Using NFS with Azure Blob Storage

A Little History or Why NFS? File shares on computer networks are as old as the concept of a network itself. The idea of being able to access data across a wire by multiple machines was created not long after the first network was created. When the PC industry took off in the 1980’s file…
Nextcloud on Azure

Nextcloud and Azure Blob Storage: A Match Made in the Cloud

Hosting your own File Sharing service like DropBox or OneDrive is not only possible, it’s actually not too hard. One of the most widely used products for doing just this is an app called Nextcloud. In short, Nextcloud is an open source web app written in PHP that acts as a front end for and…
.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,…

SUSE Linux Can Now Run on Windows 10

Last year, Microsoft gave a boon to Linux fans everywhere when it announced the Windows Subsystem for Linux. The system allows developers to run Linux command lines natively on Windows 10, accessing all their Windows files, and was originally offered in partnership with Ubuntu. Now, the range of available Linux versions is increasing, with SUSE…

Yes, Microsoft Just Joined the Linux Foundation

Microsoft’s commitment to open-source reached a new high Wednesday when the company announced it’s joining the Linux Foundation. The company that once sought to build a wall around its proprietary software kingdom will now join corporations like Intel, Huawei and Samsung as high-paying Platinum Level members of the foundation, according to TechCrunch. The Linux Foundation…

.NET Core 1.0 Released, Visual Studio 2015 Updated

.NET Core 1.0—the open-sourced, cross-platform version of Microsoft’s web development framework—is now generally available. The release Monday caps two years of effort, in which nearly 10,000 developers participated, according to Microsoft. .NET Core 1.0 will allow developers to create web apps, micro-services and libraries that work on OS X and Linux as well as Windows.…

Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Includes Bash, Cortana Updates

Yes, there’s a dark theme and new emojis, but there are a lot more than aesthetic changes in the latest Windows 10 build released to Fast Ring Insiders Wednesday. In Build 14316, Microsoft is making available for preview a number of features slated for this summer’s Anniversary Update. Let’s start with perhaps the most interesting…

SQL Server on Linux: A Savvy Move By Microsoft

The graphic said it all: the words SQL Server and Linux, linked together with a cheerful red heart. Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that it will bring its popular data software to Linux servers is the latest sign of its ongoing love affair with the open-source community. It’s also smart business. As Microsoft’s Azure cloud services become…

Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps to Docker on Azure

NOTE: This post is part 4 of a series on developing and deploying cross-platform web apps with ASP.NET 5: Develop and Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps on Mac OS X Develop and Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps on Linux Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps to Docker on Linux Deploy ASP.NET 5 Apps to Docker on Azure (this post)…