Container Camp UK 2017 review - Day 1

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I attended my first Container Camp last week and wanted to share my experience. This is part 1 talking about the workshop day, check out part 2 (coming soon) for the main conference itself. Before I go any further I think it's useful to mention my technical background because most conference crowds will often polarise towards a particular ecosystem/platform (that's kind of obvious right!). In the case of containers that polarisation is towards Linux compared Windows, understandable as Linux containers have been the forerunner in this area, so talks and even sponsors were going to be talkin…

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Docker for Windows - switch between Linux and Windows containers from the command line

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If you use Docker for Windows on Win10 and use both Linux and Windows containers you've no doubt have had to switch the docker tools between Linux and Windows containers more than a few times. To do this you have to bring up the tray icon for Docker Tools select the option to switch flavours. Given that pretty much everything else for Docker is achieved via the command line it feels like quite a jolt to have to leave the command line to switch container flavours, often you'll forget and get an error when trying to build or pull. Thankfully its possible to switch the docker tooling between Wi…

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SQL Server 2016 SP1 enterpise edition feature trickle-down

At the recent Microsoft Connect event (Nov 16-19th) there were a slew of awesome announcements, plenty of love for cross plat development (e.g. Visual Studio on Mac), even more Docker, .NET Core 1.1 and the public preview of SQL server on Linux. In the torrent of the announcements I blinked and caught the end of a slide covering the release of SQL Server 2016 SP1. I could have sworn they mentioned a number of the high end previously enterprise edition only features are now available in the lower editions, I went and checked and its true! holy shit that is awesome. This is a big deal if you'r…

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Australia Azure regions are now open to non residents

Shortly after the GA of the Australian Azure regions I was bitterly disappointed to discover that these regions were only open to users who have a Aus/NZ presence. It was tricky to get a handle on the nature of the restriction, was is due to limited capacity? or perhaps local tax laws?. After months of trying to get a concise answer the consensus appeared to be that the local tax requirements in Australia were the root cause. Restriction lifted Well approximately one year later I'm really pleased to hear that this limitation has been lifted as of the 3rd October 2016 and you are free to use t…

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Azure App Service hard HTTP timeout limit

Wow its been over 9 months since the last blog post, time to get back on the wagon! I recently ran into an undocumented timeout limit for services hosted in Azure App Service and I struggled to figure out if I was doing something stupid or if the issue was the hosting platform. TL;DR There is a hard timeout limit of ~4mins on http(s) calls to APIs hosted in Azure App Service that is undocumented. There are no plans to address this so if you have long running api calls you will need to implement an alternative mechanism (polling, webhook push etc.) which is no bad thing assuming you have access…

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