Azure Search for Jekyll

in Azure Jekyll

I added Azure Search to my static site built with Jekyll through the use of Azure Functions. Best part, it’s free*.

This example is for Jekyll, it will work with any static site. The only thing Jekyll specific is the JSON representation of the site, and any static site generator should be able to build that file. I’ve used (Pretzel and PieCrust as well, they are both nice tools, but hosting on GitHub pages has it’s advantages).

Continue Reading

Using Azure Functions to Detect Search Indexer Errors

in Azure

Azure Functions are a light weight way to deploy code. It’s part of the “serverless” craze. While I admit I was suspect of serverless, after just this tiny foray, I can definitely see it’s usefulness.

So here’s my real world example of something simple you can do with Azure Functions. It’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s better than a Hello Word.

Continue Reading

AWS Cloudsearch vs Azure Search

in AWS Azure

We recently started moving some of our bits from AWS to Azure. One of the first bits to go was the Search. Below is my comparison of the two.


Azure has the ability to automatically index data stored in SQL, DocumentDB, and Azure Table Storage as well as documents stored in Azure Blob Storage. Azure’s API is strongly typed and much more expressive than AWS’s.

Continue Reading

Moving from AWS to Azure

in AWS Azure

We recently started moving from AWS to Azure. It’s something I had been pushing for, but the reason we finally started was because of the ability to index and search documents stored in Azure Blob storage, so the first things to move have been document storage and search. We expect to move our website, API and SQL database next, but we haven’t scheduled anything.

Below are some of the differences and lessons I found/learned in the process. I’ll also try to post some specifics about each service we move for comparison sake.

Continue Reading