Microservices DevOps – New Course

Deploying and monitoring real-world microservices requires a thorough knowledge of Microservices DevOps. In my new course, Microservices DevOps you will learn how to deploy and monitor your microservices.

First, you will learn how to configure continuous deployment. before exploring the key deployment patterns that we can use before discovering how we monitor our Microservices. Finally, you will discover how to manage microservice failure.

When you are finished with this course, you will have a foundational knowledge of Microservice DevOps that will enable you to solve your microservice deployment and monitoring challenges.

Check out the course now only on PluralSight.


Implementing Azure Cognitive Services for Language – New Course

Today I’m excited to announce the release of our latest course.  Implementing Azure Cognitive Services for Language.

In the course you will:

  • Identify language, intent, entities, and key phrases in the text to process the user’s input and perform sentiment analysis
  • Detect language and translate text across more than 60 languages to provide real-time translation in your application
  • Identify profane content in text, images, and videos to fix common textual mistakes automatically
  • Use machine learning to check spelling and grammar while dealing with slang words and common expressions
  • Create an application that can respond to natural language instructions
  • Create a LUIS application in the LUIS portal and deploy it with the prediction endpoint
  • Create an application that can respond to natural language instructions

The course is available now from Packt Publishing.


Microsoft Azure Bing Spell Check API now on Pluralsight

Well after a few months hard work, my first Pluralsight course: Microsoft Azure Bing Spell Check API is now available on Pluralsight.

Providing real time spelling and grammar correction that works across multiple languages (and is always learning) can really make your application stand out and enhance the experience of your users. In this course, Microsoft Cognitive Services: Bing Spell Check API, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to add real time spelling and grammar correction to your app using the Bing Spell Check API. First, you will learn about the key foundations of Bing Spell Check. Next, you will build on that knowledge as you explore how to make requests with Bing Spell Check using the different spelling modes. Finally, you will learn how to interpret the results of a Bing Spell Check request and display those results in your application. When you’re finished with this course, you will have all the skills you need to infuse your applications with the advanced spelling and grammar checking available with Microsoft Cognitive Services Bing Spell Check.

So why not take a look and let me know if you have any comments.


And so it begins

Well after a few years off I’ve decided to start blogging again.  What’s brought this on I hear you ask?  Well pull up a chair and let me explain…

About 5 years ago I quite my job and started out as freelance software developer.  This was a big change in my life and I’ve learnt a lot over the past few years.  I’ve gone from having a fairly narrow skill set as a WPF developer to being a multi disciplined, highly skilled developer with experience across a broad spectrum of industries and tech stacks.  All good stuff as I’m sure you’d agree!

One of my main motivations for being a contractor all those years ago was that I bore easily!  I learn quickly and then need to move onto something new.  Contracting fits well with this and exposes me to allot more that I even dreamed possible as a permanent employee.  Fast forward to 2019 and I find myself kicking my heals and looking for a new challenge!  I’m still contracting but need something else to get my teeth into.  Time to become an author!

Writing books is hard they say.  Damn right.  Everything about publishing is difficult which is why I started easy.   At the back end of 2018 I approached a few publishing companies and asked if they needed technical reviewers for any of their upcoming titles. I stuck gold straight away when the good people at Apress asked if I would review a title for them.

Pro .NET Framework with the Base Class Library: Understanding the Virtual Execution System and the Common Type System 

This book was a baptism of fire – getting used to the publishing process, the deadlines and understanding the topics of the book – A real eye opener and a huge pleasure to do.  So much so that I wanted to do another straight away!

I’ve now worked on a few books as well as a few video courses and I’m in the process of writing my own video course on Azure Cognitive Services.  I also have a book in the works as well. (watch this space)

It looks like 2019 is going to be a very busy year!