Monthly Archives: April 2015


Azure App Service – App Service Plans

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I’ve been playing around with Azure App Service for a couple of days now and decided to address some aspects that haven’t been covered very well within the knowledge sessions I’ve seen so far. Many only cover the cool parts, creating new Logic Apps with everything already installed and configured. In addition, I haven’t seen any covering topics like scaling and configuration recommendations. In real environments, things require a bit more care and attention. Therefore I will cover some of the basic required when getting up and running with Azure App Service within upcoming blog posts.

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Azure App Service – Orchestrating business processes

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When it comes to Azure App Service, I haven’t really followed what was going on to be 100% honest. Based on the first details released in March, it sounded like a cloud based version of Visual Studio LightSwitch (if you aren’t familiar with LightSwitch, it’s basically modernized version of Access forms). And managing different types of Azure abstractions by click-building and publishing applications into Azure. However, this isn’t really the case.

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.NET library for Kraken.io

Kraken.io

Sea Mist – Writing a .NET based library for the Kraken.io REST API. Available on GitHub and Nuget

So I have been working with the Kraken.io Image optimization service for a couple projects, as previous blog posts might have indicated. And must say that not having to include, build, debug, maintain and host an image compression library is really a big deal when you sum it all up. I personally don’t like to waste time on non-core business processes. In addition, nowadays it’s often hard to justify the costs. There are so many problem specific hosted solutions available with great support, documentation, API’s etc.

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Microsoft and Elasticsearch

Microsoft-and-ElasticsearchI’m not a big fan of short tweet-like blog post however, I would like to share this video where Pablo Castro, a Director of Engineering at Microsoft currently leading Azure Search, talks about how Microsoft is using Elasticsearch. The video is way too short, but still interesting to watch.

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Azure Search – Something about Search

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In this post I just want to cover Azure Search from a different perspective and share some details that might help people getting starting in the interesting world of search. The main focus will be on pointing out the underlying technology, helping you to better understand and build search solutions.

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Azure Resource Explorer

Azure Resource Explorer

Just wanted to share (remind myself) that David Ebbo, the Principal Development Lead, Azure App Platform, made an interesting announcement last Thursday. Releasing the Preview version of a site called Azure Resource Explorer located at https://resources.azure.com/.

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