DDD South West Retrospect

This is going to be a short post since I only managed to experience only part of the overall conference. Life and work commitments meant that I had to fly to Bristol later in the day, missing out on the speakers dinner. The dinner is way more than just food. In fact, I've noticed that I rarely pay any attention to the, otherwise tasty, food. That's because the speaker's dinner is an excellent opportunity to meet up with new speakers and catch up with old friends. These dinners also tend to run late in the night with the conversation moved …[read more]


Introducing the Serverless Framework for Azure Functions

The Serverless Framework is a new Open Source initiative that allows you to deploy auto-scaling, pay-per-execution, event-driven functions to some of the biggest cloud providers. At moment it only support AWS Lamda, Azure Functions and Apache OpenWhisk. However, this list is due to grow fast so watch this space. In this post, I'll show you how to us the Serverless Framework with Azure Functions so that you can create, run and deploy Functions easily, in effect providing an alternative 'DevOps story' around Functions. Install the Serverless Framework Fire up your command line of choice and install Serverless npm install -g …[read more]


Resolve NPM Access Denied Errors (Error: EACCES) in WSL

I came this issue (Error: EACCES) while I was trying to install an NPM package on my Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It has to do with the way Node is installed on WSL so if you try to install NPM packages on the global level. To resolve this, you can remap the location that NPM modules are installed to one that you have full permission. This can easily be done by firing up you Bash window and typing the following: mkdir ~/.npm-new npm config set prefix '~/.npm-new' export PATH=~/.npm-new/bin:$PATH source ~/.profile You can now go …[read more]


Monitor Azure Web Application backups with Azure Functions

For most of your monitoring and alerting needs, Azure Monitor should be the tool of choice. It's made the whole process so much easier and streamlined while, for the first time, providing management through the portal. I've already blogged about various monitoring options here. However, there are a still few edge cases (not for long) for which Azure Monitor can't be the solution. In this instance, I needed a way to monitor and alert on failed backups on Azure Web Apps Azure Web Apps have this awesome feature that allows you to run backups on a schedule to ensure that …[read more]


Deep dive into Azure Blob Storage

SimpleTalk invited me once again to write about Azure and this time the focus was on Storage. Azure Storage is a vital piece for most operations on Azure and it supports a wide variety of services such as VMs, Azure SQL Service etc. In this post, I do a deep dive into Azure Blob Storage, its different components and the various way you can interact with it. You can read all about it here: https://www.simple-talk.com/cloud/cloud-data/working-azure-blob-storage-service/ …[read more]