Multi-Stage Builds with Docker

One of the most anticipated announcements in the Docker space when it comes to building images is Multi-Stage builds because of the huge benefits it gives to CI/CD pipelines in DevOps. Before this announcement, building software in a container usually involved creating a container with all the SDK’s and compilers in the container, uploading code…

Microsoft Will Release First Technical Preview of Azure Stack on Jan. 29

Microsoft will debut its hybrid-cloud platform, Azure Stack, this week, offering a technical preview that goes live Jan. 29. Aimed at enterprise customers who aren’t ready to put all their sensitive information in the public cloud, Azure Stack allows users to deliver Azure services from their own datacenters. The platform’s architecture mimics that of Azure.…

Microsoft Connect() Virtual Conference Preview

Last year Microsoft reached out to developers via a global virtual conference aptly named Connect().  During that conference they announced the .NET Open Source initiatives for Linux and Mac and also revealed the Visual Studio Code editor for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  This year’s conference promises more revelations with keynotes and presentations from developer favorites like…

Cloud Foundry for Azure Released

Microsoft has announced general availability of the open source DevOps platform Cloud Foundry for Azure.  Microsoft has worked with the Cloud Foundry community to provide Resource Manager Templates to enable fast deployment of BOSH tools. By merging the Azure Cloud Provider Interface (CPI) into the upstream, open source Cloud Foundry repository, Cloud Foundry on Azure…

What Developers Need to Know About Docker

Docker is an application virtualization service based on features of the Linux operating system.  It provides a way to share a host OS, and using a virtualized filesystem, install and run Linux based apps in an isolated environment called a container.    The following diagram shows how Docker is different from Virtual Machines. Docker Architecture Docker…

Sneak Peek into DevOps in Visual Studio 2015

There were so many announcements at yesterday’s Connect() virtual conference that several great new features may have gotten lost in the flood of demos. While DevOps and Visual Studio Online played a big part in the demos, there’s a lot more under the covers that are going to make developing with Visual Studio and TFS…

Connect with Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team on November 12th and 13th

Microsoft announces Connect(), an online developer event to showcase the future of software development with Visual Studio! Microsoft announced today that Visual Studio and the next version of its developer toolset will be the centerpiece on November 12 of an event called Connect(); in New York City. Microsoft CVP of the Developer Division, S. “Soma”…

Here Come the .NET Containers

So I was watching Twitter this morning in anticipation of interesting news from TechEd 2014. TechEd isn’t traditionally known as the place where Microsoft drops a lot of big, bold announcements so I wasn’t expecting too much. But then I saw Scott Hanselman post this little nugget: Devs of #msteched: Everything changes in 90min. Join…