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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 8/16)

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 8/16:



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Topics & Technologies

Testing RESTful Services from the command-line with HttpRepl

Shayne Boyer (Twitter: @spboyer)

Tools are the way we get things done -- and anytime a new one surfaces Shayne is quick to jump in to see if it will help him get the job done faster, better, write less code, test more effectively, or even just promote ideas for better workflows.

This week, the .NET team published a new version of HttpRepl, an open-source command-line tool for interacting and testing Restful services and APIs -- and Shayne walks through how to get started.

Developer Tools, Open Source, VS Code, .NET Core

How to Create a Custom Hyper-V Quick Create VM Gallery

Thomas Maurer (Twitter: @thomasmaurer)

In this blog post, Thomas Maurer explains how to quickly spin up a new development virtual machine in Windows 10 and create your own VM images.

Windows 10, Windows, Windows Virtual Machines, Hyper-V

IT Governance: Everyone Needs It, Even When They Think They Don't

Phoummala Schmitt (Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess)

Businesses need to be agile. They need to quickly adopt to new business trends, or else they are behind the game. Accelerating your business to achieve success is a must, but often the need to accelerate causes lapses in controls to meet compliance and regulation standards.


With cloud technologies bursting everywhere, it’s quick and easy to deploy. In a matter of minutes, you can be up and running, BUT it can be dangerous if you don’t have the right plan in place.


In this blog post, Cloud Advocate Phoummala Schmitt walks you through an achievable plan for building governance into your solutions (while still moving at the speed your business needs), sharing an incremental approach that starts off with foundational layers.

Azure RBAC, IT Ops, Azure Policy, Azure Blueprints, Governance, Security

Please, Everyone, Put your Entire Development Environment in GitHub

Burke Holland (Twitter: @burkeholland)

Burke pens another article to help developers - this time, focused on how to use VS Code Remote Development to ensure projects work for *all* Developers.


In this post, you'll learn the the basic concept behind Remote-Containers (specify a Dockerfile which in turn specifies all of the necessary dependencies and configuration steps), see it in action as Burke walks through applying it to his urlist.com project, and get resources to get started.

VS Code, Azure Functions, VS Code Marketplace, .NET, .NET Core, C#, Containers, Open Source

Build Data-Driven Web Apps Blazing Fast with Blazor and OData

Jeremy Likness (Twitter: jeremylikness)

In this deep dive, Jeremy shows how to use Blazor to easily build a rich client that can issue advanced queries and CRUD operations against a .NET Core Web API OData controller.


This post includes various resources, code examples, compares other modern data transfer protocols, and more!

APIs/API Development, .NET Core, Open Source, Web

4 Ways to Partner with Microsoft for Startups

Sarah Thiam (Twitter: @truckerfling)

In this presentation for a local accelerator Grab Ventures batch, Sarah covers four ways to partner with Microsoft for Startups from funding, partner ecosystem as ISV, Azure Trial, and social media.

Startups, Azure Trial

Managing CNAMEs with Azure Resource Manager Templates

Jennifer Davis (Twitter: @sigje)

Imagine you just  purchased your own domain name and want to host your blog on GitHub pages...


...and then you discover that you need to configure a CNAME record with your DNS provider. Rather than hand-tooling your DNS records, this post shows you how to manage your CNAMEs via an Azure Resource Manager Template in Azure.


Among a host of other things, this allows you to version, review, and share your template(s) in version control.

Azure ARM Templates, VS Code, Azure CLI, Azure Cloud Shell

Showing VS Code Extension Test Outputs in Azure Pipelines

Aaron Powell (Twitter: @slace)

In this quick post, Aaron uses his new VS Code extension to demonstrate how to generate and display xUnit test results in Azure Pipelines.

Azure Pipelines, VS Code, VS Code Marketplace, DevOps

Azure Mythbusters #1: It’s Difficult to Migrate .NET Workloads to the Cloud

Mike James (Twitter: @MikeCodesDotNET)

People believe that it’s difficult to migrate .NET workloads to the cloud. Hear from Mike James, Microsoft Cloud Advocate, who will share the options of migrating .NET apps to the cloud and demonstrate how simple it is. Check out the docs.microsoft.com for more details. This is the first video in a series of post about Azure MythBusters. Stay tuned for the next episode.

.NET, .NET Core, C#, Modernization, Migration

CRUD with Azure Serverless Functions

Chris Nwamba (Twitter: @codebeast)

In this article Chris shows how to can create RESTful APIs with create, read, update and delete feature using Serverless Funtions.

TypeScript, Serverless, Azure Functions

Real Talk JavaScript - Podcast Episode 44: Long Time Java - GO To First Time Script With Brian Ketelsen

John Papa (Twitter: @john_papa)


Brian Ketelsen (Twitter: @bketelsen)

In this episode, Brian Ketelsen stops by to talk about GO and his experience getting into JavaScript development.


The podcast site also shares links to relevant people to follow on these topics, time-jumps to various parts of the discussion and provides relevant technology resources including on learning javascript.

JavaScript, Node.js, GO