Prototyping in Axure vs. Power Apps As I described in part one of this blog series, prototyping was an integral step of our user-centered design/discovery process. When we first started on the project, the UX Architect and I used Axure, a well-known prototyping tool familiar to us. However, as the project progressed, we moved into prototyping in Power Apps directly. Several reasons led to such change: Our client’s security policy required that we keep the prototypes in their tenant. Axure […]

Microsoft affirms its commitment to the Java ecosystem by offering open-source distribution of Java with the Microsoft Build of OpenJDK™. It’s a no-cost, Long-Term Support (LTS) distribution of OpenJDK currently available for preview. The preview build includes the binaries for Java 11 available on x64 server and desktop environments on Windows, macOS, and Linux. An early-access release for Java 16 is available for Windows on ARM. Microsoft is currently collecting feedback on the packing and installer of the build on […]

So you’ve written Infrastructure As Code, Automated All The Things, and drank deeply of the DevOps Kool-Aid on your current project – what’s next? You’ve been reaping the rewards of DevOps at some scale, and your one-off DevOps effort has earned a lot of positive attention – now, management would like you to implement DevOps for all the projects! How do you spread the DevOps wealth, and what do you need to be successful? Delivering DevOps What is DevOps? For […]

Azure API Management service has been around since 2014. AIS has been implementing solutions using Azure API Management for almost as long. I am working on a project that recently introduced new requirements that seemed like a good fit for API Management, so we looked into it. As a result, we decided to use Azure API Management and recently deployed it into production. I want to share some of the considerations in making that decision and some of the implementation […]

From C# Developer to DevOps Engineer Over the last couple of years, I’ve become a DevOps Engineer after having been primarily a C# developer. Instead of primarily C# and SQL, I was now working almost exclusively with JSON, YAML, and PowerShell. While I was very familiar with Visual Studio 2013/2015/2017 and its excellent support for the .NET work I did over the years, I found the experience for building DevOps solutions to be underwhelming. At the time, the Intellisense for […]

Recently I was working on a project for a DoD client looking to move multiple, siloed on-premise data workloads to the cloud as part of an Azure capabilities proof of concept. The client needed to upload large amounts of data, create parquet files, perform ad-hoc analysis using jupyter notebooks, and make data available to query using SQL for a reporting dashboard. A single dataset was approximately a terabyte with all the data measured in petabytes. After completing the analysis, we […]

Microsoft Azure Government DC is a group created for anyone in the IT world modernizing government with a goal of bringing real-world lessons to innovators in Government. AIS has supported and presented during these events when there were just 5 members. Now, the group in nearing 4,000 members. In March, we presented on Authority to Operate (ATO) and Compliance in Azure Gov. Check out the recording and overview below. Here’s What You Missed AIS Cloud Security and Compliance Solutions Architect, […]

This blog series is for anyone trying to learn how to use the Power Platform. Readers should know software development fundamentals. This blog begins by covering how to create a base Canvas App from an existing table in the Microsoft Dataverse. It reviews all the screens, forms, and changes necessary to make the user interface work as defined in the requirements. By the end of this blog, a fully functioning app will be ready for data entry. The blog series […]

Testing is and has always been a necessary action when writing code or creating templates. Throughout the history of writing code, tools have made it easier and more foolproof for developers to complete tasks and get increasingly better at test-driven development. During some time, I researched and was asked to add content to the Knowledge Center about testing tools Pester and Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Template. Without knowing too much about writing code or developing ARM Templates, I was able […]

Spring Framework is one of the most popular frameworks for application development using Java. Spring Boot is one of the top modules of Spring Framework, which is widely used to build enterprise-grade highly scalable backend applications. Spring Boot is very popular to develop microservices using open-source technologies, and its Pivotal Team develops it. Microsoft and Pivotal/VMware build and operate Azure Spring Cloud, a native Azure service offered as Platform as a Service (PaaS) and available on Azure Marketplace. Why Use […]