Sophia Parafina

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Creating a Pulumi Project

Creating a Pulumi Project

Infrastructure in Pulumi is organized into projects. In the Pulumi ecosystem, a project represents a Pulumi program that, when run, declares the desired infrastructure for Pulumi to manage. The program has corresponding stacks, or isolated, independently configurable instances of your Pulumi program. We’ll talk more about stacks later in the Building with Pulumi pathway. Create a directory Each Pulumi project lives in its own directory. Create one now and change into it by running these commands in your terminal:

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Configuring and Provisioning Containers

Configuring and Provisioning Containers

Now that we’ve created our images, we can provision our application with a network and containers. First, we’re going to add configuration to our Pulumi program. Pulumi is a tool to configure your infrastructure, and that includes being able to configure the different stacks with different values. As a result, it makes sense to include the basic configurations as variables at the top of your program. Configure the application Add the following configuration variables to your Pulumi program below the imports:

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Creating Docker Images

Creating Docker Images

In this part, we’ll create our first Pulumi resource. Resources in Pulumi are the basic building blocks of your infrastructure, whether that’s a database instance or a compute instance or a specific storage bucket. In Pulumi, resource providers manage your resources. You can group those resources to abstract them (such as a group of compute instances that all have the same configuration and implementation) via component resources. In this case, our resources are going to be Docker containers and images that we build locally using infrastructure as code.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: DevOps

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: DevOps

What comes to mind when you hear DevOps? Frequently, DevOps is described as a cultural practice that enables an organization to deliver high-quality applications quickly. The DevOps model emphasizes the “breaking down of silos” and combining development and operations into a single team. Developing, deploying, and maintaining an application is the responsibility of both developers and operators across the application lifecycle.

DevOps processes rely on tooling to automate delivering and maintaining applications. This article demonstrates how to implement Azure Pipelines to build and deploy applications.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Kubernetes Applications

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Kubernetes Applications

All modern software is cloud software, and it’s more than likely that it runs on Kubernetes. Developers are faced with the challenge of deploy applications composed of many microservices. And each microservice adds to the complexity of the deployment.

This article reviews the different methods for deploying applications on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Kubernetes Infrastructure

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Kubernetes Infrastructure

History lesson time! In 2011, microservices debuted as an architectural style suited for the cloud. In 2013, Docker simplified building containers. Combining containers and microservices sparked a change in how applications were built and distributed in the cloud. As performance, scaling, and reliability became an increasing concern, container orchestration platforms became widely available. Kubernetes became the dominant container orchestration through community and corporate support, and some have suggested it was inevitable. Every major cloud service provider, including Azure, offers a version of Kubernetes.

Kubernetes streamlines container deployment and management, making applications scale and accessible. This article demonstrates configuring and deploying Kubernetes with Azure.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Static Websites

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Static Websites

Static web applications are a popular way to publish websites. There are many reasons for adopting static web applications, including speed, security, version control, scalability, and reduced cost.

This article goes into depth about the two types of static web applications that Azure offers. The first uses Azure Blob Storage to serve static data. The second method is Azure Static Web Apps which follows the pattern of Jamstack applications that use a static website generator integrated with source control that publishes to a Content Delivery Network. We’ll take an in-depth look at both methods and consider the pros and cons of each.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Serverless

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Serverless

The previous article was a deep dive into virtual machines. First, we used the Azure Portal to create and deploy a virtual machine; then, we repeated the process using infrastructure as code. We further demonstrated how to automate provisioning as part of cloud engineering’s build and deploy processes.

This article will explore the other end of the cloud infrastructure with serverless, which is an on-demand, fully-managed cloud architecture.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: VMs

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: VMs

So you want to be an Azure dev and all-around infrastructure wizard? Let’s start with the basics, virtual machines! In the previous article, the common use case for virtual machines is migrating applications from dedicated hardware. You want full control of the machine to install required software for the application or configure storage and networking.

Azure provides many ways to create and configure virtual machines ranging from the Azure CLI to the Azure Portal. In this article, we’ll first create a virtual machine using the portal to understand the requirements and process; then, we’ll do it with code using Pulumi’s Azure Native provider, which is built directly from the Azure Resource Manager API.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Introduction

Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Introduction

The Azure cloud platform includes over 200 products and cloud services. Wherever you are in your Microsoft cloud engineering journey, you should be familiar with these top 5 cloud tasks that are essential building blocks commonly used to deploy applications and infrastructure to the Azure cloud.

In this series of articles, we’ll go in-depth on virtual machines, Azure Functions, static websites, building an Azure Kubernetes Service cluster and deploying applications on AKS, and DevOps with Azure App Service.

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