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[Azure] News for Developers, July 2017

This entry is part of 3 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome šŸ™‚ Enjoy!

 

App Services updates

Here are some important updates from the world of Azure App Services:

  • .NET 4.7 is now supported on Azure App Service. For more information about what 4.7 brings for you, check out this post.
  • .NET Core 2.0 Preview 2 also rolled out to Azure App Service. For more information about that release, click here.
  • Durable Functions are on App Service now. These are built on the Durable Task Framework which allows writing long running workflows using async/await operations. For Functions, this brings us a way to facilitate longer running processes on Functions, which was not possible previously. Check out this post for more information.
  • NodeJS versions have been updated to includeĀ v4.8.4, v6.11.1, v7.10.1 and v8.1.4 along with the corresponding NPM packages. These updates provide a fix for a known vulnerability.
  • Azure App Service Environment (ASE)Ā v2 has been released. Most important changes include scaling based on the App Service Plan (managing worker pools is no longer required). The creation process is now integrated into the Create new App Service Plan experience, increasing the visibility. And the new ASE can scale to bigger, which is of course better šŸ˜‰ Check out the blog post here.
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  • A preview ofĀ App Service Domains makes it easier to combine Azure DNS hosted domain names with your app service instances. A few of the benefits include: subdomain management, automatic renewals and free cancellation within 5 days. That post is over here.

The app services team now keeps track of their updates in blog posts and in this github repo!Ā Ā And you can find a monthly update on their blog as well.

Visual Studio (Team Services)

From the world of Visual Studio team services:

  • There’s a new editor forĀ release definitions and an updated workflow forĀ pull requests. The editor I already used myself and it’s a pretty sweet visual representation of the release flow in your application. Check it out!
  • Upon completion of a pull request, you can now automatically mark all linked workitems as Done. Get it done!
  • Also in the PR department: a policy now allows an automatic reset of reviewer votes when new code is being pushed.
  • Personal favorite: you can now view the original diff of a file once a code update has been pushed. This makes it a lot easier to check out changes toĀ the code which you commented on previously.
  • Multiple updates toĀ task groupsĀ include: versioning (draft), references and import/export of a task group.

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Check out https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/2017/jul-14-team-servicesĀ for the complete overview.

 

Other

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • John PapaĀ (yes, the one and only) released Azure Function Tools for Visual Studio Code which allows you to use TypeScript within your Azure Functions. Download it from the marketplace here.
  • For all of you Angular folks out there, Angular version 4.2 is now available.
  • In the “services that might come in handy one day” department;Ā Microsoft Stream has been made generally available. Stream offers powerful video streaming services combined with intelligent stuff like automatic captioning, face detection and other AI features. Click here for more.

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news!

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[Azure] News for Developers, June 2017

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome šŸ™‚ Enjoy!

 

App Services updates

The app services team announced a couple of new updates in their monthly blog post. These include:

  • Azure CDN now supports https onĀ custom domains, something that you could previously only do with one of the external CDN services (link).
  • New App Service Overview Blade
    The new overview blade should perform faster making is easier to switch between apps. The charts can be pinned to custom dashboards which might improve the performance of those as well (a little bit).
  • Integrated experience for Windows and Linux based apps
    When creating a new app service instance, you can now pick which OS the instance needs to host your app.
  • App Service Advisor recommendation history
    The app service advisor will provide proactive recommendations on how to solve problems within your application. It now features the ability to view past recommendations.

Blog post:Ā https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/06/30/june-2017-app-service-update/

Visual Studio (Team Services)

From the world of Visual Studio team services:

  • Visual Studio 15.3 preview has been released. You can install and check it out today! (link) It features:
    • Azure Continous Delivery support for .NET Core and ASP.NET Core apps.
    • Increased visibility on extension impact on performance. For some reason it recently advised me to close the Errors pane. That’s right, just ignore them!
  • TheĀ Visual Studio Team Services updates for this month include:
    • Sharing fields across processes, making it easier to query across team projects that use different processes.
    • Support for custom work item icons and a library to pick them from.
    • Filtering a pull request tree by file name. Same goes for the tree view in Code views.
    • Web view forĀ Git Tags.Ā This view allows to view, delete and filter based on tags. Managing tags can be set-up with separate permissions.
    • Import and Export onĀ Build Defintions.Ā This was one of the top-voted items on UserVoice!
    • Hosted agent pools for building your code are changing. No longer are there agents that support multiple versions of Visual Studio; you need to pick the correct pool now.
    • Comprehensive updates have been made to theĀ NuGet, npm,Ā Maven andĀ dotnet task manager tasks, fixing a lot of bugs.
    • StreamlinedĀ user management including bulk remove, optionally add new users to projects and easily view subscriptions.

Check out https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/articles/news/2017/jun-22-team-servicesĀ for the complete overview.

 

Other

Here’s all the stuff that didn’t fit into one of the above categories:

  • Manage ACS, Cosmos DB, Active Directory Graph and more with release 1.1 of the AzureĀ management libraries for .NET (link).
  • Text Analytics API now supports sentiment analysis in 16 languages (including Dutch, HOERA!) (link).
  • AzureĀ SQL Data Sync was refreshed, bringing portal support and a REST API (link).
  • Azure Traffic manager got two new features: fast failover and TCP probing (link). The failover options include:
    • Endpoint checking interval can now be set to 10 seconds instead of the default 30
    • Configure the number of tolerated failures (0 – 9)
    • Configure the time-out interval for each probe attempt
    • TTL can be down to 0

    The TCP probing enables probing of resources that might not be able to return a HTTP response.

  • TheĀ Cognitive Toolkit v2.0 isĀ fully released. This toolkit allows developers to incorporate self-created and trained neural networks into their applications. (link)

That’s it for this month, see you next month for another round of Azure news.

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[Azure] News for developers, May 2017

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Azure news for Developers

Are you having trouble keeping track of everything that’s going around in Azure? You’re not alone! In an effort to do so myself, I’m starting a monthly series called “News for developers” which is exactly that: a summary of all of the Azure flavored news specifically for software developers. Now this is based on my personal feeds and my personal opinion, so you might miss things or see things which in your opinion do not matter. Feel free to leave and comment below and I’ll see what I can do for the next edition. And honestly, this is more a personal reference than anything else so having actual readers would already be awesome šŸ™‚ Enjoy! (more…)