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Endjin spend a lot of time working with start ups and businesses who are pivoting into new product areas. They are usually operating under fierce resource constraints, and this has an impact on the way in which they can approach their development program. We’ve evolved a principles-based approach to the new product development process which […]


Previously each component in Azure was deployed, managed, billed and monitored separately. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is a new approach that allows you to declaratively state what a group of Azure infrastructure should look like as a template, then deploy that template in an idempotent way (i.e. you can run it multiple times and it […]


Spinning up 16,000 A1 Virtual Machines on Azure Batch

by Howard van Rooijen

Big Compute, like Big Data has a different meaning for every organisation; for Big Data this generally tends to be when data grows to a point where it can no longer be stored, queried, backed up, restored or processed easily on traditional database architectures. For Big Compute this tends to be when computation grows to […]


Azure data services part 3: Azure Machine Learning

by Alice Waddicor

In parts 1 and 2 of this mini-series, I wrote brief intros to HDInsight and Stream Insight, Azure’s offerings for big data analytics and real-time analytics. Next up, Azure Machine Learning. What it’s for: Azure Machine learning provides a GUI with drag and drop pre-built components for carrying out predictive analytics. You can also plug […]


Azure data services part 2: Stream Insight

by Alice Waddicor

This blog is part of a series where I’m writing up my notes from a training session on Azure’s data services. The previous post dealt with Azure’s Hadoop implementation, HDInsight. This week, I’m going to write about Stream Insight. What it’s for: Stream Insight is an Azure service for real-time event processing. Use cases for […]


Azure data services part 1: HDInsight

by Alice Waddicor

Last Autumn, Richard Kerslake and I were lucky enough to land in the warmth of Barcelona, for a Microsoft Analytics training event. The sessions gave an introduction to Azure’s HDInsight, Stream Analytics and Machine Learning services. I’m going to write up a quick summary of what I learned about each service, starting with HDInsight. What […]


The Problem If you use Git (and GitFlow) with Visual Studio (which seems like it is going to become a much more popular combination), I’m sure you are well aware of the pain that is the “merge conflict” you often encounter when trying to merge (or rebase) a branch. There are three file types that […]


SpecFlow Extensions for Azure Storage Emulator

by Howard van Rooijen

In most cases, when writing an integration specifications against Azure Storage, you want to use the real thing rather than the Storage Emulator as the performance profile and behaviours are noticeably different. One exception is if you’ve hosted your code in a public repo; in this case you really don’t want to commit your real […]


A CDN, short for Content Delivery Network, is essentially a network of servers set-up, in various geographic locations, with the aim of speeding up the delivery of content to end-users across the Internet. […]

Category: Cloud, Development, DevOps

Azure Automation scheduler and daylight saving time

by Richard Kerslake

Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of moving clocks forward by one hour during summer months, so that the evenings are lighter. Everything in Azure runs in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time. Azure Automation allows you to define time based schedules […]


With Power BI now in public preview everywhere, you don’t need to be a “data scientist” to do data science! Power BI is a powerful tool for visualising performance, user interactions and other data for your applications. There is so much useful data sitting passively in various storage accounts, hiding interesting trends or unwanted behaviour. […]


March 2015 Browser Share

by Matthew Adams

As endjin.com gets a few tens of thousands of users a month, who tend to be focussed in the general segment of ‘Microsoft Platform Developers, Startups, Entrepreneurs, CIOs and CTOs”, we have (more out of interest than anything else) been keeping tabs on browser share. We’re publishing those stats on the blog, as you might […]

Category: Uncategorized

Microsoft Azure Web Apps (formerly known as Azure Websites) has a very useful inbuilt continuous integration and deployment engine called Kudu (it’s also open source; under an Apache 2.0 license, and you can also host it outside of Azure). Kudu supports a continuous integration and deployment workflow against VSO, GitHub, TeamCity, Hudson and BitBucket. If […]


Endjin spend a lot of time working with start ups and businesses who are pivoting into new product areas. They are usually operating under fierce resource constraints, and this has an impact on the way in which they can approach their development program. We’ve evolved a principles-based approach to the new product development process which […]


I sometimes find myself in a situation where I want to include some, but not all changes in a file in a Git commit. For example, a colleague uses Visual Studio 2015, whereas I use 2013, so when I open a solution to help out on their project, the .sln file is updated to show […]

Category: ALM

Endjin spend a lot of time working with start ups and businesses who are pivoting into new product areas. They are usually operating under fierce resource constraints, and this has an impact on the way in which they can approach their development program. We’ve evolved a principles-based approach to the new product development process which […]


One of the great benefits of using SpecFlow is that it allows you to write your specifications in a human readable format. You write your specifications as a series of free-text steps and use step definitions to make the connection between the free-text and your code that executes the step. The step definition contains a […]


Regular readers of this blog may know that endjin work on some of the largest and most interesting Microsoft Azure projects including PaaS, Big Data & Machine Learning solutions. You may or may not know that we are also Microsoft Gold Partners for the Cloud Platform Competency. We are growing the team; in particular we are […]

Category: Recruitment

25 useful steps missing from SpecFlow

by Howard van Rooijen

Over the last 5 years, we at endjin have tried to fully embrace Behaviour Driven Development (BDD). We’ve tried just about every framework that has been released into the .NET Ecosystem and we’ve even written our own when we found edge cases the others didn’t support. Most of these frameworks have been based on traditional […]

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10 ways to get hired by an amazing start up

by Matthew Adams

It’s hard to believe if you read twitter, but not everyone wants to be a Founder – at least, not yet. I don’t blame them. Here are three aspects of life a founder has to deal with that you don’t (usually) as an employee: Everyone else gets fed before you do. You can go for […]


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