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JAN
21
Validating Client Is Sending Certificate For Auth
Justin Self
Do you need to validate a client certificate is being passed to a server correctly but don't want to muck with local TLS and webserver configs? I got you.
DEC
6
Creating Storage Queues in Azure DevOps
Simon Timms
Storage Queues are one of the original pieces of Azure dating back about a decade now. They are great for deferring work to later or spreading it out over a bunch of consumers. If you're following best practices for DevOps you'll know that the creation of your queues should be done in code. In some cases you can create the queues on application startup but in serverless scenarios there often is no startup code so the responsibility of creating queues falls to your deployment process. Let's look at how to do that on Azure DevOps
NOV
14
Installing an Azure Web App Site Extension with PowerShell
Dave Paquette
I recently ran into a scenario where I needed to script the installation of a site extension into an existing Azure Web App. The solution was not easy to find but I eventually got to a solution.
NOV
5
Azure Data Factory - a rapid introduction
Simon Timms
Azure is huge. There are probably a dozen ways to host a website, a similar number of different data storage technologies, tools for identity, scaling, DDoS protection - you name it Azure has it. With that many services it isn't unusual for me to find some service I didn't even know existed. Today that service is Data Factory. Data factory is a batch based Extract, Transform and Load(ETL) service which means that it moves data between locations. I mention that it is batch to distinguish it from services which are online and process events as they come in. Data Factory might be used to move data between a production database and the test system or between two data sources.
OCT
21
Checking in packages
Simon Timms
If there is one thing that we developers are good at it is holy wars. Vi vs. Emacs, tabs vs. spaces, Python vs. R, the list goes on. I'm usually smart enough to not get involved in such low brow exchanges... haha, who am I kidding? (vi, spaces and R, BTW) Recently I've been tilting at the windmill that is checking in package files. I don't mean the files that tell what version of files to check in but the actual library files.

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