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Getting Started with Azure (developer perspective)

Getting Started with Azure (developer perspective)

So there’s a common question I’ve been getting a lot lately, and that’s “I want to learn Azure, where do I start?” And this is ultimately a very reasonable question, because as much as the cloud has permuted much of the digital world, there are still some organizations who have only recently started to adopt it. There are many reasons people would choose to adopt the cloud, scalability, cost, flexibility, etc. But for today’s post I’m going to focus on…

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Where do I start – Microsoft AI

Where do I start – Microsoft AI

In the interest of helping to navigate the information available out there, I’ve been putting out there ideas for this “Where Do I start” series on the blog. Right now as I previously mentioned I’ve been studying for the AI-100 exam, and as part of that effort I found a lot of resources online, and I thought I’d share these in the interest of helping others. There are a wealth of resources out there and I want to make sure…

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Building a Solr Cluster with TerraForm – Part 1

Building a Solr Cluster with TerraForm – Part 1

So it’s no surprise that I very much have been talking about how amazing TerraForm is, and recently I’ve been doing a lot of investigation into Solr and how to build a scalable Solr Cluster. So given the kubernetes template I wanted to try my hand at something similar. The goals of this project were the following: Build a generic template for creating a Solr cloud cluster with distributed shard. Build out the ability to scale the cluster for now…

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Configuring Terraform Development Environment

Configuring Terraform Development Environment

So I’ve been doing a lot of work with a set of open source tools lately, specifically TerraForm and Packer. TerraForm at its core is a method of implementing truly Infrastructure as Code, and does so by providing a simple function style language where you can create basic implementations for the cloud, and then leverage resource providers to deploy. These resource providers allow you to deploy to variety of cloud platforms (the full list can be found here). It also…

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Where to I start – Service Fabric?

Where to I start – Service Fabric?

So containers have become an essential part of modern application development. I would go as far to say that containers and micro services have had a similar impact to software development as “Object Oriented Programming”. Now that being that I have been talking to a lot of people who use Monolithic applications and are looking for a way to break down their existing applications into a micro service approach and support the idea of using existing infrastructure, and don’t necessarily…

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Building out Azure Container Registry in Terraform

Building out Azure Container Registry in Terraform

So I’ve previously done posts on the TerraForm template that I built to support creating a kubernetes cluster. The intention behind this was to provide a solution for standing up a kubernetes cluster in Azure Government. To see more information on that cluster I have a blog post here. Now one of the questions I did get with it, is “How do we integrate this with Azure Container Registry?” And for those not familiar, Azure Container Registry is a PaaS…

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Staying Organized with my “digital brain”.

Staying Organized with my “digital brain”.

Hello All, so as you probably noticed, I’m trying to do more posts, and trying to cover a wide range of topics. So for this talk, I thought I’d take time to talk about how I stay organized and stay on top of my day. Productivity methods are a dime a dozen, and honestly everyone has their own flavor of an amalgamation of several methods to keep control of the chaos. For me, I went through a lot of iterations,…

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Starting out with Data Science, where to go from here

Starting out with Data Science, where to go from here

You can’t turn around anymore without hearing people talk about data. It’s everywhere, and honestly its only growing more. Here are a couple of statistics I found interesting (all from Forbes). The big one being for me, 79% of enterprise executives agree that companies that do not embrace Big Data will lose their competitive position and could face extinction. Let’s stop and think about that a minute, AI is all over the news, and people are constantly figuring out new…

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Getting Started

Getting Started

So I thought I would start this new direction for the blog with a post about a topic I get asked about a lot. “I want to get started in programming, how do I do that?” And this is a great question, and one that makes a lot of sense to me as the lines between technology and business are blurring.  And more and more people are interacting with developers in their daily life as part of their current jobs,…

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How to punch up your resume?

How to punch up your resume?

So I thought given the new direction with this blog, I would focus my attention on some of the questions I get a lot.  And one of the  biggest questions I get asked frequently is “My resume is terrible, how do I make it better?” To be perfectly honest, most people undervalue their resume, and think of it like some kind of checkbox.  I love hearing people say “I’m not worried, once I go in for the interview the resume…

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