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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 12/9)

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 12/9:



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Merry and Bright with Azure Advocates' 25 Days of Serverless




Jen Looper (Twitter: @jenlooper)

This blog post helped launch the #25DaysOfServerless challenge (running Dec 1-Dec 25). Learn more https://aka.ms/25daysofserverless

Compute + Serverless

On-Call Nightmares Podcast - Episode 44: Silvia Botros (Twilio)

Jay Gordon (Twitter: @jaydestro)

This week I chat with Silvia Botros also known as the @dbsmasher from Twitter. I learn about her experiences on-call for databases, motherhood and an affinity for breaking things. An awesome conversation with an incredible person.

Silvia Botros is a Sr. Principal Engineer at Twilio. She focuses on ways to break databases but is also talented at finding bugs in all your software. Whether she helped build it or not. When she is not helping Twilio Sendgrid send billions of emails a day, she is busy training her little replicas on also breaking computers and trolling her friends on Twitter.

Cloud Computing (General), DevOps, Cloud Computing, Advice

Azure IoT Edge DeepStream Module with IoT Central

Paul DeCarlo (Twitter: @pjdecarlo)

Check out this demo that uses the Nvidia DeepStream Module from the Azure Marketplace with Azure IoT Central! In this lab, developers can easily follow a set of instructions for deploying production-ready Nvidia DeepStream workloads as an IoT Edge Module with backing to Azure IoT Central for viewing telemetry and remotely managing devices in the field.

Internet of Things (IoT), Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Hub

People Blending: Some Experiments with Face API and Generative Art

Dmitry Soshnikov (Twitter: @ shwars)

This is a code example that shows usage of Face API for a fun project of generating Science Art portraits using a technique I called "People Blending". This is a first sample in a series dedicated to using AI in Science Art.


AI + Machine Learning, Python, Microsoft Face API, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Notebooks, Azure Cognitive Services (Face API)

Automate Saying Thank You to GitHub Issues

John Papa (Twitter: @ john_papa)

Have you ever contributed to an OSS project on GitHub, perhaps creating an issue, and instantly received a reply? Wouldn't it be nice if that reply to your issue thanked you? This article walks through one way you can automate creating a holiday themed ""thank you"" replies to all issues created in one or more of your GitHub repositories using Azure Functions.

Compute + Serverless, JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js

Adding Social Login to the .Net Core Blazor project User-R-Vote

Frank Boucher (Twitter: @fboucheros)

In this live session, Frank is trying to add social login to the project Use-R-vote but things won't work as expected. The version of .Net Core is not the good one... Definitely a good learning stream.

Cloud Computing (General), Microsoft Blazor, .NET Core

Securing Your Azure Applications with Azure.Identity


Cecil Phillip (Twitter: @ cecilphillip)

In this episode of “On .NET,” Scott from the Azure SDK team joins us to talk about the Azure.Identity library and how it makes authentication easier for your Azure applications.

Cloud Computing (General), Identity + Security

Deploying Java EE Apps to Azure

Part 1

Part 2

Abhishek Gupta (Twitter: @ abhi_tweeter)

This blog series will walk you through the options of running Java EE applications on Azure.


In part 1, we will follow the most basic approach for deploying our Java EE app to an application server which is set up in a Virtual Machine on Microsoft Azure along with the Azure Database for PostgreSQL service as the backend database.


In this part 2, we will run the Java EE app as a Docker container on Azure Container Instances.

Containers, Java

How to Reset RDP and Admin Password of an Azure VM

Thomas Maurer (Twitter: @ ThomasMaurer)

Everyone already had that experience where we suddenly couldn’t use Remote Desktop Services (RDP) to access our Windows Server anymore. Luckily, if this happens to an Azure virtual machine (VM), we can use the VMAccess extension to reset the RDP configuration as well as the password of the Azure VM.  In this article, you learn how to reset the RDP configuration or the Azure virtual machine password using the Azure portal or Azure PowerShell.

Management + Governance, Azure Virtual Machines, Windows Server, Remote Desktop Services, Azure Portal, Azure PowerShell, Azure Cloud Shell

Making a weird GIF wall using Azure Functions and SignalR

Em Lazer-Walker (Twitter: @ lazerwalker)

This is a blog post that outlines the project itself, and walks through the technical infrastructure that powers the serverless backend (Azure Functions + SignalR). It's a good general overview to how to use Azure Functions and SignalR to have a client (JS) webapp that has a long-standing connection to ephemeral cloud functions.

Game Development, Compute + Serverless, Web, azure, Serverless, JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js