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

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
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

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
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

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
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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Cloud Engineering on the Rise

George Huang George Huang
Cloud Engineering on the Rise

One of the most fulfilling aspects of working at Pulumi is learning how customers and the community practice cloud engineering in their teams. It’s exciting to see how they use cloud engineering and Pulumi to implement best practices that enable leveraging the cloud to accelerate innovation and enable better business outcomes.

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Top 5 Things an Azure Developer Needs to Know: Introduction

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
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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July 28 releases: K8s GitOps, autonaming in Google Native

Alex Mullans Alex Mullans
July 28 releases: K8s GitOps, autonaming in Google Native

Another great iteration has just wrapped up, so it’s time for another edition of the Pulumi release notes! We’ve been busy smashing bugs across our products (over 100!), but we’ve also got several new updates across Pulumi providers, the CLI, and the Pulumi Service:

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Kubernetes Fundamentals Part One

Kat Cosgrove Kat Cosgrove
Kubernetes Fundamentals Part One

Kubernetes is everywhere now, but it’s primarily been the domain of people working on the Ops side of infrastructure. What about devs, though? You benefit from knowing what Kubernetes is and how to use it, too – otherwise, we’re still putting teams in silos. In this tutorial, we’re going to define Kubernetes at a high level, talk about the anatomy of a cluster, and learn not just why you should care but how to try it for yourself. We’ll start with local deployments using YAML before getting a little help from infrastructure as code with Pulumi to stand up everything right inside our sample application in a programming language you’re already writing!

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WTF Is Cloud Engineering?

Matt Stratton Matt Stratton
WTF Is Cloud Engineering?

When we think about the idea of “cloud engineering,” we often think about the concept of taking standard software engineering practices and tools, and making them available and consistent across development, infrastructure, and compliance teams.

It sounds a lot like what DevOps was supposed to accomplish, right? Many great practices have come out of software engineering that we can apply to operations and infrastructure. Likewise, practices from operational disciplines are equally applicable to development teams.

In cloud engineering, we look at how all of these practices are available to multiple functions and teams. It’s a compelling concept, and the more that we refactor our thinking around this, the more effective we can be at delivering value to our customers and users.

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Infrastructure Testing in Practice

Sophia Parafina Sophia Parafina
Infrastructure Testing in Practice

In the previous article we discussed how to apply software testing methodologies to cloud engineering. We also examined testing regimes starting from the testing pyramid to the trophy and honeycomb models of testing better suited to distributed and cloud architectures. These testing regimes include three types of tests suited for cloud architectures:

  • unit tests for testing methods and functions within a service
  • property tests for validating specified service outputs
  • integration tests to ensure that resources interact as specified

In this article, we’ll do a deep dive into each of these testing methods.

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July 7 releases: new pricing, replaceOnChanges, and more

Alex Mullans Alex Mullans
July 7 releases: new pricing, replaceOnChanges, and more

In this update:

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