Running Bitnami tracks and Ruby/MySQL on Azure

I have very little experience with Ruby, it’s not really a thing I use every day so I went around to find out how to run it on Azure. Unfortunately, Azure only runs it as IaaS. As a comparison, for PHP, Java and .Net there’s the PaaS option which is much simpler and allows you […]

Announcing the first alpha of AzureLens.net

This is another crazy idea I’ve been working on for a while, and now I’m finally getting a few volunteers to help me with: www.azurelens.net This allows the visualization of Azure based systems in a very cool way. More details on our GitHub repo: https://github.com/matvelloso/AzureLens/   Hey, you can even see the architecture of How-Old.Net and TwinsOrNot.Net there! […]

Snippet from Czech Republic’s presentation

This is a part of the presentation we did in Czech Republic when I showed TwinsOrNot for the first time and then later started visualizing how the usage of the site started picking up on Application Insights: https://channel9.msdn.com/events/Build-Tour-2015/Build-Tour-Prague/Lightning-Talk-Meet-Azure

And because we love open source…

Here’s the v1 of TwinsOrNot.Net source released under MIT license: https://github.com/matvelloso/twinsornot Again, this was a 4 hours project. It isn’t fancy. It was done quickly after a long trip and little sleep so please don’t hold me accountable for not covering all the best practices in ASP.Net MVC, not properly referencing all the JavaScript libraries, not […]

And here’s the Azure secret sauce nobody tells you

So when people try to convince you to use Azure, the typical justifications are “elasticity” or “scalability”. Great, all good points but also too obvious. I want to share what I think is the golden value of this platform: Abstraction. I’m a developer. I want to spend my time doing what I do best: Writing […]

But… will it scale?

So I was concerned that with the increasing load, the TwinsOrNot.net would end up having problems. But it looks like I overestimated things a bit. The site is hosted as an Azure Web App (by far the easiest, simpler way of hosting a website, honest) and one of the features this platform offers is auto […]

Watching the birth of a viral site under the microscope

So far we’ve been talking about Microsoft’s Machine Learning and the amazing things it can do, like allowing me to create a viral site in just 4 hours of work. But Microsoft has so much cool stuff that I don’t even know where to start from. So I decided to look at TwinsOrNot.Net under the […]