Azure DocumentDB Query Playground

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Azure DocumentDBDocumentDBLogo is Microsoft’s NoSQL database service. It is a document-oriented database that stores schema-free JSON data that can be queried using a SQL-like language. These databases are excellent for developers who want to get their projects up and running quickly.

Saving data to a document collection is one hurdle developers must tackle and the other is retrieving the data back out. Fortunately for us, Microsoft has created a sandbox with sample data to experiment with. Called the Query Playground, the site allows you to run complex queries against test data in an interactive environment.

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Running Jekyll on Windows & Azure

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In my previous article, I outlined all the steps needed to install Jekyll (the open-source static site generator) on a Windows 10 environment. In this article, we will build our first Jekyll site and serve it up via localhost. Then we will push the site to Azure Web Apps and host it via Azure App Service.

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Understanding the Azure App Service Editor

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

This article won a bronze medal in The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (December 2016).

Azure App Service Editor is a new tool in Microsoft Azure. It is now available in preview in the Azure Portal.

The App Service Editor was formerly known as Visual Studio Online (Monaco). The tool provides a web-based editor for Azure Web Apps (previously Azure Web Sites). This allows you to make quick edits to your sites without having to open an IDE.

This article looks back on how to edit a web app with older technology (Kudu) and how to use the preview version of App Service Editor to make edits to your sites.

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CloudDevelop 2016: The return engagement

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I will be speaking at CloudDevelop 2016 in Ohio this August. This is one of the few conferences in North America dedicated to cloud computing. CloudDevelop “aims to bring together people exploring every aspect of cloud computing.”

Last year was the first time I applied to the conference, and I was successful. The trip down to Columbus, OH from Canada was nice and the whole experience was awesome. I created this article about my experience.

My talk this year will be on Azure App Service to Create Web and Azure App Service to Create Web and Mobile Apps. Click this link to learn more about Microsoft Azure App Service.

If you are planning to attend what should be a great CloudDevelop conference, then please introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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Speaking at DevTeach Montreal 2016

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I learned last week that I have been accepted as a speaker at DevTeach 2016 in Montreal this July 5-7. This is exciting as Montreal has an active developer community and this conference comes back to the city for the first time in several years.

DevTeach’s mission is “where we see the developers taking control of their future. We see developers forming a strong and organized community, which can influence the future of the product that we use. After all we are the one that are investing time and money in learning how to create solutions. It’s just normal that we should be involved in the design of future products versions.”

While at the conference I will be giving two presentations:

  • Azure App Service to Create Web and Mobile Apps
  • NoSQL, No Problem: use Azure DocumentDB

You can find the abstracts for my talks and all the other speakers on the DevTeach Sessions page.

To learn more about the conference and to receive an early registration discount, visit DevTeach.com.

If you are planning to attend what should be a great conference, then please feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section below or at the conference. I look forward to speaking with you.

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Azure Infographics and Visio Templates

This article is also available on the Microsoft TechNet Wiki.

This article won a bronze medal in The Microsoft TechNet Guru Awards! (December 2015).

AzureLogoThis page lists infographics/posters and Microsoft Visio templates related to Microsoft Azure.

These infographics are a great tool for learning Azure. They are PDFs that can be downloaded and printed. They measure 26 x 39 in./66.04 x 99.06 cm.

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Azure Architecture Infographics

Azure Architecture Visio Templates And Tools

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CloudDevelop and DetroitDevDay Wrap-Ups

Over the past month I have spoken at two conferences in the United States. While I have presented talks there before, it seemed that fate wanted me in the United States twice within a one-month span.

The first place I presented was Cloud Develop 2015 in Columbus, OH on Friday October 23, 2015. This conference targets developers who work with the cloud and who want to know more about it. I presented my talk on Building High-Performance Software with Application Insights to a room of about 30 people. There were about two hundred attendees and the conference organizers actually sold all of their available tickets. Run by Michael S. Collier and his team, the one-day event was held in the Ohio Union on the beautiful campus of Ohio State University.

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The second talk was at DetroitDevDay in Detroit, MI on Saturday November 14, 2015. This one is more of a polyglot conference where computer professionals of all backgrounds can come and learn about all types of technologies. I presented the talk Analyze Your Code With Visual Studio 2015 Diagnostic Tools to about 40 people. There were about 150 attendees at this one-day conference. It is run by Onorio Catenacci and his team of dedicated volunteers. The venue for the event was Cobo Hall in downtown Detroit and it was spectacular. It had amazing views of the Detroit River and nearby Windsor, ON.

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The slide decks for both talks are on my SlideShare profile.

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