First Contact!

Cloud Certification
The only constant is... change! So... yesterday, I published My Cloud Certification Journey detailing my (ambitious) plan for obtaining the AWS and Azure Solutions Architect certifications. In a rare, but prescient moment, I included the following quote: No plan survives first contact (with the enemy) Well, less than 24 hours later, plans have changed! I happened to come across this blog post today: Updates to Several Azure and Data & AI Certifications are Coming Soon In the post, the author discusses how Microsoft is reviewing some of the certification exams to ensure the skills being tested are more closely aligned to their respective roles. In other words, test for the skills a role should have and don't necessarily test for the skills that the role does not have. With this…
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My Cloud Certification Journey

My Cloud Certification Journey

Cloud Certification
Clouds on the Horizon While I have been using various aspects of Microsoft Azure for years now, I have not taken the time to go deep into some (many) of the services that Azure offers. For many years now, I have spent most of my time focusing on the Microsoft technology stack. Given that, spending time in Azure has made a lot of sense. We have made some decisions recently within the organization that I work for to start making use of Salesforce. If you are not familiar with Salesforce, just know that it provides a lot of capabilities using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. It is a cloud platform in its own right. As part of this, we are also, for the first time, seriously digging into the capabilities of…
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Global DevOps Bootcamp – Omaha

Azure, Bootcamp, DevOps
If you would like to learn more about DevOps on the Microsoft stack, then plan to join us in Omaha on June 15th, 2019. While we are still working out some of the details, Jeff Bramwell (that's me! :-)) and Mike Douglas will be hosting the Global DevOps Bootcamp in Omaha at Farm Credit Services of America. Event Details Global DevOps Bootcamp is a global event that will be held on Saturday June 15th and is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Centrally organized by Xpirit and Solidify and offered to you by local partners and sponsors. During this 1-day event we will join (Microsoft) DevOps communities all around the world to talk, learn and play with DevOps concepts. Goals of the Global DevOps Bootcamp: DevOps in general Insights…
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Roadmap to Enterprise Quality

Conferences, Quality
For the past few years I have attended the Farm Credit IT Symposium. This years’ symposium was held last week in Austin, TX where I had a chance to present on a couple of topics. One of my talks was titled Roadmap to Enterprise Quality. The description for the presentation is as follows:In this presentation you will learn how Farm Credit Services of America/Frontier Farm Credit transformed their quality practices and tooling to bring visibility and consistency to Enterprise Quality, including: testing as a team approach, creating an automated test architecture, measuring progress with dashboards and standardizing on a set of testing tools.If you’re reading this blog post there is a decent chance you are somehow involved in software development. One of the key concerns with software development is that…
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Connect(); 2017 – Day 1 Recap

Azure DevOps, Conferences, TFS, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Code
Day 1Day 1 of Connect(); 2017 is in the books! If you didn’t get a chance to watch the live streaming event earlier today you can catch up on the various presentations and announcements here.There was a lot of exciting announcements made at Connect(); today. While I have no doubt missed several of them I have made an attempt to include most of the highlights below. If your favorite announcement isn’t in the list, please include it in the comments section below so we can all learn about it!Come back to the same location tomorrow at 11:00 AM EST to catch all the action of Day 2!AnnouncementsTFS/VSTS/DevOps Related Items (from Brian Harry’s blog)Team Foundation Server 2018 (final release). This release includes a lot of functionality, including:Mobile Work Item Experience -…
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Microsoft Connect(); Year Four!

Conferences
In case you missed the announcement a few days ago, Microsoft has announced it will be holding it’s fourth Connect(); conference on November 15th – 17th, next month.If you build applications using Microsoft tools and/or any of the open source projects that Microsoft is involved with then you will definitely want to check out this free, on-line event!From the event’s web site:Whether you are creating cloud native-applications, targeting the edge of devices and IoT, infusing your apps with AI, or just getting started, Connect(); 2017 will inspire and equip you with the tools and skills you need to build the apps of the future.Through Connect(); you’ll:Learn from top developer minds and industry experts like Microsoft Executive Vice President, Scott GuthrieDiscover what’s next for developers across Microsoft and open source technologiesExpand…
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Connect(); 2016 – Announcement Recap

Azure, Azure DevOps, Conferences, Events, General News, TFS 2017, Visual Studio 2017, VSTS, Xamarin
The second day of Connect(); 2016 wrapped up today. While there is one more day left, it is dedicated to on-line training. This means that pretty much all the planned announcements have been, well, announced ;-)If you’ve been watching Connect(); over the past couple of days you have likely come to the realization that, wow!, there was a lot of stuff demoed and talked about and a TON of announcements! To help you sort through some of the announcements, I’ve attempted to capture most of the highlights and related links below. If you were too busy watching and digesting all the cool things Microsoft was demoing and talking about rather than taking notes, you’re in luck!While I doubt I was able to capture every single announcement in the list below…
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Free Xamarin Training

Training, Xamarin
Yesterday I published a reminder about next week’s Connect(); event. What I didn’t mention in that post is that if you register your e-mail address to receive Connect();-related information you will receive a free, extended 60-day trial of Xamarin University. This offer is twice the length of the 30-day trial that is typically offered!Xamarin University provides unlimited access to live, online classes led by mobile experts in your time zone and on your schedule. With almost 70 classes offered across 8 learning tracks, Xamarin University offers everything you need to stay up-to-date in today’s constantly evolving mobile landscape.Start your free 60-day trial today to access our Self-Guided Learning, Lightning Lectures, Guest Lectures, and two introductory courses which count towards becoming a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer.Signing up is as easy as…
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Connect(); 2016–Next Week!

Conferences
Starting next Wednesday, November 16th, Microsoft is holding it’s third Connect(); event!If you make use of any of the development tools provided by Microsoft, Xamarin (now part of Microsoft), the .NET Foundation, etc. then you should tune in to see what’s coming next from Microsoft. The on-line event lasts Wednesday thru Friday with the 3rd day focusing on training.The addition of a training day is new this year for the Connect(); event and looks to provide a couple of options:Option 1:Join Microsoft Virtual Academy expert instructors for free virtual training on Day 3 including in-depth explorations of the innovative technologies announced and discussed in Connect(); 2016 Day 1 and Day 2. Register at http://aka.ms/connect-2016-day-3Option 2:Join the Xamarin University team for free virtual training on Day 3 of Connect(); 2016, where…
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Tulsa TechFest–Slides

API, Azure DevOps, Conferences, Extensions
I first presented at the Tulsa TechFest in 2007, the second year for the conference. Since then I have only missed presenting one or two times (that I can recall). My oldest son (12) was able to attend this year as well and he really enjoyed the Gaming/Dev/Design track! The conference is really done well. I recommend you check it out next year if you’re in the area.This year, I had the pleasure to present two talks:Using REST with VSTS & TFSTeam Foundation Server (TFS) has been around for over a decade now(!) and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has been around for several years. One of the reasons TFS/VSTS has been successful for so many years lies in the extensibility model provided by Microsoft. VSTS/TFS provides a large set…
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