DevelopmentOpen SourceOSS Spotlight

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 RESTful APIs. The Swagger v3.0 Specification was contributed to the OpenAPI Initiative, and thus Swagger has been merged with OpenAPI. Basically, Swagger is now OpenAPI. Read More

ArchitectureDevelopmentVideo

Webinar Recording: Introduction to Building IoT Solutions with Microsoft Azure

Here’s a webinar I hosted for Opsgility recently titled “Introduction to Building IoT Solutions with Microsoft Azure”. In this webinar, I provide an overview of building Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with Microsoft Azure. I discuss the different services within Azure IoT Suite for building IoT solutions, as well as general architecture patterns used to build manageable and maintainable IoT solutions in the cloud. In addition to all the amazing Azure cloud capabilities, it also covers the basics around IoT prototyping hardware using Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware platforms, as well as using Visual Studio to build Windows 10 UWP apps that can run on the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Oct 16, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

ArchitectureCertification

70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification Exam

The 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam is being released as a replacement for the older 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam. In the past Microsoft has simply updated the exam objectives of the 70-534 exam periodically over time. Although, this update is a significant update to the exam and they’ve decided to change the exam number to better signify the larger shift in skills measured on the exam.

The exam objectives listed in this post for the 70-535 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam are “tentative” as the exam hasn’t been officially released yet. You should expect these details to updated / changed when Microsoft does release the exam.

Currently, the 70-535 exam is scheduled to be made available on November 30, 2017. After that date you will no longer be able to register for the older 70-534 exam. Read More

Certification

Microsoft Professional Program Now Offers 5 Different Online Degrees

It’s been about 1.5 years since Microsoft first announced the Microsoft Professional Program. Basically, the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a cross between an Online Degree and a Multi-Exam Certification. It’s a good move by Microsoft to provide a better training path than certifications, while simultaneously working to fill the skills gap that traditional degree programs have difficulty filling. Essentially, it’s a good cross between the two paths, providing yet another great non-traditional alternative to education and career advancement. Plus, now the Microsoft Professional Program offers 5 different “degree” tracks to choose from! Read More

Certification

Big 70-534 Exam Updates Coming with Exam 70-535

There were some recent announcements about upcoming Microsoft Certification Retirement Plans. Among these plans is included the retirement of the 70-534 Architecting Azure Solutions exam. At first, this is a little surprising since the 70-534 exam is 1 of 3 core Azure certification exams, however, this retirement is much different than typical exam retirements.

Normally, when Microsoft retires a certification exam it’s reached end of life and the technology covered is no longer current. With the 70-534 exam, Microsoft is implementing a significant content update / upgrade to the exam to keep it current with the current state of Azure Architecture. As a result, rather than simply updating the exam content, they have decided to retire the exam December 31, 2017 and replace it with a new exam; the 70-535 exam with the same name.

The 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam will replace the old 70-534. The core exam content will largely be the same, but the updates / changes are significant enough that a new exam number will help differentiate the difference. This is really a good thing, as it will likely help reduce confusion between the older version of 70-534 and the newer 70-535 content.

Full exam objective details haven’t been announced by Microsoft yet, but the new 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam will replace the old 70-534. As a result, it looks like the 70-535 will count towards the the MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certifications. This would mean a direct replacement for the 70-534 as it’s been.

To get more information about the 70-535 certification exam objectives and requirements, along with other certification news, please subscribe. I’ll post more information as it’s announced.

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Oct 9, 2017

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More

Internet of Things

Order Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) on Amazon with FREE Shipping

The Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) is a really amazing little IoT (Internet of Things) prototyping board with lots of sensors, buttons, OLED display, Wifi, and other things all built in! This is the official Azure IoT Dev Kit from Microsoft, and is manufactured in partnership with MXChip. There are a few 3rd parties that have been selling these boards since the pre-orders started, however, you can now purchase the Azure IoT Developer Kit (AZ3166) on Amazon, and get FREE Shipping Read More

Internet of Things

Azure IoT Developer Kits (AZ3166) Have Arrived

The Azure IoT Developer Kit is an Arduino compatible Internet of Things (IoT) board with quite a few sensors, buttons, and display all built-in. The board was initially announced at the Microsoft Build 2017 conference, and is manufactured by MXChip. The first boards were made available as a very limited “Preview” at first, and then Pre-Orders could be made starting in August 2017 from a couple of different online retailers with Pre-Orders expected to start shipping September 1, 2017. However, amongst all this anticipation, there was a manufacturing delay that moved the expected shipment date to September 21, 2017. That date also came and went, but then finally on October 2, 2017 my first shipment of these boards finally arrived; basically 1 month later than the initial expected shipping date.

At first sight, the Generally Available (GA) version of the Azure IoT DevKit looks pretty much identical to the “Preview” version. Clicking on the above links will bring you to more information as to what’s on the board and what the hardware specifications are. Here’s a short summary to save you time, but I encourage you to go read those articles too. Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: Oct 2, 2017 – Ignite 2017 Wrapup / Summary Edition

Do you find it difficult to keep up-to-date on the frequent updates and changes in the Microsoft Azure cloud? If so, Build Azure Weekly is the solution you’ve been looking for! Build Azure Weekly is a weekly newsletter that includes all the latest Microsoft Azure Service Updates from the week in addition to links to many other blog articles, podcasts and videos from all over the Internet.

If you want to receive the newsletter in your email every week, then you’ll absolutely want to Subscribe!

Top Links

Here are some of the most notable links from the week:

Service Updates

Here’s a list of the Microsoft Azure Service Updates from over the past week:

Sponsor

opsgility-new-high-res-logo-no-gear-with-taglineAre you looking for a clear and outlined path to learn Microsoft Azure? No matter if you’re a Developer, IT Pro, or Architect, Opsgility has courses that will help you learn how to build and implement solutions within Microsoft Azure more affectively and efficiently. The on-demand and instructor-led courses from Opsgility offer maximum flexibility to learn how you learn best, and to help your team grow into the cloud experts you need them to be in an efficient manner.

Opsgility is the leading Microsoft cloud technology trainer for developers and IT professionals, built around an esteemed network of industry experts and technical authors that includes Microsoft MVPs and Microsoft Insiders in more than 10 countries.

Get started today with Microsoft Dev Essentials and get 3 months Free of Opsgility on-demand streaming service! Read More