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Monday, 30 March 2020

Guidelines For Software Developers While Working From Home

Now days i am working from Home so decided to write an article for guidelines while working from Home to all Software developers.Many of friends and colleague ,students requesting me to share about be productive while working from Home and how to make WFH more productive and easy with comfort.
 As we know now days whole world are fighting with invisible enemy  COVID-19 (CORONA Virus) and there’s currently no vaccine to prevent corona virus disease (COVID-19).China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on 31 December 2019 but started from Oct-2019, As per WHO guidelines we should continue some habits strictly for 1-2 months, So that You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:

Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.

In India, PM Narendra Modi requested to all Indians to support Lock down and follow social distancing for 21 days at 24th March-2020, thereafter whole country offices, companies, factories closed only essentials service are still running e.g hospitals,Banks etc.. 
So now i am going to share my experience during WFH, I am sure that will make your work environment/life easy and comfort.

Basic Guidelines while Working From Home
  • You need to make a daily To-Do list and try to finish it day by day
  • Choose a quiet and distraction-free working space.
  • Dedicate their full attention to their job duties during working hours
  • Ensure their schedules overlap with those of their team members for as long as is necessary to complete their job duties effectively.
  • Keep their equipment password protected.
  • Follow all data encryption, protection standards and settings as per your company compliance.
  • Refrain from downloading suspicious, unauthorized or illegal software.
  • Pretend like you are going into the office
  • Structure your day like you would in the office.
  • Choose a dedicated work space.
  • Self-Commit to doing more.
  • Use a fixed slot for breaks and lunch.
  • Set your own target for every day/hour.
  • Be Transparent, Don’t hesitate to discuss with team members if anything needs to be discussed.
  • Take a small mental and physical break after 30 minutes.
  • Train your mind to work from home and also need to train your's family member.
  • Don't break your daily routine, prepare yourself to get ready to work everyday.
  • Don't avoid your daily physical activity e.g. exercise, yoga..
  • Don't force yourself to do if you are not comfort to do, take a break, listen music, watch TV whatever you like.
  • Don't do anythings with assumptions.
  • Use common group chat or email communication for small-small discussion otherwise your manager or client will not able to understand your productivity.
Technical Guidelines while Working From Home
  • Don’t use UAT or production DB/APP server for development purposes.
  • Don’t forget to share your updates on Skype or Email group chat.
  • Don’t commit/push anything via tfs/git without merge into local from remote branch (take latest or first then commit- git pull).
  • Don’t commit/push on a remote branch with any conflict or error.
  • Don’t forget to rebuild/ test your functionality before the commit.
  • Don’t merge any code from one branch to another branch without discussion by the team.
  • Don’t forget to save/commit your changes on appropriate locations (local centralize ) time to time.
  • Don’t forget to commit .csproj file if you added or removed files/folders from the project.
  • Don’t forget to test your functionality after deployment, its individual responsibility.
  • Don’t push multiple tasks in a single commit, Do one by one with a proper commit message which your team already decided.
  • Don’t access any live server/ RDP without permission. If required, discuss with the team on Skype or email.
  • group chat.
  • Don’t forget to execute sql query if anyone changed the schema on your local sql express server.
  • Don’t change/delete/update any folder/file from anywhere on any server without discussion by the team.
  • Don’t forget to save your SQL query/ SSRS reports/ Excel Data update /Documents etc.. in your centralize location.
  • Use a proper understandable/reasonable file/folder name wherever you create anything.
Cyber security guidelines while Working From Home
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi; if necessary, use personal secure hotshots or some way to encrypt your web connection
  • Keep Work Data on Work Computers.
  • Encrypt Sensitive Data in Emails and on Your Device.
  • Look out for phishing emails and sites
  • Lock your device while leaving the workstation.
  • Switch off your system on daily basis.
  • Don't share anythings related with your project or client data with your family and friends members.
  • Avoid to open unnecessary email, URL, app on your office system.
I hope you really understand some of the basic and technical rules/guidelines to make your WFH environment. Also these points will help you to increase productivity while Working From Home.
Please share your feedback and if you have some more points as well.
Bikesh Srivastava COVID-19, Guidelines, WFH
Sunday, 2 February 2020

What Is Microsoft Azure And Why Should We Use It For Enterprise?


Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that offers 600+ cloud services under a single umbrella. Microsoft Azure was formerly known as Window Azure in October 2008. Azure provides services for building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through multiple data centers.
Azure lets you add cloud abilities to your current system through its foundation as a help (PaaS) model, or endow Microsoft with the entirety of your processing and system needs with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Either alternative gives secure, solid access to your cloud facilitated information—one based on Microsoft's demonstrated engineering. Azure gives a regularly growing cluster of items and administrations intended to address every one of your issues through one advantageous, simple to oversee stage. The following are only a portion of the abilities Microsoft offers through Azure and tips for deciding whether the Microsoft cloud is the correct decision for your association.
Today a lot of organizations still have genuine worries about moving applications to the cloud. Fears about system security, accessibility, and potential vacation whirl through the heads of bosses, some of the time incapacitating associations into sitting tight on existing tech—despite the fact that it's maturing continuously.
Enter Microsoft Azure, the industry chief's answer for setting off to an in-part or thoroughly cloud-based design. The following is an itemized look at what Azure is, the intensity of joining forces with Microsoft for a cloud or half and half cloud arrangement, and the most ideal approach to get full and noteworthy perceivability into your accumulated logs and foundation measurements so your association can respond rapidly to circumstances.

What can Microsoft Azure do? 

Microsoft updates and maintains Azure services day by day to make services more secure and flexible for end-users. Some of the most popular services are listed and explained below,

Storage Services

Azure Storage is Microsoft's distributed storage answer for the current data storage approach. Azure Storage offers a hugely versatile article store for information questions, a document framework administration for the cloud, an informing store for dependable informing, and a NoSQL store. Azure Storage is: durable and exceptionally accessible.

Compute Services 

Azure Virtual Machines (VM) is one of a few sorts of on-demand, adaptable registering assets that Azure offers. You pay for extra VMs when you need them and shut them down when you don't. Broadened datacenter – Virtual machines in an Azure virtual system can undoubtedly be associated with your organization's system. Azure provides some of compute options which are given below:
  1. Virtual machine (VM)
  2. App Service
  3. Service Fabric,
  4. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS),
  5. Azure Container instance
  6. Azure Functions
  7. Azure Batch
  8. Cloud service 

Mobile Services

Azure Mobile Services give an adaptable cloud backend to building Windows Store, Windows Phone, Apple iOS, Android, and HTML/JavaScript applications. Store information in the cloud, validate clients and send pop-up messages to your application within minutes. We can get the advantages of Azure mobile services which are given below,
  1. Store any type of data on Azure Storage.
  2. We can use AD Authentication.
  3. We can use the Push notification service.
  4. We can use access on-premises resources. 

Database Services

Azure SQL Database is one of the options to store relational databases, Microsoft Azure provides as a managed service now. So we can create a high availability based and high performance based database layer for the applications and solutions in Azure. SQL Database can be the right choice for a variety of modern cloud applications because it enables you to process both relational data and non-relational structures, such as graphs, JSON, spatial, and XML. Microsoft Azure has other database options which are given below,
  1. Cosmos DB
  2.  PostgreSQL
  3.  MySQL
  4. SQL Data Warehouse
  5. Data Lake Store

Messaging and Event Services

Microsoft Azure offers four types of messaging and event services in Azure: Service Bus, Storage Queues, Event Hubs, and Event Grid. Of these, two are explicitly for events: Event Hubs and Event Grid, and the other two: Service Bus and Storage lines, are for Azure messaging.

Media Services

Azure Media Services lets you convey any media, on for all intents and purposes any gadget, to any place on the internet utilizing the cloud. The assortment of features gives encoding, live or on-demand sharing, content security and ordering for video and audio data. We can take advantage of Azure media services which are given below:
  1. On-Demand service
  2. Live- Broadcasting
  3. Digital Marketing
  4.  Audio and Video security 


A type of development (Dev) and operations(Ops), DevOps is the association of individuals, procedures, and innovation to consistently offer some incentive to clients.
What does DevOps mean for groups? DevOps empowers some  siloed jobs—improvement, IT tasks, quality building, and security—to arrange and team up to create better, increasingly dependable items. By receiving a DevOps culture alongside DevOps practices and apparatuses, groups gain the capacity to be more likely to be able to react to client needs, increment trust in the applications they fabricate and accomplish business objectives quicker. In simple words we can say it's a combination of plan, develop, deliver and operate. We can advantage of Azure DevOps services which are given below,
  1. Speeding up time to market
  2. Easy to adapt to the current market.
  3. Maintaining system stability and reliability and scalability.
  4. Improving the time to delivery and recovery process.
  5. Tracking and reporting of manpower and productivity.

Why are organizations showing trust in Microsoft Azure?

They already know about on-premise datacenters which have no future. Why are some of the top companies like 3M, BMW moving their workload to Microsoft Azure? Because of these reasons: 
  1. Security
  2. Flexibility
  3. Scalability
  4. Application Cost
  5. Disaster recovery
  6. Logging capability 
  7. Autoscaling
  8. Global datacenters
  9. High Availability
  10. High performance
  11. 24*7 Technical Support


 This article explained facts about the Azure Cloud, and why we should use it with enterprise applications.
Bikesh Srivastava Azure, Azure DevOps

What Is Azure DevOps And Why Should We Use It?


Azure DevOps (in the past known as VSTS) is all that you need to assemble your product from start to finish. Azure DevOps is a single platform that helps every software developer team on this planet design ventures utilizing the Agile process, oversee code utilizing Git, test the application, and deploy code using using the CI/CD framework. We can understand in a simple way (Dev+Ops= DevOps), which means a combination of development and operation processes for software development.

I hope the above image is the best graphical example to understand the complete process about Azure DevOps services.

Online vs On-premises

Azure DevOps  can be accessible in two different ways: on-premises ("Server") and online ("Services"). The last structure is called Azure DevOps Services (in the past Visual Studio Online before it was renamed to Visual Studio Team Services in 2015). The cloud service belongs to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. It utilizes a similar code as the on-premises rendition of Azure DevOps, minor adjustments, and executes the latest highlights. Azure DevOps requires no extra configuration. A user just needs to sign up from their Microsoft account to set up a domain, create a project, adding a new user.
So let me clarify one confusion here, today in this article I am just going to explain about Azure DevOps Service, not the Azure DevOps server.

History of Azure DevOps

As per Wikipedia details, Microsoft launched the first version of the Team Foundation Server on March 17, 2006. So Microsoft provides all types of support for TFS, Azure DevOps Service, and Azure DevOps server. See the below image which is taken from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia 

Azure DevOps Keywords

  • Organization
    Azure DevOps organization is basically by default an account name/ Domain name but we can change it as well. Ordinarily, you will have one Azure DevOps account and deal with various domains inside, which means we can create multiple organizations with a single Microsoft account. We can configure access control and security for an individual organization as well.
  • Projects
    We can split Azure DevOps organization into multiple projects and can configure access control, pipeline, build process, board and code for an individual project.
  • Azure BoardAzure board is basically used for planning, tracking for Work Items, Backlog, and Sprints. Azure Board is also called an ALM (application life cycle management) tool just like other ALM tools JIRA, SpiraTeam, etc. Inside the Azure board, we can create workflows, issue types, epic, and many other components of ALM.
  • Azure Repos
    Azure Repos is a place where we can create, manage and store versions of our codebase. We can use it for code review and other version control functionality. Azure Repos basically provides us two types of version control systems now GIT (Distributed version control) and TFVC (centralized version control).
  • Azure Pipeline
    Azure pipeline is one of the automation processes of DevOps which allows us to create a build, release, test, and deploy on the target machine. We can say in simple words Azure pipeline is the combination CI/CD.
  • Azure ArtifactsAzure Artifacts is one of the extensions of Azure DevOps which helps us to create, host, manage and share packages across the team. Azure Artifacts supports multiple types of packages e.g NPM, Nuget, Maven, Python, etc.. Azure Artifacts are basically a collection/ output of dll, rpm, jar and many other types of files. One of those extension based files may contain metadata.
  • Azure Test plansAzure test plans support advance test management solutions for customer feedback, UAT, Automation testing, and manual testing.

What can Azure DevOps do?

  • PlanningAs discussed above, the Azure board is an ALM tool. So the Azure board helps us to maintain an Agile process which means Azure DevOps helps us to plan, track development history for individual developers and detects issues using a kanban and scrum. 
  • DevelopTo manage our workspace and code repository multiple types of version control are already integrated with Azure DevOps. Almost all features related DevOps already inbuilt inside.
  • Integration/Build
    We can use continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) with the help of the Azure pipeline. There are multiple types of job agents, and templates are already available inside. 
  • Package
    As we know we have already an inbuilt extension available, Azure Artifacts, so we don't need to go anywhere for any type of packages.
  • TestingAs we know Testing is an important part of the DevOps process. So Azure DevOps provides multiple types of inbuilt testing templates and management tools.
  • ReleaseAs we know the software release process is a very critical moment of DevOps. So Azure DevOps has already multiple types of inbuilt features to make the process easy and risk-free.
  • Configure/OperateAs per my experience, it's very easy to configure and operate, because Azure DevOps has a simple process to configure organization, kanban, sprints, etc..
  • MonitorEach phase of the DevOps life cycle should be monitor because it helps to ensure the health, performance, and reliability of your application.
  • Reporting
    Azure DevOps has a dashboard where we can see reports, a summary and can generate an analytical report with BI integration. 
  • Wiki
    Azure DevOps Wiki helps us to distribute information, share knowledge and collaborate across team and stakeholder. A Wiki can be used to explain about the project's user stories, sprints, release notes, etc..


Azure DevOps platform is generally utilized in the Software Development process. Along these lines, this platform helps the association which is as of now utilizing Azure and making the SLA simple. In this article, we have talked about the Introduction to Azure DevOps. In our upcoming articles, we will talk about progressively every topic with details and instructional exercises of Azure DevOps. 
Bikesh Srivastava Azure, Azure DevOps
Sunday, 3 November 2019

How To Create Angular App With .NET Core In Visual Studio

In this article, I am going to share knowledge "How to create an angular app inside .net core". Most of the developers are thinking about angular if it can be merged with visual studio .net core so that's fantastic. So don't worry guys I am here and going to explain about this0. If you are not aware of Angular and .net core separately please go through the below-given link these links are very helpful to create an angular app with .net core step by step.
I am going to explain in some of the steps to create an Angular app using .net core using visual studio:
Before start, you should make sure you have already installed Visual Studio 2017.

Open Visual Studio and create a project after clicking on File> New> Project, See the below image for more help. 

Choose template ASP.NET Core Web Application and click on OK after that one other popup will be displayed there, so now time to select the SPA category. We can choose any template e.g React, Angular, WebAPI, any template according to your requirement, Now we should select Angular because we are going to create SPA with .netCore with Angular. see image for more help

Select Angular and click on OK, Now SPA template is generating by Visual Studio for Angular with .netCore. it will take 1 minute approximate to create a complete application structure with all configuration on your system. see image for more help. 

Now open solution explorer and we can see SPA application structure is ready. Application structure completely follow the latest version of the framework .net Core. Open the given link if not aware of .net Core click here
So let me explain about  ASP.NET Core - Project Structure one by one:

AngularSPAwithCore: Solution Name and project Name (in this project both names are the same but you can choose different).
Connected Services: We can use to connect any cloud services e.g Azure.
Dependency: It contains all the installed serverside NuGet packages as well as clientside frameworks such as jQuery, Angular etc. Client-side dependencies are managed using NPM in Visual Studio. 
Properties: Properties set the configuration launchSettings.json file which includes Visual Studio profiles of debug settings. 
wwwroot: Basically, This is root folder of the application and treated as webroot () folder, Inside wwwroot should be separate folders for the different types of static files such as JS, CSS, Image, bootstrap etc. 
ClientApp: Complete Angular application with all configuration. see below image to understand in easy way.

Above image, Now we see inside ClientApp Angular configuration available e.g. Component, Package.json, Index.html. etc. If you are already not aware about angular application structure so click on this link Clickhere.

Controller: In this folder, we can create our business logic e.g API
Pages:  Application related .cshtml pages e.g error.cshtml.
.gitignore: This file is part of the git code versioning tool to configure the setting of git logic as well as to ignore folder and file from the application.
appsetings.json:   As we know don't have anything called Web.config in Core application which we use to write our connection strings or application-specific settings. Here we have a file called appsettings.json to store such type of information.
Program.cs: As we know Core application starts from the program.cs file and execute always void main() function. 
Startup.cs: As we know about Core Application there is no Global.asax file so instead of that use Startup.cs which is executed the first time when the application starts.

Now we can change the configuration in any file according to our project requirement. So let's move to our application which is already configured by default.
Application is ready to run but before that, we should make sure all client-side and server-side packages available inside the dependency node_module folder. If the yellow icon indicator displaying on the dependency folder it means we need to rebuild the application to restore the packages.

Let's press f5 or run the application after compile and build application will open in browser with default https://localhost:44391/See the below image.

In this application already default SPA application template is created. Now we can change layout, component, service etc. 
I hope this article is helpful to learn about ASP.NET Core SPA Application with Angular. 

      Happy Coding!! Keep learning!!

Bikesh Srivastava Angular, Interview Question
Saturday, 7 September 2019

Microsoft Azure DevOps Syllabus for deep learning

Getting started with Azure DevOps.
  1. Overview of Azure DevOps
  2. What DevOps Service and DevOps Server.
  3. Create Azure DevOps Account
  4. Roles And Responsibilities in Azure DevOps
  5. Create Project and User mapping to Azure DevOps
  6. Azure DevOps access to Different roles
  7. Project management using Azure DevOps
  8. Test case Management through Azure DevOps
  9. Methodologies In Azure DevOps (SCRUM,AGILE,CMMI)
  10. Deployment Group Creation
  11. Configure the Azure DevOps  service in the virtual machines
  12. Agent management in the Azure DevOps.
  13. Capacity Planning using Azure DevOps.
  14. Kanban Board Management
  15. Scrum Management

Azure DevOps Keywords
  1. Organization
  2. Projects
  3. Azure Board
  4. Dashboard
  5. Wiki
  6. Repos
  7. Pipelines
  8. Test Plans
  9. Artifacts

Repository Management/Branch Management
  1. Create the New repository
  2. Create the Master branch
  3. Create the Own Branches based on the developer requirement
  4. Branch merging
  5. Import Repository from Outside of the vsts to vsts
  6. Creating Pull requests And Accepting Pull Requests

CI/CD Process Using Vsts and Azure
  1. Task Creation Based on the Application Repository
  2. Create the CI Process
  3. Build Setup
  4. Environments Setup
  5. Authenticate Build to Azure Web service
  6. Failover Mechanism
  7. Load balancing
  8. Cluster Creation for Load Balancing
  9. Continues Integration Setup
  10. Test Cases Build
  11. Build alerts Configuration
  12. IAAS Deployments
  13. PAAS Deployments
  14. Micro Services Deployment using Azure
  15. Alerts Configuration Using Azure
  16. Arm Build and Release templates Creation
  17. Build And deployments through powershell
  18. Big bucket Jenkins internal configuration using Vsts for ci cd
  19. Build And Deployments Authentication and authorization

Working with Azure App service
  1. Overview of App Service
  2. Deployment in App Service
  3. Deploy and maintaining web apps
  4. Configuring web apps
  5. Monitoring web apps and WebJobs
  6. Traffic Manager

Working with Azure SQL Database
  1. Overview of SQL Database on Azure
  2. How to Deploy Azure SQL Database
  3. Implementing and managing Azure SQL Database
  4. Managing Azure SQL Database security
  5. Monitoring SQL Database in Azure
  6. Managing Azure SQL DB recovery
  7. Import and Export Data

Working with Active Directory
  1. Overview of Active Directory
  2. Why need AD for Azure
  3. Active Directory Configuration in Azure
  4. Domain Controller in Azure
  5. AD Federated Services in Azure
  6. Custom domain
  7. Monitoring Azure Active Directory

Microsoft Azure Syllabus for deep learning

Introduction to cloud computing and Microsoft Azure
Types of cloud computing
  1. What is What is Cloud Computing
  2. SaaS: Software as a service
  3. PaaS: Platform as a service
  4. IaaS: Infrastructure as a service
  5. Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
Azure services
  1. Compute services
  2. Data services
  3. Application services
  4. Network services
Azure key concepts
  1. Datacenters and regions
  2. Azure portal
  3. Resources
  4. Resource groups
  5. Resource Manager templates
  1. Azure PowerShell
  2. Azure command-line interface
  3. REST APIs
Getting started with Azure subscriptions & pricing Calculation
  1. Select and enable an Azure subscription
  2. Grant administrative access to an Azure subscription
  3. View billing information in the Azure portal
  4. Get billing information from billing APIs
  5. Forecast cost with the pricing calculator
  6. Set up billing alerts
Azure Resource Manager
  1. Tips for creating resource groups
  2. Building Resource Manager templates
  3. Security of Azure resources (RBAC)
Azure App Services - Web Apps
  1. Introduction
  2. App Types
  3. Deploying Web App directly from Visual Studio.
  4. Scaling a Web Apps
  5. Application Settings Configuration

Azure SQL Database 
  1. Introduction/Overview.
  2. Creating and Using SQL Server and SQL Database.
  3. Azure SQL Database Tools.
  4. Using Azure SQL Database with EF Code First.
  5. Migrating on premise database to SQL Azure.
  6. Elastic Storage.
  7. Manage Business Continuity
  8. Azure SQL Database vs SQL Server in IaaA VM

Azure Virtual Machines
  1. Use cases
  2. Deployment of virtual machines
  3. Portal
  4. PowerShell
  5. Command-line interface
  6. Access and security for virtual machines
Azure Storage
  1. Use cases
  2. Blob storage
  3. File storage
  4. Table storage
  5. Queue storage
  6. Deploying a storage account
  7. Portal
  8. PowerShell
  9. Command-line interface
  10. Access and security for Azure Storage
  11. Virtual machine disks
  12. Storage tools
  13. Storage API
  14. Storage access keys
  15. Shared access signatures
  16. C# / MS.NET Azure Storage SDK
Azure Virtual Network
  1. Use cases
  2. Cloud-only virtual networks
  3. Cross-premises virtual networks
  4. Deploying a virtual network
  5. Portal
  6. PowerShell
  7. Command-line interface
  8. Access and security for virtual networks
Azure Web Jobs
  1. Logic App
  2. Web Jobs
  3. Microsoft Flow
  4. Functions
Azure Service Bus 
  1. Service Bus Basics
  2. Relayed Messaging
  3. Service Bus Queues
  4. Topics and Subscriptions

Azure Active Directory 
  1. Azure AD Introduction
  2. Relationship between AD DS and Azure AD
  3. Managing Active Directories
  4. Adding a custom domain name to Azure AD
  5. Managing Users, Groups and Devices
  6. Adding Co-Administrators for a Subscription
  7. Configuring Role Based Access Control
  8. Integrating On-Premise AD Identities with Azure AD
  9. Integrating Gallery Applications with Azure AD
  10. Integrating On-Premise Applications with Azure AD
  11. Implementing Azure AD B2B Collaboration

Bikesh Srivastava Azure, DevOps, Syllabus, Training & Seminar

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