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JAMStack and the Cloud - A winning combination

When I mention the term JAMStack, I’m not pretending that I’m Paddington bear with a stack of Jam sandwiches! If you hadn’t heard, JAMStack is a term that describes applications based on JavaScript, APIs and Markup. That means, we’re referring to files that are content in nature. Think about files like HTML, CSS, Images, etc. Ok, now with that context - why has it risen in popularity? Surely this is something that could have been done for many years, so why now? My hypothesis… Cloud.

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January 20, 2021
V003 - Weekly Technology Vlog #3 (Contributing to OSS, Azure Thames Valley and Tech News)

In this video, Chris updates on Cloud With Chris from the last week, and how you can keep up to date with all the upcoming content (Spoiler: There’s a lot!). He also talks through his upcoming sessions with Azureish Live, SquaredUp, JonnyChipz and more. Are you in the Thames Valley area? Then you may want to tune in to find out more about Azure Thames Valley? That not enough for you? Then there’s also a few tech news updates thrown in for good measure!

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January 18, 2021
22 - Static Content Hosting Pattern (Save cost and gain performance for static websites!)

Do you have a site that is made up mostly of Static Content (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Images)? Interested how you can optimise for performance and cost savings as well? Then join this episode as we talk through the Cloud Design Pattern, ‘The Static Content Hosting Pattern’. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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January 15, 2021
Contributing to Open Source

Contributing to Open Source Software. It sounds so formal, doesn’t it? I thought that for quite a long time, and it put a bit of a mental barrier in place for me to begin my journey. I am a classic over thinker, but that’s perhaps another blog in its own right! Contributing to Open Source isn’t as scary as it may first initially seem. Let’s start with a few thoughts.

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January 12, 2021
V002 - Weekly Technology Vlog #2 (Show Updates, Azure Updates, CloudFamily.info)

In this video, Chris lays out his second weekly technology vlog update talking about updates on Cloud With Chris (Weekly Vlogs, Blogs, Podcast Series episodes, Sessionize), Azure Updates, Community Updates (John Lunn aka JonnyChipz, Sarah Lean aka TechieLass, CloudFamily.info and Richard Hooper aka PixelRobots).

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January 11, 2021
GitHub Codespaces, Visual Studio Code and Remote Containers

Imagine the scenario. You’re a developer and you need to go and build some code. You need to install a number of dependencies, a code editor and perhaps a number of frameworks, only to find the code still doesn’t compile on your machine. Probably because you’re missing some frameworks or libraries. We’ve all been there. But perhaps, we don’t have to be there. Stick around in this episode as we talk about Visual Studio Code, The Remote Containers Extension and GitHub Codespaces and how all of these can help solve that challenge.

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January 8, 2021
Contributing to a Hugo Theme - The Castanet and  Hugo Community Themes

During the 2020 Festive Break, I had a lot of time on my hands. I took 4 weeks of my Annual Leave, which meant I had the majority of December to personal time. Personal time / time off is great, but I also wanted to push myself and catch up on some pieces that were on my personal learning or achievement list for some time. I started refreshing my knowledge around Rails (having developed in it some years ago, it’s progressed quite a bit!), NodeJS, GoLang and Rust. All interesting to learn, and I’m sure I’ll be continuing on my journey with these throughout 2021. But that’s not the point in this blog post. One of the activities that I kicked off was contributing into the Hugo Community. Read on to find out more.

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January 6, 2021
V001 - Weekly Technology Vlog #1 (Blog, Hugo, Azure, GitHub & Azure DevOps)

In this video, Chris sets off his weekly technology vlog updates talking about some of the things he worked on over his December break including OSS Contributions. He also talks through some updates from the month of December across Azure, GitHub and Azure DevOps.

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January 4, 2021
Cloud With Chris - Moving Forwards

You may have noticed there are some posts preceding this one. I’ve had a few attempts at putting my blog together, but then dwindle out on my cadence… Well, given the recent success with my Cloud with Chris podcast, I’m beginning to consolidate… Starting with my blog! Here’s an update on what you have to look forward to!

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January 2, 2021
21 - The Queue Based Load Levelling and Competing Consumers Pattern

Do you have an application with some specific requirements around scalability, and continuity of service? What happens if your service is hit by heavy load? Could performance/reliability issues cause an impact to your solution? This is where both the queue-based load levelling and competing consumers patterns shine. Tune in and listen to Chris speak with Will Eastbury as they discuss both of these patterns. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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January 1, 2021