Hi all,

Just checking in after a good month of onboarding @ Microsoft. If there is one thing I learnt this month, it's that there is a lot more to learn...

It is not just about learning Azure. Learning how Microsoft 'works' and understanding about all the different parts that is Microsoft is a study on it's own. That is if you can keep up with all the TLA's (Three Letter Acronym) they keep throwing at you.

Azure is now such a huge platform that it has grown beyond what one person can comprehend and understand. Now it is 'just' a matter of selecting the topics that I need to learn more about. In the next few weeks I'll be taking some exams to test my knowledge level and then the proof will meet the pudding, I guess. The number one tip I received was to just take the exam. That way you'll quickly learn which areas of expertise you're not an expert in yet. I count on having some area's to study on after that.

After a great bootcamp in Remond with about 325 'also new in role's', I'm going to meet my local team this week. If that is done we will start with slowly (and hopefuly softly) introducing me to our local customer teams. The 'real' work starts then and I think I'll be writing about more technical stuff then.


I was recently told (again) to "just do it", so I decided to finally start with my very own blog. As the title so aptly puts it: it's about time...

The content will primarily be technical posts about Azure and .NET. Two subjects of which I certainly don't know everything, but still hope I can inform, entertain and maybe even teach someone something about. Fitting because this blog is hosted on Azure and built with ASP.NET Core. It also fits with me joining Microsoft on March 1st as a Cloud Solution Architect.

Perhaps I should start with explaining a bit about the name of this blog. My last name is Baaij. Although this is sometimes a bit hard to pronounce for my non-dutch origin readers (if any), it is actually quite easy. Just take one part of "bye bye" and that's it. As this blog is about programming and computers, I took one of IT's fundamental building blocks and bended the spelling a bit:

Baaijte [bīt]
NOUN computing

A group of binary digits or bits (usually eight) operated on as a unit. Compare with bit. A baaijte considered as a unit of memory (size).

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon.