Distributed Computing and Architecture Patterns

Distributed Computing and Architecture Patterns

So lately I’ve been doing a lot of work on distributed programming, and specifically looking less at projects that are living on-premise, but need to be moved to cloud, and more with projects that are born in the cloud and how to optimize.  What I’m talking about here is applicable for the “lift-and-shift” type of project. Ultimately the “cloud” is just like any other development projects, there are considerations that need to be handled as part of leveraging the environment…

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Running Entity Framework Migrations in VSTS Release with Azure Functions

Running Entity Framework Migrations in VSTS Release with Azure Functions

Hello All, I hope your having a good week, I wanted to write up a problem I just solved that I can’t be the only one. For me, I’m a big fan of Entity Framework, and specifically Code First Migrations. Now its not perfect for every solution, but I will say that it does provide a method of versioning and controlling database changes in an more elegant method. Now one of the problems I’ve run into before is that how…

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Azure Compute – Searchable and Filterable

Azure Compute – Searchable and Filterable

Hello All, so a good friend of mine, Brandon Rohrer and I just finished the first iteration of a project we’ve been working on recently.  Being Cloud Solution Architects, we get a lot of questions about the different compute options that are available in Azure.  And it occurred to us that there wasn’t a way to consume this information in a searchable, and filterable format to get the information customers need. So we created this site: https://computeinfo.azurewebsites.net This site scrapes…

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Goals and Grit

Goals and Grit

Hello All, I wanted to shake things up a little bit and talk about a book I have been working my way through and goals. So its officially January, and a lot of us are looking at the great new year like a blank canvas, waiting to be painted. I have to be honest, I’ve always been a fan of New Years, not the holiday or New Years Eve, although everyone loves a good party night. But every year I…

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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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Welcome to Mack Bytes

Welcome to Mack Bytes

Hello all, consider this the inaugural post of the new Mack Bytes blog.  Welcome!  I’ve chosen to sort of rebrand this blog, and sort of relaunch it for a couple of reasons.  The first and foremost of which is that the other blog has sort of faded. To be honest I started that blob it feels like a life-time ago, and it was started with the intention of creating a blog to provide articles that were intended to be “how-to”…

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