Festive Tech Calendar session – Unboxing the Festive Design patterns with Santa

Hello Cloud Marathoner friends,

I wasΒ thrilledΒ that my both sessions have been accepted for the Festive Tech Calendar 2023 events. The first session has been already announced and posted with a #cloudmarathoner community member and contributor, Kasun which is referenced below.

  1. Dec 23 session with Kasun Rajapakse: “The 12 Bicep πŸ’ͺ Tips of Christmas”
  2. Dec 28th session: “Unboxing the Festive Design Patterns with Santa”

Today’s post is dedicated to the second session where we will embark on a cloud journey with Santa. Santa will be helping us to understand something about clouds, but not the fluffy white ones in the sky – we’re talking about those special computer clouds!

Here is the festive description of the session:

So, imagine all the important things that people do with their computers, like making games, apps, and websites. These things need a special place to live so they can work properly. That special place is like a magical cloud where you can keep all those important things safe and make them work really well.

Now, the clever grown-ups who help with these computer things are learning more about how to use this cloud in the best way. They want to make sure everything in the cloud works just right. To do this, they plan carefully and design everything perfectly, like how we plan Santa’s route on Christmas Eve to deliver presents.

In a special meeting, they will talk about something called “design patterns.” These are like tricks and plans to help make sure everything in the computer cloud is super safe, works really well, and can grow if more people use it. It’s a bit like Santa’s workshop, where we have special patterns for making toys.

So, you see, just like Santa prepares for Christmas, these clever people are getting ready to make the computer cloud a better and safer place for everyone. It’s like their own magical holiday season for computers! πŸŽ…πŸŒŸπŸ–₯️

Festive Tech Calendar 2023 session

So, if you are intrigued with it then please check my recorded session to learn about the Festive Cloud design patterns >Β https://youtu.be/Yj-lXf1l1ng?t=17

Wish you all Happy Holidays and Happy New Year !!!

Getting you ready for Azure Architect AZ-305 exam!

Hello Cloud Marathoners,

Thank you everyone who took a time from their busy schedule and attended my Global Azure 2022 session – Getting you ready for Azure Architect exam!

It was great pleasure to interact with each of you, and Thank You for great questions that you brought during the session.

Getting you ready for Azure Architect AZ-305 exam

In this session, I focused on a number of changes in Microsoft Azure Architect exam, as it might be troublesome to get ready for it with all the digital distractions around us.

However, in this lightning talk, I shared bits and tips on how to focus on the AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam objectives and help you to prepare for a big day.

A screenshot from the participants comments

As part of this presentation, I have shared free, official and community learning resources that will boost your knowledge, and hopefully help you pass this important exam with confidence.

A screenshot of an official practice exam reference

If you missed this session, no worries, you are covered, as this session was recorded. It is freely availiable on the #cloudmarathoner ⏯ πŸ– YouTube channel here.

The slides and as well as links to the recommended resources are posted on my πŸ– πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’» GitHub repo here.

Please, feel free to check up this GitHub repo, share & fork it as you like πŸ‘

Study Guide for AZ-305: Part 5 – Design an application architecture solution

Hello friends!

Welcome to the new blog post (Part 5/12) from the Az-305 series to help you get ready for the AZ-305 exam.

Please, check the previous post(s) listed below, if you landed on this page for the first time πŸ™‚

Table of content (blog series)

What is an Application Architecture ?

An application architecture is a structural map of how an organization’s software applications are assembled and how those applications interact with each other to meet business or user requirements. An application architecture helps ensure that applications are scalable and reliable, and assists enterprises identify gaps in functionality.

The Techtarget

Generally speaking, application architecture defines how applications interact with components such as middleware, databases and other applications. There are many different application architectures like; N-Tier, Web-Queue-Worker, Service-Oriented (SOA), Event-Driven, and others.

Cloud Application Architecture Guide

WHAT are the characteristics of APPlication Architecture in azure?

The Azure Application architecture requires a structured approach while designing applications that are capable to operate with the following characteristics; scalable, resilient and highly available.

The cloud is changing how applications are designed and secured. Instead of monoliths, applications are decomposed into smaller, decentralized services. These services communicate through APIs or by using asynchronous messaging or eventing. Applications scale horizontally, adding new instances as demand requires.

Microsoft Docs
Diagram that shows the structure of this guide, with the sections of this article represented in a flow diagram.
Azure application architecture fundamentals

Microsoft has provided a very valuable resource on Azure architecture that you could check on Azure Architecture Center. Check this resource for best practices and patterns for your current or upcoming application that you plan to design and run on Azure.

Part 5: Design an application architecture solution

The references below are taken from official Microsoft docs and focused on designing Application solutions in Azure. You could also find it helpful to check the Microsoft docs and learning paths with [Tutorials] below πŸ˜‰.

This collection of links are gathered with a focus toward the exam objectives of AZ-305 certification exam.

Choose between Azure messaging services – Event Grid, Event Hubs, and Service Bus
What is Azure Queue Storage?
Service Bus queues, topics, and subscriptions
Storage queues and Service Bus queues – compared and contrasted
Azure Event Hubs β€” A big data streaming platform and event ingestion service
Features and terminology in Azure Event Hubs
Use Azure Event Hubs from Apache Kafka applications
Capture events through Azure Event Hubs in Azure Blob Storage or Azure Data Lake Storage

[CASE STUDY] Migrate to a microservices architecture / Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB
What is Azure Event Grid?
IoT Concepts and Azure IoT Hub
Connecting IoT Devices to Azure: IoT Hub and Event Hubs
About Azure Cache for Redis
[Tutorial] Introduction to Azure IoT Hub
[Tutorial] Introduction to Azure Cache for Redis

About API Management
Feature-based comparison of the Azure API Management tiers
What are ARM templates?
What is Bicep?
[GitHub] AWESOME Azure Bicep πŸ’ͺ
Comparing JSON and Bicep for templates
Frequently asked questions for Bicep
Use infrastructure automation tools with virtual machines in Azure
What is Azure App Configuration?
[Tutorial] Fundamentals of Bicep


Thank you for visiting the AZ-305 Study Guide and checking the Part 5 β€“ Design an application architecture solution.

The next blog post will cover the Part 6: Design a network infrastructure solution.