Category Archives : Developer

18

Mar

New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code
New Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code

Organizations and teams that adopt DevOps methodologies are consistently seeing improvements in their ability to deliver high-quality code, with faster release cycles, and ultimately achieve higher level of satisfaction for their own customers, whether they’re internal or external. Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) is one of the pillars of DevOps, consisting in automatically building, testing and deploying applications, but setting up a full CI/CD pipeline can be a complex task.

Today, we’re sharing the launch of the Deploy to Azure extension for Visual Studio Code. This new extension allows developers working in Visual Studio Code to seamlessly create, build, and deploy their apps in a continuous manner to the cloud, without leaving the editor.

Deploy to Azure extension

The Deploy to Azure extension works with both GitHub Actions and Azure Pipelines. It helps developers by auto-generating a CI/CD pipeline definition that takes care of building and deploying your app to the cloud with Azure. You can use Deploy to Azure extension to deploy application code present in your local system, or in Azure Repos or GitHub. We plan to expand the scope to other Git repositories in future.

You can use this extension to set up CI/CD pipeline for

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13

Feb

SQL Server runs best on Azure. Here’s why.

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/sql-server-runs-best-on-azure-heres-why/SQL Server customers migrating their databases to the cloud have multiple choices for their cloud destination. To thoroughly assess which cloud is best for SQL Server workloads, two key factors to consider are: Innovations that the cloud provider can uniquely READ MORE

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19

Dec

Tips for learning Azure in the new year
Tips for learning Azure in the new year

As 2020 is upon us, it’s natural to take time and reflect back on the current year’s achievements (and challenges) and begin planning for the next year. One of our New Year’s resolutions was to continue live streaming software development topics to folks all over the world. In our broadcasts in late November and December, the Azure community saw some of our 2020 plans. While sharing, many others typed in the chat from across the world that they’d set a New Year’s resolution to learn Azure and would love any pointers.

When we shared our experiences learning Azure in the “early days,” we talked about the number of great resources (available at no cost) users can take advantage of right now, and carry their learnings into the new year and beyond. 

Here are a few tips for our developer community to help them keep their resolutions to learn Azure:

Create a free account: The first thing that you’ll need is to create a free account. You can sign up with a Microsoft or GitHub account and get access to 12 months of popular free services, a 30-day Azure free trial with $200 to spend during that period and over 25

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09

Dec

Building Xbox game streaming with Site Reliability best practices

Last month, we started sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft through the stories of several teams at Microsoft and how they approach DevOps adoption. As the next story in this series, we want to share the transition one team made from a classic operations role to a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) role: the story of the Xbox Reliability Engineering and Operations (xREO) team.

This transition was not easy and came out of necessity when Microsoft decided to bring Xbox games to gamers wherever they are through cloud game streaming (project xCloud). In order to deliver cutting-edge technology with top-notch customer experience, the team had to redefine the way it worked—improving collaboration with the development team, investing in automation, and get involved in the early stages of the application lifecycle. In this blog, we’ll review some of the key learnings the team collected along the way. To explore the full story of the team, see the journey of the xREO team.

Consistent gameplay requirements and the need to collaborate

A consistent experience is crucial to a successful game streaming session. To ensure gamers experience a game streamed from the cloud, it has to feel like it is running on a nearby

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03

Dec

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/achieve-operational-excellence-in-the-cloud-with-azure-advisor/Many customers have questions when it comes to managing cloud operations. How can I implement real-time cloud governance at scale? What’s the best way to monitor my cloud workloads? How can I get help when I need it? Azure offers READ MORE

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02

Dec

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/faster-and-cheaper-sql-on-azure-continues-to-outshine-aws/Over a million on-premises SQL Server databases have moved to Azure, representing a massive shift in where customers are collecting, storing, and analyzing their data. Modernizing your databases provides the opportunity to transform your data architecture. SQL Server on Azure READ MORE

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26

Nov

A year of bringing AI to the edge

This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).

Since introducing Azure Cognitive Services in containers this time last year, businesses across industries have unlocked new productivity gains and insights. The combination of both the most comprehensive set of domain-specific AI services in the market and containers enables enterprises to apply AI to more scenarios with Azure than with any other major cloud provider. Organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services have transformed their processes and customer experiences as a result.

 

These are some of the highlights from the past year:

Employing anomaly detection for predictive maintenance

Airbus Defense and Space, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, has tested Azure Cognitive Services in containers for developing a proof of concept in predictive maintenance. The company runs Anomaly Detector for immediately spotting unusual behavior in voltage levels to mitigate unexpected downtime. By employing advanced anomaly detection in containers without further burdening the data scientist team, Airbus can scale this critical capability across

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18

Nov

Accelerate IoMT on FHIR with new Microsoft OSS Connector

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/accelerate-iomt-on-fhir-with-new-microsoft-oss-connector/Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem of FHIR® for developers with a new tool to securely ingest, normalize, and persist Protected Health Information (PHI) from IoMT devices in the cloud.   Continuing our commitment to remove the barriers of interoperability in healthcare, READ MORE

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14

Nov

Azure Container Registry: Preview of diagnostic and audit logs
Azure Container Registry: Preview of diagnostic and audit logs

The Azure Container Registry team is happy to announce the preview of audit logs – one of our top items on UserVoice. In this release, we have new Azure portal and command-line interface (CLI) experiences to enable resource logs for diagnostic and audit evaluation of your registry logs.

This feature enables a capability to monitor your container registry by providing an audit trail of all relevant user driven activities on the registry. These logs contain information related to authentication, login details, repository level activities, and other user-driven events. In addition to these logs, Azure also provides a generic activity log which maintains a range of Azure Resource Manager information, including service health and other Azure management operations on the registry.

This feature also enables a user to turn on the resource logs for their container registry and can help facilitate with some of their compliance and diagnosing needs related to:

Security and compliance related tracking. Diagnosing operational issues related to registry activities such as pull, push events.

Collection of resource logs for your registry however requires some additional steps as they are not turned on by default. Figure one displays how to configure diagnostics settings to enable Log Analytics. The

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07

Nov

Sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft
Sharing the DevOps journey at Microsoft

Today, more and more organizations are focused on delivering new digital solutions to customers and finding that the need for increased agility, improved processes, and collaboration between development and operation teams is becoming business-critical. For over a decade, DevOps has been the answer to these challenges. Understanding the need for DevOps is one thing, but the actual adoption of DevOps in the real world is a whole other challenge. How can an organization with multiple teams and projects, with deeply rooted existing processes, and with considerable legacy software change its ways and embrace DevOps?

At Microsoft, we know something about these challenges. As a company that has been building software for decades, Microsoft consists of thousands of engineers around the world that deliver many different products. From Office, to Azure, to Xbox we also found we needed to adapt to a new way of delivering software. The new era of the cloud unlocks tremendous potential for innovation to meet our customers’ growing demand for richer and better experiences—while our competition is not slowing down. The need to accelerate innovation and to transform how we work is real and urgent.

The road to transformation is not easy and we believe that

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