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How to fully initialize types in their constructor with C# nullable using the async factory pattern
This blog gives an example of a pattern used for asynchronous initialisation. This pattern allows you to construct readonly objects. It also allows you to use the new nullable references features to ensure your classes are always fully instantiated.
Azure Synapse Analytics: How serverless is replacing the data warehouse
Serverless data architectures enable leaner data insights and operations. How do you reap the rewards while avoiding the potential pitfalls?
Azure Synapse for C# Developers: 5 things you need to know
Did you know that Azure Synapse has great support for .NET and #csharp? Learning new languages is often a barrier to digital transformation, being able to use existing people, skills, tools and engineering disciplines can be a massive advantage.
Does Azure Synapse Analytics spell the end for Azure Databricks?
Have you or are you about to invest in Azure Databricks? If so, the new Spark offering in Azure Synapse Analytics is likely to have grabbed your attention and rightly so. Why is Microsoft putting yet another Spark offering on the table and what does it mean for you?
Recording of Azure Oxford talk on combatting illegal fishing with Azure (for less than £10/month)
Jess and Carmel recently gave a talk at Azure Oxford on "Combatting illegal fishing with Machine Learning and Azure - for less than £10 / month). The recording of that talk is now available for viewing!The talk focuses on the recent work we completed with OceanMind. They run through how to construct a cloud-first architecture based on serverless and data analytics technologies and explore the important principles and challenges in designing this kind of solution. Finally, we see how the architecture we designed through this process not only provides all the benefits of the cloud (reliability, scalability, security), but because of the pay-as-you-go compute model, has a compute cost that we could barely believe!
Wardley Maps - Explaining how OceanMind use Microsoft Azure & AI to combat Illegal Fishing
Wardley Maps are a fantastic tool to help provide situational awareness, in order to help you make better decisions. We use Wardley Maps to help our customers think about the various benefits and trade-offs that can be made when migrating to the Cloud. In this blog post, Jess Panni demonstrates how we used Wardley Maps to plan the migration of OceanMind to Microsoft Azure, and how the maps highlighted where the core value of their platform was, and how PaaS and Serverless services offered the most value for money for the organisation.
An experimental approach to software development
The application of scientific experimental process to software development leads to the development of fully-validated solutions. This approach provides you with confidence in designs and means that you can quickly identify ideas which are not worth pursuing. At endjin we use the ideas of hypotheses and experimentation when designing any solution and this gives us full confidence in the designs we produce. In this post we outline the steps and advantages of using this approach.
An Overview of the Azure CNAB Quickstarts Library
The Azure CNAB Quickstarts Library helps you get up and running with CNAB and Porter. We've built quickstarts covering solutions like WordPress, Ghost, Mattermost, and data platforms like Apache Airflow, SQL Server AlwaysOn clusters and Kubernetes features like an nginx ingress controller and an Azure AD enabled OAuth2 Proxy. We've condensed all our learnings from the past 9 months of working on the project and turned them into a 10 minute video which explains all the key concepts. We hope this video helps accelerate your own CNAB & Porter epiphanies!
Introducing the Azure CNAB Quickstarts Library
In partnership with Microsoft, we have released Azure CNAB Quickstarts Library on GitHub. CNAB (Cloud-Native Application Bundle) is a new specification designed for facilitating the packaging, installation, upgrading and uninstallation of cloud-native solutions in the cloud, on-premise or on the edge. We've created a number of quickstarts covering Apache Airflow, Azure Kubernetes Service, Ghost, Kubeflow, SQL Server Always On and Wordpress to help demonstrate the power of CNAB and Porter.
Exposing legacy batch processing code online using Azure Durable Functions, API Management and Kubernetes
In this post we show how a combination of Kubernetes, Azure Durable Functions and Azure API Management can be used to make legacy batch processing code available as a RESTful API. This is a great example of how serverless technologies can be used to expose legacy software to the public internet in a controlled way, allowing you to reap some of the benefits of a cloud first approach without fully rewriting and migrating existing software.
NDC London Day 1
In this post, Ian describes some of the highlights from the NDC London conference
Azure Analysis Services - integration options using .NET, REST APIs and PowerShell
With a variety of integration support through client SDKs, PowerShell cmdlets and REST APIs, it can be hard to know where to start with integrating Azure Analysis Services into your custom applications. This posts walks through the options, and lays out a simple guide to choosing the right framework.
Building a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake Store (Gen2)
In this blog from the Azure Advent Calendar 2019 we discuss building a secure data solution using Azure Data Lake. Data Lake has many features which enable fine grained security and data separation. It is also built on Azure Storage which enables us to take advantage of all of those features and means that ADLS is still a cost effective storage option!This post runs through some of the great features of ADLS and runs through an example of how we build our solutions using this technology!
Survey: Expression Trees use cases in .NET
Expression Trees are one of .NET's super powers; but they are hugely overlooked and misunderstood. They can be used for on-the-fly code generation; building DSLs, and producing high performance computational algorithms. I'm trying to gather evidence about how you are using them, to make a case for future investments in the Expression Tree subsystem in .NET Core / .NET 5.0
Long Running Functions in Azure Data Factory
While on first inspection Azure Function look like a good candidate for long running operations as they can run for 10 minutes on a Consumption plan, HTTP Triggers only run for 230 seconds because of a limitation with the Azure Load Balancer. In this blog post Jess Panni demonstrates how Durable Functions can be used instead.
Design patterns in C# - The Composite Pattern
This blog is part of a series around design patterns. This post focuses on the composite pattern. The composite pattern is often used in situations where you want to me able to treat groups and individuals in the same way during processing.
Secure function-to-function authentication in Azure without the need for credentials
Building a secure solution on Azure can be a daunting task. Using Azure Functions and Managed Identities, we have built up a pattern for giving services access to one another, woithout the need to store credentials. These managed identities can be given access to necessary resources. For example, they can be granted roles and added to access control lists in ADLS Gen2 accounts, or the ability to access keys in key vault. This means that data can be securely accessed without needing to store connection strings or app passwords.
Design Patterns in C# - Factory Method and Abstract Factory
This is the first blog in a series about design patterns. This blog focuses on the differences between the factory method and abstract factory patterns. The factory method is a method which takes the creation of objects and moves it out of the main body of the code. An abstract factory is similar to the factory method, but instead of a method it is an object in its own right.
Incorporating software architecture into agile projects
Software architecture and Agile project planning are often seen to be at odds. However, here at endjin we think that the way in which they intersect solves a lot of the common issues surrounding architecture. The key to successful architecture is constantly keeping the drivers in mind and having a tight communication loop as the architecture is implemented. These concepts are ones which are key to agile project management, and the combination of these two disciplines can be extremely powerful and successful when applied correctly.
Agile Architecture: Painting by Numbers
Snowflake Connector for Azure Data Factory - Part 2
Snowflake Connector for Azure Data Factory - Part 1
A code review with NDepend Part 2: The initial review
At endjin we have a high quality bar when it comes to our code. As part of this we carry out regular code reviews. One of the tools we have used for these code reviews is NDepend. This is the second in a blog series written as we carried out that process. This post focuses on the insight you can quickly gain just by glancing at the NDepend UI.
A code review with NDepend Part 1: Quality metrics
At endjin we have a high quality bar when it comes to our code. As part of this we carry out regular code reviews. One of the tools we have used for these code reviews is NDepend. This is the first in a blog series written as we carried out that process. This post runs through the different metrics used by NDepend, and the reasons that each of these can be an indication of code quality.
Rx operators deep dive Part 5 – Thank you for joining me on this journey
This is the final blog in a series which delves into how the Rx operators work under the covers. This series aims to provide a greater understanding of Rx and its operators. This post focuses on the JOIN operator.
Avoiding deployment locking errors by running Web and Functions Apps from packages
This post walks through the fix for DLL locking errors when trying to deploy an Azure Function. The solution was to switch over to the new "deploy from package" option when deploying the functions. This fixes the file locking problem because instead of deploying the DLLs, the function will run from a package file added to its directory.
Rx operators deep dive Part 4: A window into scheduling in Rx
This is the fourth blog in a series which delves into how the Rx operators work under the covers. This series aims to provide a greater understanding of Rx and its operators. This post focuses on the WINDOW operator.
A conversation about .NET, The Cloud, Data & AI, teaching software engineers and joining endjin with Ian Griffiths
When he joined endjin, Technical Fellow Ian sat down with founder Howard for a Q&A session. This was originally published on LinkedIn in 5 parts, but is republished here, in full. Ian talks about his path into computing, some highlights of his career, the evolution of the .NET ecosystem, AI, and the software engineering life.
Rx operators deep dive part 1: Where observables meet LINQ
This is the first blog in a series which delves into how the Rx operators work under the covers. This series aims to provide a greater understanding of Rx and its operators. This post focuses on the WHERE operator.
Overflowing with dataflow part 2: TPL Dataflow
This is the second blog in a series about data flow. This post delves into TPL dataflow.The task parallel library is a .NET library which aims to make parallel processing and concurrency simpler to work with. The TPL dataflow library is specifically aimed at making parallel data processing more understandable via a pipeline-based model.
Overflowing with dataflow part 1: An overview
This is the first blog in a series about dataflow. The series focuses on TPL dataflow, but this post gives an overview of dataflow as a whole.The crucial thing to understand when using dataflow is that the data is in control. In most conventional programming languages, the programmer determines how and when the code will run. In dataflow, it is the data that drives how the program executes. The movement of data controls the flow of the program.
Whose package is it anyway? Why it's important to minimise dependencies in your solutions...
This is a post about the importance of reducing your dependencies as much as possible when designing solutions.If as much as possible is under your own control, there is far less room for synchronization errors and update conflicts.
Thoughts about .NET, The Cloud, AI, ML, and teaching software engineers
Kickstart your API proposition with the API Maturity Assessment
Rest APIs underpin many Digital Transformation strategies. As with all software projects the devil is in the detail; your API strategy, governance, security, design principals are as, if not more imporant than building a working API.
How to plan your cloud transformation journey
Azure Tech Selector - 2017 Edition
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Mobile Services
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Analytics & Big Data
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Database
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform - Compute
AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Platform
The 100 Year Start-up: Embracing Disruption in Financial Services
Hymans Robertson was set up in Glasgow in 1921 and is one of the longest established independent firms of consultants and actuaries in the UK. Hymans Robertson soon realised that the computational requirements of their models exceeded the capacity of their on-premise datacentres and that the most cost effective solution would be to use the cloud to perform their Big Compute. But before they could harness the cloud to help them solve their Big Data problems, the business needed to understand the ramifications of moving to the cloud; everything from regulatory, risk and compliance concerns, to how their internal Ops team would need to evolve and adapt, and how to deal with moving data from on-prem into the cloud.