The Sun Sets on TechWeek Humber 2022

The Sun Sets on TechWeek Humber 2022

This week saw the return of Tech Week Humber for the fourth time. The week long festival of events connects enterprise and education in all areas of tech. I’m incredibly proud to be involved in this years event as it showcases my local city and region. I’m also involved as a member on the Board of Advisors. Tech Expo Oh I’ve missed in-person conferences so much. Thankfully we are now getting back to normal when it comes to conferences, and with that comes the opporunity for networking with others....

11 November 2022 · 5 min · Martyn
Azure App Configuration Feature Targeting in Angular

Azure App Configuration Feature Targeting in Angular

Azure App Configuration has a great feature known as feature flags. This allows you to control aspects of your application using flag which determine if a feature is available or not. In this post we look at retrieving settings using an Angular service. Standard Features One of the most basic implementations is to have flags defined with a simple boolean true or false to determine the state of that feature....

25 March 2022 · 5 min · Martyn
Take Control of Costs with Azure Cost Management

Take Control of Costs with Azure Cost Management

Today, I was very pleased to present my session Take Control of Costs with Azure Cost Management which is part of the Azure Spring Clean series. If you missed the first showing of the session, you can watch it again over on my YouTube Channel. My thanks to Joe and Thomas for organising this great event, make sure you check out some of the other content from this week. Cost Management is an important aspect of cloud management and is still one of the top priorities that people talk to me about either as customers, or at user groups and conferences....

17 March 2022 · 7 min · Martyn

The Great IaC Conundrum

When it comes to Infrastructure as Code, today, you are presented with a number of options. What are the best way to interpret the options available, and when should you use one or the other? This post gives an honest of the options available. The options are endless, we are going to look at Bicep, ARM, Terraform, and Pulumi. Others are of course available, but this post features the main options when working with Microsoft Azure....

11 February 2022 · 9 min · Martyn

The Cloud Talking - E2 - Kenny Lowe

The latest episode of the podcast, feature hybrid cloud expert and Senior Manager at Dell, Kenny Lowe. The Cloud Talking is a podcast aimed at getting you closer to members of the community, talking about their career journey, the community, and a guest topic. We start each episode by asking “What do you tell your non-techie friends and family what you do?”. Head over to Anchor to see the episode on your favourite podcast app or listen directly from my blog....

11 February 2022 · 1 min · Martyn

The Cloud Talking - E1 - John Kilmister

Launching the new podcast which gets you closer to members of the cloud community is Software Architect and serverless enthusiast John Kilmister. The Cloud Talking is a podcast aimed at getting you closer to members of the community, talking about their career journey, the community, and a guest topic. We start each episode by asking “What do you tell your non-techie friends and family what you do?”. Head over to Anchor to see the episode on your favourite podcast app or listen directly from my blog....

4 February 2022 · 1 min · Martyn

Elgato Product Review

Thanks to the kind folks over at Elgato, I was lucky enough to receive a number of products from them, I wanted to use this post to take some time to do a short review of the products I received from them. First of all, I want to provide a quick summary of what I received from Elgato. Elgato Wave:3 Elgato Pop Filter Elgato Shock Mount Elgato Mic Arm LP Elgato Facecam Elgato Stream Deck Mini Elgato Key Light Air Let’s now talk about each of these bundled up by category....

28 January 2022 · 6 min · Martyn

Deploying Containers with Common Configuration

You may well be aware of technology such as Helm and the creation of Helm Charts to manage applications on Kubernetes. It’s a great solution if you want your container to be consumed by the general public, but what if you want a reusable YAML file to deploy your services internally. We can easily have a template YAML file stored in a Git repository as part of Azure DevOps that can be used in our release pipelines and change placeholders based on variables set in our pipeline....

21 January 2022 · 2 min · Martyn

It can be a lonely place...

I love the community that I am part of, I can get help from any number of incredibly kind humans who go the extra mile to make sure you get the result you want. Sometimes though, as with everything in life it takes its toll. I wanted to share something more personal with you. It’s just over a year now since I first received my Microsoft MVP award. It’s flown past and I’m, really happy with what I have contributed to various different user groups, conferences, and other mediums in the past 12 months....

5 November 2021 · 6 min · Martyn

Auto-Scaling .NET Core Web API Containers

In this post, we take a look at how to make sure you .NET Core Web API containers work well in auto-scalaing scenarios on Azure Kubernetes Service. When you first access a newly released .NET Core Web API, even locally, does not have to be in a container, you will notice the first request is slow. You can see this with the following output, it’s just from a brand new scaffolded project using the ....

20 October 2021 · 3 min · Martyn