Reading list July 2017

Design patterns for microservices.

The AzureCAT patterns & practices team has published nine new design patterns on the Azure Architecture Center. These nine patterns are particularly useful when designing and implementing microservices.

Clean Micro-service Architecture

How do you scale a software system? One thing should be obvious: at some point you need to have more than one computer. There was a day, and it wasn’t so long ago, that scaling a system could be achieved by waiting. You simply waited for computers to get faster and more powerful.

Messaging and Microservices

Cloud Architecture: The Scheduler-Agent-Supervisor Pattern

As our team was starting to transform our parts of the Azure Services Platform from a CTP ‘labs’ service exploring features into a full-on commercial service, it started to dawn on us that we had set ourselves up for writing a bunch of ‘enterprise apps’.

Cloud-Native or Lift-and-Shift?

Azure Application Gateway Anatomy

In this article, we’re going to look at its anatomy, i.e. its internal component as exposed in the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) model.

Walkthrough–Add Azure Web App to Visual Studio Team Services

In this walkthrough I will show you how to use Visual Studio Team Services with an existing Azure App Service project (specifically an Azure Web App). We will add a task to update/create the project database from a DACPAC file and enable CI (Continuous Integration).

A guide to caching in ASP.NET Core

This post looks at the various techniques available in ASP.NET Core for caching. We’ll look at caching of data, partial pages and full pages at the server and client level and explain when to use each.

Achieving Transactional Behavior with Messaging Elastic and dynamic multitenant cloud environments have characteristics that make traditional failure management mechanisms using coordinated 2-phase transactions a suboptimal choice.

What’s brewing in Visual Studio Team Services: This post series provides the latest updates and news for Visual Studio Team Services and is a great way for Azure users to keep up-to-date with new features being released every three weeks.

Under the Hood of Server-Side Encryption for Amazon Kinesis Streams 

Build Your First Serverless Web App

Serverless computing allows you to build and run applications and services without thinking about servers. With serverless computing, your application still runs on servers, but all the server management is done by AWS.

Analyze OpenFDA Data in R with Amazon S3 and Amazon Athena One of the great benefits of Amazon S3 is the ability to host, share, or consume public data sets. This provides transparency into data to which an external data scientist or developer might not normally have access.

About SAML 2.0-based Federation Before you can use SAML 2.0-based federation as described in the preceding scenario and diagram, you must configure your organization’s IdP and your AWS account to trust each other. The general process for configuring this trust is described in the following steps.

 

How to Use AWS Organizations to Automate End-to-End Account Creation

AWS Organizations offers new capabilities for managing AWS accounts, including automated account creation via the Organizations API.

Practical VPC Design

Few areas of cloud infrastructure are more important to get right from the start than the IP address layout of one’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). VPC design has far-reaching implications for scaling, fault-tolerance, and security.

Curated List of AI and Machine Learning Resources from Around the Web When I was writing books on networking and programming topics in the early 2000s, the web was a good, but an incomplete resource. Blogging had started to take off, but YouTube wasn’t around yet, nor was Quora, Twitter, or podcasts.

Using a JWT on a Windows Service

Where is my solution One of this days I had this really fun challenge that I need to tackle. So consider the follow, I had a solution where I need to authenticate a Windows Service (so non-interactive) against an (ASP.net) Web API, using ADFS 3.0 with ADAL.NET, and the current user’s credentials, fun right?

Inside the Standard Bindings:

NetTcp Today continues the series I started last week about the standard bindings. The previous article covered the BasicHttp binding. Today’s article covers the NetTcp binding, which is going to be the popular out-of-the-box choice for communicating over an Intranet.

Creating Web API With ASP.NET Core Using Visual Studio Code In this article, we are going to learn how to create an API with ASP.NET Core. Web API is a framework that allows us to build web or http based endpoints.

You’re using HttpClient wrong and it is destabilizing your software I’ve been using HttpClient wrong for years and it finally came back to bite me. My site was unstable and my clients furious, with a simple fix performance improved greatly and the instability disappeared.

TLS 1.2 and .NET Support: How to Avoid Connection Errors I recently ran into an interesting issue when developing a connector for a third-party API.

Implementing Two-factor authentication with IdentityServer4 and Twilio

This article shows how to implement two factor authentication using Twilio and IdentityServer4 using Identity. On the Microsoft’s Two-factor authentication with SMS documentation, Twilio and ASPSMS are promoted, but any SMS provider can be used.

Adding an external Microsoft login to IdentityServer4 This article shows how to implement a Microsoft Account as an external provider in an IdentityServer4 project using ASP.NET Core Identity with a SQLite database. Give the application a name and add your email.

Promoting reliability in web software companies

Building a website is easy. Keeping your website online and available as you grow its audience can be very hard. I have heard many reasons for this, including The root problem is not any of these.

Want to Keep Your Employees Happy and Motivated?

They Need to Experience These 7 Things Every Day Since leadership development is broad, it needs to be clearly defined for business outcomes. The common denominator is teaching managers the fine art of people skills. After all, leading an organization is still mostly about people — its most important asset.

This Scientist Thinks That Life Could Be a Guide to The Evolution of The Cosmos

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose? Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a “cosmic accident”.

Why the United States is not the best country in the world

The Fourth of July is a complicated holiday for African-Americans. We love the food, family and even the fireworks, but the actual history and rationale behind the holiday have never sat well with us.

Google Thought They Knew How to Create the Perfect Team.

Their Research Said Otherwise Over the years, Google has embarked on countless quests, collected endless amounts of data and spent millions trying to better understand its people.

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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 

Reading List Mar 16 – 23, 2017

Azure Architecture Center Ever wondered what the best practice for setting up and configuring cloud architectures well here is the answer welcome to the Azure Architecture Center

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/uk_faculty_connection/2017/03/18/azure-architecture-center/
Accessing Azure App Services using Azure AD Bearer token Here are some simplified instructions on how to setup and use Azure Active Directory authentication for Azure App Services and code that will allow an application to use a Bearer Token to access that app.
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/jpsanders/2017/03/17/accessing-azure-app-services-using-azure-ad-bearer-token/
Cloud Messaging – Amazon or Azure? When architecting solutions that need to communicate between separate services or applications, messages queues and services buses become increasingly important. http://ardalis.com/cloud-messaging-amazon-or-azure

 

ASP.NET Core: Building chat room using WebSocket WebSocket is real-time communication protocol we can use to make UI in browser to send and receive messages from server over real-time communication channel. WebSocket is also supported by ASP.NET Core. This blog post demonstrates how to build simple browser based chat room on ASP.

http://gunnarpeipman.com/2017/03/aspnet-core-websocket-chat/
Tweak sign in messages with the ASP.NET OWIN middleware Configuring the ASP.NET OWIN middleware (MW from now on) in your web app makes it super easy to sent your users to authenticate with Azure AD, as the MW takes care of manufacturing the right message for the Authorization endpoint from the options you provided at startup.

http://www.cloudidentity.com/blog/2017/03/20/tweak-sign-in-messages-with-the-asp-net-owin-middleware/
Short introduction to serverless architecture Serverless architecture and Functions as a Service (FaaS) are new trends in cloud computing. Besides Microsoft and Amazon there are many other vendors providing FaaS services. This blog post is short introduction to serverless architecture and here I try to explain what it is and why we need it.
http://gunnarpeipman.com/2017/03/serverless-architecture/

Demystifying a few Angular2 concepts for starters Being immersed in the JavaScript frameworks world can be intimidating. Today, I will try to demystify a few concepts and perhaps at the same time answer some questions that someone starting with Angular2 will most probably have.
http://www.domstamand.com/demystifying-a-few-angular2-concepts-for-starters/
An Angular 2+ . Net Core Application Consuming an Azure Machine Learning Model Skip Navigation Links.
http://aihelpwebsite.com/Blog/EntryId/1021/An-Angular-2-Net-Core-Application-Consuming-an-Azure-Machine-Learning-Model

NuGet is now fully integrated into MSBuild In the past, NuGet packages were managed in two different ways – packages.config and project.json – each with their own sets of advantages and limitations. With Visual Studio 2017, we have revamped the NuGet package management experience by introducing package reference.

http://blog.nuget.org/20170316/NuGet-now-fully-integrated-into-MSBuild.html

20 Software Scalability Questions & Answers for Architect Interview Web applications scalability is a common problem most of the web architect face. Any internet facing web application may require to be highly scalable due to heavy load of traffic. Now adays , developing a smart web application is much more than creating dynamic Web pages.
http://www.fromdev.com/2013/07/architect-interview-questions-and-answers.html
The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics “I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170215-the-strange-link-between-the-human-mind-and-quantum-physics
Pressure Doesn’t Have to Turn into Stress When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best. I returned to Japan, where I was working, and tried to forget about it. The tumors returned a year later, this time in my liver.
https://hbr.org/2017/03/pressure-doesnt-have-to-turn-into-stress
What are the 21st-century skills every student needs? The gap between the skills people learn and the skills people need is becoming more obvious, as traditional learning falls short of equipping students with the knowledge they need to thrive, according to the World Economic Forum report New Vision for Education

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/

Reading List March 3 – 15, 2017

That big Amazon S3 outage was caused by a typo, company admits On Monday, many websites, news services, publishing platforms, and other internet-connected things that use Amazons AWS platform went dark. The cause can finally be revealed. The tech hiccup that made much of the web inaccessible was caused by human error.

http://boingboing.net/2017/03/02/oops.html

How to Protect Your Web Application Against DDoS Attacks by Using Amazon Route 53 and an External Content Delivery Network Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are an attempt by a malicious actor to flood a network, system, or application with more traffic, connections, or requests than it is able to handle.
https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/how-to-protect-your-web-application-against-ddos-attacks-by-using-amazon-route-53-and-a-content-delivery-network/

Azure – Inside the Azure App Service Architecture Azure App Service is considered an excellent Platform as a Service (PaaS), offering an application platform for developers to build Web, mobile and API applications.
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/mt793270.aspx

Azure App Service Authentication–AAD Groups I wanted an easy way to leverage Azure AD Groups in my application. Thanks to Dushyant and my previous post on App Roles, I was able to throw together a sample. references: Authorization in Cloud Applications using AD Groups , Azure App Service Authentication – App Roles
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/waws/2017/03/13/azure-app-service-authentication-aad-groups/

Searching Blob Documents with the Azure Search Service One of the core services in the Microsoft Azure cloud platform is the Storage Service, which includes Blobs, Queues, and Table storage. Blobs are great for anything you would use a file system for, such as avatars, data files, XML/JSON files, …and documents.
http://davidpallmann.blogspot.com/2017/03/searching-blob-documents-with-azure.html

Git Best Practices The Visual Studio MVP Kent Bryant shares that the two primary issues that limit Git repos are huge files and huge number of files – Git’s 2 Biggest Issues .   As a best practice, you should consider keeping the Git repo size under 1GB and the overall file count less than 250k files.
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/techtalks/mvp/git-best-practices/

AI learns to write its own code by stealing from other programs OUT of the way, human, I’ve got this covered. A machine learning system has gained the ability to write its own code. Created by researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge, the system, called DeepCoder, solved basic challenges of the kind set by programming competitions.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg23331144-500-ai-learns-to-write-its-own-code-by-stealing-from-other-programs/

BenchmarkDotNet/README.md at master · dotnet/BenchmarkDotNet · GitHub BenchmarkDotNet is a powerful .NET library for benchmarking. This project has adopted the code of conduct defined by the Contributor Covenant to clarify expected behavior in our community. For more information see the .NET Foundation Code of Conduct.
https://github.com/dotnet/BenchmarkDotNet/blob/master/README.md

Creating A Simple Copy-To-Clipboard Directive In Angular 2.4.9 A couple of months ago, I happened to see Will Boyd on Twitter mention that JavaScript-based Clipboard support was fairly strong in modern browsers.
https://www.bennadel.com/blog/3235-creating-a-simple-copy-to-clipboard-directive-in-angular-2-4-9.htm

Essential Angular: Compilation I wrote an article about the core concepts of Angular 2 a year ago, during one of the early betas. Most of it is still accurate and relevant, but not everything. For instance, I wrote it before we introduced NgModules, before the AoT compilation became a thing, and before we built the new router. T
https://blog.nrwl.io/essential-angular-2-compilation-cfbebf9bb6e4

Curated Lists of Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep Learning and NLP resources Here are three useful resources for learning about Data Science: Machine Learning and Deep Learning Tutorial List: This link contains a topic-wise curated list of Machine Learning and Deep Learning tutorials, codes, articles and other resources
http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blog/show?id=6448529%3ABlogPost%3A426623

Programmers: Stop Calling Yourselves Engineers It undermines a long tradition of designing and building infrastructure in the public interest. I’m commiserating with a friend who recently left the technology industry to return to entertainment.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/programmers-should-not-call-themselves-engineers/414271/

You can’t fix diversity in tech without fixing the technical interview. In the last few months, several large players, including Google and Facebook, have released their latest and ultimately disappointing diversity numbers.
http://blog.interviewing.io/you-cant-fix-diversity-in-tech-without-fixing-the-technical-interview/

7 Ways Earth Would Change If Our Moon Were Destroyed For nearly the entire 4.5 billion year history of our Solar System, the Earth hasn’t been alone while we revolve around the Sun. Our giant lunar companion is larger and more massive than any other moon when compared to the planet it orbits.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/03/02/7-ways-earth-would-change-if-our-moon-were-destroyed/

92% of us are breathing unsafe air. This map shows just how bad the problem is Clean energy is a key topic at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the session on Energy’s Clean Transition here.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/09/92-of-the-world-s-population-lives-in-areas-with-unsafe-air-pollution-levels-this-interactive-map-shows-just-how-bad-the-problem-is/

California exports its poor to Texas, other states, while wealthier people move in California exports more than commodities such as movies, new technologies and produce. It also exports truck drivers, cooks and cashiers. Every year from 2000 through 2015, more people left California than moved in from other states.
http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/article136478098.html

India is a top source and destination for world’s migrants India has a long history of migration. More than a century ago, large numbers of Indian migrants – many of them involuntary ones – moved to Africa, the Caribbean and within the Indian subcontinent itself.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/03/03/india-is-a-top-source-and-destination-for-worlds-migrants/

A Short Guide to Death It’s a known fact that humans are, statistically speaking, losing touch with their corporeal selves. Our bodies are collectively in a state of unmatched decay.
https://medium.com/@dailyzen/a-short-guide-to-death-b9541b3dafc7

Major earthquake could be overdue on San Andreas Fault north of L.A., new study finds Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-earthquake-san-andreas-grapevine-20170307-story.html

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to return. Tags: via Pocket http://ift.tt/2mII7bP March 14, 2017 at 07:52AM

https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/03/14/heres-what-it-takes-to-make-parallel-universes-real/

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/