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Daniel C Lapenna's photo

Hi guys! Thanks for the AMA.

What, according to you, should every beginner programmer know about the Microsoft Azure?

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Cecil Phillip's photo

.NET Software Developer, Podcaster, Educator & Mentor

Ah.. I think it's pretty easy for beginners and more experienced developers alike to get lost in the sea of things to know about. Azure itself is a huge collection of features and services that solve different types of problems.

As a beginner I think it's important that you understand the problem you're trying to solve first and what are the constraints you're working with. Then if the cloud is a good option for solving your problem, definitely take a look at Azure or reach out to one of us via social media.

If you're building web applications, Azure App Service is a great place to start for hosting your applications in the cloud

If you're interesting in containers, Azure Container instances is also another interesting option to explore for getting up and running quickly

Luce Carter's photo

If you were to become a CDA in an area other than your current area of expertise, what technology/framework/language/stack or whatever would you pursue instead?

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Cecil Phillip's photo

.NET Software Developer, Podcaster, Educator & Mentor

That's a great question. I'd probably want to jump into Python. That's my next favorite language after C# :) Great community there and lots of innovation

jalpesh vadgama's photo

Where do you see the serverless things going? I have tried azure functions and looks good. So do you think its time to integrate them in production? Is any of your customers are using them in productions

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Shayne Boyer's photo

Coding things in the open for the cloud @microsoft

We have a lot of very large customers using serverless. Container technology is the latest to be leveraging it, such as Azure Container Instances where you can start a container fast without having to know or manage the VMs. Functions, Databases and more will start to operate on a serverless platform as the cloud grows.

Arthur Brown's photo

How will Cloud Computing evolve in next 10-20 years? Any specific ideas/hypothesis around its growth?

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Jeremy Likness's photo

Empowering developers to be their best.

Technology moves so fast a 10 - 20 timespan is difficult. There will be breakthroughs we don't conceive of. We know that machine learning/AI is gaining momentum and perhaps quantum computing will come within reach (and understanding) of the majority of developers. We'll have more out of the box solution and more things -as-a-Service but if 25 years of professional development has taught me anything, the more technology we use to solve problems the more technology is needed to maintain the solutions so we're going to be seeing more productivity per developer at scale, but the scale of what's required will grow in proportion.

Arthur Brown's photo

What's your opinion on distributed cloud storage solutions such as IPFS, Storj, Filecoin etc?

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Jeremy Likness's photo

Empowering developers to be their best.

Distributed storage is always a good idea and is available now within all of the major cloud providers. "Decentralized" storage is a different concept, I think, and one that probably comes with its own pros and cons. A pro because there is access to many nodes and ways to add storage (and people can potentially opt in to the business model, make some money with their extra storage, and that overall means less waste across the Internet) but now you are trading some control. A lot of IT want to know who's phone to call when something breaks, and with distributed storage in a cloud provider that's easy. What's that look like when a segment of nodes on a decentralized storage system fail?