How to Create a Dystopian Future at Home with Python, OpenCV, and Microsoft Azure

Derek Andre Azure, Cloud, Python, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

Facial recognition is both amazing and horrifying. Some amazing things it can do is the ability to find missing children or seniors, using your face to unlock your phone, and being able to board an airplane faster.

In this blog post, I want to highlight some powerful tools and platforms that allow you to create distributed facial recognition systems with OpenCV and Azure’s Cognitive Services. By the end of this post, you will have a working face detector using OpenCV that can communicate with Azure’s Cognitive Services.

I used Python 3.7.4 and pip 19.2.3 for this project. You can view the code from this blog at https://github.com/dcandre/Dystopian-Future-At-Home.

Go To SQL

Gabe Schmidt Databases, Go, Programming, Tutorial Leave a Comment

In between projects here at Keyhole, I’ve been tasked with applying a relational database access and mapping framework in the Go language.

In this post, I go step by step to create a Postgres relational database, then perform CRUD operations against it in the Go language.

I won’t get into the specifics of configuring Go in this blog, but you can check it out yourself here – https://golang.org/. Additionally, Keyhole’s very own David Pitt wrote an excellent primer on the subject here – https://keyholesoftware.com/2019/09/26/go-on-the-fly/.

[Video] DevOps Orchestration: Kubernetes, OpenShift & Cloud Foundry

Keyhole Software DevOps, Docker, Educational Event, Keyhole, Microservices, OpenShift, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

The Keyhole team is excited to share an internal educational video that is now available to the public. In our first-ever video release, we discuss microservices platform orchestration from a broad scope.

Specifically, Principal Consultant Jaime Niswonger takes a technology-agnostic look at the “big ideas” integral to platform orchestration for the enterprise. He introduces three popular orchestration platforms, Kubernetes, OpenShift, and Cloud Foundry, and discusses scaling container deployments in the enterprise. The video is 60 minutes in duration.

Go “On The Fly”

David Pitt Keyhole Creations, Programming, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

People that know me, know that I love to fly fish and tie flies. I made up the saying “Time flies when you’re tying flies.” It is true, just like when you are trying to solve a programming problem, time flies.

Over the past few years, we at Keyhole have utilized Docker (with assorted technologies) and have gotten up to speed on the Hyperledger blockchain framework. Something that all of these technologies have in common is the Go language. Go is the language used to implement Docker, Hyperledger, OpenShift, and many other system-level applications.

Personally, I like to peek under the hood to better understand the tools I’m using. That led me to learning about the Go language. And in my opinion, the best way to learn a language is to build something.

So, I built an application for fly tying videos. There are numerous fly tying tutorials on YouTube, so I built an application that allows them to be organized into virtual fly boxes and types.

In this blog, I will introduce you to the Go language. We’ll go over some of the key language concepts by walking through how the https://flytyerworld.com server-side API is implemented using Go.

Integrating Azure Functions with Cosmos DB SQL API in .NET Core 2.2

Zach Gardner .NET Core, Azure, Technology Snapshot, Tutorial Leave a Comment

I am working on a project that leverages both Azure Functions as well as Cosmos DB. In trying to get both of these components wired together, I found that there are very few examples that work with the most recent versions of these components. I also saw examples that could work at a small scale, but don’t show industry-standard best practices, and would lead to performance issues if deployed in an environment with any meaningful traffic.

To that end, I put together this blog post showing how to set up an Azure Functions project in .NET Core 2.2 to integrate with Cosmos DB’s SQL API using its native tooling.