What is DocumentDB? 5
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What is DocumentDB?

AzureDocumentDBLogoBlackAzure DocumentDB is a NoSQL document database that uses the JSON data format for storing and querying documents. Being a feature of Microsoft Azure, DocumentDB offers a nice NoSQL database using JSON documents that includes all of the benefits of Microsoft Azure and the cloud.

Here’s a list of some of the key features DocumentDB offers:

  • PaaS and Scalability
  • Schema-free JSON documents
  • SQL language queries

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MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Certification 6
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MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Certification

MCSD_Azure_BlkRecently, Microsoft announced the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solutions Architect certification. This certification is a bit unique in relation to the other MCSD certifications as it’s for Architects, not Developers. Being for Architects, the exams required to earn the certification test expertise in Development, Infrastructure (IT Pro and DevOps) and Architecture/Design. Read More

(Retired) Preparing for 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam 7
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(Retired) Preparing for 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam

Retired Exam: This exam is being retired December 31, 2017, and is being replaced by Exam 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. The exam content will be similar but different enough that Microsoft is giving it a new number to differentiate it more clearly.

Spec_Arch_AzureSol_logo_BWI have already shared my own guides for both the Microsoft Azure Developer (70-532) and Infrastructure (70-533) exams on my own personal journey to earning the MCSD: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification. Since, I recently passed the the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions exam, it’s time for me to share the list of study materials I used when preparing for this exam.

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Azure SQL or SQL Server Database? 8
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Azure SQL or SQL Server Database?

AzureSQLLogoBlackThere are many things to look at when either migrating an existing application or just building a new application to host on Microsoft Azure. Data storage is definitely a top concern, and along with that is the ability to use SQL Server in many cases. Fortunately, Microsoft Azure provides a couple options for using a SQL Database. Read More

Did you know Java apps run on Azure too? 9
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Did you know Java apps run on Azure too?

300px-Java_logo_and_wordmark_svgDid you know Java applications can be hosted on Microsoft Azure too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Just one of the many great platforms supported on Microsoft Azure is Java!

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

Did you know Ruby apps run on Azure too? 10
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Did you know Ruby apps run on Azure too?

rubyDid you know Ruby applications can be hosted on Microsoft Azure too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Just one of the many great platforms supported on Microsoft Azure is Ruby!

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

Node.js and Azure Development with Visual Studio Tools 11
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Node.js and Azure Development with Visual Studio Tools

nodejsDid you know Microsoft Azure can host Node.js web apps too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. Node.js is just one of the many great platforms that are supported on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

Did you know Azure Hosts PHP Applications too? 12
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Did you know Azure Hosts PHP Applications too?

phpDid you know Microsoft Azure can host PHP web apps too? Microsoft Azure is about much more than just Windows and Microsoft’s developer tools. There are a number of “non-Microsoft” platforms and toolsets that work great with Azure, and PHP is one of them!

Microsoft Azure offers a wide array of creation, deployment and management capabilities through the Azure Management Portal, PowerShell cmdlets or the Xplat CLI (cross-platform, command-line interface). Read More

Microsoft Azure Architecture Blueprints & Free Visio Symbols 14
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Microsoft Azure Architecture Blueprints & Free Visio Symbols

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Microsoft distributes some really nice looking Azure architecture diagrams / blueprints (like the one on the right) in various materials and even includes them in keynotes, presentations and other places. These really seem like they must be created with Photoshop by a graphic designer. However, this is not the case.

These architecture diagrams are created using Visio! If you have Visio, you too can get your hands on the various assets necessary to create your own awesome architecture diagrams like these! Read More