Category Archives : Developer

03

Jan

Build richer apps with your time series data
Build richer apps with your time series data

Today, we are pleased to announce the release of new TSI developer tools, including an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template, API code samples, and easy-to-follow documentation for developers. TSI’s developer tools will shorten the time it takes to get started developing. Using these developer tools, customers can more easily embed TSI’s platform into custom applications to power charts/graphs, compare data from different points in time, and dynamically explore trends and correlations in their data.

As organizations transition their go-to-market and business models from selling devices to selling services, they are developing companion applications that provide operational insights and analytics to their customers.  Much of the data required to power these applications is time series, but large volumes of time series data can be very challenging to store and query. Time Series Insights (TSI) takes the burden of time series data management away from these organizations, and TSI’s platform capabilities enable developers to build applications that provide valuable insights to their customers.

Why time series data is difficult to embed in applications today

Time series data at IoT-scale can lead to high latency and long rendering times when querying traditional databases. Many customers have told us that it’s easy to hang

21

Dec

4 tips for keeping your resolution to learn Azure
4 tips for keeping your resolution to learn Azure

It’s that time of year when many people take pride in the resolutions they met, lament the ones they failed to keep, and make new ones to start afresh. Recently, I spoke with a friend and former colleague who is a software developer at a technology company in Virginia. As we shared our plans for 2018, he told me about an unmet resolution he had for 2017, which was to learn Azure. He recalled that this resolution originated back in 2013. As is the case with most abandoned resolutions, he had plenty of reasons at the ready to defend himself. He even joked that he’d keep the tradition alive by resolving to learn Azure in 2018.

I suggested that part of his problem was with the resolution itself (the other being procrastination). For me, the notion of learning Azure triggers the snowclone that it “is a journey, not a destination.” Instead of trying to learn Azure like it was something fixed and finite, I said he should make his resolution to just learn something new about Azure each day. If he implemented that one change, he could be successful with this year’s neglected resolution starting today.

Here are the tips

19

Dec

Participate in the Developer Economics Survey
Participate in the Developer Economics Survey

The Developer Economics Q4 2017 survey is here in its 14th edition to shed light on the future of the software industry. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance to be part of something big, voice your thoughts, and make your own contribution to the developer community.

Is this survey for me?

The survey is for all developers engaging in the following software development areas: cloud, mobile, desktop, IoT, AR/VR, machine learning, data science, web, backend, and gaming.

What questions am I likely to be asked?

The survey asks questions about the status and the future of the software industry.

What’s going up and what’s going down in the software industry? Are you working on the projects you would like to work on? Where do you think development time should be invested? Which are your favorite tools and platforms? What’s in it for me?

There are some perks to go with your participation. Have a look at what you can get our hands on:

Amazing prizes up for grabs:  A Pixel 2 phone, an iPhone X, a Windows Acer MR headset, a Nintendo Switch, Raspberry Pi 3’s, and more

19

Dec

XBox – Analytics on petabytes of gaming data with Azure HDInsight

This blog post was co-authored by Karan Gulati, Senior Software Engineer, XBOX and Daniel Hagen, Senior Software Engineer, XBOX.

Microsoft Studios produces some of the world’s most popular game titles including the Halo, Minecraft, and Forza Motorsport series. The Xbox product services team manage thousands of datasets and hundreds of active pipelines consuming hundreds of gigabytes of data each hour for first party studios. Game developers need to know the health of their game through measuring acquisition, retention, player progression, and general usage over time. This presents a textbook big data problem where data needs to be cleaned, formatted, aggregated and reported on, better known as ETL (Extract Transform Load).

HDInsight – Fully managed, full spectrum open source analytics service for enterprises

Azure HDInsight is a fully-managed cloud service for customers to do analytics at a massive scale using the most popular open-source frameworks such as Hadoop, MapReduce, Hive, LLAP, Presto, Spark, Kafka, and R. HDInsight enables a broad range of customer scenarios such as batch & ETL, data warehousing, machine learning, IoT and streaming over massive volumes of data at a high scale using Open Source Frameworks.

Key HDInsight benefits

Cloud native: The only service in the

07

Dec

Free eBook – The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure now available

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/free-ebook-the-developer-s-guide-to-microsoft-azure-now-available/Today, we are pleased to introduce a free eBook titled, The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure second edition. The book was written by Michael Crump and Barry Luijbregts to help you on your journey to the cloud, whether you’re just READ MORE

07

Dec

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: December 2017 Digest

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/visual-studio-team-services-december-2017/This month I have a lot to cover. Since my last post, we’ve shipped three sprints of features, and we had a very successful Connect(); event in November. Let’s dive right in. Connect(); The Connect(); conference highlights developer tools like READ MORE

07

Dec

Azure Application Architecture Guide
Azure Application Architecture Guide

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azure-application-architecture-guide/We’ve talked to many customers since Azure was released nearly eight years ago. Back then, Azure had only a few services. Now it’s grown tremendously and keeps expanding. Cloud computing itself also has evolved to embrace customer demands. For example, READ MORE

07

Dec

Java: Manage Azure Container Service (AKS) and more

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/java-manage-azure-container-service-aks-and-more/We released 1.4 of the Azure Management Libraries for Java. This release adds support for Azure Container Service (AKS) and more. https://github.com/azure/azure-libraries-for-java Getting started Add the following dependency fragment to your Maven POM file to use 1.4 version of the READ MORE

06

Dec

#AzureSQLDW cost savings with Autoscaler – part 2
#AzureSQLDW cost savings with Autoscaler – part 2

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/azuresqldw-cost-savings-with-autoscaler-part-2/This blog post was co-authored by Eldad Hagashi, Software Engineering Manager, and Feng Tan, Software Engineer, Microsoft Education Data Service. Azure SQL Data Warehouse is Microsoft’s SQL analytics platform, the backbone of your enterprise data warehouse (EDW). The service is READ MORE