I wrote an article for the SDN Magazine about Microsoft Cognitive Services and you can read it now online. In this article I introduce the Microsoft Cognitive Services and we will work on an example in C#. We will consume the Computer Vision API, in more detail the AnalyzeImage operation. I think it’s very cool stuff!
Last Friday I did a session on the SDN Event in Zeist. I talked about Microsoft Cognitive Services. Microsoft Cognitive Services are a couple of cloud services (API’s) and related SDK’s. It can help to make your software more human, by adding speech or vision capabilities. I published the slides on SlideShare. If you are interested in viewing them, you can find the link to it here below.
I started a new community, named .NET Oost. We will organize meetups in the east of the Netherlands to share knowledge about Microsoft .NET and related technologies. Last week we had our first meetup, where I talked about the basic of SOLID. The audience, mostly students, were very enthousiastic about it. And so was I! If you live in our area, please join our community. It’s free and have a pizza with us!
Whether you work for a large enterprise wrestling with the real-world task of migrating existing applications to the cloud, or a startup looking ahead to enterprise scale, containerization and cluster technologies are critical skills for the innovation-minded developer. OpenHack brings together groups of diverse developers to learn how to implement a given scenario on Azure through three days of immersive, structured, hands-on, challenge based hacking.
During OpenHack you will:
Choose your desired tooling and technology based on either Kubernetes or Azure Service Fabric paths.
Hack on increasingly robust challenges structured to leave you with skills and expertise needed to deploy containers and clusters in your place of work.
Network with fellow community members and other professional developers from startups to large enterprises, as well Microsoft Engineering leaders and experts including Gabe Monroy (former Founder & CTO of Deis and Engineering Lead for Azure containers) and Mark Fussell (Engineering Lead for Azure Service Fabric).
Get answers to your technology and workplace project questions from Microsoft and community experts.
In addition to the challenge based learning paths, a limited number of 2-hour code-with slots will be made available on a first come, first served basis to work elbow to elbow with Microsoft experts on your own workplace projects
If you are interested in building distributed cloud applications, I can recommend you the online training ‘Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications’ by Jeffrey Richter. In this free online course Jeffrey explains many concepts around building distributed cloud applications. It’s not a how-to manual to build these applications, but much focussed on the architecture of building these kind of applications. I think it is a very informative and relevant course.
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice president of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group and his Azure Red Shirt Dev Tour ‘17 are coming on May 24th to Amsterdam. This is an exclusive – and FREE! – event for developers where the “man in the red shirt” will spend the day showing off the very latest advances in Microsoft Azure, Microsoft’s cloud services, advanced workloads and capabilities. I think this an event you do not want to miss!
Last week I decided to get started with a new MCSD certification: Azure Solutions Architect. In a world where more customers want to take advantage of Microsoft Azure, it’s important to get my knowledge up-and-running. At my own company we are using Microsoft Azure for almost all our backend tasks. We are hosting sites, web services, SQL Azure databases and for example Virtual Machines with a regular SQL Server installation. We can manage them fine, but for some real troubleshooting our knowledge is not sufficient.