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Deploying Guest Executables to Azure Service Fabric

  • March 9, 2017
One of my most popular blog posts on this site is Hands-on with Azure Service Fabric Reliable Services. Referring to the blog post, many readers asked me about guidance to deploy various types of applications as Guest Executables on Service Fabric. In this post, I will try to answer most of those questions by demonstrating the process in a simple manner. The Application We previously built a simple node.js application that uses Azure SQL Database as data store.

Use Support Backed Tedious Driver for Your Node Applications with SQL Database

  • January 3, 2017
I don’t know how popular Node.js still is, but it is always fun to learn new programming languages. If you have previously worked with relational databases such as SQL database with Node.js, you must’ve noticed that there are several node packages available to enable application integration with SQL database. However, while building commercial applications, developers always want to use packages that are backed by professional support and a lively community.

Use ElasticSearch and Kibana to Monitor Your Service Fabric Application Logs

  • December 6, 2016
How good is your logging provider’s search experience? Now, you can leverage the same set of services that power search on Facebook, eBay and tons of other websites to index and query the logs of your Service Fabric applications. Let’s discuss how you can integrate ElasticSearch with your Service Fabric application to index and query the diagnostic logs generated by your application. Before we set out to discuss ElasticSearch and Service Fabric integration, I would like to call out that you can build an ElasticSearch listener for your WebApps as well (even for those that are built with .

Hands-on with Azure Service Fabric Reliable Services

  • November 1, 2016
November 1, 2016: Thank you community. This post was first written in April, 2016 and several parts of the associated sample were getting obsolete. The sample associated with this post has now been updated to use ASP.Net Core and Service Fabric SDK 2.3. I have revised the content of this blog post to accomodate the changes. Azure Service Fabric, the next generation PaaS from Microsoft, is a platform to publish and manage microservices.

Moving to Hugo Sticking to Azure

  • October 4, 2016
I recently completed the migration of my blog to a brand new platform. I primarily went through the upgrade process to remove dependency on Windows Live Writer to author content and to trim down the large number of Azure services that I was using to keep the blog ticking. Of course, I wanted to improve the response time and keep my focus on writing posts and not maintaining the code base.

Create IoT Hub with Messaging Configurations with Azure Quick Start Templates & How to Repay Knowledge Debt

  • June 23, 2016
Okay, this is a bit of self promotion but my ARM template to provision IoT Hub has been merged with the official Azure documentation branch recently. What this means is that now you can visit this link, click on Deploy to Azure button, supply some parameter values and have an IoT Hub provisioned in your subscription. If you want to view the script that is responsible for provisioning the infrastructure, you can view the script in the Azure Quick Start GitHub repository here.

Analyze ELMAH Logs of Your Cloud Services on Your Desktop in Real-Time With Azure Files

  • May 4, 2016
Azure File storage is a lesser used and lesser known features of Azure storage. Azure File storage offers shared storage for applications using the standard SMB 2.1 or SMB 3.0 protocol. Microsoft Azure virtual machines, cloud services, and on-premises clients can share file data across application components via mounted shares or via File storage API. The most popular use cases of Azure File storage revolve around migrating existing applications to the cloud that use standard file system APIs such as WriteFile or ReadFile.

Building The Azure IoT Analytics Architecture Prototype

  • April 27, 2016
Recently I was going through some IoT (Internet of Things) videos on Channel9. David Crook did a small whiteboard session on IoT analytics architecture which I really liked. Your clients are going to, if not already, demand analytics in each and every IoT engagement that you might already be working on or will pursue in the future. It makes sense to have a prototype handy to lock down your architecture and to build client demonstrations.

Inject Confidential Configuration Data From Azure Key Vault Into Your Application

  • January 23, 2016
In ASP.NET your site configuration data is normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config file. If you have used Azure Web Apps (this blog is running on one), you must be aware of the fact that the Microsoft Azure Web Apps Service allows for these application settings to be configured within the Azure Web App configurations in the cloud, and then subsequently accessed from application code as needed. You can supply these values through Azure Web App configurations.

Running Durable Workflows on Azure

  • January 8, 2016
This post took a while to see the daylight. I was working on my code submission for Azure Search for Search contest and there were tons of things to catch up on. However, if you are a Windows Workflows developer and are working out ways to host your workflows on Azure or want to transfer control of business logic to your clients using Workflows, I will make up for the delay.

Analyzing Sentiment of Your Emails with Azure Text Analytics Service

  • November 21, 2015
Azure Machine Learning allows data scientists to build and deploy predictive models. I am currently reading Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, which in my opinion is a great resource to get started with ML. If you are a developer and don’t really want to invest in learning ML, you can use Azure ML web services published by Microsoft and other publishers in the Cortana Analytics Gallery. There are several interesting APIs, such as speech, face recognition and computer vision, available that you can use in your applications.

Building Data Pipelines with Microsoft Azure Data Factory

  • October 25, 2015
My Google Analytics and Application Insights Telemetry data indicates that it is time for me to thank you for appreciating my articles. If you are reading this, I would like to thank you for your support. I have met many people to whom cloud and its service offerings make little sense. I want to demonstrate how easy it is to get up to speed with using cloud offerings because I find most of the samples available online are a little tough to comprehend.

Building IoT Solutions with Microsoft Orleans and Microsoft Azure - Part 2

  • September 20, 2015
Before I start off with the main topic of this post, I would like to let you know that I have added Microsoft Office 365 to my arsenal. Earlier, I was not able to respond to your emails with my email id [email protected] However, now this email id has its own inbox and other goodies offered by MS Office 365. Say wassup to me any time you want to connect and I would respond!

Building IoT Solutions with Microsoft Orleans and Microsoft Azure - Part 1

  • September 15, 2015
In this two-part series I will walk you through building an IOT solution on Microsoft Azure using Microsoft Orleans. The first part is an overview of Microsoft Orleans while the second part will cover building a simple application on Microsoft Orleans and deploying it to Microsoft Azure. Lately, I was involved in training a bunch of my colleagues on the Microsoft Orleans framework. Microsoft Orleans is a framework that provides a straightforward approach to building distributed high-scale computing applications, without the need to learn and apply complex concurrency or other scaling patterns.

Handling Scheduled and Continuous Workloads Through Azure WebJobs

  • August 26, 2015
What are WebJobs? If you have ever built an application of anything more than small scale, you know that you need to have services running in the background that can handle workloads that either are required to execute in the background or are required to run on scheduled intervals. There are several solutions available for this problem in on-premise and cloud worlds. You can use a windows service or have an HTTP endpoint triggered by a cron service such as Windows Task Scheduler to schedule a task.
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Hi! I'm Rahul Rai, an author, a programmer, and a technophile. I'm a Consultant at Readify, Sydney, Australia.

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