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A Penny Saved is a Ton of Serverless Compute Earned

Scott Guthrie recently shared one of my favorite anecdotes on his Azure Red Shirt Tour. A Microsoft customer regularly invokes 1 billion (yes, that’s with a “B”) Azure Functions per day. The customer reached out to support after the first month thinking there was a bug in the billing system, only to find out that the $72 was in fact ...

Cosmos DB Solves Common Data Challenges in App Development

When considering how to implement your application with a relational database, it can change how you build it dramatically. Some of these challenges include adding an abstract implementation of the schema in the code, mapping data to objects, building queries, and preventing SQL injection attacks. Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to ...

.NET Highlights in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 Preview 4

As you know we continue to incrementally improve Visual Studio 2017 (version 15), and our 7th significant update is currently well under way with the 4th preview shipping today. As we’re winding down the preview, we’d like to stop and take the time to tell you about all of the great updates that are coming in Visual Studio version 15.7 for...
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Explore Azure Cosmos DB with .NET Core and MongoDB

Have you had to design general purpose "metadata" tables in your SQL database that basically store column names and values? Do you often serialize/de-serialize XML or JSON from your SQL tables to handle volatile schemas and data? .NET developers have traditionally worked with relational database management systems (RDMS) like SQL Server. RDMS ...
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Azure Blob Storage as a Network Drive

Many applications make use of a network drive to backup and store files. When I was in university I found myself constantly coding for fun, and one example took the form of a network share for my roommates to share files wrapped in a handy little app. Unfortunately, that particular app has long since been erased from whichever hard drive it ...
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64 bit ASP.NET Core on Azure App Service

When creating an Azure App Service .NET Core is already pre-installed. However, only the 32 bit .NET runtime is installed. In this post we will look at a  few ways that you can get a 64 bit runtime on Azure App Service During the 2.1 timeframe we are hoping to have both 32 and 64 bit runtimes installed as well as enabling the portal ...

Modernize existing .NET apps with Windows Containers and Azure

As part of the series of posts announced at this initial blog post (.NET Application Architecture Guidance) that explores each of the architecture areas currently covered by our team, this current blog post focuses on introducing the new "Modernize existing .NET applications with Windows Containers and Azure" eBook which you can download ...
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Experiment with Azure for FREE!

What is Azure? What can it do for me? Do I need it? How do I find out? How do I use it? Will it help my business? Can it help my career? With all the things Azure can do, it's hard to know where to start answering these important questions. But there's a really easy way to explore the potential of Azure completely free and at your own pace: ...
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The week in .NET – .NET Foundation – Serilog – Super Dungeon Bros

To read last week's post, see The week in .NET – .NET, ASP.NET, EF Core 1.1 Preview 1 – On .NET on EF Core 1.1 – Changelog – FluentValidation – Reverse: Time Collapse. On .NET: Martin Woodward on the .NET Foundation Last week, Martin Woodward was on the show to talk about the .NET Foundation:  This week, we'll speak with Mei-...
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