Looking over the English dictionary for the word ‘facet’, I came to realize that facet means way more things that I originally knew: (according to http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/facet)

  1. one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem
  2. a similar surface cut on a fragment of rock by the action of water, windblown sand etc.
  3. aspect, phase, as in: ‘They carefully examined every facet of the argument’
  4. in Architecture, any of the faces of a column cut in a polygonal form
  5. in Zoology, one of the corneal lenses of a compound arthropod eye
  6. in Dentistry, a small highly burnished area, usually on the enamel surface of a tooth, produced by abrasion between opposing teeth in chewing

However, during this post I’m not going to discuss the origin of the word, but rather what a ‘facet’ means in terms of Azure Search.

Have you ever wondered how popular on-line shopping stored are able to create those complex filtering scenarios, different for every category of products and different in functionality as well? More specifically, how come high-end products show pricing categories based on a quite a few high price ranges while the accessories category comes with less, lower price ranges? Here’s an example on Amazon.co.uk:

Read More →

Wow! No, seriously! WOW! Had the conference not been a good one, this post would have been written either during the event or long after the event.

During these two days I had the opportunity of joining great session given by Microsoft professionals who work in both IT departments and R&D departments. Just to name a few, among the session I had the opportunity to attend are: SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP Query Processing, NoSQL on Azure, Intelligent System Service – the bridge and heart of IoT, Managing Technical Debt, SQL Server for Developers, Using WinJS for web and cross-platform application, Build Your Custom Private Cloud Management Portal with Windows Azure Pack. Unfortunately though, I didn’t get a chance to attend the rest of super-cool sessions the rest of the speakers gave.

On the other hand, I also had the opportunity of offering an Elastic Scale session to a full room (people even decided to even stand just the get all the intel). Should you have missed Microsoft Summit or the session I gave, scrolling a bit down you’ll get a chance the go through the my slides. Also, I highly suggest to be patient and wait for the video recordings to be published on the conference’s website here: http://www.mssummit.ro/en/videos.

Here’s a photo I took a few minutes before the session started:

WP_20141113_10_57_48_Pro

After the event I was also invited to give a short talk about BizSpark and our partnership with Microsoft on Ziarul Financiar Live. The recording of this interview is available here: http://www.zf.ro/business-hi-tech/video-zf-live-special-romania-nevoie-start-up-uri-industria-it-c-sustina-dezvoltarea-urmariti-inregistrarea-emisiunii-alex-mang-ceo-keyticket-solutions-petru-jucovschi-microsoft-romania-13549279.

Microsoft Summit 2014

In just a few days (14, by the time of this writing), the second edition of Microsoft Summit will take place. For this year’s event, Microsoft put together an agenda for both IT specialists (network & infrastructure experts along with software developers) and business managers and the list of speakers is simply, well… staggering!

If you didn’t get a chance to register for the event yet, consider this your opportunity to win one of the two tickets I’m offering for free to you, my loyal followers and readers. The net worth of these two tickets is 1398 RON (little over $400,00) and it’s now your chance to get on the them completely free (meals included!).

Simply answer these three questions by either commenting to this post or by sending a private message via the Contact form:

  1. What options does one have for scaling his/her SQL database?
  2. What does database sharding mean?
  3. What is my Microsoft Summit session’s title?

Good luck!

Alex

 

P.S.: If you don’t know the answers, it’s your chance to learn more about DB sharding techniques via elastic scaling out during my session at Microsoft Summit, ‘Patterns for SQL Database Elasticity’ 🙂

If you attended my session yesterday on ‘Patterns For Scalability In Microsoft Azure Application’ @ CodeCamp 2014 Iasi, thank you! Again, sorry for the extremely late start: like I mentioned yesterday, Java developers talking about concurrency and threading are obviously not aware what the current time is. But yet again, they’re so cute when they get excited talking about concurrency and asynchronous methods 🙂

However, if you didn’t make it to the session, here’s you chace to get a glance on the content I presented.

The CodeCamp organizers will also post all the presentations at some point and I suppose they will post the video recordings as well.

Iasi, Palace of Culture

Iasi, Palace of Culture

Iasi (RO) is not only one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited so far (and trust me, I did visit a few), but also the city to host CodeCamp 2014 tomorrow.

As mentioned on the conference’s website, CodeCamp is a local IT conference, […] aiming for better communication among the IT people. Over 1000 people are expected to show up. If you happen to be one of them, I’d be more than happy to be your host during my session @ CodeCamp, starting at 16:30.

If you didn’t register yet, I’m sorry to let you know that the conference is sold out for quite some time now. However, if you do decide you want to participate, I have a feeling that they’re not going to kick you out anyway, so it’s still worth a shot. Especially considering the high quality agenda the organizers and speakers (me included) have prepared for tomorrow :).

See you there!

Pinkyandthebrain

image source: 90sbabiesonly.com

Microsoft announced yesterday a new family of VMs within Azure, called the ‘G’ family. If you’re wondering what the letter ‘G’ stands for, it is ‘Godzilla’, which used to be the codename of the new server family. But if you’re wondering why ‘Godzilla’, it’s because of the monstrous-sized virtual machines, which offer up to 32 CPU cores, 6.5 TB using the latest in SSD technology and up to 450GB of RAM.

Thanks to these new series of VMs, Microsoft’s largest VM size is twice as fast as AWS’ largest VM and four times faster than GCE’s largest VM. That’s what I call ‘taking over the world’ (in a good way!).

During yesterday’s announcement, Microsoft also announced a few new features within their IaaS offering, specifically:

  • the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell, which is a container of Azure infrastructures delivered ‘in a box’, with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft
  • full CoreOS support – the popular Linux distribution can now be deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace

Additionally, Microsoft has also announced GA of the two latest Australian data centers. Thus, by the end of 2014, Microsoft will be fully operational in 19 regions around the world. If you’re wondering, by the time of this writing, GCE only runs in 7 regions whilst AWS is available in 9 different regions (yet not all their regions host offer all services).

Last but not least, a Premium Storage service was also announced, which offers sub-millisecond latency (thanks to local SSD), up to 32 TB and over 50,000 IOPS.

logo1

A couple of months ago I was happy to announce the Microsoft Summit 2014 conference which will take place during November 12th and 13th in Bucharest. Last year, Microsoft Summit had around 1400 attendees which were both IT professionals (developers and infrastructure specialists) and business managers.

This year, I’ll attend the conference as a speaker. My session is going to be about SQL Database Elasticity patterns and, unless the agenda is going to change, will take place during the second day at 11:00.

If you’ll attend Microsoft Summit, do drop by and say ‘Hi’!

Alex

CodeCamp logo

… or in other words, the codecamp in the Eastern side of Romania. If you happen to be in Iasi on October 25th, I’d love to get a chance and chat with you about cloud, Azure, .NET, Windows Phone, software development, good wine, music, food or whatever! Or if you just want to watch my session @ CodeCamp, that’s fine too :). http://iasi.codecamp.ro/#speakers

So all you have to do is attend this over 1000+ participants conference which will take place at Hotel International in Iasi. You also get to pick from over 48 different sessions taking place during the whole day and covering technologies such as Java, .NET, Mobile development, Agile, PHP, Ruby, project management, business analysis and others.

Registration is free but I’d hurry if I were you, because half the seats available have already been occupied!

By the time of this writing, Azure Search Client Library, available on Nuget here, has officially been downloaded for 201 times. In order to properly celebrate this, I’m going to have the next release of the library published asap. Lots of new capabilities are on their way, so stay tuned!

One more thing: should there be a specific feature you feel is missing, do drop me a comment, message, e-mail, tweet etc. and I’m personally make sure that your requirement will go straight staring up in the product backlog.

Alex

If you happen to be in Novi Sad tomorrow (or today, depending on your time zone), do drop by at the Coding Serbia international developer conference. I also happen to have a session at the conference starting at 11.00, about Patterns for Scalable Microsoft Azure Applications.

See you there!

Novi Sad, 2014