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Elton Stoneman (@EltonStoneman) IT Consultant, integration specialist, @Microsoft MVP and @Pluralsight author.
If you want to do some long-running tests that you can control remotely, a simple Web API controller fits very nicely. We're currently evaluating an analytics platform using Kafka for messaging. Kafka is an Apache project, very fast and scalable and the preferred choice for many big data people. Kafka has many supported clients, but it's from the Java ......

My latest Pluralsight course has been released! It’s called: IDisposable Best Practices for C# Developers It covers what you need to know about IDisposable, and why you need to know about it. IDisposable is a simple interface and it’s simple to use. But if you read about IDisposable, most sources describe it in the context of unmanaged resources, so ......

After Part 1 and Part 2, we now have an app config server with a nice UI and a publishing workflow for changes. In our app, we can get the current config settings with an HTTP client reading from the URL for the config document: http://config.mydomain.com/... And we’ll get a response like this: { "connectionStrings": { "redis": "connection;string;goes;her... ......

Following on from Part 1 – Deploying Umbraco, we have a nice new installation of Umbraco, hosted in an Azure Website and using SQL Azure for storage. In this post, we’re going to define some configuration settings for an application, capture the settings for one environment, and publish them as JSON – all without leaving Umbraco. Define the Document ......

Since my last post on using CMS for semi-static API content, How about a new platform for your next API… a CMS?, I’ve been using the idea for centralized app configuration, and this post is the first in a series that will walk through how to do that, step-by-step. The approach gives you a platform-independent, easily configurable way to specify your ......

Say what? I’m seeing a type of API emerge which serves static or long-lived resources, which are mostly read-only and have a controlled process to update the data that gets served. Think of something like an app configuration API, where you want a central location for changeable settings. You could use this server side to store database connection strings ......

My latest Pluralsight course has just been released! It's called: Message Queue Fundamentals in .NET and it's a comprehensive look at messaging patterns and message queue technologies you can use in .NET: MSMQ, ZeroMQ, Microsoft Azure Service Bus, AWS Simple Queue Service and Simple Notification Service, and IBM WebSphere MQ. Message queues are nowhere ......

I met with a prospective client looking to move an existing API to Azure, and they had an interesting problem. Part of their API is supporting over-the-air (OTA) auto-update, so an app calls home, finds out if it has the latest version and if not downloads it from a blob. At peak times, they need to handle 2,000 requests per second for a sustained period ......

We went live recently with a reporting solution which sends details of over-the-counter trades to a global trade repository. It's a fairly complex solution but we've had a great team, did lots of dry-run testing and the initial load of 250K open trades was stress free. In the run up to go-live we'd given some thought to failure scenarios and how we ......

In part 1 and part 2 we looked at running concurrent workflows in SQL Server and MongoDB with different configurations of context, isolation and journaling. MongoDB was by far the better performer, in all except Variant 4, where the client waited for the server to commit changes to the journal before acknowledging the response, at the default journal ......

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