Open Source

GitHub acquires npm

GitHub acquires npm

Nat Friedman, the CEO of GitHub, announced that GitHub has signed an agreement to acquire npm. "npm, inc." is the company behind the extremely popular Node package manager, the npm Registry, and npm CLI. Through these tools and services offered by npm, they have...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLconf Coming March 2020

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLconf Coming March 2020

Microsoft announced they are going to be hosting the first Microsoft Linux conference, named WSLconf 1, on March 10 - 11, 2020. The new WSLconf (aka Windows Subsystem for Linux Conference) will be a community-organized event and free to attend. It's going to be held...

Introduction to Git Version Control Workflow

Introduction to Git Version Control Workflow

Keeping track of file versions has been a long time issue in the world of software. This remains true if you're writing source code for an application, command-line scripts, or even authoring a book or documentation. Sure, you could just create .ZIP files with a...

Swagger is now the OpenAPI Specification

Swagger is now the OpenAPI Specification

A while back I wrote an OSS Spotlight post about the Swagger project. In short, Swagger is "the world's most popular API tooling". It's a powerful open source framework backed by a very large ecosystem of tools that help you design, build, document, and consume your...

Programming Arduino with Visual Studio Code

Programming Arduino with Visual Studio Code

Microsoft Visual Studio Code is a cross-platform, Node.js-based IDE (Integrated Development Environment). It's been maturing into a really amazing development tool. It's not really the tool itself as it's all the amazing plugins or extensions that are being developed...

Azure CLI 1.0 vs 2.0 Compared, Installation and Usage

Azure CLI 1.0 vs 2.0 Compared, Installation and Usage

The Azure CLI is the cross-platform, command-line tool for managing resources in Microsoft Azure. Microsoft recently released the Azure CLI 2.0 and the commands start with "az" instead of "azure" like Azure CLI 1.0. This article runs through the main differences...

MCSA: Linux on Azure Certification

MCSA: Linux on Azure Certification

Among the various Microsoft MCSA certification, the MCSA: Linux on Azure is certainly a little of it's own league. This is the only Microsoft certification that requires a Linux Foundation certification in order to earn. This certification will validate and test your...

Featured Articles

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Microsoft's adoption of Linux today is something that appeared to never be possible only a few years ago. It was not even twenty years ago when Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft at the time) stated that "Linux is a cancer." Now, fast forward to today and Linux is the #1...

Docker development VM in Azure

Docker development VM in Azure

Ever wish you had a Docker dev workstation in Azure? About two months ago, we introduced the Azure Kung Fu VM, and judging by the views of that article many of you gave it a try. Today, I wanted to share a different version of that VM running Docker Desktop. You can...

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Did you know that you can have significant savings on Dev/Test environments in Azure? I'm working with the Azure Dev/Test team on a project right now, and I didn't realize exactly how much you can save. They have an offer for Dev/Test where you only pay for the price...

Certification

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Embedded within Microsoft's announcement of retiring ALL of the MCSE, MCSD, and MCSA certifications (and their associated exams) is the fact that certifications for Windows Server and SQL Server products are gone. As the older technology-based certifications are being...

Internet of Things

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

For some time now, Tim Warner, a fellow Microsoft MVP, has been posting short videos that methodically go over all the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals certification exam objectives and skill areas. This is a pretty great free series of training/study content geared towards...

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

This year at the Microsoft Azure + AI Conference co-produced by Microsoft and DEVintersection, Chris Pietschmann (the founder of BuildAzure.com) will be presenting. The topics of his sessions at the conference will center around Microsoft Azure and the Internet of Things (IoT) with topics including Azure Sphere and Real-time IoT Stream Processing in Azure.

This edition of the Azure + AI Conference is being held November 18th through 21st, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, in partnerships with the Azure + AI conference,  we are pleased to announce that you can register for the conference with the discount code “BUILDAZURE” to receive a $50 discount.

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Internet of Things (IoT) solutions employ some kind of messaging protocol for each individual IoT device to communicate in the system. These messaging protocols are used to transmit device telemetry (or messages) from the IoT devices to the IoT Messaging Hub (or...

Azure CLI: Manage Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS)

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's simple to provision an Azure IoT Hub service instance using the Azure Portal. However, there are time when you need a more DevOps style approach by scripting it. The Azure Powershell Az.IotHub module can be used to manage commands for managing Azure IoT Hub...

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