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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 12/20)

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 12/20:



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Topics & Technologies 

Managing Security with Azure Lighthouse and Azure Arc

Sonia Cuff (Twitter: @SoniaCuff)

ITOpsTalk blog article for IT Operations on a scenario of how the Azure Lighthouse and Azure Arc products can monitor the security (Azure Policy compliance, Azure Security Centre and Secure Score) of multiple tenants and how adding Azure Arc to the mix then includes on-prem and other-Cloud resources in those management blades. No video demo but lots of screenshots.

Cloud Computing (General), Management + Governance, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Arc

IoT Ugly Sweater

Jim Bennett (Twitter: @jimbobbennett)

It's holiday season, and that time of year where Ugly Sweaters become the top fashion item. And the only thing better than an ugly sweater, is an IoT ugly sweater. This repo has all the instructions on how to build and power your own IoT ugly sweater using low priced hardware and the power of the cloud. The sweater will light up, with the lights controlled via the cloud - either from an online dashboard or by sending a tweet!

Internet of Things (IoT), Azure IoT Central

Developing Multi-Platform Mixed Reality Solutions



Aysegul Yonet (Twitter: @AysSomething)

These presentation slides and GitHub repo include sample code and workshop materials around Developing Multi-Platform Mixed Reality Solutions.

Spatial Computing, AI + Machine Learning, Mixed Reality, Azure Cognitive Services

Xamarin: Efficiently using a SQLIte Database

Brandon Minnick (Twitter: @TheCodeTraveler)

The most popular SQLite ORM for Xamarin is SQLite-net. This blog post shares recommendations for Xamarin developers to best use SQLite in their mobile apps.

Mobile, Xamarin, Xamarin.Essentials, SQLite

How to access your Kubernetes Applications Using Services

Abhishek Gupta (Twitter: @Abhi_tweeter)

Welcome to another installment of the "Kubernetes in a Nutshell" blog series 👋 In this part we will dive into Kubernetes Services. You will learn about:

-Kubernetes Services types for internal and external communication

-Techniques for service discovery within the cluster

-How to access external services etc.


Containers, Azure Kubernetes Service, Kubernetes

Implementing GitHub Actions for an Azure Static Website

Aaron Powell (Twitter: @slace)

This blog is a walk through of using GitHub Actions to build a Hugo website and deploy it to Azure static websites, including updating Azure CDN.

Developer Tools, DevOps, Web, Github Actions, Azure Static Sites

Hyper-V for Developers on Windows 10

Thomas Maurer (Twitter: @ThomasMaurer)

Hyper-V is more known as a server virtualization technology; however, since Windows 8, it is also available in the client operating system. In Windows 10, Microsoft improved the experience drastically to make Hyper-V an excellent solution for developers and IT Pros.
In this blog, developers learn how they can use Hyper-V on Windows 10 for virtualization, app testing, Android development, and Containers.

Cloud Computing (General), DevOps, Virtual Machine Platform, Azure Virtual Machines