Day[52/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Foundational Pillars of DevOps – Architecture and Technology

Ok so, it's time to get back to my DevOps study! I think it's time for me to reign myself back to some of the topics I started at the beginning of this Challenge! Another hectic day for me today ranging from sitting the PL-200 Power Platform Functional Consultant this morning, the exam is in …

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Day[51/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – New PC Build Time!

Hey all, ok so not strictly cloud, but this is hopefully going to be a tool that helps me with the remainder of the 100DaysofCloud Challenge over the next few months. I'm due to move into an office within the next week, so I thought it would be apt to time it right for some …

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Day[50/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Microsoft Power Platform (PL-200) Continued.

In my previous post I outlined the 13 Learning Pathways on MS Learn that were aimed toward the PL-200 Power Platform Functional Consultant Exam which is currently in Beta. For me this is a curve ball of an opportunity to look into the Power Platform a little more. It is really interesting to see the …

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Day[49/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant PL-200 (Beta)

OK so drifting slightly of the Azure tangent for a couple of posts this week, and this reason is really around the impending PL-200 that I have very hastily booked and thought would be a good idea! Ok so I'm not filled with confidence on being able to pass it, but Ill give the learning …

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Day[48/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Weekend Roundup

Hi all, just thought I would use this post as a quick post to round up the weekend as it's been a real whirlwind, and also to put into perspective my learning angle over the next few days. Welsh Azure User Group Welsh Azure User Group Virtual Meet - 12th November 2020 6.30pm all arranged …

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Day[47/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Azure DevOps

I thought that today it would be prudent of me to document my learnings in summary form when it comes to the set of tooling available to us via Azure DevOps. Off the back of the Azure DevOps Open Hack and the forthcoming AZ-400 exam here is a quick summary of what Azure DevOps is …

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Day[46/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Welsh Azure User Group Activities

Ok so I simply ran out of time yesterday to update my blog! So here we go! Lots of exciting news around our Welsh Azure User Group! (https://www.twitter.com/welshazure) I know this isn't strictly relating to technology learnings, but the act of helping to organise a User Group is one that is both fun and exciting …

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Day[45/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Microsoft Azure DevOps Open Hack Challenge

Ok so today saw the climax of an intensive few days of Azure DevOps learning via the medium of an Open Hack. It's my very first Open Hack but I really hope it won't be my last. Such a fantastic format for learning and developing of understandings with hands on tasks and challenges where you …

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Day[44/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – When Satya Nadella Drops in to say Hello!!!

I cannot believe this just happened! In true fanboy fashion, this without a shadow pales in comparison to most meetings I attend during the day! Sorry to my friends, family and colleagues!! During the 12-14 October 2020 I have been taking part in an Azure DevOps OpenHack, which has been fantastic to work through with …

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Day[43/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Create Serverless Applications in Azure

On my quest to study for the AZ-204 Azure Developer Associate I have been studying through the Microsoft Learn Path: Create serverless applications The Learning Path is packed with hands on labs and learning material covering the ins and outs of the Azure Funciton. It is split into 10 modules as follows and has an …

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Day[42/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Azure Functions Core Tools

Carrying on my research into Azure Functions and Serverless technologies this is a quick blog post to highlight the use of Azure Functions Core Tools. What are Azure Functions Core Tools? Simply put, they are a set of tools that enable you to develop and test Azure Functions on a local computer. They are primarily …

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Day[41/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Azure Durable Functions

In keeping with the Azure Serverless theme that I am on at the moment, I took the time today to explore the concept of Durable Functions. So What is a Durable Function? In summary an Azure Durable function is an extension to Azure Functions that enables Long lasting stateful operations in Azure. Typically, Azure Functions …

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Day[40/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Creating your first Function App

Looking at Serverless in Azure, I have looked at creating a simple Function App and doing a small amount of configuration to explore the options available to contain several Functions that can be consumed by various methods. A Function App can be considered a place holder that contains multiple Functions all running on the same …

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Day[39/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Serverless Exploration

In a bid to extend my knowledge across the Serverless options within Azure I have started to look at the following learning path on Microsoft Learn Create serverless applications The first module has some great information relating to how to choose the best Azure service to address a particular business problem Technology Options This section …

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Day[38/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Azure Dev – Connect your services together

Moving on with my 100DaysofCloud Challenge, I have started to look more into the Development areas of Azure, and in particular a look at how components can be linked together using the concept of Message queues. Microsoft Learn has a great introduction to this concept under the following learning path: Connect your services together This …

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Day[37/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Hashicorp Vault

Today I spent an hour looking at the features of Hashicorps 'Vault' product. As I'm looking at the whole Infrastructure as Code route with Hashicorp Terraform I thought it might be a good idea to take a look at their secrets management platform 'Vault'. I was lucky enough to have been taken through a demo …

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Day[36/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Catch up day!

Ok I think its time for a breath! I am going to use todays blog post on my 100DaysOfCloud Challenge to take stock again. It feels like I'm stopping to take breath quite often at the moment, due to the sheer amount of plates I find myself spinning........ hey I am certainly not complaining, I …

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Day[35/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Store Data in Azure

Another day of learnings from MS Learn today, and I managed to finish off the Learning path way around how to programmatically store data in Azure, covering different data storage options, how to connect an application to data storage, how to secure storage accounts up and finally looked into the ways to programmatically interact with …

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Day[34/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Secure your Azure Cloud Data

As part of my ongoing fulfilment of knowledge around the Azure Cloud platform I have decided to refresh and learn about the current Data Security technologies and techniques surrounding Data in Azure. For this I have turned to the fantastic learning modules offered by Microsoft Learn. In particular the learning pathway: Secure your cloud data …

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Day[33/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Live Streaming with Azure!

Hi All, so over the last few months I have slowly been building up my knowledge and home set up with a view to at some point getting a bit more active in the community with some Youtube videos around Azure and maybe looking at the concept of live streaming. Not with anything specific in …

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Day[32/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Choosing your IaC Toolset?

With the rise of DevOps and the ongoing maturity of Infrastructure as Code toolsets over the last few years its apparent that the whole IaC journey is expanding across all areas of technology, and isn't just confined to Software Development roles. In this brief module I hope to disclose some of my findings on what …

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Day[31/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Azure Communication Services

With Microsoft Ignite leaving a trail of announcements and superb sessions recordings that I intend getting through over the coming days/weeks, there was one announcement that perked my interest. Mainly because of my day job and where my own personal specialism has developed over the years. Namely Voice services. Azure Communications Services was announced into …

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Day[30/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Microsoft Ignite Data and AI Challenge

It's the final day of Microsoft Ignite today, I was up bright and early to finish off a few bits of work and thought I would finish off the Learnings of the Data & AI Cloud Skills Challenge as part of Ignite! As part of this virtual experience, Microsoft have set up the Cloud Skills …

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Day[29/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Microsoft Ignite Security Challenge

So, Microsoft Ignite 2020 Virtual Edition kicked off in great style yesterday and is a 48 bonanza of learning and news of Microsoft Latest developments! As part of this virtual experience, Microsoft have set up the Cloud Skills Challenge https://csc.docs.microsoft.com/ignite/registration A series of 6 challenges that can be completed as Microsoft Learn modules aligned to …

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Day[28/100] #100DaysOfCloud – Jonnychipz – Automating Business Processes with Azure

Over the last few months I have becoming a little bit more familiar with the term 'Serverless' and what it means in the context of automating business processes in Azure and what features and products are available to help with these kinds of tasks. With the fantastic wealth of information provided by Microsoft Learn I …

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