Another installment of Weekly Links, and we are already into February this year which still blows my mind. But so far so good, life is pure chaos with a lot going on, so much so that I don’t know where to start. But your not here for that…
Down to business…
Azure BluePrint for FedRAMP High : Love these blueprints, and more people should use these. They help implement all the required policies and are far more than just a reference document.
Big Data Cluster High Availability : You know there was a point where data warehouses and analytics platforms were considered supplemental to the main systems. But more and more those analytics services are becoming mission critical themselves. So I’ve been loving this movement to bring high availability to big data.
Data Drift Monitoring for Azure ML Datasets : Another timely video for a lot of people I know, how do we monitor data drift in our Azure ML models and work to keep them up to date. MLOps is becoming a thing as ML projects suffer from code “staleness” and that needs to be planned for early on.
Azure Service Bus from the Ground up: Service bus is one of those services in Azure that is foundational, its really been around forever and new enhancements are happening all the time. So its good to see how things are improving.
So for this week, its nothing in nerd pop culture, but a fascinating video I saw. This was recommended by a friend, and it sparked a lot of research for me around personal growth (blog post coming soon). But the video is “What does game theory teach us about war?” and there are a lot of parallels that you can draw to how your own life functions in terms of finite vs infinite games.
Hello all, so I know that I totally fell off the wagon when it comes to weekly links. December has been a crazy month, I had three business trips, getting ready for Christmas. Due to family coming to town we effectively had 3 Christmas’ and on top of that I got sick.
I’m not complaining just explaining what happened. The holidays are a rough time for a lot of people, and we’ve all had experiences we have to carry with us. So remember in all the craziness that some might be suffering in silence. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out. You are not alone and there are people to help you.
So as always I have a post here about something fun. And this week I wanted to post about how my wife blew me away with her gift this Christmas. We had our 11th anniversary at Dave and Busters, we decided to double down on stupid fun. When we walked in, they were having a silent auction for MakeAWish and when I was in the bathroom she bid on this item and won.
This is a picture from the Dark Knight, my favorite movie of all time, signed by Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.
Hello All, So this week marks 2 cool things in my mind. First is that we are 30 days to Christmas Day, which is awesome. I know this is the holiday season for a lot of different religions.
So I wish you and you’re a great holiday season. I am a big fan of the time of year because… it’s crazy, it’s busy, and its a great time filled with great moments. So please make sure to take a moment and enjoy it. This is a big-time for my family, as my wife and I were married 11 years ago this month.
The other big thing this week is a moment I’ve been waiting for since my kids were born. Last night I introduced my kids to Star Wars, watching the first movie together and my kids loved it. The Best revelations being the following
My daughter had the following revelations:
Princess Leia is awesome, she doesn’t need anyone to save her and she fights back.
Deep Dive: Industrial IoT: I love these deep dives because they show technology being used in different ways than I might see normally, always informative.
Ok, I sort of did this at the top, but what the hell, let’s do another one. I’m a comic fan, we all know this. And I’ve enjoyed the CW Arrowverse, and the big event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is going to be premier Dec 8. I’m super excited about this. There are going to be a lot of interesting things including bringing back fan favorites and a lot of interesting events.
So Disney+ launched, and I think its a toss-up as to who was more excited, me or my kids. But along with it came “The Mandalorian”, which mixes the western / crime genre with star wars. What’s not to love. Going to watch the mandalorian tonight. So excited!
Hello All, so I goofed and we missed last week’s post. I actually was at the International Association of the Chief’s of Police conference. Which is always a whirlwind and crazy experience.
So that being said, down to business.
Build Great Xamarin Apps with App Center : As you probably know by now, I’m a big DevOps fan, and firm believer in its value. So this is a great description on how to use App Center to implement DevOps on your Xamarin Mobile Apps.
So I’m a big fan of the Witcher books, honestly for as much as I enjoy games like Dungeons and Dragons, I’m usually not a fan of fantasy fiction. Honestly in general I find most of the genre to be overly slow in its story telling, and I get bored. But one of the exceptions to that is the Witcher, which tells engaging and dynamic stories really quickly. Geralt is a great character who lives in a really fascinating world. So when I heard NetFlix was adapting it, I was hopeful but concerned. Well the trailer dropped, and I’m really excited, this looks great.
So as always I’m a big comic fan, and I’ve said before I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. For as much as DC movies are terrible, their TV shows are quite excellent. And the standout last year was Supergirl, it really tapped into what makes for the best Superman / Supergirl stories. The best stories are all based around problems that they can’t “super power their way out of”. Last season tackled real topics like trust of the media, xenophobia, racism, and others. This season is already moving towards tackling technology and its ability to change the way that we view reality and connect with each other.
So this week was a little crazy with family obligations, work travel, busy work schedules, etc. But overall it wasn’t bad kind of week. We are officially into full on October. Right now I’m busy prepping for our monthly game today which should be a lot of fun
The key to a data-driven culture: Timely insights : This is very top of mind for me, as there is this big movement away from Data warehouse architectures that function on a time delay. There is a big push by businesses to have data timely or not at all.
I’m a big comic fan, and Greg Rucka is one of my favorite writers. And StumpTown was one of his pet projects, and really the book plays out like Jessica Jones more for the real world. And I gotta say, I watched the pilot and was really impressed.
So this week was a lot of travel in the middle of the week, thanks to delays it took me 12 hours to get from Atlanta to Pennsylvania, which is absolute insanity. But I made it, and all is good at the end of the day.
The important part is that its almost Halloween, and my kids have literally started a full on countdown to Halloween. My daughter is obsessed and we kicked off the week with a visit to Spirit Halloween to see the “fun scary stuff” and has started playing the Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat.
So down to business:
So as I mentioned, this week was .NET Conf, and we got a bunch of cool announcements:
Announcing .net core 3.0 : Pretty exciting to see the new version of .net core finally get a GA release. Really excited to start building with it.
Xamarin Announcements at .net conf : So excited about this, Hot Reload, that’s amazing. Compiling in mobile is a very time consuming process and this is a huge timesaver.
ML.Net updates : A bunch of new updates that help with use of ML.Net to bring new functionality to your app. Specifically Feature engineering is pretty huge, and removes what I saw as a major limitation.
And finally the fun stuff, being a comic fan it should surprise no one that I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. I was skeptical in the beginning but Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl all turned out to be really amazing shows, and every year their crossover is something I look forward to. And this year they are adapting the “Crisis of Infinite Earths” storyline, and we will see a battle that affects the entire multi-verse. And I give the producers credit that they really reached out and are pulling in every DC property today or in the past. Including the TV show that started it all Smallville. So I’m very excited to see that Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be coming back as Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the crossover. Read more here.