Jason Haley

Ramblings from an Independent Consultant

Studying for the Azure Solutions Architect Certification

One of my professional goals this year is to get the Azure Solutions Architect Certification.  I’ve been using Azure for a long time (since before the silverlight portal) and now I figure it is time to have Microsoft certify that I know something … besides that I want to follow the study guides to explore some of the parts that I don’t have so much experience with (like networking and some usages of the virtual machines).

This month (January) I started studying for the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam.  So far I am on schedule to take the exam either the 3rd or 4th week of February.

I have collected quite a few links for study material – which I plan on aggregating into a blog post soon.

First I am focusing on the material covered in the exam – but I know I am going to need to start brushing up on my exam taking skills soon too.

Anyone else out there also studying for these exams this year?

Working on a new presentation–Webjobs in depth

This week, I’m working on an abstract/outline for a new Webjobs talk for the next Boston Code Camp (April 2, 2016).

At the last Boston Code Camp, I presented Azure Websites and Webjobs.  Covering both of those topics in a single talk doesn’t allow you to get into as much detail as I like to see technical presentations get.  So, this time around I want to dive deeper into just webjobs.

Things I’d like to see in a detailed webjobs talk:

  • Overview of types of webjobs and how to create
    • Including file system/directory structure
    • Special files and their meanings
  • Overview of Kudu and its role in webjobs
  • Intro to WebJobs SDK
  • Code examples of a few of the WebJobs SDK bindings and triggers
  • Info on WebJobs SDK extensions
  • Simple example of writing your own extension (also want to put a singular presentation together for this topic)

Problem is – time limit will most likely be between 60- 90 min.  So I’ll need to figure out what I can fit into that time limit.

Does anyone have something else they would like to see in the session?

Personal Blog Update - Q1 2016

It has now been more than 6 years since we moved back from Seattle, when I decided to not get another “real job” and instead give “"being an independent consultant” a try.  A lot has happened in that time … and I have shared very little of it (good and bad) in this blog.

Last year I restarted this blog, threw away all the link blog history and planned on creating a great source of content for others to consume … that plan failed.  It failed due to me raising the bar on the level of quality for the content I wanted to provide.  I wanted it to be article/whitepaper worthy material – a complete change from the previous content I had provided before.  To me that meant: I needed code samples, screen shots and real world problems to describe before I could put a blog together.  In looking back at 2015, the real world problems happened (that would have been great blog posts), but I couldn’t get past the time commitment it takes to put together that higher level of content about the problems – so hardly anything ever made it into the blog.  It is time for a change.

So going forward, I’m still not going to be ‘link blogging’ anymore.  I’m quite happy being a consumer of: http://www.alvinashcraft.com/, http://blog.cwa.me.uk/, http://www.dirkstrauss.com/ and http://regulargeek.com/ (to name a few).  If you want to know some of the links that I do find interesting in the morning, you can follow me on twitter (@haleyjason), I do often tweet links as I find them worthy of a good read.

I am now going to focus on blogging about the stuff I care about and am interested in … and that will mostly not be article/whitepaper worthy stuff