Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ChatOps and Azure Resources

Working with Azure this week, I setup a few Azure Logic Apps to send messages from Twitter to Slack using Zapier, Very interesting use case for using up your Slack message limits. :)  Similar functionality exists(ed) with Yahoo Pipes (RIP),  ITTT and other web 2.0 integration tools, this one is great since it can live inside a protected Azure network, is relatively simple to setup with a visual designer, and lets you upsize to Biztalk functionality for BPM activities.

Slack seems to be the method of choice for many firms coming back to the '90s realm of IRC, with persisted chat windows, ChatOps continuous integration and automated deployments.  Companies like Shopify use it for their deployments activities and for their customers feature stories.

The ability to do ChatOps activities, wire up deployment commands and notification messages in Slack is really cool.

Not to be late to the party, Microsoft introduced /skype integration with Slack in the new year.
https://www.skype.com/en/features/slack/  The motto of Microsoft in 2016 seems to be if you can't beat 'em... hang out with them.

Coming back to Azure with a _few_ resources, an enormous amount of Azure shortcuts here.

The Azure ML Learning Cheat Sheet

The Azure Web Sites (Web Apps?) Cheat Sheet

A Complete List of Microsoft Azure Tools

With Microsoft Canada adding its new data centres and ExpressRoute functionality, it's an exciting time to be a cloud developer above the 49th parallel north.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Meet the New Windows Azure - ScottGu's Blog

Scott Guthrie announces full VM support in Windows Azure.  Host your VMs, Linux, Windows, DOS in the cloud.

Now if they had a VM to VHD converter they may get even more traction.

Windows Azure now allows you to deploy up to 10 web-sites into a free, shared/multi-tenant hosting environment (where a site you deploy will be one of multiple sites running on a shared set of server resources). This provides an easy way to get started on projects at no cost.

Microsoft has gone and given away free hosting.

Lots more features here.

Meet the New Windows Azure - ScottGu's Blog

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Crowdsourcing and Cloud Labor

Technology isn’t the only thing contained in the cloud.  There are people floating around in there too. 

One of the challenges with natural learning, neural networks and text analysis is the ability to categorize an opinion context.  Using a lexicon of various terms, and the syntax of the terms in a statement, you can do a general categorization.  However, what’s to say that “you’re so dumb” and “you’re SO dumb” mean the same thing.  The one with capitals could be a sarcastic comment, depending on the context.

We can do some general analysis of text terms, however manually tagging these may prove to be more accurate.  How do you setup a manual tagging job using real labor?

CrowdFlower’s system leverages large groups of workers to solve massive but technically simple tasks. One of these services is sentiment analysis, the study of public opinion on a given subject. Other sentiment analysis programs use computational linguistics to perform this task, but computers cannot always discern nuances of tone, such as sarcasm or irony. CrowdFlower’s version is unique in that actual humans perform the sentiment analysis.

What Motivates Crowdsource Workers on CrowdFlower & Kaggle – Highlights of SXSW 2012′s “Pay or Play” Crowdsourcing Talk | The CrowdFlower Blog

Sounds interesting!

Monday, April 9, 2012

SSIS Junkie : AdventureWorks2012 now available for all on SQL Azure

Why not host your training platforms in the cloud?  It only makes sense, especially for databases, as every developer doesn’t need the latest Adventureworks database on their laptop, and it’s a big waste to add to a local server.

AdventureWorks2012 now available for all on SQL Azure

SSIS Junkie : AdventureWorks2012 now available for all on SQL Azure

Awaiting the launch of Tailspin toys to the cloud….

Monday, April 2, 2012

The R programming language for programmers coming from other programming languages

Learning R?  An introduction and comparison against other common programming languages.

R is more than a programming language. It is an interactive environment for doing statistics. I find it more helpful to think of R as having a programming language than being a programming language. The R language is the scripting language for the R environment, just as VBA is the scripting language for Microsoft Excel. Some of the more unusual features of the R language begin to make sense when viewed from this perspective.

The R programming language for programmers coming from other programming languages

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stack Exchange Data Explorer and Big Data

There are a lot of properties under the StackExchange banner.  Here is a tool that lets you run SQL-style queries against them all.

Stack Exchange Data Explorer