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Azure Weekly is a summary of the week's top news to help you build on the Microsoft Azure Platform.

From AI to Availability Zones, it aims to keep you on top of the latest Azure developments.

Issue 307: 17th January 2021

To kick off this edition - there are a couple of good videos on Channel 9; first up Alex Frankel joins Abel Wang discuss Project Bicep – the next generation ARM Templates - we've been converting some of our more advanced ARM Templates to Bicep to put it through its paces; we're happy with the direction of travel - each new release improves the experience. Something to keep an eye on. Secondly, the Microsoft Graph should get more attention / love than it currently does; Cecil Phillip delves into Change Notifications with Microsoft Graph On .NET

Another post with some personal interest is Processing CloudEvents for Azure EventGrid via Azure Functions as we've adopted the CloudEvents standard for a serverless workflow engine we've been building over the last year. On the Azure blog, Alex Simon discusses how Azure Active Directory empowers frontline workers with simplified and secure access. Sarah Lean lists ten things you can implement to save costs in your Azure environment. Incredibly useful as we all ramp up our projects and resources for the new year!

Mark Serafine provides an introduction to Microsoft Azure Government Secret - which supports agencies working with highly classified data. And Kenneth Omorodion runs through how to create Azure DevOps Analytics Visuals with Power BI OData Queries.

Finally, this week our newest endjineer - Barry Smart - has written his first endjin blog, covering the Doing Data Together Conference and how we can take learnings from the Covid 19 pandemic and apply them to wider data and analytics scenarios.

Issue 306: 10th January 2021

It's quite a bumper edition as we're covering the content published over the festive break. So let's start off with learning goals. Over the last year Microsoft have put in huge amounts of effort to improve the Azure certifications process, revamping the learning pathways and content to better reflect the latest services in Azure. If my LinkedIn feed is anything to go by, many people focused on learning during the pandemic. Two interesting posts in this topic are: Microsoft Certification Changes 2021 and Beyond and to help with your learning - five more free services now available in the Azure free account.

In the data & analytics space there have been a few posts of note: 4 common analytics scenarios to build business agility, How to use Azure Cosmos Emulator as a local MongoDb database, Resources for the SQL Server and Azure Data community, and Bulk upload files to Azure Blob Storage with the Azure CLI

On the Serverless front Barbara Forbes talks about Azure Durable Functions for PowerShell and a really interesting post from Guillaume Docquier about detecting anomalies in Azure costs with TensorFlow and Azure Functions. I'll stop there and let your read the rest of the newsletter!

Issue 305: 20th December 2020

There are still a flood of posts following the Synapse GA and Purview public preview announcements at the start of December; first How Azure Synapse unifies your development experience, then Azure Synapse Analytics Data Integration and Orchestration and Enable unified data governance with Azure Purview.

If you spend a lot of your time writing Infrastructure as Code, What-If for ARM Template deployments is now Generally Available makes life considerably easier to see what your template changes will do without altering deployed resources. Earlier in the year we released the Azure CNAB Quickstarts Library; this week Mike Larah published a post and template for installing Mattermost using the Azure CNAB Quickstart Library.

Finally, Azure Digital Twins is now generally available, Azure Cost Management and Billing have published a year in review, Philip Cumner writes about Streaming Pixel Server Data to Azure EventHubs via the Kafka Streaming Protocol. and Lior Kamrat shares that the Azure Arc Jumpstart site is live.

There have been 49 issues of Azure Weekly in 2020, our subscriber growth has increased by 20%, our @AzureWeekly twitter account is a hive of activity, and we get a constant stream of emails with people proudly sharing the content they have created. 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of starting endjin, and the 6th anniversary of Azure Weekly. Have a great festive break and we'll see you all again in January.

Issue 304: 13th December 2020

With the recent general availability of Azure Synapse, last week's announcement of Azure Purview, the announcement of new ML features for Azure Synapse, and new features in Azure Functions, this week there has been a load of excellent content!

Ron L'Esteve provides some "Getting Started with Azure Synapse Analytics Workspace" Samples. Rohan Kumar discusses how we can harness analytical and predictive power with Azure Synapse Analytics. And, in a similar vein, John Macintyre describes how to unleash the power of predictive analytics in Azure Synapse with machine learning and AI.

On Channel 9, Adi Polak and Simon Whiteley dliver a hands-on workshop: Intro to Serverless SQL. On Azure Medium, Ari Bornstein discusses no Code Data Enrichment with Azure Synapse and Azure Machine Learning. And, on the Microsoft site there is an excellent tutorial on how to Train a machine learning model code-free in Azure Synapse with Apache Spark and automated ML.

Moving on to Azure Purview, the updates team highlights how Microsoft Azure Purview provides unified data governance. James Serra provides a walkthrough of the new Microsoft data governance product. And finally, on the tech community, Vishal Anil discusses how to map your data estate with Azure Purview.

Elsewhere, Nitya Narasimhan runs through #SeasonsOfServerless Solution 2: "Developing Lovely Ladoos".Anthony Chu highlights .NET 5 support on Azure Functions and support for any language with Custom Handlers.Michael Crump explains how to run C# notebooks with Azure Cosmos DB. Azure Digital Twins now generally available.

Finally, as I'm a EV owner in the UK, this article grabbed my attention; UKs first electric car charging forecourt opens to the public, powered by Microsoft Azure and Dynamics. I love GRIDSERVE's vision of what forecourt charging should look like; the latest episode of Fully Charged has the exclusive, in-depth first look.

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