Join me tomorrow for my Microsoft Ignite session Azure Hold’em DevOps (THR3054) at 13:15 in the OCCC South – Expo Theater #1 (that’s right next to the Microsoft Showcase area and the Expo hall) where I will share five stories on DevOps pains which we encountered whilst working with various customers with offices all across Europe. It will be a blitz-session since it’s full of good information and delivered in only 20 minutes (panic mode ON :-o). Also make sure you add the session to your Session Scheduler and add a reminder to your agenda.

Microsoft Ignite Speaker badge

Additionally, I’m happy to announce that during tomorrow’s Ignite keynote I will be seated in the VIP section and, just because of that, I decided to report live the best Azure announcements – so it will be a curated list based on my personal opinions and own thoughts. If you’re interested, make sure you follow me on Twitter or LinkedIn, where I will post all of these.

See you at Microsoft Ignite!

 

Microsoft Ignite sessions

 

AzureDay 2017 Azure Functions Speaker

I’m just writing this as a follow-up to my ‘How far can serverless actually go?’ session in Kiev, Ukraine at AzureDay 2017. The session starts with a high-level introduction on the importance of serverless and covers in more in-depth Azure Functions right after that. During this particular presentation, I also did a performance test (more like a stress test to be honest) of Azure Functions.

During today’s presentation I got a lot of fabulous feedback and wonderful spot-on questions on Azure Functions and Azure Event Grid. But most importantly, a good number of attendees also asked for the slide deck, so here you go:

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Additionally, here’s a kind reminder on my GitHub repo which apparently I start using more and more often nowadays and which also holds part of the demo – I promise, updates are yet to be pushed.

This doesn’t stop here though. On my GitHub repository with demos, I will soon publish a lot more Azure Functions code samples, especially the ones I’ve seen to be little (to nil) documented. Stay tuned!

Have a fabulous weekend – more engagements to come very very soon (next up, Cluj-Napoca, Orlando, Seattle, Warsaw, Seattle again and Mechelen – if you happen to be in any of these cities, ask me for days and I’d be more than happy to schedule a meeting with you!

Alex

KTS is now hiringWant to work in a young company with a strong technical focus & experienced software developers on .NET (UWP/WPF), mobile (Xamarin) or Web (MVC/WebAPI) projects? Read on…

KeyTicket Solutions, the company I founded in 2011 and which is based on a 26 years of experience in the ISV industry (thanks to DEC S.R.L.) is hiring! If you want to work on applications you can brag about and stop enhancing someone else’s code, or if you want work with the latest and greatest technology (literally!), this job is for you!

I’m currently looking for developers ready to work with very large deployments and extremely large user bases, based in Europe and the US. The persons I’m looking for are going to write performant web code, desktop apps and mobile apps (we’re looking for more people :-)).

As an undoubtedly bonus, you’ll answer directly to me, the passionate Azure Most Valuable Professional, one of the few MVPs around the world and the only one in Oradea, which is eager to poor great knowledge and tech into your bag.

Role and Responsibilities

I’m currently interested both in a Senior Developer and a Mid- Software Developer. As any of these, you will help design and maintain software applications deployed around the world with a ginormous user base. Therefore, good English-skills are absolutely required.

Technical Tasks

  • Design, develop and modify software web, desktop or mobile modules based on functional and system requirements, using C#
  • Work closely with the Team Leader, Business Analyst and Product Owner for understanding the functional and system requirements.
  • Work closely with the Architecture Team to ensure architectural integrity and product quality.
  • Participate in testing process through unit testing and bug fixes

Other Tasks

  • Participate in daily scrum meetings
  • Participate in sprint planning
  • Work closely with the QA team, Product Management team, and the Research and Development manager to ensure quality and punctual software development within his/her responsibilities.

Preferred Skills

  • Passion to learn, study and research is a must!
  • Experience with .NET Framework is a requirement!
  • Experience with Xamarin, Windows Presentation Foundation or Universal Windows Platform is a plus
  • (if you’re disappointed by not having experience with any of the technologies listed at the previous bullet point, don’t be discouraged!) Experience with a .NET Core, ASP.NET Core is a great plus as well 🙂
  • Excellent communication skills. Must be able to work with various business units to gather requirements and determine optimal business processes.

Additional Notes

KeyTicket Solution fosters an energetic work environment of creativity and collaboration.

  • At KTS, you’ll work close to the business problems with our spirited leaders and see projects through from beginning to end.
  • We’re casual with lots of sneakers and t-shirts (but ties and high heels are okay too, if that’s your thing).
  • We have fun employee events-bowling and ping-pong tournaments, cinema nights, and we strive to implement a tradition of year round working together to give back to our community- both locally and globally-in a variety of ways.
  • We’re doing only cool stuff. As a rapidly growing company in the cloud application development field, our goal is to be a ten million dollar organization in the next decade. We need savvy developers to get us there. Is that you?

Employees must be able to work on-site at our offices in Oradea, at a 3 minutes’ drive away from down-town.

 

Applications Accepted By:

E-mail:

To: hello@keyticket.eu
Subject Line: Attention: Dept. HR – Angajare R&D

Mail:

Attention: Alex Mang, CEO
Str. Rosiorilor nr. 1, 410204 Oradea, Bihor

Guys, not that long ago (OK, at the end of last year, but still…) an awesome video went online! And yes, I’m starring in it :-O.

No, it’s not that kind of a video, of course!!! It’s my presentation recording from last year’s awesome .NET DeveloperDays, where I had the great opportunity of doing a deep dive on Azure SQL Database and an intro on Docker on Windows and Azure. Here’s the recording – let me know what you think!

Oh, and by the way: this year, in October, I will deliver a full-day training on Docker, Visual Studio, Windows and Azure during .NET DeveloperDays 2017. It’s called ‘Breaking Apps Apart Intentionally – Visual Studio + Docker + Sprinkles of Azure = Modern Microservices‘ (fabulous name, isn’t it? :-)).

If you hurry, you can still get in for a super-modest super-early bird fee (offer ends at the end of March): http://net.developerdays.pl/registration.

Hope to see you there,

Alex

Earlier this year I had the awesome opportunity to share my SQL Database From A Dev’s Perspective session to the overwhelming audience of Transylvanian software developers in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) during one of the very best IT conferences in Eastern Europe, namely ITCamp.

I do realize you might have had the chance of downloading the slides before (either from my post-event blog-posts ) or you might have attended the session at WinDays in Croatia, NT Konferenca in Slovenia or CloudBurst in Sweden. However, if that is not the case or if you just needed a quick reminder on DDM, RLS, AlwaysEncrypted, InMemory OLTP etc. (what are all these?!), here’s your chance to watch the session from the comfort of your own couch.

All the best and happy entertainment/learning 🙂

 

Azure SQL for Developers – Alex Mang from ITCamp on Vimeo.

The entire DevOps story with the Microsoft Stack is expanding its reach to more and more services and with an ever-growing set of advanced features. During this article, I will cover the benefits and ways to configure Service Endpoints within either Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Service, in order to create a highly coupled ALM story for your apps.

What are Service Endpoints?

Back in the days of Team Foundation Services (2013 and prior to that), everyone was asking for a way to make Release Management expand to other project types rather than .NET and VB/C++. Taken this feedback (along with many other requests) Microsoft rewrote Team Build. Personally, I believe the entire DevOps story using the Microsoft Stack has become more mature than ever and ready to solve the most complex requirements your application has. In order to achieve this type of extensibility, Team Build allows one to add features in two ways: (1) by installing extensions which can either be wrote and uploaded by yourself or by installed from the Visual Studio Marketplace or by (2) taking advantage of the TFX Command Line Interface which allows you to add custom designed tasks. The latter is especially useful when it comes to creating a single-task functionality as an atomic process part of the build or release definition, rather than leverage several tasks individually. This ensures that in the situation of build and release processes which have to do the same tasks over and over again a few times are easily configurable and thus reduces the error-prone nature of a highly-configurable workflow system, such as Team Build.

The beauty of these tasks are that they are not exclusively designed to Microsoft-specific products and services – in fact, most of the tasks which have to deal with external services will specify the external service’s endpoint in the form of a connection setting which is team-project wide. Again, this helps prevent errors related to connection strings and such.

These connection settings are known as Service Endpoints and can be configured from the Settings pane of any team project, both in Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Services, under the Services tab.

Visual Studio Service Endpoints

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CloudBurst 2016

This year I was busy enough to ignore to keep the blog up to date with post- public engagements posts. Therefore, I’ve decided to start doing these DURING the events. So here I am at CloudBurst 2016, watching a great presentation on DevOps operations using Visual Studio Team Services, just a nice 30 minutes *after* my session: SQL Database From A Dev’s Perspective. For those of you in Sweden who joined my session, THANK YOU! You were a great audience – all the many and spot-on questions help make the presentation an interactive one a lot. You were such an awesome crowd!

Both for you and for those of you who missed the session, I’m hereby making the slides publicly available:

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 Croatia, thanks for having me!

This year I got the chance to engage the Croatian developer communities in Porec, a beautiful Croatian city at the Mediterranean sea side, during WinDays – the largest Microsoft driven event in Croatia.

As I said in my interview with the WinDays media crew, this was my second time in Croatia. Whilst my first experience in Croatia as a tourist (when I got to visit Dubrovnik) blew me away by the historical culture Croatia has to over, my second time in Croatia blew my away by the quality and software developers, their deep knowledge and familiarity with the latest technologies and trends. Good job, Croatia!

WinDays

WinDays is by far the largest Microsoft driven event in Croatia, which brings together developers, IT professionals and IT business managers and decision makers, making is thus the best opportunity to learn stuff and meet interesting people. Right before I got to the WinDays island (yep, you’ve read that right – the event was hosted in a private resort, on a car-free island! How cool is that?!), I was mindblown by the logistics behind this many-thousands-attendees large event. For example, a few kilometers before arriving in Porec, I started following road signs with the conference’s logo. Second, I had my car parked in one of the largest parking lots completely reserved for the conference, where a minibus got to pick us up. Once we got to the sea-side, a shuttle boat reserved for the conference cross us over to the island, and they had such a boat trip every roughly 15 mins. Once I got to my room, the TV automatically turned on and started playing the conference’s teaser video; in addition, all the WiFi SSID, both in the hotel (room, restaurant, lobby etc.) and in the other conference venues were named WinDays. That’s as much branding as you can get, honestly! Great job, WinDays team!!!

I got to deliver two sessions at WinDays, one on Application Insights (my already traditional ‘Know Your Customers, Know Your Apps!’), where it is my turn to blow people’s mind with the power of usage and performance analytics Application Insights offers almost completely out of the box.

My other session covered features specifically designed for SQL users, named ‘SQL Database from a Developer’s Perspective’ – during this session, I’ve covered my top favorite security and performance features which have either been around for a year or so or were recently added to Azure SQL Database.

Queens

One of the biggest surprises I had at WinDays was the party they’ve put together for attendees and speakers alike. This was also the moment when they offered a prize of 40,000 kuna for the winning Software Startup Academy competition which ran for a few months. Anyway, during this party, they got a Queens cover band to entertain us. At first, especially because of the ‘cover band’ part, I have to admit I didn’t really have high expectations. However, this turned out to be one of the BEST concerts I ever attended -really! I mean the songs they chose, the impersonation they did on Freddy Mercury, the way they got the entire crowd cheered up and in the right mood… WOW!

I’ve also added some photos taken at WinDays, below.