Category Archives: Development


Azure App Service – Orchestrating business processes

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When it comes to Azure App Service, I haven’t 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. Able to manage different types of Azure abstractions by click-building and publishing applications into Azure. However, this isn’t the case.

 

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Azure Search Indexers – Index data without writing code

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The Microsoft Azure Search team recently released a new preview version, which includes some exciting new features. I’ve briefly covered them in my previous Azure Search Services post but wanted to dive a bit deeper into the Indexers.

An indexer is a content crawler written for a specific data source eliminating the need for writing code responsible for extract data from your data source and feed this data within the index. The Indexer runs within the Azure context, and it’s therefore not required to create a service for hosting this process (billing details are not available yet).

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Azure Blob Storage and storage hierarchy

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After seeing how many other applications are dealing with Azure Blob storage, I’ve discovered a couple of standard practices when it comes to the creation of a storage hierarchy, along with some performance and security considerations. I haven’t found a lot of insights regarding this topic and therefore decided to write something down.

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PowerShell – Desired State Configuration

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Probably one of the most exciting features included within PowerShell 4 is the option to create configuration scripts, also known as DSC. Yes, this is something new – unless you are familiar with Chef and Puppet. And no, this isn’t the same as executing a large provisioning script.

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Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 3

Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 3

This is The third and last part of the Detecting T-SQL code smells series. Within this post I will cover how the solution can be customized by adding new validation rules

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Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 2

Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 2

For the second part of this series, I’m relying on a TSQL Code Smells Finder hosted on Codeplex.  The solution consists out of 3 files (one PowerShell script, a text file containing a list with possible errors and a whitelist file) and build within PowerShell.

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Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 1

Detecting T-SQL code smells – Part 1

When moving a new SQL server database into production or taking over maintenance duties, you might want to perform some audit’s first. Audit reports make it easy to identify issues and rais additional questions.

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