Having trouble choosing what Arduino or Raspberry Pi hardware to use for getting started building Internet of Things (IoT) devices? There’s a lot of choices to navigate, and not all boards have integrated Wifi or Ethernet either. To help with this process, Microsoft has a few “Azure Certified for IoT” Starter Kits. These kits provide the perfect platform to get started! Read More
Build Azure Weekly is a regular series that brings you the latest news, blogs, videos, and other content around the Microsoft Azure ecosystem from the week. The links shared include those from the community as well as from Microsoft as well. The goal of Build Azure Weekly is to help you keep up to date in the latest news and general happenings surrounding Microsoft Azure for the week.
Here’s the list of Azure Service Updates that have been announced by Microsoft over the week:
- Batch send notifications to device tokens using Notification Hubs
- Azure Search: Update to the Search Traffic Analytics dashboard in Power BI
- Azure Site Recovery: Scout 8.0.1 Update 3 is available
- New capabilities available on the Azure Batch service
Just as all Azure Web Apps need configuration values, most applications also need to have database Connection String values configured. With Azure Web Apps the Connection Strings are stored/retrieved in a very similar fashion as Azure Web App Application Settings. Connection Strings are also Key / Value pairs of String values, but are separated out into their own section.
Connection Strings are typically used to store the connection information for one or more databases the Web App needs to connect to for storing and retrieving data. The Connection String types supported are SQL Database, SQL Server, MySQL and Custom. Most often the Connection Strings used will be for some kind of SQL RDMS, but the Custom type allows for an additional Connection String to be configured any other type of database connection necessary.
As with Application Settings, the Connection Strings are accessed as normal from .NET code and the values will come from what is set within the Azure Management Portal. In other development environments (Node.js, Java, PHP, Python) the Connection Strings are exposed to code as Environment Variables. Additionally, the Connection Strings are editable within the Azure Management Portal, but are read-only when access through code. Read More
All web applications have some kind of configurations necessary. The method of storing and accessing these settings varies on different web application platforms. In ASP.NET they are normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config file. The Microsoft Azure Web Apps Service allows for these application settings to be configured within the Azure Web App configurations in the cloud, and then subsequently accessed from application code as needed. With .NET applications the application settings are accessed exactly as AppSettings contained within the web.config file. In other web platforms (Java, Node.js, PHP and Python) the application settings are access via Environment Variables.
Application Settings are stored as a Key / Value pair. These are both stored as String values. Read More
Did 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