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Elton Stoneman (@EltonStoneman) IT Consultant, integration specialist, @Microsoft MVP and @Pluralsight author.
The Azure Management APIs give you a lot of useful stats and you can easily use them to build a customised dashboard for an instant healthcheck of your Azure estate. Documentation is a little sketchy though, so this is the first of (probably) many posts detailing how to pull stats out for different Azure services. First off you'll need a management ......

If you want to use the Azure Resource Management APIs, Service Management APIs or Management Libraries, you'll need a management certificate which authenticates your process with the Azure subscription you're accessing. Chances are you'll already have one or more management certs installed (from Visual Studio or the PowerShell SDK or WebMatrix) with ......

Running a massively scalable NoSQL database in the cloud is super easy, but not cheap if you want to run it 24x7. The managed offering from Azure - a dedicated HDInsight cluster type running Apache HBase - almost gives you the best of both worlds. The cluster uses Azure Blob Storage for its HDFS-compatible file system, so when you delete your cluster, ......

My latest Pluralsight course is out now, it's about building Big Data solutions using .NET technologies: Real World Big Data in Azure The typical Big Data stack (think Kafka, Cassandra, Kibana and the Hadoop ecosystem) is heavily Java based. Microsoft have taken the best of those technologies and made them available as managed services in Azure, but ......

I’ve written before about cloud performance testing tools and how good they are - in fact they rank highly in my Five Essential Tools for Building REST APIs. Both loader.io and blitz.io use a similar mechanism to ensure that you own the domain you're about to load test. They generate a unique ID and ask you to put that in the root of your domain. Before ......

Have you heard? Microsoft hearts Linux. And with good reason: Linux is the home of fast-paced innovation and collaboration. If you're comfortable with Linux then you can step right into new technologies like Node, Docker, Redis, Kafka, Hadoop, et al while they're being developed. They all migrate to Windows eventually, but that takes a while, and the ......

Apache Storm went to GA on HDInsight yesterday, and the latest Azure SDK has Visual Studio integration for creating Storm applications. You can select the Storm Application project template: And that creates you a basic topology with a simple spout and bolt. You can publish that new project to Azure from Visual Studio (right-click the project in Solution ......

I had an interesting problem with API versioning. The API behaviour for a given resource was going to change between version 1.x and 1.y, but the controller logic was going to stay the same. Usually when your behaviour changes it's a big enough change that you need a new controller and you can direct the request appropriately - either using a version ......

This is a resource that I hope you find useful – it’s the tools I use every day to help me deliver REST APIs more quickly and with higher quality: Essential Rest Tools It’s linked to my latest Pluralsight course, Five Essential Tools for Building REST APIs, and I’ll be keeping the site up to date as new tools or types of tool emerge. The site lists ......

My latest Pluralsight course has just been released: Five Essential Tools for Building REST APIs I adopted REST APIs in preference to Web Services early in 2010 and the tools available for delivering REST have massively improved in the last few years. This course is all about the tools I use now, where they fit in the delivery process, and what they ......

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