Have you ever wanted to find out if a particular Azure service is in preview or generally available? Fellow Azure MVP Barry Luijbregts created a great website which provides up-to-date status of Azure services.
Azure is constantly changing and is sometimes overwhelming to try and keep up with what’s in preview vs generally available. What is awesome about this website is that it’s more up to date than the other Microsoft sites that try to provide this information.
The website is also open source, and you can check out the source code on GitHub: https://github.com/bmaluijb/AzureOverview.
I’ve definitely added this site to my bookmarks and look forward to further enhancements. Thanks Barry!
Last week Microsoft introduced the Azure DevOps Service status portal which provides real-time insights into the current health of Azure DevOps regional feature status and provides additional details on specific events either current or historical.
When you go to the Azure DevOps Service status portal, the main dashboard shows you a 2-dimensional matrix mapping of the feature with geographic regions as shown below.
To see current or historical events, click on the Status History link where you can filter the results by service type, categories, severity and then date range:
Clicking on a particular event log will take you to the event log page which shows all details about the event, what was affected, when it was resolved, and then any workarounds that users can take if needed.
REST APIs will be coming soon for users looking to build automated solutions to watch the service status.
For service health updates relating to Azure’s global services, please refer to the Azure Status page.
For more information on the new Azure DevOps Service status portal, please refer to the Azure DevOps Service Status documentation.
Azure DevOps Service Status portal
Azure DevOps Service Status documentation
This week Azure DevOps finally rolled out one of their most requested feature, a dark theme. I use dark theme for just about any app that supports it, so this is a welcome addition to Azure DevOps. Keep in mind that this is just a preview and is still being refined.
To switch to Dark theme, go to your Azure DevOps portal and click on your user dropdown menu in the top right corner. Then click on Theme menu item.
The theme options pane will then be displayed. Click on the Dark (preview) option to switch to the dark theme.
Voila! DevOps in Dark theme.
Switching to dark theme is a personal choice and is not something that is forced across your organization, which is nice. I recommend you give it a try and see for yourself.
Azure provides a lot of messaging solutions and it can become overwhelming for architects and developers to know when to use which server and for what use case. In this talk, Bahram Banisadr will show real life scenarios, code and discuss architecture patterns for messaging and events using Azure Event Hubs, Service Bus, Event Grid, and Storage Queues.
Watch the session for more details.
BRK3341 – Architect your solution with queues, grids, and hubs: When to use which and for what
Microsoft Ignite 2018
Azure Event Grid
Azure Event Hubs
Azure Service Bus
Azure Storage Queues
DevOps is a culture and practice that unifies people, processes and tools across development and operations groups that aims to help deliver software faster and more reliably.
In this e-book from from O’Reilly, you get a practical guide for improving collaboration across teams, promoting efficient use of tools, and using the concepts of DevOps to work more effectively. You’ll also:
- Explore the foundations and four pillars of effective DevOps: Collaboration, affinity, tools, and scaling.
- Get an overview of DevOps, including the evolution, foundational terminology, and concepts.
- Understand common misconceptions about DevOps and anti-patterns used in the practice.
See what it looks like to make effective changes in your organization using a DevOps mindset.
Download the e-book from here. This book was published on August 31, 2018.
Microsoft Azure DevOps
Download e-book Effective DevOps
What is a Cloud Developer Advocate? Their a global group of passionate developers that advocate to help solve problems with the cloud. Jeremy Likness wrote up a great post on what is a Cloud Developer Advocate that is great to read and he himself is a Cloud Developer Advocate. These folks are here to help and support you, so don’t be shy and reach out and connect with them. I’ve learned so much from them and have had the pleasure to meet and speak in person at a few events like the Microsoft Tech Summit, Microsoft Build and the Global Azure Summit.
To see a list of the current Cloud Developer Advocates and how you can to reach out and connect with them, please head over to the Cloud Developer Advocates page.
Azure Advocates on Twitter
Cloud Developer Advocates Website
What is a Cloud Developer Advocate?