Category Archives : Developer

27

Jun

Azure Elastic Database jobs is now in public preview

We are excited to announce the availability of a new, significantly upgraded public preview release of Azure Elastic Database jobs. Elastic Database jobs is now a fully Azure-hosted service. Unlike the earlier, customer-hosted and managed version of Elastic Database jobs, this version is an integral part of Azure with no additional services or components to install and configure. This release also adds significant capabilities making it easy for customers to automate and execute T-SQL jobs using PowerShell, REST, or T-SQL APIs against a group of databases. These jobs can be used to handle a wide variety of tasks such as index rebuilding, schema updates, collection of query results for analytics, and performance monitoring.

Imagine you are a SaaS developer in the cloud offering online ordering services for a collection of large stores. To support this and allow unlimited scale, you’ve provisioned separate Azure SQL databases to handle each store’s business, and this set of databases share a common schema. While your application directs customer transactions to the appropriate store’s databases, you want the capability to easily manage all databases jointly to ensure the performance and customer experience remain optimal. Additionally, you periodically have new schema to deploy to each database

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27

Jun

Azure Elastic Database jobs is now in public preview

We are excited to announce the availability of a new, significantly upgraded public preview release of Azure Elastic Database jobs. Elastic Database jobs is now a fully Azure-hosted service. Unlike the earlier, customer-hosted and managed version of Elastic Database jobs, this version is an integral part of Azure with no additional services or components to install and configure. This release also adds significant capabilities making it easy for customers to automate and execute T-SQL jobs using PowerShell, REST, or T-SQL APIs against a group of databases. These jobs can be used to handle a wide variety of tasks such as index rebuilding, schema updates, collection of query results for analytics, and performance monitoring.

Imagine you are a SaaS developer in the cloud offering online ordering services for a collection of large stores. To support this and allow unlimited scale, you’ve provisioned separate Azure SQL databases to handle each store’s business, and this set of databases share a common schema. While your application directs customer transactions to the appropriate store’s databases, you want the capability to easily manage all databases jointly to ensure the performance and customer experience remain optimal. Additionally, you periodically have new schema to deploy to each database

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27

Jun

Azure Data Factory new capabilities are now generally available

Microsoft is excited to announce the General Availability of new Azure Data Factory (ADF V2) features that will make data integration in the cloud easier than ever before. With a new browser-based user interface, you can accelerate your time to production by building and scheduling your data pipelines using drag and drop. Manage and monitor the health of your data integration projects at scale, wherever your data lives, in cloud or on-premises, with enterprise-grade security. ADF comes with support for over 70 data source connectors and enables you to easily dispatch data transformation jobs at scale to transform raw data into processed data that is ready for consumption by business analysts using their favorite BI tools or custom applications.

For existing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) users, ADF now allows you to easily lift and shift your SSIS packages into the cloud and run SSIS as a service with minimal changes required to your existing packages. ADF will now manage your SSIS resources for you so you can increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership. Meet your security and compliance needs while taking advantage of extensive capabilities and paying only for what you use.

All of these new Azure

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27

Jun

Azure Data Factory new capabilities are now generally available

Microsoft is excited to announce the General Availability of new Azure Data Factory (ADF V2) features that will make data integration in the cloud easier than ever before. With a new browser-based user interface, you can accelerate your time to production by building and scheduling your data pipelines using drag and drop. Manage and monitor the health of your data integration projects at scale, wherever your data lives, in cloud or on-premises, with enterprise-grade security. ADF comes with support for over 70 data source connectors and enables you to easily dispatch data transformation jobs at scale to transform raw data into processed data that is ready for consumption by business analysts using their favorite BI tools or custom applications.

For existing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) users, ADF now allows you to easily lift and shift your SSIS packages into the cloud and run SSIS as a service with minimal changes required to your existing packages. ADF will now manage your SSIS resources for you so you can increase productivity and lower total cost of ownership. Meet your security and compliance needs while taking advantage of extensive capabilities and paying only for what you use.

All of these new Azure

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25

Jun

4 month retirement notice: Access Control Service
4 month retirement notice: Access Control Service

The Access Control Service, otherwise known as ACS, is officially being retired. ACS will remain available for existing customers until November 7, 2018. After this date, ACS will be shut down, causing all requests to the service to fail.

This blog post is a follow up to the initial announcement of the retirement of ACS service.

Who is affected by this change?

This retirement affects any customer who has created one or more ACS namespaces in their Azure subscriptions. For instance, this may include Service Bus customers that have created an ACS namespace indirectly when creating a Service Bus namespace. If your apps and services do not use ACS, then you have no action to take.

What action is required?

If you are using ACS, you will need a migration strategy. The correct migration path for you depends on how your existing apps and services use ACS. We have published migration guidance to assist. In most cases, migration will require code changes on your part.

If you are uncertain whether your apps and services are using ACS, you are not alone. After the retirement of ACS from the Azure portal in April 2018, you had to contact Azure support to

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20

Jun

Traffic Analytics now generally available
Traffic Analytics now generally available

We are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of the Traffic Analytics, a SaaS solution that provides visibility into user and application traffic on your cloud networks.

Since the public preview, three months ago, the solution has analyzed several terabytes of Flow logs on a regular basis for network activity across virtual subnets, VNets, Azure data center regions and VPNs, and provided actionable insights that helped our customers:

Audit their networks and root out shadow-IT and non-compliant workloads. Optimize the placement of their workloads and improve the user experience for their end users. Detect security issues and improve application and data security. Reduce costs and right size their deployments by eliminating the issue of over-provisioning or under-utilization. Gain visibility into their public cloud networks spanning multiple Azure regions across numerous subscriptions.

This GA release includes enhancements that help you detect issues and secure/optimize your network, faster and more intuitively than before.

Some of the enhancements in this release are:

Your environment: Provides a view into your entire Azure network, identifies inactive regions, virtual networks, and subnets – for example, network locations with VMs and no network activity for further analysis. Detects malicious flows as they flow across application gateways,

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20

Jun

Traffic Analytics now generally available
Traffic Analytics now generally available

We are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of the Traffic Analytics, a SaaS solution that provides visibility into user and application traffic on your cloud networks.

Since the public preview, three months ago, the solution has analyzed several terabytes of Flow logs on a regular basis for network activity across virtual subnets, VNets, Azure data center regions and VPNs, and provided actionable insights that helped our customers:

Audit their networks and root out shadow-IT and non-compliant workloads. Optimize the placement of their workloads and improve the user experience for their end users. Detect security issues and improve application and data security. Reduce costs and right size their deployments by eliminating the issue of over-provisioning or under-utilization. Gain visibility into their public cloud networks spanning multiple Azure regions across numerous subscriptions.

This GA release includes enhancements that help you detect issues and secure/optimize your network, faster and more intuitively than before.

Some of the enhancements in this release are:

Your environment: Provides a view into your entire Azure network, identifies inactive regions, virtual networks, and subnets – for example, network locations with VMs and no network activity for further analysis. Detects malicious flows as they flow across application gateways,

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14

Jun

Container Tooling for Service Fabric in Visual Studio 2017
Container Tooling for Service Fabric in Visual Studio 2017

The latest version of the Service Fabric tools, which is part of Visual Studio 2017 Update 7 (15.7), includes the new container tooling for Service Fabric feature. This new feature makes debugging and deploying existing applications, in containers, on Service Fabric easier than ever before.

Containerize .NET Framework and .NET Core applications and run them on Service Fabric

You can now take an existing console or ASP.NET application, deploy it to a container image, and run and debug it in Service Fabric as a container on your local developer workstation. With a few clicks, you can make your existing .NET application run in a container in a Service Fabric environment. Simply right-click on your project in Solution Explorer and selecting Add –> Container Orchestrator Support. This will display a dialog box where you select Service Fabric and click OK.

Doing this will create a Docker file in your project and add the required Service Fabric files, as well as create a new Service Fabric application project in the solution. If your project is part of a solution with an existing Service Fabric application, it will be added to that application automatically. This must be done for each project in

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14

Jun

Container Tooling for Service Fabric in Visual Studio 2017
Container Tooling for Service Fabric in Visual Studio 2017

The latest version of the Service Fabric tools, which is part of Visual Studio 2017 Update 7 (15.7), includes the new container tooling for Service Fabric feature. This new feature makes debugging and deploying existing applications, in containers, on Service Fabric easier than ever before.

Containerize .NET Framework and .NET Core applications and run them on Service Fabric

You can now take an existing console or ASP.NET application, deploy it to a container image, and run and debug it in Service Fabric as a container on your local developer workstation. With a few clicks, you can make your existing .NET application run in a container in a Service Fabric environment. Simply right-click on your project in Solution Explorer and selecting Add –> Container Orchestrator Support. This will display a dialog box where you select Service Fabric and click OK.

Doing this will create a Docker file in your project and add the required Service Fabric files, as well as create a new Service Fabric application project in the solution. If your project is part of a solution with an existing Service Fabric application, it will be added to that application automatically. This must be done for each project in

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13

Jun

Participate in the 15th Developer Economics Survey
Participate in the 15th Developer Economics Survey

The Developer Economics Q2 2018 survey is here in its 15th 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 Samsung S9 Plus phone, an iPhone X, an HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers, an HTC Vive

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