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  1. Windows Server 2016 New Core Licensing Model ¿How to digest it?

    It's well know that Microsoft launched to the market the new version of Windows Server 2016 and with it, a "new" licensing model based on the physical cores. It's been more than a year since this and still, there is a lot of confusion about how to eat it? how to license? what types of SKUs? Is there any rule? and so on. This article purpose is to clarify some aspect of this change, how to manage it but more important: Understand it.Let's start in the beginning: WHY? Traditionally, Windows Server...
  2. New Technology - Should You Learn It?

    It is one of those questions you constantly struggle with throughout any technical career: Should I learn this latest and greatest technology that is out? Do I need to learn it, do I want to learn it, do I get left behind if I don't? The truth is that you can't learn everything so how do you know what to focus on?The sections below are not mutually exclusive, nor do you have to fulfill all of them. If you can say "yes" to one of them, then you are probably okay to invest time in the technology in...
  3. What is cloud computing?

    Cloud is a central repository where you can put access manage data and services from anywhere, anytime. Cloud computing is simply to put the services of cloud i.e. servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and much more over the internet. the companies that offer such services are known as cloud providers. providers charge you for these services upon your usage, its just likely you charged for electricity, Gas, Water usage every month at your home.Still not clear about what is...
  4. Introduction to Progressive Web Apps

    As some people know, I have been very passionate about Windows Phone since the early days of the platform. I am still using a Windows 10 Mobile device, and I still love the operating system and the Windows 10 platform. However, I am not living in a cave, and I do realise that the future potential of the Windows mobile platform is limited. I still don't think it is "dead", but it is certainly limited. I started learning Xamarin a couple of years ago, to use my C# knowledge and skills for building...
  5. Microsoft's Bot Framework

    Microsoft's Bot FrameworkIntroductionThe Microsoft’s Bot Framework is an inclusive offering that is used in building, as well as deploying quality bots for their users while enjoying their desired conversational practices. When writing bots, all developers face the same issues. It paramount that the bots have the basic I/O; it is a requirement for them to have language and dialog skills; it is crucial for them to be performant, receptive, and scalable. Moreover, they must connect to the users. The...
  6. Lessons Learned Writing Spring Boot Auto Configurations

    My team and I make heavy use of Spring Boot to build microservices that power our applications at our company. We've even gone so far as to write our own custom auto configurations to ease development. We package these auto configurations along with other goodies into what we call our platform.Recently, after releasing a new platform version, we encountered an issue where one of our microservices would fail to start at what appeared to be random intervals. After further digging, we noticed specifically...
  7. Spring Cloud and Netflix Ribbon: Client-side Load Balancing

    Eventually you'll reach a point where you need to run multiple instances of an application or a service for high availability or to manage increased load. That's what load balancers are for. There's generally two different types:What many people would call a "load balancer" is actually a server-side load balancer. It can be implemented in hardware or software. The traffic is sent to a dedicated service that decides where to send the traffic, using an algorithm like round-robin, to one of the...
  8. Don't Fear Cloud Lock-In, Just Architect Differently

    I've worked with many different clients who are either on the verge of moving to the cloud, or who are in the cloud and are terrified that they will be "locked in" to a particular provider. A lot of these same clients have spent months or years just coming to the core decision to move to the cloud, let alone trying to implement solutions there. These fears usually rise up once an SDK is mentioned, and most often its always developers voicing these concerns. My experience has taught me these fears...
  9. How to embrace Azure and the Cloud

    For the last year, I have been meeting with customers and partners inside and outside the Microsoft ecosystem.I have talked with friends that are involved, at different levels, with IT whether Dev or Ops.I have been trying to explain what the public Cloud is, especially Azure, to many different people.Of course, I have been using the same evolution charts we all seen everywhere to illustrate my speech and explain where I believe we are headed.
  10. I know Kung-Fu

    Almost everyone who has seen the Matrix movie remembers that scene. Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, has just spent the day learning martial arts, by some brain writing sci-fi process. His mentor comes in at the end of one of these "lessons", Neo opens his eyes and says "I know Kung-Fu".Of course, learning is not that easy in real life, it takes a certain amount of time, long hours of work and practice. And it probably never ends. Take my current favorite subject, the cloud. To be precise I should say...
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