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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 11/8)

Microsoft's Cloud Advocates help every technologist, from those in enterprises or startups, to succeed and do what they love: write, code, and learn. They engage developers and others in the software ecosystem to further technical education and proficiency within the Microsoft Cloud + AI platform. Cloud Advocates meet with developers around the world through talks, demos, and engagement in technical communities. Please check out the latest Cloud Advoacy content highlights below for the week of 11/8:



Cloud Advocate  


Topics & Technologies  

Moving away from shadow IT with Excel and Serverless 

Jim Bennett 

(Twitter: @jimbobbennett) 

Quick post about using Azure Functions with an Excel add-in as a way to start migrating from Excel as a development environment without management, to a more managed and controlled setup. 

Azure Functions, Microsoft Excel, IT Pro 

Want to monitor Kubernetes? Start with collecting logs! 

Adi Polak 

(Twitter: @adipolak) 

In this edition of Adi's ongoing bitesize Kubernetes series (content that is limited to 2 minutes), she walks readers through monitoring k8s itself through logging and lists three different approaches that we can take. 

Kubernetes, Azure Monitor 

Handling Messages with Geo-Redundant Azure Service Bus via Azure Functions 

Justin Yoo 



This post shows how to implement cost-efficient Azure Service Bus instances with geo-redundant features, using SDK and Azure Functions. Readers will get an idea of how to use Azure Service Bus Standard instances for geo-replication using the fan-out/fan-in pattern. 

Azure Service Bus, Azure Functions 

How YOU can learn to build real-time Web Apps, using .NET Core, C# and Azure SignalR Service and some JavaScript 

Chris Noring 

(Twitter: @Chris_noring) 

In this article, Chris explains what SignalR is and how to use it, how Azure SignalR Service works, and builds a demo using SignalR Service and serverless. 

.NET Core, C#, Azure SignalR Service, JavaScript, Azure Functions 

Learn how to use Azure Event Hubs with the Dapr framework 

Abhishek Gupta 

(Twitter: @Abhi_tweeter) 

This blog uses an example to walk you through how to use Azure Event Hubs integration with Dapr, a set of distributed system building blocks for microservices development. 

Azure Event Hubs, Microservices, Open Source, Dapr Framework 

Consuming GraphQL in C# 

Brandon Minnick 

(Twitter: @TheCodeTraveler) 

This is presentation demonstrating how to create an end-to-end GraphQL solution in C#. In this talk, we create a GraphQL Server in C# then connect to it from a Xamarin app also written C#. 

Xamarin, C#, GraphQL, Mobile Development 

Tutorial: getting started with Logz.io for Java projects running on Azure 

Julien Dubois (Twitter @juliendubois) 

Julien Dubois largely contributed to the creation of this tutorial on Docs: how to configure the Logz.io service on Azure. This tutorial shows you how to configure a classical Java application to send logs to the Logz.io service for ingestion and analysis. Logz.io provides a full monitoring solution based on Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, and Grafana. 

Azure Log Analytics, Java