Delivering Desktop Apps in Docker Containers

In this session from DockerCon 2020, Microsoft MVP Blaize Stewart will teach you two different ways to deploy desktop applications. The first, how desktop apps can be deployed to a local machine running Docker, and second how to run the application through the desktop. You will also learn how a similar approach can be used…

Dockerfile Tips and Tricks

The ubiquity of Docker Containers has made knowledge of how to write Dockerfles an essential skill for developers, DevOps engineers, and even data scientists that use Docker containers for different kinds of workloads. While Dockerfiles on the surface don’t seem overly complicated, when not done optimally, it can leave a container exposed to a security…
Containers

Create a Simple DevOps Pipeline for Containers with Azure Container Registry

With software development, there’s almost always multiple ways to do things, and sometimes the best solution for a problem is not a technical one, rather a nontechnical one. With DevOps, this is certainly true, as there are increasingly multiple ways to do things to get code from a development environment into a code repo, built,…
Containers

All The Ways to Run Containers on Azure

Containers are no longer the best kept secret in IT. Practically everywhere I go, I hear of organizations using containers for everything from small projects to mission critical 24×7 applications with 99.999% uptime SLA’s. These kinds of projects all have a myriad of different requirements and drivers that go into making the decision of where…

Data DevOps: Deploying SQL Server DACPACs to Docker

In order to truly optimize the workflow and create a culture of DevOps, we need to be able to quickly build and deploy databases. To automate this process, we need to rely on improving our ability to utilize infrastructure as code. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use sqlpackage to automate…
.NET Core

Creating a Daemon with .NET Core (Part 2)

This little project is a practical implementation of a blog post I wrote about implementing daemons in .NET Core. This daemon is a .NET Core console app that is using a Generic Host to host an MQTT Server based on the code in MQTTNet, which has become my go-to library for MQTT for .NET apps…
.NET Core

Creating a Daemon with .NET Core (Part 1)

Daemons are as essential to servers as caffeine and pizza are to developers. The executables run as services on a server waiting to receive input usually from a network call, and respond to it by providing something back to the the user who called it.  .NET Core is the venerable cross-platform development stack for Linux,…
Security

Security Best Practices for Docker Images

Docker Hub is a blessing and a curse at times. It’s a great way to share Docker images to the public, but it can be used by hackers to sneak code into environments with malicious intent. Recently, a hacker uploaded images into Docker Hub that were downloaded over 5,000,000 times. The intent was to turn…
Choices

Choosing Between Containers and Serverless

Choosing the right tool for the job is not always as easy as it seems. Sometimes, there is more than one tool for doing something, and such is the case for cloud-based applications. In my last “Choosing between” post, I looked out how to choose between containers and virtual machines, and here the same tension…