Author Archives: Bill Wilder

About Bill Wilder

My professional developer persona: coder, blogger, community speaker, founder/leader of Boston Azure cloud user group, and Azure MVP

Talk: SharePoint Saturday Burlington – Gentle Introduction to Azure

We first looked at how we might solve a random StackOverflow question using Azure Logic Apps, Azure Function Apps, the nifty PhantomJsCloud.com service, and a look at how a little Cognitive Service action could be woven in. A random walk around other Azure features followed. Some reactions were memorable – my favorite, because I completely agree: Why would I ever want to run my own SharePoint instance when the Office 365 service is available? And a bunch of other good questions.

Slides:

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Talk: SQL Saturday Boston – Azure SQL DB, not just a hosted version of SQL Server

This past weekend I participated in SQL Saturday BI Boston in Burlington, MA. I spoke about Azure SQL Database, explaining why Azure SQL Database is much more than just a hosted version of SQL Server. The slides I presented are here:

If you are local, you may be interested in learning more about Azure by checking out @bostonazure and bostonazure.org. You can find me on twitter here: @codingoutloud.

Talk: A Gentle Intro to Serverless Azure

Tonight I spoke at the North Boston Azure group and covering serverless concepts by looking at Logic Apps, Function Apps, and a couple of powerful/easy features of Web Apps (authentication via AAD/Twitter & CD via Github).

Before I posted the slides (see below), I needed to clean up the 1000+ emails I spammed myself with from my Logic App demo. (Doh!)

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The slides are available for review here:

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Talk: Logic Apps & Functions at Granite State SharePoint Users Group

Tonight I was pleased to have the opportunity to demystify Azure Logic Apps & Functions for the Granite State SharePoint Users Group. Here is the slide deck I used to present:

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Speaking at the “stimulation rich” Microsoft Store — photo credit: @jfj1997 Julie Turner

By the time I turned off the Twitter => Slack Logic App, a lot of messages were posted (in the #demo channel within Boston Azure slack account – which is open – join here):

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I will be giving a longer and more general version of this talk at the SharePoint Saturday New England 2017 event on Sat Oct 28 in Burlington MA.

Also planning other variants of this talk in the coming weeks:

  1. Azure Functions at Boston Azure – Thu Sep 14 in Cambridge MA (NERD)
  2. Serverless Azure at VT Code Camp – Sat Sep 16 in Burlington Vermont
  3. Serverless Azure at North Boston Azure – Tue Sep 26 in Burlington MA
  4. Logic Apps Thu Oct 5 at NE Microsoft Dev Group
  5. Serverless Azure at SharePoint Saturday NE event mentioned above Sat Oct 28 in Burlington MA

Talk: Logic Apps at Boston Azure

Last night’s Boston Azure meetup featured two talks – No App Left Behind by Kevin Brown of SoftNAS after an opening talk on Logic Apps by me. My slides are below.

I did not have time to show it, but the Slack => Email process did succeed. I saw this later when I checked my email. Subject: bill-tux-full.png, Body: 1504739903F6YKE996C bill-tux-full.png bill-tux-full.png. And you can see the photo for yourself in the Boston Azure slack #demo channel.

If you’d like to learn more about Serverless Azure, check out these upcoming talks: Azure Functions and Logic Apps Thu Sep 7 in NHAzure Functions Thu Sep 14 in Cambridge MA (NERD), and various playing of Serverless Azure (Azure Functions and Logic Apps) on Sat Sep 16 in Burlington Vermont, Tue Sep 26 in Burlington MA, and (if my talk is accepted for the Sharepoint event) Sat Oct 28 in Burlington MA.

As always, please let me know if you are interested in more talks at Boston Azure. 🙂

Talk: Azure Security Toolbox at Boston Azure

Last night’s Boston Azure meeting featured Marija Strazdas from @AlertLogic who spoke about the Shared Security Model for security in the cloud. I also showed in more detail some of the tools that Azure provides to help customers with their side of the responsibility model including some with Azure SQL DB, Storage, KeyVault, and Azure Security Center. Here are the slides I presented (though I didn’t get through most of them).

EDIT: Here is the deck presented by Marija Strazdas from @AlertLogic who spoke about the Shared Security Model for security in the cloud:

Alert Logic Azure Security Presentation

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You can find @bostonazure on twitter, and feel free to join us on slack.

 

Talk: When NOT to use PowerShell with Azure

Today at PowerShell in Action I spoke twice about not going TOO far in your PowerShell when managing Azure resources.

The point of the talks wasn’t really that using PowerShell is bad/wrong, more that it might not be the best tool for the job in certain scenarios. In particular, an ARM template is a powerful modeling tool in support of a “no pets” policy, which is interesting to consider as your cloud environments grow more complex while also wanting to make environments easier to manage. Another benefit stems from keeping the ARM template itself as an “infrastructure as code” artifact that can be used to document – and, more to the point, as executable documentation – for stamping out environments predictably. And still another feature: the ARM runtime handles a lot of the complex parts that could come by trying to script one resource at a time via imperative PowerShell scripts – for example, error recovery and retries.

The deck is on the event shared github repo.  There are lots of otherPowerShelly resources on that repo that you may find worth checking out.

(Added 03-June) For those of you who attended my Advanced session, when I attempted to clean up at the end using Remove-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment, my PowerShell command had an error in it. Here is the correct version. In the first screen shot I show how to ascertain the correct value for  the first the parameter using Get-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment.

Get-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment

Remove-AzureRmResourceGroupDeployment `
   -Name Microsoft.Template -ResourceGroupName k1

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Once that PowerShell command executed, all 8 resources associated with that deployment were removed (deleted, and billing stopped).

Ta da!

Hope to see all you locals at Boston Azure (@bostonazure) in the future for more Azurey action.