Microservice Toolbox (MBOX) I designed this for testing and building microservices. This Alpine Docker image is packed full of tools for interacting with containers, service meshes, Kafka, and other application development needs. Being that I'm a .NET developer this is...
Must-Have Kubernetes Tools These are some must-have tools that can make working with Kubernetes significantly easier! These are my favorite tools that I use regularly that improve my workflow, security and troubleshooting abilities. kind This tool is phenomenal at creating local Kubernetes...
Simulating Lag with Docker Containers I was building a Grafana dashboard with Docker Compose that would monitor a local service. I wasn't able to figure out if my calculations for the graph were correct because the latency was so low...
Kafka Connect: JMX JConsole (Docker) Yes, you absolutely can connect JConsole to Kafka Connect and extract JMX metrics. If you are experiencing problems getting it to work this blog post will get you through it. There are 2 "gotcha's" with...
Debugging Kafka Connect Connectors/SMTs in Java Are you developing a custom Kafka Connect Connector or Single Message Transform (SMT) and need to debug this? This blog post will give you ideas on how to output information to standard output and...
Kubernetes WordPress with Remote MySQL Access Deploying WordPress to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was a great exercise for me to learn and improve my Helm and Kubernetes knowledge. Bitnami has a Helm chart for WordPress on AKS. The most ideal...

.NET Kafka Producers

.NET Kafka Producers This multipage post will specifically target the concept of getting data out of a specific system or database and on to the Kafka Event Bus. There are many ways of doing this and some are easier to...
Local Development with Azure API Management Gateway This was rather tricky to figure out so I thought I would share my experience with setting up Visual Studio with a local development subscription of Azure API Management (APIM) Gateway. It turns...