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Azure Weekly Issue 424: 25th June 2023

A mixed bag this week. There are a number of interesting AI related articles: Introducing Azure OpenAI Service On Your Data in Public Preview and a potential time saver Azure OpenAI GPT model to review Pull Requests for Azure DevOps and some early guidance on how to prepare for Microsoft 365 Copilot.

An interesting addition: Introducing Snakemake for Azure Batch, which is a Python based workflow management system for reproducible and scalable data analysis. In what seems to be a big announcement by the Logic Apps Team: Introducing .NET Framework Custom Code for Azure Logic Apps Standard - Preview, which seems to be aimed at orgs looking to migrate off BizTalk.

Ed Freeman (@edfreeman_) shares the first in a series deep diving into Microsoft Fabric via an end-to-demo. Part 1 covers Lakehouse & Medallion Architecture and Ian Griffiths (Technical Fellow at endjin) makes an appearance on the Adventures in .NET podcast (also available on Spotify) to talk about new C# features and how they can make a big impact on computational processing and your cloud spend. It's well worth an hour of your time if you're interested in writing high performance code.

Finally, I published a little tool I've been working on for the last few years. dotnet-adr is a cross platform .NET Global Tool for creating and managing Architectural Decision Records (ADR), which are simple Markdown based text documents used to record the context, assumptions, options, rationale, decision, and consequences of technical decisions. We find ADRs to be an invaluable approach for building cloud, data, analytics and AI solutions as there are often multiple ways to achieve your goals, but you need to consider many tradeoffs, including performance targets, price-points, and feature sets. As the context or constraints often change due to the fast innovation of cloud platforms, it's become increasingly important to record these descisions in a way they can be easily re-evalutated to understand if any of the context which drove a particular decision path has changed.

In this push to get the tool to v1.0 I've added getting started, background, and extensibility documentation, updated the available ADR templates, and provided links to a number of real world ADR examples from our OSS projects. I hope you find the tool as useful as we do. Please raise an issue if you have any problems.

AI + Machine Learning

Covering: Anomaly detector, Azure Bot Service, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Open Datasets, Bing APIs, Cognitive Services, Computer Vision, Content moderator, Custom vision, Data Science Virtual Machines, Face, Form Recogniser, Immersive Reader, Ink Recogniser, Language Understanding (LUIS), Machine Learning Studio, Microsoft Genomics, ML.NET, Personaliser, Project Cortex, QnA Maker, Speaker Recognition, Speech-to-Text, Speech translation, Text Analytics, Text to Speech , Translator Speech, Translator Text


Covering: Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, Azure Analysis Services, Azure Data Explorer, Azure Data Share, Azure Databricks, Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, Data Catalog, Data Factory, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, HDInsight, .NET for Apache Spark, R Server for HDInsight, Microsoft Purview, Microsoft Fabric


Covering: Azure CycleCloud, Azure Dedicated Host, Azure Functions, Azure VMware Solution by CloudSimple, Batch, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances, Service Fabric, Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets


Covering: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Azure Red Hat OpenShift, CNAB, CNCF, Container Instances, Container Registry, Porter, WSL, Web App for Containers


Covering: Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Database for MariaDB, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Database Edge, Azure Cache for Redis, SQL Data Warehouse, SQL Server on virtual machines, SQL Server Stretch Database, Table storage

Developer Tools

Covering: App Configuration, Azure Lab Services, CLIs, Developer tool integrations, SDKs, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Online


Covering: Azure Artifacts, Azure Boards, Azure DevOps, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos, Azure Test Plans, Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations

Hybrid + Multicloud

Covering: Azure Arc, Azure Stack


Covering: Azure Active Directory (AD), Azure Active Directory B2C, Azure Active Directory Domain Services

Internet of Things

Covering: Azure Digital Twins, Azure IoT Central, Azure IoT Edge, Azure IoT Hub, Azure IoT solution accelerators, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere, Azure Time Series Insights, IoT DevKit, WildernessLabs, Windows 10 IoT Core Services


Covering: Microsoft Certifications, Azure Certifications, Microsoft Learning Paths, Certification Pathway Information

Management and Governance

Covering: Automation, Azure Advisor, Azure Backup, Azure Blueprints, Azure Lighthouse, Azure Managed Applications, Azure mobile app, Azure Monitor, Azure Policy, Azure Resource Manager, Azure Service Health, Azure Site Recovery, Cloud Shell, Cost Management, Microsoft Azure portal, Scheduler, Azure Purview


Covering: Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Media Analytics, Media Services, Video Indexer


Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box


Covering: App Service (Mobile), Mobile apps, Notification Hubs, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin


Covering: Application Gateway, Azure Bastion, Azure DNS, Azure ExpressRoute, Azure Firewall, Azure Firewall Manager, Azure Front Door, Azure Internet Analyzer, Azure Private Link, Content Delivery Network, Load Balancer, Network Watcher, Traffic Manager, Virtual Network, Virtual WAN, VPN Gateway, Web Application Firewall


Covering: Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Information Protection, Azure Sentinel, Key Vault, Security Center


Covering: Archive Storage, Avere vFXT for Azure, Azure Data Lake Store, Azure FXT Edge Filer, Azure HPC Cache, Azure NetApp Files, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, Storage Accounts, Storage Explorer, StorSimple


Covering: API apps, API Management, App Service (Web), Azure Cognitive Search, Azure SignalR Service, Azure Spring Cloud, Web apps

Azure Virtual Desktop

Covering: Azure Virtual Desktop

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