Apr 26, 2021 · 7 min read
In this series Distributed Tracing with Jaeger (this article) Simplifying the setup with Tye (coming soon) Modern microservices applications consist of many services deployed on various hosts such as Kubernetes, AWS ECS, and Azure App Services or serverless compute services such as AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. One of the key challenges of microservices is the reduced visibility of requests that span multiple services. In distributed systems that perform various operations such as database queries, publish and consume messages, and trigger jobs, how would you quickly find issues and monitor the behavior of services?
Apr 11, 2021 · 10 min read
In this series: Development environment and Event producer Event consumer Azure Event Hubs integration (this article) Azure Event Hubs is a horizontally scalable event ingestion service capable of receiving and processing millions of events per second. It supports Apache Kafka Producer and Consumer API that you can use as an alternative to running a self-managed Apache Kafka cluster. Now you can integrate the Kafka ecosystem applications such as Kafdrop and many others with Event Hubs.
Apr 04, 2021 · 8 min read
In this series: Development environment and Event producer Event consumer (this article) Azure Event Hubs integration Let’s carry our discussion forward and implement a consumer of the events published by the Employee service to the leave-applications Kafka topic. We will extend the application that we developed earlier to add two new services to demonstrate how Kafka consumers work: Manager service and Result reader service. Source Code The complete source code of the application and other artifacts is available in my GitHub repository.
Mar 29, 2021 · 12 min read
In this series: Development environment and Event producer (this article) Event consumer Azure Event Hubs integration An event-driven architecture utilizes events to trigger and communicate between microservices. An event is a change in the service’s state, such as an item being added to the shopping cart. When an event occurs, the service produces an event notification which is a packet of information about the event. The architecture consists of an event producer, an event router, and an event consumer.
Feb 05, 2021 · 12 min read
Many times, your application needs to run tasks or jobs on regular intervals. Scheduling might be necessary when polling an API every night, or dispatching emails with reports each week. And sometimes you may find that you need to trigger a host of tasks across multi- or hybrid-cloud and need a way to run these tasks in a reliable, cross-cloud manner. In this article, let’s look at one way to do that using a Heroku dyno for our task, and Microsoft Azure Logic Apps as our scheduler service.
Feb 03, 2021 · 11 min read
Imagine running a .NET Core application in Kubernetes, which suddenly starts being sluggish, and the telemetry fails to give you a complete picture of the issue. To remediate performance issues of applications, starting with .NET Core 3, Microsoft introduced several .NET Core runtime diagnostics tools to diagnose application issues. dotnet-counters to view Performance Counters. dotnet-dump to capture and analyze Dumps. dotnet-trace to capture runtime events and sample CPU stacks. dotnet-gcdump to collect Garbage Collector dumps of application.
Jan 14, 2021 · 11 min read
Web applications are optimized for throughput and latency to service a high number of HTTP requests as quickly as possible. For improved performance, web applications defer the CPU intensive, IO intensive, time-intensive, and scheduled processing workloads to background jobs that run independently of the user interface. These background jobs must function without intervention from the user interface and should not block a synchronous user and system interaction. Offloading slow and compute or memory-intensive activity to background jobs improves web applications' performance and throughput.
Jan 02, 2021 · 10 min read
In many event-driven applications, preserving the sequence of events is essential. For example, an event-driven eCommerce application might have the following states, transitions, and events. A user adds N items to the basket. This action generates the item added event. The user checks out the basket. This action generates the basket checked out event. The user pays for the items. This action generates the payment made event. Inventory decrements the count of available items by N.
Dec 10, 2020 · 6 min read
I discussed how you could use Ansible with Terraform to simplify configuration management in my previous post. If, instead of Terraform, you prefer using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates to define the infrastructure and configuration for your project, you can use Ansible for managing parameters that customize each environment by dynamically generating a Resource Manager parameters file. A great thing about using Ansible for your ARM configuration needs is that it includes a suite of modules for interacting with Azure Resource Manager.
Nov 22, 2020 · 7 min read
We all love web badges. You might have spotted many of them in README of repositories, including the repository of my blog, The Cloud Blog. In general, web badges serve two purposes. They are visually appealing. They display key information instantly. If you scroll to my website’s footer section, you will find GitHub and Netlify badges that display the status of the latest build and deployment. I use them to quickly check whether everything is fine with the world without navigating to their dashboards.