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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 9/13)

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 9/13:



Cloud Advocate 


Topics & Technologies 

Create Startups Tour Video Series 




Minimum Viable Response Plan (Jason Hand

The Trouble with Learning in Complex Systems (Jason Hand

Choosing the Best Mobile App Framework (Brandon Minnick

How to Run With Scissors: Acceleration With Guardrails for Your Business (Phoummala Schmitt

Empowering Users Through Site Reliability Engineering (Jason Hand

AI & Machine Learning (Seth Juarez

- Phoummala Schmitt 

(Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess) 

- Jason Hand 

(Twitter: @jasonhand) 

- Brandon Minnick 

(Twitter: @TheCodeTraveler) 

- Seth Juarez 

(Twitter: @sethjuarez) 

The Create Startups Tour was a multi-city event series geared at startups at all stages of growth. Consisting of salient topics like governance, SRE best practices, mobile frameworks, AI/machine learning, and more, attendees were given the tools needed to tackle the technical challenges all startups face as they scale. 


The Create Startups Tour material is now available as on-demand videos, allowing our team to reach startup founders and developers all over the world. 


AI + Machine Learning, Azure Maching Learning Service, Mobile, Xamarin, Management + Governance, Azure RBAC, Azure Policy, Azure Blueprint, Site Reliability Engineering + DevOps, Incidence Response 

Serverless September 


Select Posts: 


*Creating custom bindings for Azure Functions (Cecil L. Phillip) 

*How you can build your first serverless logic app, Part I (Chris Noring) 

*Stateful Serverless with Durable Functions (Chris Nwamba) 



- Chris Nwamba 

(Twitter: @codebeast) 

- Anthony Chu 

(Twitter: @nthonychu) 

- Chris Noring 

(Twitter: @Chris_noring) 

- Cecil Phillip 

(Twitter: @CecilPhillip) 

Join us for a month of awesome #serverlessseptember content featuring deep dives into durable workflows, real-life examples of migrating your APIs, building chatbots and twitter bots, security and devops recommendations.  


We’re publishing at least one piece of content from various contributors: Community, MVPs, Cloud Advocates or other Microsofties. All the content is published on dev.to, and listed at the content collection you can find on dev.to as well http://aka.ms/serverlessseptember.  

Serverless, Azure Functions, VS Code, Logic Apps 

Keep your Azure Subscription Clean Automatically 


Frank Boucher 

(Twitter: @fboucheros) 

In this post, Franks explain how he built a tool using a very simple PowerShell script and Azure Automation to delete "expired" Azure resources automatically. 


Azure CLI, PowerShell, Azure Automation, Azure Functions 

How to Save Money on Azure using Azure Reservations  


Thomas Maurer 

(Twitter: @Thomas_Maurer) 

Usually, you pay Azure services in a Pay-As-You-Go model, which gives you the pricing flexibility and agility you expect from the cloud. But, a lot of customers have services - like virtual machines or databases - which need to run continuously.  
Enter Azure Reservations, where you give the Azure team visibility into your one or three-year resource needs in advance, improving their capacity plans and forecasts. In return, reservations pass "savings" to you as discounts of up to 72 percent. 
In this post, you learn how to get started -- and how you can use Azure Reservations (for certain workloads) to save money.  


Management + Governance, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database, Linux VMs, Windows VMs, Azure Reservations 

Pushing Left, Like a Boss — Part 5.11 — Authorization (AuthZ)  


Tanya Janca 

(Twitter: @SheHacksPurple) 

In this post from her series "Pushing Left, Like a Boss," Tanya goes into detail about authorization (also known as ‘AuthZ’). She uses examples of a hypothetical project team to show how role-based access control (RBAC) is applicable. 


Security, Azure RBAC 

Moving Your JavaScript Development To Bash On Windows 


Burke Holland 

(Twitter: @burkeholland) 

Love your Bash terminal but also love your PC? Maybe you’ve had your eye on some of that new Surface hardware, but can’t make the switch without your terminal.  
Now, you can have Windows *and* Bash.  
...and, in this article, Burke takes an in-depth look at how you can set up a Windows/Linux development box for JavaScript development. 


PowerShell, Ubuntu, VS Code, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Bash, Linux, JavaScript 

Tech Talks: Migrating to the Cloud — SolarWinds TechPod 001 


Phoummala Schmitt 

(Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess) 

It can be a struggle to find the right mix of services for applications and any technology professional with portions of their workloads in someone else’s data center is going to need a game plan.  
In this podcast session (with transcript), SolarWinds TechPod host Alex Navarro talks to Microsoft Cloud Advocate Phoummala Schmitt about best practices when migrating to the cloud. 


Migration, Hybrid Cloud, Azure Blueprints 

Stateless Apps in Kubernetes: Beyond Pods 

Abhishek Gupta 

(Twitter: @Abhi_tweeter) 

This is the first part of “Kubernetes in a nutshell” blog series which covers native Kubernetes primitives for managing stateless applications. It goes beyond a basic Pod and explores other high-level components, namely ReplicaSets and Deployments. 


Containers, Kubernetes, AKS 

Using the New Azure SDK for Java to Upload Images Asynchronously, using Spring Reactor 


Julien Dubois 

(Twitter: @juliendubois) 

In this post, Julien Dubois shows how to use the new Azure SDK for Java - currently in Preview - and Spring Reactor to upload binary large objects (blobs) asynchronously.  
The result? Better performance and more stable applications. 


Azure Storage, Azure SDK, Spring, Java