TWIL: November 6, 2022

As usual, a lot of interesting podcasts and articles this week. I’m highlighting the podcast on Azure Innovations which is very interesting, as well as a list of Quantum Computing YouTube Channels and a set of resources to learn about Kubernetes. Also, information about Data Lake 2.0 and Ambient Mesh by Istio Service Mesh. Finally, check out GeoGuessr. Have fun!


The Azure Podcast

Episode 444: Azure Innovations
The team gets together with Mark Eisenberg, Cloud Solutions Architect and frequent guest on the podcast, to analyze the various Innovations in Azure that were announced my Mark Russinovich at the recent Ignite conference. The discussions range from data center hardware to quantum computing.

Episode 445: SAP for Azure Landing Zone Accelerator
Cynthia, Sujit and Russell discuss the SAP for Azure Land Zone Acclerator with Pankaj Meshram from the Microsoft Product team, and Matt Ely from Microsoft’s Global Partner Solutions CSA team.

.NET Rocks

Episode 1817: Observability in Production with Alayshia Knighten
What can observability do for you? While at NDC in Oslo, Carl and Richard chatted with Alayshia Knighten about her work with honeycomb and helping people understand what’s happening with their applications in production. Alayshia talks about instrumenting applications to provide insight into behavior in real-time – by leveraging existing tools to provide data and reporting. The conversation digs into how sysadmins and developers see applications differently, and how standard telemetry systems make it easier for everyone to be on the same page!


Episode 862: Engineering Leadership and Refactoring Monoliths with Kirsten Westeinde
Kirsten Westeinde is a technology enthusiast and a lifelong learner. She is a development manager at Shopify, where she solves challenging web development problems every day. She talks with Scott about her career at Shopify moving from Software Developer to Senior Software Development Manager. They also chat about the Shopify’s Journey from Monolith…to something different!

Episode 863: Celebrating the Second Edition of Code with Charles Petzold
The classic guide to how computers work has been updated with new chapters and interactive graphics! Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, 2nd Edition by Charles Petzold is now available. Charles explains why he added chapters, reordered content, incorporated new examples, and updated descriptions in his best-selling book.

Data Lake

Delta Lake 2.0: An Innovative Open Storage Format
Version 2.0 of the Delta Lake storage framework was recently released, adding multiple features that make it even easier to manage your data lake. Delta Lake is an open project that’s committed to the Linux Foundation’s desire to unlock the value of shared technology. It has shown strong growth in popularity since its initial 1.0 release, as is evidenced by the number of monthly downloads (presented in the Data + AI Summit 2022 Day 1 keynote by Michael Armbrust).

Data Engineering

Designing a metadata-driven processing framework for Azure Synapse and Azure Purview
In this article I want to take the data processing approach one step further by making data pipelines metadata-driven. A metadata-driven framework allows for more scalability. It speeds up development, provides better maintainability, reusability and visibility. For example, you can process thousands of tables and apply a variety of processing steps without designing all data flows by hand.

Quantum Computing

Quantum YouTube Channels
If you are interested in Quantum Computing in all science behind it, here is a list of YouTube channels than can get you up to speed on this topic.

Cloud Native

What Do ‘Cloud Native’ and ‘Kubernetes’ Even Mean?
The tech industry, built with a backbone of open source, is reckoning with its urgent need for folks at all levels to understand cloud native and the Kubernetes orchestration that is often behind it. These are not concepts taught in college computer science programs.

Cloud Native Glossary
The Cloud Native Glossary is a project led by the CNCF Business Value Subcommittee (BVS). Its goal is to explain cloud native concepts in clear and simple language without requiring any previous technical knowledge.


The Illustrated Children’s Guide to Kubernetes
Once upon a time there was an app named Phippy. And she was a simple app. She was written in PHP and had just one page. She lived on a hosting provider and she shared her environment with scary other apps that she didn’t know and didn’t care to associate with. She wished she had her own environment: just her and a webserver she could call home.

Kubernetes Tutorial for Beginners
A 4-hour hands-on course on Kubernetes with a lot of demos.

Kube Campus
Free Kubernetes courses for beginners to advanced users.

Kube Academy (by VMWare)
KubeAcademy is a free, product-agnostic Kubernetes and cloud native technology education program built by a team of expert instructors.

Service Mesh

Introducing Ambient Mesh
Ambient mesh gives users the option to forgo sidecar proxies in favor of a mesh data plane that’s integrated into their infrastructure, all while maintaining Istio’s core features of zero-trust security, telemetry, and traffic management.

Interesting Stuff

Inside the Faster CPython Team at Microsoft
The last few years have seen Python rise to prominence. TIOBE and IEEE both put the language in the top spot. The versatility of the language often comes with critiques around Python’s performance. Performance-sensitive packages are often written in other languages, most notably C. In recent years, there has been a concerted effort to increase Python’s CPU performance.

Cool Stuff

A game for the geography lovers, where you have to guess where in the world a specific photo was taken, by identifying the landmarks in the picture. It also includes several other game modes, all related to discovering the world.

Have an awesome week!

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