When 2020 is upon us, it is reasonable to take time to reflect on the successes (and challenges) of the current year and to start planning for the coming year. One of our New Year’s resolutions was to carry on streaming live software development topics to people around the world. In our broadcasts at the end of November and December, some of our 2020 plans were seen by the Azure community. While sharing, many others typed that they would set a New Year’s resolution to learn Azure and love any pointers in the chat from around the world.
When we shared our Azure learning experiences in the “early days,” we spoke about how many great resources (available at no cost) users can take advantage of right now and bring their learning into the new year and beyond.
Here are a few ideas for our developer community to help them improve their Azure learning resolutions:
- Create a free account: having a free account is the first thing you need. You will sign up with a Microsoft or GitHub account and have access to 12 months of popular free services, a 30-day free Azure trial with $200 to spend over that time, and more than 25 free services forever. After completion of your 30-day trial, we will inform you so you can determine whether to upgrade to pay-as-you-go pricing and eliminate the expenditure cap. Stay up to date with the programmer of the Azure Application and languages page: This home page is a single, unified destination for developers and architects covering the development of Azure applications along with all our language pages like. NET, Node.js, Python, and more. For our SDKs, hands-on tutorials, reports, forums, activities, and other Azure tools, it’s updated monthly and your go-to-source. See our recent series of Python for Beginners to jump right in.
- Azure eBook Free Developer’s Guide: This free eBook includes all the updates from the first-party conferences of Microsoft, as well as new services and features announced since. Besides these important services, they’ve drilled into practical examples you can use in the real world and included a table and reference architecture that tells you “what to use when” for databases, containers, serverless scenarios, and more. There’s also a key security focus to help you stop potential threats before they happen to your business. You will also see brand new IoT, DevOps, and AI / ML sections that you can exploit today. In the more than 20 demo pages, you will dive into topics that include the creation and deployment of. NET Core Web Apps and SQL Server to Azure from scratch, building on the application to analyze the data with Cognitive Services. We will make it more robust and easier to update after the app is created by incorporating CI / CD with API Management to control our APIs and automatically generate documentation.
- Tips and tricks from Azure (weekly tips and videos): Azure Tips and Tricks will help developers in a few minutes to learn something new. The collection has grown to more than 230 tips and more than 80 videos, conference talks, and several eBooks spanning the entire Azure platform universe since its inception in 2017. Azure Tips and Tricks will help developers in a few minutes to learn something new. The collection has grown to more than 230 tips and more than 80 videos, conference talks, and several eBooks spanning the entire Azure platform universe since its inception in 2017.
- Test application for rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock is the classic Rock, Paper, Scissors computer nerd version. Sam Kass and Karen Bryla build Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Scott Hanselman and his friends unveiled the test program running in Azure at Microsoft Ignite 2019. Built with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, deployed with GitHub Actions and running on Azure Kubernetes Server (AKS), it is a multilingual framework. Azure Machine Learning and Azure Cognitive Services (custom vision API) are also used in the sample framework. In this program, the languages used include. NET, Node.js, Python, Java, and PHP.
- Newsletter for Microsoft. Source: Get the latest posts, updates, and activities from Microsoft curated monthly community newsletter for developers. Learn about new technology and find opportunities to interact online and locally with other developers. You will have the opportunity to share your input with each edition and shape the newsletter as it expands and develops.
Aurthor: Waseem Khan