Like a good nerd, I'm a sucker for gamification and achievements in all of their forms. So I've taken to MS Learn badges and trophies like a duck to water. On the plus side, it's already single-handedly gotten me an Azure Developer Associate certification. So I'm giving back by doing a monthly series where I highlight some Learn badges that I felt were exceptional and deserve to be viewed.
This Month's Highlights
Microsoft Ignite was all digital this year but was still pretty fun. It was like a giant Channel 9 event. In that event, John Papa did a great session unveiling Azure Static Web Apps. True to form, almost immediately after that unveiling, this little number showed up on MS Learn. It's great first look at a preview product, where Azure is throwing their hat into the ring with other JAMstack hosting services, like Render, GitHub pages, or GitLabs. I definitely recommend this walkthrough - it's quick, easy and free to try and you get a good glimpse of everything that's supported.
SignalR is such a fun piece of technology. I had a blast building this one and watching things work. This is a methodology any developer should keep in their back pocket.
I have to imaging the Azure API Management can get pretty pricey so I haven't actually done any of this in a production sense, but the lessons surrounding Azure API Management are pretty neat and put a great bow on your API structure. But this particular lesson, which shows you how to pull disparate Azure functions into a single cohesive API, both structurally for you or your organization but also for consumers of said API, is really strong and shows you the true power of Azure API Management
I have high hopes for Blazor in the long run. The route of building WebAssembly is some pretty interesting stuff and this is a great introduction to the technology and nicely self-contained. Hopefully it will leave you wanting more.