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Azure DevOps Podcast

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Sep 28, 2021

Today, Jeffrey is joined by Anna Hoffman; a Data & Applied Scientist and Program Manager on Microsoft's SQL Engineering team. Anna is also the host of the popular Azure SQL video show, Data Exposed, and a contributor to the recently published book, Practical Azure SQL Database for Modern Developers: Building Applications in the Microsoft Cloud.


In this episode, Anna shares her insights and advice on Azure SQL Database. She speaks about the upcoming features and exciting news coming out of the Azure SQL space, why you may want to consider going serverless, how to get started with Azure SQL if you’re a newer developer, and how to stay up-to-date on everything you need to know with Azure SQL!


Topics of Discussion:

[:39] About The Azure DevOps Podcast, Clear Measure, and Jeffrey’s offer to speak at virtual user groups.

[1:24] Jeffrey is looking to hire an apprentice! If you, or anyone you know, loves to code and wants to pursue software engineering, apply today!

[1:40] About today’s episode with Anna Hoffman.

[2:00] Jeffrey welcomes Anna to the podcast.

[2:09] Jeffrey and Anna plug the DEVintersection Conference that they’re both speaking at!

[3:40] Anna shares how she landed at Microsoft and the path that led her to her current role.

[6:50] How many SQL databases are there on Azure right now?

[7:55] The strategy and thinking behind Azure SQL VMs and why people would want it.

[11:49] Anna highlights some of the new and exciting features coming out of Azure SQL space.

[15:53] What would be a candidate to go to serverless?

[18:00] A word from The Azure DevOps Podcast’s sponsor: Clear Measure.

[18:30] Is going serverless a big money saver?

[19:13] Is bidirectional syncing a feature with all of the editions of SQL Server?

[20:47] About Anna’s book, Azure SQL for Developers.

[22:25] Does Anna work in the space of deployment tooling?

[24:45] Anna plugs the learning resources she works on and where to find them.

[30:47] How to stay up to date with all-things Azure SQL.

[32:15] Jeffrey thanks Anna Hoffman for joining the podcast!

[33:15] How to get in touch with Anna online.


Mentioned in this Episode:

Architect Tips — New video podcast!

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

.NET DevOps for Azure: A Developer’s Guide to DevOps Architecture the Right Way, by Jeffrey Palermo — Available on Amazon! — Click here to download the .NET DevOps for Azure ebook!

Jeffrey Palermo’s YouTube

Jeffrey Palermo’s Twitter Follow to stay informed about future events!

DEVintersection Conference — Dec. 7th‒9th in Las Vegas, Nevada

Practical Azure SQL Database for Modern Developers: Building Applications in the Microsoft Cloud, by Davide Mauri, Silvano Coriani, Anna Hoffman, Sanjay Mishra, and Jovan Popovic

Anna Hoffman’s Twitter @AnalyticAnna

Azure SQL on Youtube (Data Exposed Show)

@AzureSQL on Twitter


Azure SQL Database

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