieve data.   I ( @HockeyGeekGirl ) recently recorded some courses with Christopher Harrison ( @GeekTrainer ) on Microsoft Virtual Academy about coding with Python. During...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes Are Coming! Are You Ready For This?

    If you haven’t had the chance to catch up on the recent announcements from Microsoft’s two major conferences, Build and Ignite , I highly recommend that you carve out some time on your calendar to head on over to Channel 9 to watch the keynotes, and any deep dive sessions that are relevant to your role...
  • Blog Post: Tons of statistics and metrics for Microsoft Azure websites (not only Asp.Net)

    Your website is finally online. That great, good job. But now, you have a lot of questions: How much visits do I have? Which part of the site is mostly visited? Does the site performs well? In this post, I will show you some tools that exist in Microsoft Azure that will help you to get some answers....
  • Blog Post: Tools of the Trade: Getting Setup to Code for Microsoft Band

    There is a very competent and capable app for your Microsoft Band in your App Store called Microsoft Health, which is available for iOS, Android and, of course, Windows Phone. But Microsoft Health is just one way you can expose and relay information from the myriad of sensors you’ve got on your wrist...
  • Blog Post: A Dev and Test Adventure on #Azure

    Back in 2013 I wrote about creating a Dev & Test environments in minutes . This post was all about the benefits and the flexibility of creating environments that support our development efforts. Since then, I noticed that Microsoft regularly creates Virtual Machine templates for MSDN Subscribers...
  • Blog Post: Breakpoint Shorts: Why the Cloud?

    You've built an app.  It's become very successful and you're finding that it's tougher and tougher to keep up with user demand because your server resource capacity is maxed out.  What do you do?  Well, you move it to the cloud!  In this inaugural episode of Breakpoint Shorts, learn...
  • Blog Post: Ryan Groom on Azure Media Services

    While on a recent trip to visit Independent Software Vendors in New Brunswick, Adam Gallant had the opportunity to visit and chat with Ryan Groom ( @ryangroom , http://www.RyanGroom.com ) to catch up on his new adventures in software and media. Ryan has a ton of experience in working with streaming media...
  • Blog Post: The Kudu Debug Console, Azure Websites best kept secret

    Guest blog post from Azure MVP Guy Barrette One of the advantages of using Azure Websites (now Web Apps in the Azure App Service) is that it’s a Platform-as-a-Service, meaning that you don’t have to maintain and patch the operating system but as a side effect, you can’t use remote desktop to connect...
  • Blog Post: Storing Your Secrets in Azure Websites App Settings

    Guest post by Dave White As more applications move to the cloud, companies are faced with a few new challenges: Azure web applications are frequently managed via portals by IT Professionals and not developers IT Professionals may not have access to the source code to make configuration changes and arguably...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Global Azure Bootcamp

    Guest post by Ken Cenerelli In honour of Global Azure Bootcamp ,, which will be next month on April 25, 2015, I decided to create a list of free Microsoft Azure training resources to help you prepare. If you would like to participate in a Global Azure Bootcamp you can find a participating location near...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Reading On: Azure eBooks

    There are a ton of different learning formats available to get or keep up your technical knowledge, but there’s one format that everyone still loves – books. We’re all technologists though, right? So when I say books in this case, I’m referring to eBooks. The below is the latest list of eBooks from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Why are Azure Virtual Networks important for developers?

    As a developer, I used to forget about Virtual Networks. And to be fair, I shied away from pretty much everything that can be considered as infrastructure. Microsoft Azure is a game changer! It requires Developers and IT Pros to collaborate on projects. Let’s take a moment to set things right. Developers...
  • Blog Post: Let us take you from complete beginner to professional web developer

    It can be difficult to connect the dots from beginner programmer to understanding the architecture of a full fledged application. We've put together a learning path to try and help! This post shares a learning path that can help you go from beginner coder to creating the architecture of a professional...
  • Blog Post: A Lap Around Azure Websites – All the Questions and Links From the Talk

    Not too long ago, Jon Galloway and Cory Fowler presented a live “ Lap Around Azure Websites ” on Microsoft Virtual Academy. I was the online “Community Expert” for the live event and fielded questions in the chat. The Links Shared from the Session Some questions were more easily answered just by sharing...
  • Blog Post: Be More, Do More with Developer Movement

    If you like to play with code, you'll want to read on. Join Developer Movement, Microsoft Canada's developer rewards program, and earn points for every challenge you complete! Points can be redeemed for a number of great prizes including #DevMov swag, gaming mice/keyboards, Xbox One consoles, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Fifty ways to use your Azure

    As I sat staring at a slide listing all the different uses for Azure, and thought how boring it is to just list all the features to an audience, my brain started to wander… So for a different perhaps more light hearted look at some of the many features available on Azure read on… The problem is everything...
  • Blog Post: Part 1: An Introduction to Azure Data Services

    Hello and welcome to this new tutorial series of Azure Data Services. Through the course of this tutorial, I will take you through what Azure has to offer in Data Services. I will start with the basics of relational databases, dig into the goodness of non-relational offerings and end with what is new...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Azure Mobile Service: What you need to know about Backend Server Scripts and Scheduling

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • Blog Post: Ghost 0.5.x from Source to Azure Web Sites–Part 4

    This is a bonus post continuing the 3-part series on setting up the Ghost 0.5.x working from source code on Azure Windows Azure Websites. Part 1: Setup Part 2: Customize the Deployment Part 3: Customize Themes Now we are rocking an awesome NodeJS blog, complete with a custom theme, all being deployed...
  • Blog Post: Part 4: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know about Authentication and Authorization

    This tutorial series takes you through how Azure Mobile Services provides Mobile-Backend-As-A-Service by discussing various features and basics of how to get started. Part 1: How Azure Mobile Services enable your Cloud First Mobile First World Part 2: Azure Mobile Services: What you need to know to get...
  • Blog Post: Ghost 0.5.x from Source to Azure Web Sites–Part 3

    This is part 3 of 3 of a blog series where David Wesst takes you through getting Ghost 0.5.x working from source control on Azure Websites. Read part 1 here and part 2 here . We are on the home stretch now! In this post, we are going to get a theme in a separate Github repo being pulled into our...
  • Blog Post: Ghost 0.5.x from Source to Azure Web Sites–Part 2

    This is part 1 of 3 of a blog series where David Wesst takes you through getting Ghost 0.5.x working from source control on Azure Websites. Read part 1 here . Last time we forked the Ghost Blog source code and found that the default Azure website deployment didn't work. This time we, we customize the...
  • Blog Post: Ghost 0.5.x from Source to Azure Web Sites

    This is part 1 of 3 of a blog series where David Wesst takes you through getting Ghost 0.5.x working from source control on Azure Websites. Plus, I'm because I'm better with JavaScript than PHP, I get to learn from the source code . The Problem I upgraded to 0.5.x which was a big release...
  • Blog Post: Azure Fridays - A Powershell script to Download RSS Videos

    Azure Fridays If you are like me then time is a very precious and limited commodity. Also we both love learning new things! Unfortunately these two statements often conflict ;) That’s why I’m such a big fan of Azure Friday which is a weekly 10(ish) minute video series on Azure. It gives...
  • Blog Post: Can I Deploy to Azure with an Open Source Language?

    Yes! You can deploy to Azure using the Azure API and SDK for your favorite open source language. In the spirit of openness, Azure has outstanding support for numerous open source languages and web stacks across a whole spectrum of cloud products. With the exception of .NET, each language has its own...
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