24 Oct

Why you should use Azure Application Insights

Application Insights

So you’ve got this great web application. It’s being used by thousands of users. The code is written perfectly (or so you think). It’s just pure magic.

Then there’s this one page in your application. You know, that one you’ve written on a Sunday morning, hungover from last night’s party. That page is working at the same speed you were probably coding that morning and throws up more errors than… well you get the picture. How’re you going to monitor this in production and catch those exception?
Here comes Azure Application Insights! In this post I will tell you about some of my favorite Application Insights features and by doing so I’ll try to convince you to start using it too.

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02 Feb

Simple .NET chat application with Azure Service Bus Topics and SignalR

Azure Service Bus
The heyday of chat rooms are long past us, but nowadays almost every popular application has some sort of chat functionality implemented. Some even make a separate application just to improve and create new features.
So if you ever felt like creating your own chat functionality for your website or application, Azure Service Bus Topics is your man.

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26 Apr

Azure Automation: First Time Setup

azure As we saw in the previous post, we saw the clear benefits of Azure Automation. It is really a service that can make our IT-lives a bit easier to maintain.
For those who didn’t read the previous post: Azure Automation allows you to upload PowerShell scripts to Azure, and then configure Automation to let them run automatically at certain moments. It’s really nice to automate all those little annoying jobs that just rob our time.

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10 Jul

Import bacpac from Azure Storage

azure
Microsoft Azure has the ability to automatically backup/export your database to a certain storage account. This can be done from a maximum frequency of one time a day and a retention of maximum 90 days.
Now what if something went horribly wrong and you want to import that on specific bacpac back in your Azure SQL database?

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