Microsoft is starting to break down the development wall between desktop and cloud services with Azure.

Azure, Microsoft’s comprehensive set of cloud services for developers and IT professionals, will be able to work in the cloud or in a local server. During Microsoft’s technology keynote at Ignite, it was clear that Microsoft is breaking down the development workflows to be both desktop and cloud integrated with Azure.

For example, Microsoft unveiled an integrated management portal that lets you see your whole infrastructure. It means you can see all the servers that are part of the data center, including the ones that are in the cloud and the ones on-premise on the same screen.

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Azure also lets you insert and create code snippets right into your app.  Simple right-click options will automatically insert the code into your app. If you need specific functionality you can just right click and get a block of code.

Azure Functions is a great solution for processing data, integrating systems, working with the internet-of-things (IoT), and building simple APIs and microservices.

Here are some examples of functions:

  • HTTPTrigger – Trigger the execution of your code by using an HTTP request. For an example, see Create your first function.
  • TimerTrigger – Execute cleanup or other batch tasks on a predefined schedule. For an example, see Create a function triggered by a timer.
  • GitHub webhook – Respond to events that occur in your GitHub repositories. For an example, see Create a function triggered by a GitHub webhook.

The robust Azure stack allows cloud functionality to work on your server that is not connected to the Internet. For example, a ship out at sea that does not have the Internet will still have the same functionality as if they are connected to the cloud.

You can also develop mobile apps and immediately see the code you’re working on. You can sync it with your mobile device and see it live so you can debug.

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Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2017, which has standard performance gains and it runs on Windows Linux. It allows SQL to be used consistently across the cloud and in your personal server to create hybrid environments. Now developers can use R, Python, and Ruby directly in SQL servers, allowing a variety of languages to interact with the server.

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