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NOV
24
2020
Advent of Code 2020 - C# Framework
Dylan Smith
Advent Of Code 2020 is just around the corner. This year my hope is to create a short video after solving each day to show off my solution. Here's an intro video where I walk-through the framework/GUI I've created where I write and run my code.
NOV
18
2020
Allocating a Serverless Database in SQL Azure
Simon Timms
I'm pretty big on the SQL Azure Serverless SKU. It allows you to scale databases up and down automatically within a band of between 0.75 and 40 vCores on Gen5 hardware. It also supports auto-pausing which can shut down the entire database during periods of inactivity. I'm provisioning a bunch of databases for a client and we're not sure what performance tier is going to be needed. Eventually we may move to an elastic pool but initially we wanted to allocate the databases in a serverless configuration so we can ascertain a performance envelope. We wanted to allocate the resources in a terraform template but had a little trouble figuring it out.
NOV
10
2020
From Travis CI to GitHub Actions (and GitHub Pages)
David Wesst
We recently migrated the continuous integration and deployment workflow for the Western Devs website from Travis CI to GitHub Actions. These are the steps I followed to get it done.
NOV
9
2020
Running Stored Procedures Across Databases in Azure
Simon Timms
In a previous article I talked about how to run queries across database instances on Azure using ElasticQuery. One of the limitations I talked about was the in ability to update data in the source database. Well that isn't entirely accurate. You can do it if you make use of stored procedures.
NOV
9
2020
New Artwork and a Complete Rewrite...ish | Out the Door Devlog
David Wesst
My effort continues on Out the Door with some new artwork, a rewrite (of sorts) to fix the build process, which has led to something of a self-driven code review.

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