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 date/time stamp naming convention, or even adopt some kind of server-based Source Control Management (SCM) system. However, there are a ton of issues that can occur with many of these solutions. These issues are the very reason Linus Torvalds (the creator of the Linux operating system) created the Git version control system. In fact, Linus created Git since all the other solutions available had failed at adequately managing the Linux source code. Read More
As DevOps has been taking hold within the software industry there’s been a strong push towards automating everything. This include automating build, testing, deployments, as well as server and infrastructure configurations. Server and Infrastructure configuration automation was not a trivial task in the old days of on-premises datacenter where each server was on its own dedicated hardware. However, with the adoption of the cloud and Microsoft Azure along with the use of Virtualization, the automation of server and infrastructure configuration is now fairly easily done. In fact the automation of deploying servers and infrastructure is now possible through the scriptability of modern virtualization technology; such as what makes up the Microsoft Azure platform.
Automation scripts have been run for decades, this is not a new concept. However, the term Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is fairly new in the industry. As with any new term there’s starting to get a buzz around it, and with buzz comes misconceptions and misinterpretations. The purpose of this article is to describe some context surrounding the Why, What, and How surrounding Infrastructure as Code. Read More
While many of Microsoft product and tools cost money, they do have the Visual Studio Dev Essentials available for Free. Visual Studio Dev Essentials provides a lot of Free tools, training and cloud services offering everything needed to build and deploy apps to any platform. The things offered include Visual Studio and Azure service usage! Read More