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Designing a Cosmos DB database

Premier Developer consultant Julien Oudot brings us this blog with some considerations when designing a Cosmos DB database. The intent of this article is to summarize some of the key aspects to keep in mind while designing a database using Cosmos DB. Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft's globally distributed, multi-model database. Sometimes ...

Microsoft’s Geospatial Capabilities

In a recent article published on LinkedIn, Premier Developer consultant Ron Vincent highlights some of Microsoft’s geospatial capabilities, both past and present.Microsoft has for some time now had some level of geospatial capabilities but since Azure has come along there has been many developments on this front. In this article, I think it...

Integrate Power BI Dashboards, Reports and Tiles into a WPF Application

In this post, Senior ADM Rob Reilly shows us how to integrate Power BI dashboards, reports, and tiles into a WPF application. Use the Power BI Embedded WPF Sample to learn how to integrate Power BI Dashboards, Reports and Tiles into a Windows Presentation Foundation application. The sample covers the "User Owns the Data" scenario. "App ...

Amazon Alexa Skills authenticated by Azure Active Directory and backed by an Azure Function

This post is provided by Premier Field Engineer, Nathan Vanderby, who walks us through how to write an Alexa skill using Azure Functions.  Last updated June 2018. Most people have heard of the Amazon Echo and the skills that provide it functions. Amazon makes it really easy to create these skills using an AWS Lambda function. These can...

The performance characteristics of async methods in C#

The async series In the last two blog posts we've covered the internals of async methods in C# and then we looked at the extensibility points the C# compiler provides to adjust the behavior of async methods. Today we're going to explore the performance characteristics of async methods. As you should already know from ...

Getting Started with Ethereum using Azure Blockchain

In this post, Senior ADM Mike Finley discusses how to get started with Ethereum and Azure Blockchain.What is Blockchain? At the most basic level of understanding, blockchains are a simple approach to a distributed database. A blockchain is a peer-to-peer system with no central authority managing data flow. One of the key ways to removing ...

The Food Truck Paradigm : Why should I trust open source software?

In this post, App Dev Manager Daniel Setlock reflects on the trust of open source software using the Food Truck Paradigm.IntroductionIt is somewhat shocking that in 2017 I still receive questions about how open source software, libraries, plug-ins, packages, etc. can be trusted, and the pushback that such things receive from cyber security ...

Firebase 101: NoSql Database Management

In this post, Premier Developer Consultant, Kunal Sinha outlines steps to integrate Firebase Database into custom web applications as a NoSql alternative for quick POC demos. I was recently working on building out a Node JS web application POC for one of my projects and wanted to try out a new database service. As this was just a POC, I...
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Innovation at your fingertips

In this post, App Dev Manager Adlène Sifi demonstrates innovation at your fingertips by building a real-time earthquake reporting system using Power BI and without writing any code.  You can view a French version of this article on LinkedIn. Innovation usually involves ideation, rapid prototyping, validation with users, measurement (...

Optimize your Azure spend

In this post, App Dev Manager Priti Kalani shares insight toward optimizing the services you deploy and manage in the Microsoft cloud.Azure tools to optimize and manage your cloud spendingAzure has made deploying cloud infrastructure and applications convenient and productive for organizations. Azure also provides tools to help you with ...

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