Today at the Week 2 Day 3 of our bootcamp we had Microsoft developer Evangelist Andrew Coates talk about building cloud solutions with Azure.

Some of the big takeaways from the talk were:

  • Developers need to be lazy: don’t reinvent the wheel, instead add value to your company by coding only what you can code (for instance don’t spend too much time working on form validation as you can have a libraries or someone’s code to do that, instead spend it coding stuff that only you know, such as solutions to your business needs etc)
  • Microsoft Azure offers this huge range of solutions / services that span across Infrastructure as a Service IaaS, Platform as a Service PaaS or Software as a Service SaaS (not only Microsoft but companies such as Amazon too) so you can concentrate on the important stuff and let them worry about keeping everything else up to date.
  • You can scale up/down or scale out according to your needs (this can be automatically triggered if certain conditions are met, such as the processing power of a machine X reaches certain threshold etc).
  • You can have Continuous Delivery done by combining an Azure website with Visual Studio online so that anytime you check-in your code Visual Studio will create an automatic build for you and if it passes (including running unit tests if available) will deploy it to your Azure environment (UAT, Staging, production, etc)

We also had a practice lab where we could put all that theory into practice, the screencast of a continuous delivery with Visual Studio Online in Azure can be watched below:

 

Thanks for reading / watching

Harold