Return of weekly links – 12/30

Hello all, so I know that I totally fell off the wagon when it comes to weekly links. December has been a crazy month, I had three business trips, getting ready for Christmas. Due to family coming to town we effectively had 3 Christmas’ and on top of that I got sick.

I’m not complaining just explaining what happened. The holidays are a rough time for a lot of people, and we’ve all had experiences we have to carry with us. So remember in all the craziness that some might be suffering in silence. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out. You are not alone and there are people to help you.

Down to the business…

Cool Stuff:

So as always I have a post here about something fun. And this week I wanted to post about how my wife blew me away with her gift this Christmas. We had our 11th anniversary at Dave and Busters, we decided to double down on stupid fun. When we walked in, they were having a silent auction for MakeAWish and when I was in the bathroom she bid on this item and won.

This is a picture from the Dark Knight, my favorite movie of all time, signed by Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.

Weekly Links – 10/7

So this week was a little crazy with family obligations, work travel, busy work schedules, etc. But overall it wasn’t bad kind of week. We are officially into full on October. Right now I’m busy prepping for our monthly game today which should be a lot of fun

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Now down to the business…



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Fun Stuff:

I’m a big comic fan, and Greg Rucka is one of my favorite writers. And StumpTown was one of his pet projects, and really the book plays out like Jessica Jones more for the real world. And I gotta say, I watched the pilot and was really impressed.

Weekly Links – 9/23

So I know I’m a little late this week, but here they are. I was away at a conference in sunny Las Vegas for the week, and it was quite the week.

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But anyway down the business:


  • Cascadia Code is live: Normally don’t care about a font, but this is pretty cool because of its support of ligatures. Makes code much easier to read which is pretty awesome.
  • .NET Conf: Really cool virtual conference with more materials and announcements. Next week should have a lot of new annoucements.


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Fun Stuff:

As always to live up to our name, here’s a nerd topic for the links. I’m a big batman fan, always have been. I’m pretty sure my kids knew who Batman was long before they knew Big Bird. With that I’ve been enjoying the current comic run, with Tom King as the writer, and it is coming to an end and they announced the new writer, James Tynion IV, who is a great writer who wrote Batman Eternal, so I’ve very excited. To read more, look here.

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Weekly Links – 9/9

Welcome back everyone, for another weekly links post. The important note here is its fall, which means kids are in school, leaves are going to start turning and ….

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So down to business:



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Fun Stuff:

I’m a bit of a gamer, as he said to the surprise of no one. And its official that on September 5th, the new Gears of War 5 was available for Early Access period. The world wide release is September 10th. Very awesome. I always enjoyed Gears of War because it is one seriously intense game.

Here’s the article. Warning, Mature audiences.

Weekly Links – 9/3

Hello All, I’m a little late getting this out the door, but a fully sick family, complete with a side-helping of pneumonia for me didn’t help this weekend. But here it is.

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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 I focus your attention on resources related to Microsoft AI and how you can leverage these services as accelerators for your own application development.  I wanted to draw your attention to a lot of the key resources for getting started.

Learning Videos:


Now additionally I have done some work on my github implementing the face api, which is available here:

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 want to deploy on Linux for a variety of reasons.

Now based on that option, there is an established technology that can leverage your docker containers and orchestrate them in a windows environment. And that is Service Fabric.

I find the learning curve if you are looking at a monolithic application and breaking it into micro services is a lot easier to swallow with Service Fabric, and it does help you to break up your applications to make better use compute on your machines in the cluster and you can still leverage docker.

Below are some links to help you get started with Service Fabric if you are looking for information on this technology:

Concepts and Architecture:

Service Fabric Overview:

Coding Samples:


Breaking Down Monitoring in Azure

So let’s talk monitoring in Azure, and honestly this is a topic that makes most people start to become a “deer in headlights”. And the reason is that most executives love to say “We need to have a great monitoring story” but monitoring is a massive topic and most don’t know where to begin.

And the truth is that it is a huge and multi-faceted topic that have a variety of solutions that can be applied in a variety of ways. So I wanted to gather some resources to help give you if your trying to figure out which way is up.

MSLearn:  Provides guided learning through articles, hands on labs and videos on a variety of topics.  Some of the key ones I thought would be of interest given your ask are:

When it comes to monitoring we have several products and services that are at the core of providing that support:

Additionally we have videos at a site called Channel 9 on a variety of topics

Links for Kusto the Log Analytics Querying Language

Deploying ARM Templates through CLI

Links for Full Monitoring Solution

Links for Logs on Log Analytics and details of data captured