Azure, Cloud, Software engineering

Changes to Microsoft Certs

Microsoft just announced changes to their exam including: AZ-103, AZ-203, AZ-300, AZ-301, AI-100. New versions (AZ-104, AZ-204, AZ-303, AZ-304, AI-101) will be rolled out in March 2020. Old exams will be available for 90 days after new ones will become available. Also some other updates are expected (to other exams) but they were not announced …

Programming, Software engineering

12 factor app

12 factor app is a set of principle used to build an app to make it as independent from hosting provider as possible with keeping software development best practices. It was created by Heroku engineers who worked on the platform and later supported thousands of customers projects on Heroku. Main appliance was SaaS however most …

Programming, SQL

SQL Server 2019 – very short intro

Today Microsoft presented SQL Server 2019 in general availability. Did you expect a lot of new features? I did not but it looks like Microsoft made a nice surprise. Most important features: Support for big data using SQL Server, Spark and HDFS Support for AI (including Python) Data virtualization – allows to use SQL Server …

AWS, Cloud

AWS Glacier – why to avoid

I’m using Glacier for long term backups. I was pretty happy with upload process (setup, performance) until I provisioned a vault for a long term backup (1.5~2 years) and right now I was willing to get rid of it. Unfortunately you cannot just drop it when it is not empty. You have to remove all …

Azure, Certificate, Cloud

Learning to Azure AZ-203 exam

Here is a bunch of links which I’m using in learning to AZ-203 (and AZ-204) exam: Exam homepage Learning path related to materials from Microsoft (long read) 50 minutes intro (overview) on Azure Whizlabs on the preparations Youtube videos with basic knowledge by Adam Marczak Azure for architectes by Ritesh Modi (Packt, Oct 2017) – …

.NET, C#, CSharp, Library, Programming, Tests, Unit tests

Fluent Assertions in unit tests

As a continouation of the article about unit test frameworks I would like to introduce Fluent Assertions. This framework simplifies testing by BDD style syntax. Let’s start from basic assertion. As you noticed, first is going the result, then the keyword (or rather extension method) Should() and at the end the condition (so in case …

.NET, C#, CSharp, Library, Programming

.NET unit test frameworks comparison

In .NET we have 3 dominant unit test frameworks: MS Test (v2) NUnit (3.x) xUnit (2.x) First one comes with Visual Studio, two other requires additional components installation. Initialize First difference we will find in initialization approach. In MS Test there several initialization available (by attributes): AssemblyInitialize, ClassInitialize and TestInitialize. The disadvantage is that initialization …

Cloud, GCP

Spanner – GCP custom SQL solution

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offers 3 SQL engines as a service: MySQL 5.6/5.7, PostgreSQL 9.6 and Spanner. MySQL and PostgreSQL are quite well known across the world. Spanner is completely new player – Google’s own product dedicated to handle thousands of requests. When we setup the database, it is required to specify number of nodes …