Reading List June 2017

Design:

Seven Microservices Anti-patterns .  

Cloud Architecture and the Single Responsibility Principle

Angular:

OpenID Connect Session Management an Angular application using IdentityServer4 

angular-auth-oidc-client Release, an OpenID Implicit Flow client in Angular

Deploying Angular to Azure The Angular CLI makes it easy to build a production ready Angular app. The next step is getting that app up and in the cloud. This is where a CI process helps take that code from Github, build it properly, and the deploy it to Azure.

Angular OIDC OAuth2 client with Google Identity Platform 

Devops:

DevOps – Git Internals for Visual Studio Developers.
Lessons Learned from Scaling Uber to 2000 Engineers, 1000 Services, and 8000 Git repositories. 

WCF:

WCF on intranet with windows authentication: Kerberos or NTLM (Part 1) When we build enterprise level SOA system on top of windows servers, if the environment is with Active Directory, using windows authentication is probably the most appropriate authentication mechanism which is secure, straight forward to build and easy to maintain.

REST:

Best Practices for Designing a Pragmatic RESTful API Your data model has started to stabilize and you’re in a position to create a public API for your web app. You realize it’s hard to make significant changes to your API once it’s released and want to get as much right as possible up front. Now, the internet has no shortage on opinions on API design. 

AWS:

Building Loosely Coupled, Scalable, C# Applications with Amazon SQS and Amazon SNS One of the many challenges professional software architects and developers face is how to make cloud-native applications scalable, fault-tolerant, and highly available. Fundamental to your project success is understanding the importance of making systems highly cohesive and loosely coupled. 

AZURE:
 
New Azure Security Whitepapers

.NET Application Architecture  

Docker Blog Series Part 2 – Build & Deploy ASP.NET Core Docker Image on Service Fabric Azure Service Fabric in addition to offering a Service Fabric programming model is also able to orchestrate container based services across a cluster of machines. Service Fabric can deploy services in container images. 
 
Migrate WordPress content to Azure blob storage Azure storage provides solution for applications requiring scalable, durable, and highly available storage for their data. In this blog, we cover the steps how to migrate existing WordPress content from file system to Azure blob storage.  

Building recommendation engine for .NET applications using Azure Machine Learning Through a series of blog posts, we would like to show you different ways on how .NET developers can leverage Machine learning and AI to build engaging customer experiences. 

Why AI Works Interest in Artificial Intelligence is exploding, and for good reasons. Computers in cars, phone apps, and on the web can do amazing things that we simply could not do before 2012. What’s going on? 

Setting unique Tracking Id in BizTalk Logic Apps send port I was working on a POC which involved sending a message from BizTalk send port to a logic app with message’s HTTP header enriched to have a unique tracking id. Achieving this was not straight forward. In this article, I will explain the issue I faced and resolution. 
 
7 lesser known hacks for debugging in Visual Studio The Visual Studio debugger is a magical beast that can save you loads of time while finding and fixing issues in your application.

Leadership:

The top 18 managing people tips Managing people is a unique craft, a craft that you will continue to develop and refine for your entire working life. Managing people is for people who are passionate about helping others to succeed, who can bring out the most in their teams.  

Strength in love, hope in science 

Social:

Four Stages of Social Movements

Political Divisions in 2016 and Beyond It is a truism of modern American politics that the United States is a deeply divided nation. By almost all measures, the two parties are further apart from each other, both at the elite level and in the electorate, than in the past.

Lifetime Incomes in United States over Six Decades

Self:

People Love Talking About Themselves, Brain Scans Show 

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Reading List Feb 22 – March 2, 2017

Getting started guide for Angular’s component Router Angular’s component router acts as the main hub of any application, it loads the relevant components relevant to the route requested, as well as dealing with fetching the relevant data for that particular route. 
https://toddmotto.com/angular-component-router

.NET Framework – Immutable Collections Side effects compromise the understandability and correctness of code. A method that mutates global or static variables has side effects. A method that mutates some of its parameters has side effects.  
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt795189.aspx

Serverless REST API with Angular, Persistence and Security Using the right tools, you can create an application from scratch and release it to production very quickly. In this post, I will show you how to develop a task list application, with Angular, that consumes a serverless REST API and persists data to a MongoDB database hosted by mLab.  
https://auth0.com/blog/serverless-angular-app-with-persistence-and-security/

 

Absolutely Amazing! Azure Alert Anything, or Anyone, Anywhere, Automatically, Always! Ah! Well, let me just start by explaining that this last year has given me both my most treasured MVP award AND the most awesome short project for Microsoft, working on one of their flagship IoT “data telemetry” projects.  
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredev/?p=3985

What is a servicebus? The first time I read about the concept of a servicebus and saw the images, I could not figure out how it was supposed to work. The abstract perspective is like any component could just send messages to something that looked like a pipeline.  
http://dennis.bloggingabout.net/2017/03/02/what-is-a-servicebus/

TPL and async/await Best Practices for the Busy Developer This .Net async programming guide is a little bit different. It’s not a ‘how to’ or a deep dive. It’s more like a cheat-sheet for keeping out of trouble. The guide was born at Trade Me Ltd, New Zealand.  
https://scalablenotions.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/tpl-and-async-await-best-practices-for-the-busy-developer/

Mark Blyth ─ Global Trumpism Watson Institute Student Seminar Series – American Democracy: The Dangers and Opportunities of Right Here and Right NowDesigned especially with Brown undergraduates in mind, but welcoming all members of the University and wider community, this seminar series meets in the weeks both before and after https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bkm2Vfj42FY?start=257 
 
https://www.youtube.com/embed/Bkm2Vfj42FY?start=257

Coincidences and the Meaning of Life The surprising chances of our lives can seem like they’re hinting at hidden truths, but they’re really revealing the human mind at work.  
http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/02/the-true-meaning-of-coincidences/463164/

Reflecting on one very, very strange year at Uber As most of you know, I left Uber in December and joined Stripe in January. I’ve gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months about why I left and what my time at Uber was like.  
https://www.susanjfowler.com/blog/2017/2/19/reflecting-on-one-very-strange-year-at-uber

How Bottling Companies Are Drastically Affecting California’s Drought The talk of California being in a drought is not a new discussion. For people in other states, they may make a joke of it and tease Californians for not having any water, but for those in the state, the onset of the drought could cause many to suffer.  
https://www.entitymag.com/water-bottling-companies-drought/

Reading List Feb 6 – Feb 13, 2017

This mind-boggling map explains how everything in mathematics is connected Unless you were a total pro at mathematics in high school, you probably only have a vague recollection of things like geometry, algebra, and some guy called Isosceles (what a great name). 
http://www.sciencealert.com/this-mind-boggling-map-explains-how-everything-in-mathematics-is-connected-3

he Security Impact of HTTPS Interception As HTTPS deployment grows, middlebox and an- tivirus products are increasingly intercepting TLS connections to retain visibility into network traffic. In this work, we present a comprehensive study on the prevalence and impact of HTTPS in- terception 
https://crypto.dance/projects/6356834

More on GVFS After watching a couple of days of GVFS conversation, I want to add a few things. What problems are we solving?   
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/02/07/more-on-gvfs/

Migrate from centralized version control to Git The switch from centralized version control to Git is more than just learning new commands. Git uses a fundamentally different model for storing previous versions of code. Instead of storing a linear series of changes to files, Git represents your code as a graph of snapshots called commits.  
https://www.visualstudio.com/learn/centralized-to-git/

Creating Scalable WCF Service for Azure Service Fabric Azure Service Fabric provides a platform for creating and deploying scalable and reliable services for the cloud.  
http://www.dotnetcurry.com/windows-azure/1342/create-wcf-service-azure-service-fabric

Developing Transactional Microservices Using Aggregates, Event Sourcing and CQRS – Part 2 Key Takeaways Event Sourcing is a technique for reliably updating state and publishing events that overcomes limitations of other solutions. The design concepts for an event-driven architecture, using event sourcing, align well with microservices architecture patterns.  

https://www.infoq.com/articles/microservices-aggregates-events-cqrs-part-1-richardson

https://www.infoq.com/articles/microservices-aggregates-events-cqrs-part-2-richardson

IaC on Azure – An introduction of Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template What is Infrastructure as Code (IaC)? Infrastructure as Code is a process of managing and provisioning computing infrastructure with some declarative approach while setting their configuration using definition files instead of traditional interactive configuration tools.   
http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredev/?p=3405

How to Encrypt Connection Strings One of the problems that exists in database programming today is how to keep database Connection String information from prying eyes. Typically the Connection String is stored inside the application’s XML-based “config” file.  
http://www.emmet-gray.com/Articles/EncryptConnectionStrings.html

Setting up an Angular 2 Development Environment Angular 2 requires a bit of setup to get started. To avoid the headaches associated with setup, the Angular team came up with the Angular CLI. The Angular 2 CLI makes it easy to create an application that just works out of the box. Note: The Angular team has decided to drop the 2 from the name.   
https://ponyfoo.com/articles/setting-up-angular-2-development-environment

Is There Really a Skills Gap? A prosperous future for the world’s economy rests on the foundations we lay through our education and skills system, so it comes as sorry news to hear complaints we’re facing a skills shortage, or ‘skills gap’. 
 http://www.talentculture.com/is-there-really-a-skills-gap/

The state of salaries for product managers and data scientists While more attention is being paid to racial diversity, our data shows another form of bias is also present within the tech industry: ageism. On Hired’s platform, candidates between the ages of 25 and 30 receive the highest number of average job offers.
 https://hired.com/state-of-salaries-2017

Society is creating a new crop of alpha women who are unable to love Editor’s note: The following column is adapted from the new book “The Alpha Female’s Guide to Men & Marriage” Post Hill Press (February 14, 2017). Like me, my mother was not a perfect wife. She was, however, a remarkable and compassionate woman.  
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/02/08/society-is-creating-new-crop-alpha-women-who-are-unable-to-love.html

Trump and Weimar Germany The comparisons between Donald Trump’s political success and Hitler’s rise, so numerous even before the election, have intensified since the former won the electoral vote in November 2016. Historians have weighed in with differing opinions and analyses about the two phenomena.   
https://weimarstudies.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/trump-and-weimar-germany/

I Don’t Smoke or Drink, I Eat Well & Exercise. How Did I Still Get Cancer? An Oncologist Answers. Dr. Vishal Rao, an oncologist and head and neck surgeon at the Bangalore-based HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Center, writes about the debate on food safety in India and how it is related to cancer.  
http://www.thebetterindia.com/85386/cancer/

Reading List Jan 28 – Feb 5, 2017

How to Audit Login activity in IdentityServer3 In some use cases there is a security requirement for Auditing of User Login Activity, which is not covered by IdentityServer3. As we used the ASP.NET Identity as User Store, it also possible to implement some sort of Auditing as a custom SignInManager.cs in ASP. 
 http://developers.de/blogs/armin_kalajdzija/archive/2016/09/23/how-to-audit-login-activity-in-identityserver3.aspx

Message queues & you – 12 reasons to use message queuing. Message queues help a lot with ensuring data is never lost, traffic spikes, etc. 
 https://stackify.com/message-queues-12-reasons/

What is Azure Event Hubs? Event Hubs is a highly scalable data streaming platform capable of ingesting millions of events per second. Data sent to an Event Hub can be transformed and stored using any real-time analytics provider or batching/storage adapters.  
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/event-hubs/event-hubs-what-is-event-hubs

Scaling Git (and some back story) A couple of years ago, Microsoft made the decision to begin a multi-year investment in revitalizing our engineering system across the company.  We are a big company with tons of teams – each with their own products, priorities, processes and tools. 
 https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/bharry/2017/02/03/scaling-git-and-some-back-story/

TrumpBeat: Three Lessons From The Travel Ban Welcome to TrumpBeat, FiveThirtyEight’s new weekly feature looking at how developments in Washington affect people in the real world.
 http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/trumpbeat-three-lessons-from-the-travel-ban/

Californians are paying billions for power they don’t need The saga of two plants — Sutter Energy and Colusa — helps explain in a microcosm how California came to have too much energy, and is paying a high price for it. 
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-fi-electricity-capacity/