Migrating from ClearDB to Azure MySQL

ClearDB is no longer included as part of my MSDN subscription.  I could either pay extra or migrate to the new Azure database for MySQL server.  I chose to migrate.   Continue reading Migrating from ClearDB to Azure MySQL

Azure Pass


I got my Azure Pass approved yesterday.

The corporate firewall is so locked down that I can’t connect to any Azure SQL instance and the proxy setup won’t allow certificates to flow from a SF cluster into my browser.  Argh!

So, I had to find a work around.  Queue the begging.  😉

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Updates: Cloud Development

I know it’s been a while.  This afternoon is the first in weeks that I’m had a few moments to reset my brain.

I’m neck deep in an Azure POC for my business unit.  I’m demoing a scalable, globally deployed microservice enabled system.  (I know too many buzzwords).  Think Excel client with a full cloud backend with everything that implies and it’s available worldwide.

There has been a lot to learn for this POC.  But it’s all coming together.   Along the way we did a full DevOps pipeline on VisualStudio.com.  I learned some of the ins and out for release a service fabric app to secured cluster; added more PowerShell skills to my toolbox; extended my understanding of Docker and Azure Function; etc, etc, etc.

It’s been an interesting quarter.

But why?

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I’ve been developing a path to get us out of our tendency of developing separate apps to solve each business problem into a service-based solution where we get true reuse our of our components.

I was part of the problem that created our status quo.  I spent years writing custom apps for so-called one-off solutions.  I have finally learned that is the wrong way to develop apps in an enterprise environment.

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Daily Reading

Every morning, I spend a bit of time reading articles. This morning, I saw a couple good ones.

Ten Commandments of Object-Oriented Design

What’s In Your Code

Professionalism requires discipline.



Complexity and The Cynefin Framework

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about Complexity (Theory).

Currently, I’ve got Simplexity: Why Simple Things Become Complex (and How Complex Things Can Be Made Simple) by Jeffery Kluger on my nightstand.  Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell is next in the queue.  I’ve read it before, but I think I need a refresher.

I’ve got a meeting on this topic scheduled for later today.  In an effort to make things more “management friendly” I wanted to find a couple images to go along with the discussion.  In the process I stumbled across Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework.  He has a short video on YouTube too.   From there you can get more info.

Looks like I have more studying to do…

Visual Studio Hacks: Open a solution within a solution.

Things I learned from Juval Lowy.

Add Exiting Project

Add an existing project

Select Solution

Change the filter to “.sln”

This has been around since VS2008.  I never knew…