How to receive Azure Updates directly into your Slack
Panu Oksala
by Panu
22h ago
Microsoft provides a handy RSS feed for its Azure updates at https://azurecomcdn.azureedge.net/en-us/updates/feed/. This feed includes all updates related to services arriving with Preview and General Available status. As this is great information for everyone who is interested from Azure, I wanted to make this feed’s information available to everyone on our Slack (our companies main communication channel). Slack offers built-in RSS readers, but I thought of implementing a reader … The post How to receive Azure Updates directly into your Slack appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Software Architect
Panu Oksala
by Panu
2w ago
Last week, I was promoted to the position of CTO at Adafy. Partially due to this promotion, I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on the significance of the architect role and the career path to becoming one. The prevalent notion suggests that the career trajectory for a software developer is Software Developer =Senior Software Developer =Software Architect. However, there’s a slight contradiction in this, as the … The post Software Architect appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Azure AI Language Service
Panu Oksala
by Panu
1M ago
Azure AI Language Service is a service hosted on the cloud, offering capabilities in Natural Language Processing (NLP) to comprehend and dissect text. It supports summarization, entity linking, key phrase extraction, and many other features. It shares many features with OpenAI, albeit in a much simpler form. In this post, I’m going to build an Azure Function that wraps the Azure AI Language Service into a nice and simple API. … The post Azure AI Language Service appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Semantic Kernel
Panu Oksala
by Panu
1M ago
Microsoft’s Semantic Kernel is currently a focal point in the Microsoft AI landscape. The Semantic Kernel (referred to as SK) serves as an SDK enabling the development of applications utilizing Large Language Models (LLMs). SK facilitates seamless integration of OpenAI or Azure OpenAI into applications, empowering developers to construct AI pipelines capable of executing multiple LLM calls, triggering actions, and executing custom code based on LLM responses. However, the reality … The post Semantic Kernel appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Develop Teams Bot with Visual Studio
Panu Oksala
by Panu
2M ago
Microsoft has provided tools to develop Teams Bot for a long time. I think the first tools were released around 2016(?). The first toolset included quite a bit of manual labor to get things done and working, but as of 2024 things have changed quite a bit. Now you can build, test, deploy and publish bots directly from Visual Studio (or code if you run into authentication troubles like I … The post Develop Teams Bot with Visual Studio appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Azure Dashboard
Panu Oksala
by Panu
3M ago
It always surprises me how little the Azure Dashboard feature is used/talked. I think it is one of the greatest feature in Azure Portal and still many of Azure users are just using resource groups / resource listing to find resources they are interested of. With Azure Dashboard, you can bring all the resources of interest directly to the user, display current status of the services and give them quick … The post Azure Dashboard appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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How to Fine Tune Application Insights Sampling
Panu Oksala
by Panu
3M ago
Sampling is a feature in Application Insights that reduces amount of data send into App Insights. This means that not all the logs/dependencies/requests etc. are send into Application Insights. Adaptive sampling is enabled by default in all the latest versions of the Application Insights ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core Software Development Kits (SDKs), and Azure Functions. We will later learn what this adaptive sampling does, but basically it tries to protect … The post How to Fine Tune Application Insights Sampling appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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DevSecOps – Improve App Service Deployment Security with Microsoft Entra ID authentication
Panu Oksala
by Panu
4M ago
In November 16 update the Azure DevOps received a feature called “AzureRmWebAppDeployment task supports Microsoft Entra ID authentication”. I haven’t noticed a lot of drumming around this topic even though, that it will improve deployment pipeline security quite a bit. Until now if you have used Azure App Service Deploy task in Azure DevOps, you have most likely deployed your app by using basic authentication. The Azure DevOps uses … The post DevSecOps – Improve App Service Deployment Security with Microsoft Entra ID authentication appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Miracles of Health
Panu Oksala
by Panu
4M ago
I spent practically the entire last week lying on the couch, feverish. The second round of COVID felt a bit more brutal in my aging body, forcing me to take a slightly longer break than I initially thought. However, the illness has now been overcome, and I am slowly trying to return to life, work and blogging. Azure DevOps has introduced a bunch of interesting features that I plan to … The post Miracles of Health appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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Leveraging Microsoft Fabric and Azure OpenAI for Data Processing and AI Integration
Panu Oksala
by Panu
5M ago
Microsoft Fabric is a data/analytics platform launched by Microsoft in May 2023. The idea of the platform is to provide one comprehensive tool for data processing, reporting and analysis. Fabric combines multiple existing Microsoft data services into one new product. Fabric is not just an umbrella of existing features, but offers also new features such as a unified OneLake solution for data storing. The product is still in Preview stage. … The post Leveraging Microsoft Fabric and Azure OpenAI for Data Processing and AI Integration appeared first on Panu Oksala ..read more
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